Monthly Archives: March 2017

Going Bi-Coastal

Toritto on the Masawa Road – Eritrea – 1965 Today I am leaving the virtual world for a week or so. I am traveling to spend time with my eldest daughter, her hubby and my new grandson, Clark, now four months old. … Continue reading

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Today it was reported that Iraqi troops have retaken the great antiquities museum in Mosul from ISIS fighters.  All of the priceless exhibits have been destroyed. Once this sand and wilderness were gardens, where we greeted mighty Cambyses glittering dancers … Continue reading

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Learning from Crassus – A Re-Post For Our Time

Marcus Licinius Crassus was the richest man in Roman history. Indeed, he is considered one of the richest men who ever lived. He made his fortune as a supporter of the dictator Sulla by confiscating the properties of Sulla’s political … Continue reading

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Driving in Addis

. Meskel Square, Addis Ababa Been there!  Did that! Watch the Pedestrians! 🙂

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Prinzess Irene

The German ship S/S Prinzess Irene, which carried my grandfather and eldest son Gaetano to America in 1906.  My grandmother followed several months later with their other two children, Margaret and Vito.  They never saw Italy again.   The ship was seized … Continue reading

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Clark Cassius @ 4 Months!


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A Short Chapter from “Life and Fate”

The author of “Life and Fate,” Vasily Grossman, a Ukrainian Jew, was a correspondent for the Soviet military paper Krasnaya Zvezda throughout World War II. He spent approximately 1,000 days on the frontlines, roughly three of the four years of … Continue reading

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For Int’l Women’s Day – Viola Liuzzo (A Re-Post)

Viola Liuzzo died on March 25, 1965. She was murdered by the Klan outside of Selma, Alabama. I wrote about her on International Women’s Day several years  ago and was somewhat surprised at how many bloggers had never heard of … Continue reading

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Streets of Gold – A Re-Post For Our Time

Paki cabbie one fare more drives in Manhattan dreams of Lahore Tiffin man washes dishes catches the subway Lakshmi wishes Mexico’s son picks the ground tomatoes today a penny a pound Latina domestica behind the gates cares for the children … Continue reading

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Los Angeles – 1965 Well it is nearly 4 months since The Donald was elected President, supported by tens of millions of our fellow citizens, supporting concepts of fascism against which the typical liberal prescriptions have little of no chance … Continue reading

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