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A Big Fat Game of Chicken

If you cross the street, I’ll beat you up!

September 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

Syria and the “red line”

I’m still on the fence about Syria: I don’t know whether “we” (which seems to mean whatever part of the world agrees) should intervene or not. What puzzles me is … Continue reading

September 8, 2013 · 2 Comments

Another museum review? Not exactly…

I wasn’t going to post anything more about world war museums or sites. I figured people aren’t too interested in hearing about them, so the two reviews I’ve already written … Continue reading

August 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

Review: the Battle of Normandy Memorial Museum

Since I reviewed a museum last week – the In Flanders Field Museum in Ypres – it only makes sense for me to review the museum I visited yesterday. Even … Continue reading

August 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Living Among the Dead

As we were driving through the countryside on the way to Gent from Ypres the other day, it occurred to me that these people – the ones who live in … Continue reading

August 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

In Flanders Field Museum

An effective museum doesn’t just display items drily in glass cases; an effective museum gives those items meaning to the people viewing them. It entertains, but it also makes visitors … Continue reading

August 4, 2013 · 3 Comments

Will and Kate and Osama

I’m in London right now. I hasten to add that I did NOT come here for the wedding; some of my American cousins were going to be here on Saturday, … Continue reading

May 2, 2011 · Leave a comment

Toddlers in a Sandbox

Two toddlers are playing in a sandbox, while their mothers sit on a park bench, enjoying the sun, catching up on each other’s lives. All of a sudden, the mothers … Continue reading

February 12, 2010 · 4 Comments

Kalashnikovs and Continuing Education

Kirundo, Monday, July 27 I just shook hands with someone who was carrying a Kalashnikov. (To be honest, I don’t really know if it was a Kalashnikov, an AK-47, or … Continue reading

July 27, 2009 · Leave a comment

The First Day

  Friday, July 24, Bujumbura, Burundi It’s 1:30 in the morning. We just arrived, and I’d really like to go to bed, but I’m waiting for the hotel to bring … Continue reading

July 24, 2009 · Leave a comment