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PT Barnum

PT Barnum famously observed, “All publicity is good publicity as long as they spell your name right.” We’ve witnessed the fundamental truth of this adage just last...

Denver vs. San Antonio

Travel is always enlightening. For me it’s about exploring the history and culture, but on my recent trip to San Antonio I found myself asking: What’s San Antonio...

Robert Burns (Wikimedia)

Ode to a haggis

I have the privilege of sharing a birthday with Robert Burns, Scotland’s national poet. On January 25, all across Scotland — and in diaspora communities — people...

‘Safe Injection Site’

Denver is considering instituting a so-called Safe Injection Site (SIS), where IV drug users can shoot up with clean needles, and staff is onsite to administer naloxone...

Muscle memory

About once a decade I go through a knitting phase. I first learned the skill in college from a friend’s mother. About 10 years later I picked it up again in Zurich....

Inherent evil

It has become nearly impossible to view anything about Germany between the two world wars without taking into account WW II. An example are the war reparations required...

Anne Frank's Diary: The Graphic Adaptation

Graphic adaptation

Graphic novel is a powerful medium, highlighted by Art Spiegelman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Maus. I’ve found that illustrative material can be far more traumatic and...

Sobriquets

Lest we think that politics have only recently become uncivil, a gander through the history books puts us right. I’ve been collecting epithets used to describe...

Dior

The first clue that you’re entering something special is the Parisian storefront. Walk through its doors and you may not be in Maison Dior on Avenue Montaigne in...

‘Judas Maccabeus’

It’s always intriguing to hear one’s own religious stories through an objective, historical filter. Several years ago, my favorite podcast, “In Our Time,”...