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Mrsool

I tend to think of smartphones as a way to avoid communication. Sometimes it’s easier to hail a ride through an app than talk to a dispatcher. Or order from an online...

Forgotten Land

Forgotten Land is about East Prussia, once the powerhouse of Imperial Germany, now a run-down Russian exclave, as well as parts of Eastern Poland and Western Lithuania....

Electoral College

The electoral college has gotten a bad rap recently, but I for one think it’s a brilliant institution. Our founding fathers designed a way to elect our chief executive...

Horse-trading

When decrying democracy, a line often heard is that Hitler was elected democratically. While that is true, many who say it may not understand how Hitler democratically...

Direct democracy

Over the past few months I’ve been thinking about democracy. I don’t think I can condense my thoughts into one Snapshot, so this will be a short series. But I can...

Eat well for less

How well do you know your food? I’ve been watching a TV series called “Eat Well For Less.” In each episode, the presenters, one a MasterChef UK judge, the other a...

’93Queen’

The opportunity to peek into a sectarian community is extremely rare. That alone makes “93Queen” worth watching. The documentary, which screened as part of the...

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...