Another Between-Cheesesteaks Interlude

I discovered the power of marketing today – in the form of a restaurant’s name and how it is displayed on its front facade. But before getting that far, my wife and I went bowling. It had probably been a couple months since our last outing to Sproul Lanes in Springfield, PA. I previously addressedContinue reading “Another Between-Cheesesteaks Interlude”

An Aussie Comic Classic

For a few years at the turn of the century, I lived within a short walk of Philadelphia’s three Ritz theater complexes, which specialized in art, foreign and independent films. It wasn’t unusual for me to go to a movie alone on weeknights after work. The theaters were often close to empty, and I enjoyedContinue reading “An Aussie Comic Classic”

Potential Consequences of Digging In on Ukraine

I’ve written about Robert D. Kaplan, a favorite writer and international affairs analyst of mine. One of his favorite sayings is that in order to avoid tragedy, leaders must think tragically.  That’s what renowned foreign affairs Realist, Professor John J. Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago, does in the piece linked to below. He examinesContinue reading “Potential Consequences of Digging In on Ukraine”

On NATO Expansion and Revised American Strategy for Ukraine War

The two smiling faces in the above photo belong to NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, and Finnish Prime Minister, Sanna Marin, the latter having announced Finland’s intention to join NATO as quickly as possible. Swedish leadership has since made a similar announcement..  Of course, this latest round of NATO expansion and Finland’s – as wellContinue reading “On NATO Expansion and Revised American Strategy for Ukraine War”

My Ten Favorite TV Shows

While struggling a bit with what subject I should address in a new Top Ten list, it occurred to me that since I’ve already  posted on my ten favorite films, I may as well move over to the small screen and address TV shows. These are not my picks for the ten best shows ever;Continue reading “My Ten Favorite TV Shows”

… Dude, Let’s Go Bowling

I bowled a lot for a few years during my teens. That included a Saturday morning league for a while. In fact, four other guys from my league and I won the Bucks County, PA team championship for our age group in 1980 or ‘81.  Bowlers’ burnout cut my competitive bowling days short. Since thenContinue reading “… Dude, Let’s Go Bowling”

Robert Kaplan Returns to a Familiar Theme

I just came across the latest piece by Robert D. Kaplan and thought it worth sharing. Its central theme is one of those that I focused on in my essay about his work; that being the error that many westerners make in placing too much emphasis on democracy and too little on good governance andContinue reading “Robert Kaplan Returns to a Familiar Theme”

Things Worth Fighting For, by Bari Weiss

If you only listen to one podcast this year, make it this one: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/honestly-with-bari-weiss/id1570872415?i=1000554190603 It’s about the heroism of President Zelenskyy and the rest of the Ukrainians and the lessons Americans should take from it. While those of you in other countries may find it just as worthwhile, she addresses her points to Americans becauseContinue reading “Things Worth Fighting For, by Bari Weiss”