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Global Thoughts — 9 July 2015 including Travel Notes on France and Eastern Tennessee

On the rocks at Cap Ferrat, France.

A friend of mine does comedy routines at comedy clubs around the country and he told me that you just can’t do Hillary Clinton jokes, because nobody wants to hear about her. That to my mind is a strong signal that she is not going to gain traction as a political candidate amongst ordinary people.… Continue Reading →

Global Thoughts — 18 May 2015 (including Rome with Kids notes)

Bicycle for 4 in Villa Borghese Park, Rome

My son went to Gladiator School in Rome during our visit to Italy last month. He tends to talk a lot and his gladiator instructor who very much looked the part and wanted to simulate ancient Rome was having none of it.… Continue Reading →

Global Thoughts — 1 April 2015

Celebrating Karen’s special birthday

We have reached another milestone in our family – we are now calling the “diaper bag” the “fun bag.” You know how you keep calling something the diaper bag even though your kids have been out of diapers for years?… Continue Reading →

Global Thoughts — 3 March 2015

Family at Homestead Resort in Virginia

Can you believe that in the US if you want to telephone the Internal Revenue Service to ask a question about how to file your taxes they no longer have people who will talk to you?… Continue Reading →

Global Thoughts — 5 February 2015

While I was walking my 7 year old son Jeremy to school, he popped the question: He asked me if I prefer Jackson Pollock to Matisse. That day he came home and asked me to find him an image of Burj Al-Khalifa.… Continue Reading →

Global Thoughts — 15 December 2014

Central Park, New York City

A friend said to me “You know why we get to vote in the US? Because our votes don’t matter.” I thought that was amazingly profound.

My wife was in a wine store looking for a small amount of an unusual liquor to make a recipe from a cookbook.… Continue Reading →

Global Thoughts — 1 November 2014

Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina

I reached a milestone today. After a quarter century of roommates and a wife, I had to password protect my PC at home. Done in by my 7 year old who decided he likes going to Amazon and seeing what he can buy.… Continue Reading →

Global Thoughts — 16 September 2014 (including Travel Notes France, Germany, Italy)

First a few global thoughts about some world issues, and then travel notes of our family vacation to Evian, Paris, Bavaria, Venice and Florence. See these places again for the first time, with the kids.

Middle East –I have been trying to make sense of this latest Gaza episode which brought no real benefit to either side.… Continue Reading →

Global Thoughts — 12 August 2014

Niagara Falls, June 2014

We told the kids about our upcoming summer vacation to Europe. Elizabeth was very upset that she was going to miss trip day at day camp. Jeremy held us up for close to 10 minutes while he went to the kitchen to look for jelly to put on his crackers.… Continue Reading →

Global Thoughts — 1 July 2014

Park Hotel, Vitznau, Switzerland

Sorry I haven’t posted for a while but you’ll see that I’ve been traveling a bit and doing a lot. I’ve also collected a few really funny stories to share. The global stuff follows these vignettes and there are travel notes this posting including top hotels in Washington DC, visits to Vitznau, Switzerland and Portofino, Italy,  and Niagara Falls.… Continue Reading →

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