Quote of The Week

"Ninety percent of politicians give the other ten percent a bad name."

Henry Kissinger



In the age of tweets, twitters and texts a web page featuring complete sentences is obviously on a par with the manual typewriter and the quill pen. This is very old fashioned stuff indeed, and I have reached an age where I need make no apology for it. If you enjoy these essays and random observations please let me know. If there is nothing but a great silence out there in cyberspace I will have to assume that you are stunned with admiration.

The news recently has been disheartening, with barbaric attacks in France, Senegal, and Nigeria, and a general collapse of civilization in a large area of the Middle East. This may be simply history repeating itself (try the eleventh century, or the twentieth for that matter), but it is nevertheless upsetting. But life does go on in our safe and snug part of the world, and my tiny contribution to lightening the gloom is a new book Not Quite a Stranger: Essays on Life in France. You can find more details at Amazon.com and on the Books and Audio page of this site.

Topics of the Week

Writing Life: “Back to School” reflects on the possibility of a very late return to teaching.

The Featured Essay: “A Special Valentine” offers a rather jaundiced view of the annual festival of romance.

Podcasts: If you like following things you can follow the URL below for a link to my podcasts.