Monthly Archives: July 2017

Alexis de Tocqueville

This taken from Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America (1835). He spent nine months touring towns and cities. During his tour, the aristocratic Tocqueville was impressed by the fact that American Democracy actually worked. He wrote:   “There is one thing … Continue reading

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Milan Kundera

  Interesting. This is an old article, taken from Paris Review, I think.   Afterword. A Talk with the Author of “The Book of Laughter and Forgetting” Milan Kundera: Take the other theme of the book, forgetting. This is the … Continue reading

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Train of Thought

  The train of thought goes flashing past Some memories photographed and last Now filed away to be recalled some later day.

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Jack London

Taken From Writers Almanac: On this day in 1897 21 year old Jack London sailed fro San Francisco, on his way to the Klondike to search for gold. He was on board the SS Umatilla with his brother-in-law, James Shepard, who was … Continue reading

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Amsterdam — Last Looks.

The Ethics Police I’ve notice many minor changes on these Red Light streets—new rules to protect a group of more innocent and affluent tourists coming in. Window hookers used to knock on their glass doors to attract attention of potential … Continue reading

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Amsterdam – More on Drugs

It’s interesting, reading about marijuana profits in the States—multiple billions of dollars that will go to local governments instead of drug cartels. This was old news in Amsterdam a long time ago. There are now only two places (that I … Continue reading

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The Great Fire of Rome

Taken from Writer’s Almanac – 18 July The great fire of Rome began in the late evening hours of this day in 64 A.D. The fire raged for six days, during which time Emperor Nero either acted heroically to contain … Continue reading

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