Archives: 2012

The Hapless American Traveler or Your Debit Card in Peril

December 31st, 2012, No Comments

Or should I say, helpless? Sometimes it may seem that way but, in the end, truth generally wins out although it helps if you have a working telephone. Trying to add some vitamin D to my winter health regimen, I headed from London to Gibralter. That left me without a working telephone. Believe it or […]

The Refugee Within

December 26th, 2012, No Comments

Here in the UK, the news has been full of reports about the school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut. I’ve worked in many New York City school programs and experienced my share of bomb threats along with occasional intrusions by unstable individuals. Still, when working my very first teaching job in Connecticut back in 1979, the […]


December 9th, 2012, No Comments

Has anyone ever penetrated the ‘MYS’tery surrounding that bizarre byte of technology called the SIM card? The complexity of the technology behind those bits of cardboard is only second to the perplexing contractual obligations that accompany them in the EU! I’m developing a novel phobia which I’ll name ‘symphonia’ or fear of phony, but binding, […]

Cintas, The Uniform People becoming the Uniform Cities?

November 6th, 2012, No Comments

While driving around the USA, I came across many trucks with this sign on it advertising hotel linens and other services. The title, “The Uniform People” startled me as it seemed to represent something quite troubling. Uniformity is the enemy of individuality and cultural preservation across states and nations. Zoning laws seem to be increasingly […]

The Specter Of Fascism

November 6th, 2012, No Comments

While looking at the current news about the expansionism of totalitarian governments, I came across this link memorializing Irena Sendler of Poland. Worth a look given the terrible instability of these times.

Political Fever in Greece

November 6th, 2012, No Comments

I’m down with a fever and other maladies from an excess of enthusiasm by private demonstrators using spray cans holding materials you’d rather not inquire into very closely. In the mean time, I’ve been listening to the other forms of fever in this ancestral home of republics. The predictions and endorsements are all in, favoring […]

The Newest Lexington?

October 28th, 2012, No Comments

While checking up on the progress of Malala following her surgery in the UK, something odd occurred to me. That was a shot heard ’round the world.

The Value of Intellectual Property

October 27th, 2012, No Comments

This is a most bizarre posting but something very mysterious is happening to me. I’m in the process of writing a book but can’t quite get more than the initial 2 ½ chapters written. “Why?”, you may ask? Glad you did. The early chapters and outline keep getting stolen. Initial material was written along with […]

Open Letter to Malala Yousafzai

October 22nd, 2012, 2 Comments

Dear Malala, Your story personally touched me because I have been following the problems of special school children for a very long time. Your school in Pakistan was ‘special’ because it served girls. The schools I worked in while living in the state of New York (USA) were ‘special’ because they served students with learning […]

Yesterday has Arrived – Update on an Old Story about Smell-O-Phones

October 10th, 2012, No Comments

Much of this blog has been devoted to the subject of the misuse of chemicals which have adverse impacts upon human health. Back in 2007 I posted about an expected ‘innovation’ in I-Phone technology under the title of, “Smell-O-Phones; A fragrance coming VERY near you and your lungs”. This concerned the insertion of liquid material […]

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