Curiosity about foreign countries, history, or geography is not an ailment suffered by most Americans.
If you happen to be one of the few and have ever wondered why Iran is not friendlier to the greatest country in the history of the world (depending upon your perspective, that could be US or UK), the following article helps explains a bit. A deeper view can be obtained by reading All The Shah's Men.
The following is a quote from an Amy Davidson piece in the New Yorker:
White said that the relationship began at a National Restaurant Association event, the venue for the harassment claims made against Cain, but noted that she had never worked for him, and had never been or felt herself harassed. But what happened to the women who had come forward affected her:
It bothered me that they were being demonized, sort of. That they were being treated as if they were automatically lying, and the burden of proof was on them. So I felt very bad for them.
Does anyone feel bad for Cain?
There are creepy politicians, and then there is this one. This guy is in a class (not to be confused with "classy") of his own.
_Infidel: In New York, one who does not believe in the Christian religion;
in Constantinople, one who does.
_ Kreppel is the word of jelly donut (often also known as Berliner).
This is a season delicacy, usually associated with Fasching (which always starts on 11.11 at 11:11). One can find mediocre ones throughout the year, but serious bakers make them during the winter months. A good Kreppel must have red jelly filling, although some people (for reasons that I will never understand) also eat ones with plum or pudding-like filling. I always buy two, because one is never enough. Although two can be a bit much, I manage. If you have never enjoyed a fresh Kreppel from a good German bakery, then you do not know jelly donuts.
NB. Canadians do not need to write in about Tim Horton’s; and residents of the United States can keep their Krispy Kreme and Dunkin’ Donuts.
_ Government budgets are being cut everywhere. There is not enough money to paint classrooms; so parents donate money and time to do it themselves. But, the German Supreme Court is meeting today to decide if states will be required to spend money to erect a separate space in each school for prayer.
A student in Berlin sued the school system, claiming that his religious freedom was being violated. The school did not offer a special room for prayer, which he was forced to do five times a day. (I wonder what his grades were or if he missed tests).
Some people are able to pray anywhere, carrying all the needed tools in their heads. Others seem to need help or something...or just want to be a pain in the neck for other citizens of the country in which they do not want to assimilate.
_It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by.
How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment?
For the moment passes, it is forgotten; the mood is gone; life itself is gone.
That is where the writer scores over his fellows:
he catches the changes of his mind on the hop.
_ November arrived today, a bit late. According to the calendar, it’s the 29th.
The weather is as one expects in this month: damp and cold. The temperature is not close to freezing, but it feels like it is. Fog produces an unpleasant atmosphere to be out of doors. Crisp, clear, snowy conditions are more pleasant, despite being much cold.
Such days are best spent inside, preferably in front of a crackling fire with a good book. It is not a good day for any work outside. One should not be fooled by a glance at the thermometer, but should dress for the worst.
Struggling to finish a novel, I am not tempted to stray far from my computer. I miss only the crackling fire...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.