...........................a final resolution to the so-called Middle East crisis is so important. It is vital not just to break this cycle of destruction and injustice, but also to deny the religious extremists in the region who feed on the conflict an excuse to advance their own causes.
But everywhere one looks, among the speeches and the desperate diplomacy, there is no real way forward. A just and lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians is possible, but it…
Myanmar, as we knew it, is disappearing
I have been to Myanmar three times, first in 2005, next in 2010 and just lately, in February of 2013. It is startling, and depressing at the same time, to see how the country, as it changes, is being distorted by the influx of tourists. Of course I understand that most of the changes are good for…Continue
Dear Mom and Dad,
Undoubtedly you are surprised, even incredulous, to get this email and you wonder how a 16 month old could create it. Well, with the help of an almost miraculous app on your smart phone and some judicious spell checking, my vocalizations and limb wavings have been turned into the text you see before you now.
(Please ignore any punctuation mistakes. Punctuation, along with long term memory retention, is clearly a weak spot for me.)
I am writing today…Continue
OK, I know this is mean .... but it is funny.
First, according to SBA putting up posters is the same as child rape and now Aunt Jemima and Sicilians are black, as KS said, 'one couldn't make this stuff up.'
This is not so much a confession, because I don't think I did anything wrong, but more an open letter to that part of the world that may be unaware of the situation. My situation is not unique, an outlier, a detestable minority, far from it. I am the norm.
While that trope that men think about sex constantly, every 7 seconds according to one canard, is clearly wrong and a calumny, men do…Continue
Those who slaver over any scrap of evidence that Israel is not a friend of the US will be taken aback by newly unclassified documents released by the CIA and posted yesterday by the…Continue
Suppose your family was quite large and encompassed a surprising variety of kinds of people.
That would be interesting and fun and, necessarily more tolerant.
Yes there would be some friction but in an effort to get along, concessions…Continue
Taking good pictures is a triumph of mind and intent and has very little need to be concerned about technique or equipment. That follows when you need it. Technique or equipment doesn't make good pictures, people's minds and creativity do.
There are all sorts of 'Rules' of photography or 'Guidelines' if you prefer but they are, in general, sort of silly reductions of what physiologists and…Continue
Of course, most or all photographers know, or should know, who A D Coleman is. For those who are still kept under the stairs, Mr Coleman is, according to Wikipedia, an unimpeachable source, Coleman was the first photo critic for the New York Times, authoring 120 articles during his tenure.…Continue
Most people recognize the name 'Henri Cartier Bresson.'
He said '"To take a photograph is to align the head, the eye and the heart. ' What he meant, I think, was that a photo must incorporate a meaning (the head), to do that it muse present the vital elements for the viewer to understand in a coherent way (the eye) and the viewer must be…Continue
TIGER, tiger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
I don't usually take pictures of flowers, trees, shrubs, birds, etc but the light through my wife's orchids was just so beautiful this morning that I had to try one shot.
This post appeared originally on my own photo blog here but may be of more general interest
There are 178 Thai restaurants out of a total of 7,664 in New York City listed in Tripadvisor. I was staying in Murray Hill, a semi-sedate area on the East Side, known for its solid living and not so much for its restaurants.
Saturday evening, I set out looking for a decent pre-theater meal somewhere hoping to find a little quiet place without much pretension but expecting unhappily to end up at one of the too loud, too noisy restaurants along Lex or 3d ave.
And there it was, a…Continue
For the first time in 2000 years, the Jewish community in Alexandria will not have a service for either the Day of Atonement or New Years (Yon Kippur and Rosh Hashono).
The Jewish community, that has existed in Alexandria since Alexander the Great founded the city in 320 BCE, numbered about 80,000 in 1948 but now has shrunk down to four men and eighteen women.
Ritually correct services require a minimum of ten men, and preferably a rabbi and cantor, and young Jewish men had…Continue
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