Honeymoon + 10: Day #5: To Tierser Alpl and Back Down


The fifth day of our honeymoon remembered….   We awake to a chilly morning, the shadows and sunrise transforming the appearance of the surrounding mountains, and a dramatic undercast filling the valleys below. In the dining room, we’re among the first to take our seat and felt further shunned as all the German-speakers gather around the other…

Honeymoon + 10: Day #3: From Basilica Di San Marco to the Dolomites


The third day of our honeymoon remembered….       Over breakfast we determine that pricey Venice has emptied our wallets, so Liam sets off in search of an ATM so we have enough Euros to pay our hotel bill. Right in front of Hotel Riva the same fashion models are posing for another photo shoot. The…

Honeymoon + 10: Day #2: Venice Walks


The second day of our honeymoon remembered…. In the early morning, Susan watches from our hotel window as a man and his dog pilot a work boat down the canal. After a tasty breakfast at our hotel, we follow walks around Venice from our Rick Steves’ guidebook. We start in Piazza di San Marco –…

Honeymoon + 10: Day #1: Arriving in Venice


My wife Susan & I recently celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary.  Looking at the website with all our wedding and honeymoon photographs, I discovered that I’d written a travelogue of our honeymoon in Venice and the Dolomites which I’d forgotten about.  In a sense, it was my first blog post; my blog before I had…

Retropost: Confessions of a St. Patrick’s Day Curmudgeon


In honor of this special day let’s revisit one of my favorite posts. While most kids look forward to Christmas, when I was a child, St. Patrick’s Day (along with Thanksgiving) was one of my favorite days of the year.  It was a big day in my family usually involving going to the parade in…

Retropost: Happy Halloween


I don’t have anything new to say about Halloween, but I was looking back and saw this post I wrote 3 years ago. The funny thing is that after finishing this post, I went to bed and a couple of hours later my wife told me she was going into labor. And so my son…

Retropost: Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter by Mario Vargas Llosa


In tribute to Mario Vargas Llosa, the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature winner,  here is my review of his great novel Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter that I first published here on 25 July 2008: Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter (1977) by Mario Vargas Llosa represents Peru in my ongoing effort to read a work…

RetroPost: Happy Π Day


Today we’re celebrating a holiday I learned about two years ago.  It is the only holiday dedicated to a number, the number Π. As my friend Steve posted on Twitter: Today’s 3/14 and seriously, I don’t see what’s so hard about finding the end of pie. Just OM NOM NOM and you’re there. I made…

RetroPost: What do Presidents do when their term is up?


A couple of years ago I wrote What do Presidents do when their term is up?, possibly one of my most well-researched and better written posts.  In it I examined the post-Presidential career of every US President who survived his Presidency.  The post was prompted by a suggestion that if Hillary Clinton became President, that…