Author Archives: Jonathan

2019- Ten Predictions

Well, it’s that time of year, when fools, blowhards, and certifiable nutcases try to predict what’s coming up in 2019.  I’m not sure what category I fall into (you choose), but, for what it’s worth, here’s my top ten 2019 … Continue reading

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Putin Pummels the PC Police

Vladimir Putin is not your typical politician.  Anyone who has heard him speak, of course, knows that he doesn’t mince his words or suffer fools gladly, and I’m delighted to say he was in top form at his December 20 … Continue reading

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Skripal vs Khashoggi: Some countries are more equal than others

International politics and hypocrisy have always gone together like sewers and stink, but the contrast between the recent media and government reactions to the Skripal poisoning, on the one hand, and the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi, on the other, reflects … Continue reading

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American Muscle

There was once a magic era when America built screaming, asphalt-gobbling, tire smoking, monster-motor muscle cars, and I’m happy to say that I still remember those days clearly, even though they were, in the immortal song by Don Maclean, “a … Continue reading

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Spies Like US

Yuri is a big guy, and he has an intimidating stare, which is something I’d expect from a former KGB agent. Right now, he’s toasting the USA across my dining room table.

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Krakow, Wroclaw, and Warsaw 7-10 day Guide

Poland was never on my bucket list of places to see.  Not that I didn’t like it-I just never really thought about it at all, even though my travels have frequently taken me near the Polish border.  That’s why I … Continue reading

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The Best “Norway in a Nutshell” Itinerary

  If you’re like me, the first thing you do when planning a trip to Europe is to consult the Rick Steves country guide.  I’ve been buying his popular books for years, and I’m rarely disappointed or confused with the … Continue reading

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Alum Cave Bluffs Trail- 5 Things To Know Before You Go

I just hiked the Alum Cave Bluffs Trail in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park, and it was a real joy.  The Fall weather was perfect, the trail was perfectly clean, and the scenery was as magnificent as any on … Continue reading

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St. Petersburg, Russia-Still Great After All These Years

Saint Petersburg doesn’t reveal her beauty to you all at once.  To discover her secrets, you must work at it patiently, like a sculptor who reveals the appeal of a cold slab of stone by chipping away at it gently … Continue reading

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Helsinki, Finland- Why Is This The Happiest Place on Earth?

  OK, to be honest, visiting this capital was never on my bucket list, but it was part of a Baltic cruise I went on recently, and I’m glad it was.  To my surprise, Helsinki is worth a day trip at … Continue reading

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