Rudy Giuliani reveals the latest hoax at Four Seasons Total Landscaping, Philadelphia.

facts everyone, especially veterans, should know

German soldiers of the 11th Reserve Hussar Regiment fighting from a trench, on the Western Front, 1916. Photo by Oscar Tellgmann. Public domain.
  1. What is Veterans Day?

Veterans Day is the day on which we honor and remember veterans of the US Armed Forces. Veterans Day is always on November 11, but if the day falls on a Sunday then November 12 is a federal holiday.

2. What is the history of Veterans…

how saving face complicates East Asian negotiation

Seoul. Photo by Jana Sabeth on Unsplash.

I heard a story, probably apocryphal, when I was in South Korea: Mr Kim, a mid-level functionary with the urban planning division of the South Korean government, was visited by his counterpart, Mr Lee, from the North Korean government.

The South Korean drove…

Outside The Beat Hotel, Paris: Peter Golding, Madame Rachou (Proprietor) and Robin Page, Peter’s busking partner. Photo by Peter Golding. CC By 3.0.

the synergy of creative gatherings

Ernest Hemingway, a great admirer of Winesburg, Ohio, the masterful collection of interconnected short stories by Sherwood Anderson, managed to meet the prominent writer when they were both in Chicago in 1921. Anderson took Hemingway under his wing and encouraged him to go to Paris. He provided advice; attended Hemingway’s…

Posing at Glacier Point Yosemite 2013. Tuxyso / Wikimedia Commons. CC BY-SA 3.0.

the one best reason for minimalism

Guy with the trail name or pen name Nimblewill Nomad, real name Meredith J Eberhart, was a doctor, husband, father, but one day he finished with all that, gave all his money to his wife & sons, & went walking. He’s like a real-life Forrest Gump in the running chapter…

letter to a friend

Photo by Skistar, Wikimedia Commons. CC by 3.0.

Rather than recast these rough ideas into a formal article focused on tropes and trains, I’m leaving this letter to a friend, who is conducting an online book club, in its original form, babbling, informal, and intimate. …

Woodward consigns 45 to darkness in iambic pentameter

Robert Whittington’s timeless appellation

Congeressman John Lewis, a major figure in the Civil Rights movement and a ceaseless fighter for justice, died Friday, July 17.

Two simple rules on when to lie and when to tell the truth.

Photo by Chris Leipelt on Unsplash.

Sometimes you have to share news with people close to you. Sometimes it’s best to tell the truth. Sometimes it’s best to lie. Honesty is not always the best policy.

Whoever said, “Never tell a lie,” was a callous bastard. But when should you tell the truth and when should…


The subversive message of Austin’s visual atrocities.

Urban hiking in America with its obsessive car culture shocks even the woke walker. I am on the path beside the ugliest street in the universe. Sometimes there’s sidewalk, and sometimes it’s a narrow earthen path pounded down by the passage of feet. As a rule I walk on the…

Mason West

writer / poet / explorer

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