Why I’m Using WordPress

I recently decided to get back to blogging. I read many blogs authored by people I respect. I value the perspectives and insights they provide and would like to contribute to the community. When Medium first came out, I was in love with its design and simplicity. Medium looks beautiful. But as I found myself […]

Podcast: The Making of ‘Shoah’ by Claude Lanzmann

Shoah is a 1985 French documentary film about the Holocaust, directed by Claude Lanzmann. It’s over nine hours long and took eleven years to make. The film presents Lanzmann’s first-hand interviews with survivors, witnesses, and perpetrators across 14 countries. After watching “Shoah”, Roger Ebert wrote: “There is no proper response to this film. It is […]

Podcast Review: “Travel with Rick Steves”

Travel with Rick Steves is a weekly one hour podcast with guest experts and callers about travel, cultures and people. This, in my opinion, is the best travel podcast. Steves is well-traveled, bright, articulate, positive and most of all curious to learn about the world and the people who inhabit it. Although Steves’s guidebooks and […]

After 25 Years ‘Schindler’s List’ Still Relevant – ‘More at stake today’

Marking the 25th anniversary of its release, Steven Spielberg explains to NBC’s Lester Holt why “Schindler’s List” remains relevant: Individual hate is a terrible thing, but when collective hate organizes, then genocide follows. And that hate is not something that is not to be taken seriously. We have to take it more seriously today than […]

TV Series: “Killing Eve”

I love a good spy story. After The Americans ended, I was looking for a spy-oriented TV series. I wasn’t even looking for something like “The Americans” because it’s in a class by itself. I looked forward to every episode of that series and the final episode was an emotional cornucopia. So with an open […]

Podcast Review: “The Kindle Chronicles”

I enjoy keeping track of developments at Amazon.com. My primary source of information is The Kindle Chronicles podcast. Len Edgerly is the creator and host of the podcast. Len is a bright fellow with a background in journalism. He graduated from Harvard College in 1972 and the Harvard Business School in 1977. Before retiring he […]

Book Review: “Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light”

I stumbled across Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light while preparing to visit Paris again, a city I have loved for almost 40 years. The author, David Downie, is an American who has lived in Paris since 1986. He loves Paris deeply and knows it far better than I do. The walk begins […]

ADL Gives Apple CEO Tim Cook Its First Courage Against Hate Award

Apple CEO Tim Cook is the first recipient of the Antidefamation League’s (ADL) “Courage Against Hate” award for his work as a champion of unity, diversity, and social progress.  The award was presented to Cook at the ADL’s annual Never Is Now Summit on anti-Semitism and Hate on December 3 in New York City, where he also […]

Discovering European TV

I enjoyed streaming European television. A blog called The Euro TV Place is an excellent source of recommendations. Linda Jew, the founder of the site, regularly publishes detailed reviews. It’s also possible to sort the recommendations by language. I appreciate this because I enjoy watching French television to help me keep up and hopefully improve […]