Reverie in Gray.

The entire city is Soviet gray, the architecture best described as ‘crumbling rectangle’ – too dirty and run down to be called brutalistic. Everything smells of cigarette smoke and unidentifiable pollutive dust. The traffic is inexplicably jammed at nearly every hour with nondescript cars. There’s not much to distinguish this place from hundreds of others. […]

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Home. Viewed with Gimlet Eye.

Greenville, SC – Not my first time back. One of many, usually brief visits. To answer the question: – Proud of the progress it’s made – Still love the place and always will. It’s in my bones – Can see why people are impressed – Would say it’s unquestionably solidified itself as SC’s second city […]

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Oddly Familiar Echoes

For those of you who didn’t follow the Bulgarian Presidential election with me this Fall on my private channel – here’s the update. The 1st round election was November 6 (two days before ours). Sunday was the run off. (As is typical, there were 23 candidates in the first round. The top two vote getters […]

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All’s Well After the Bomb …

One year after the terrible bombing at the Erawan Shrine in the midst of the Erawan district of Bangkok, which is heavily trafficked by both locals and tourists, all is well. posted in December, 2015  

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Camp

Camp Spearhead’s lessons touched staff, too The Greenville News – Greenville, S.C.  Date: Apr 18, 2004 Start Page: B.1 Section: Metro *Document Text* Jeanne Brooks jbrooks@greenvllenews.com Columnist Not quite old enough for most paying jobs, Bob Bierman wound up a volunteer at a camp that first summer, now something like 20 years ago. Camp Spearhead […]

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The Camden Track Runner

One evening, the train from Washington, DC to New York slowed to a near stop. We crept along for 10 minutes for mysterious reasons. Then, I looked out the window. There was the Camden Track Runner. Or at least, that’s how I thought of her. We were creeping past Camden, NJ. Camden is a city […]

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Chengdu

May, 2006 I’ve droned on and on about China. But could never tell every story of my 278 days spent in that country. Please indulge me one more. Chengdu (pronounced CHUNG DOO) is the capital of Sichuan, a western province of more than 110 million people. Let me begin by saying that Chengdu is a place where […]

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Alone in the DEN

May, 2006 Not much to report. I finally made it to Denver. If you get out your map or Google Earth, you’ll discover that I’m about 4 inches from where I started this afternoon. I believe I referred to this as a “quick trip” So here I am in Denver. With a ticket on the redeye home. […]

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