OK….not the Native Americans….unless you count that trek across the Bering Sea land bridge. But certainly the vast majority of us. The only real question is how long have we been here. My wife Roni was born in a refugee camp. Should her family have been allowed to enter this country? The political grandstanding (from […]

Many people would think it’s the height of arrogance to compare your city to Venice.  Charleston has no qualms about the comparison.  Hubris is an ancient Greek concept but it has found fertile ground here in The Low Country.   And Conde Nast’s “Travel+Leisure” did nothing to quash the local self-esteem when they named Charleston as […]

NOTE:  THIS POST HAS BEEN EDITED TO CORRECT AN ERROR….I WAS ‘OFF’ A WEEK ON THE DATE OF THE FIRST RESUMED COMMERCIAL FLIGHT.  APOLOGIES!  Another major obstacle to “normal” US/Cuba relations has fallen with the resumption of regularly scheduled commercial flights.  There have been charter flights for years, part of the “wink and a nod” […]

(note) My original blog on our recent trip to Cuba was printed in our local newspaper, The Daniel Island News.  I was asked by the kind folks at our local lifestyle magazine, Daniel Island Life, to do a different take on the subject.  What follows is a look at our Cuba journey through the eyes […]

A day or so before leaving for a week long trip to Cuba I realized I was humming the Jim Croce song “Time in a Bottle”.  Turns out reality, like almost everything about Cuba, is more complicated than that. What exists there today is not a frozen in time snapshot.  The street scenes are not […]

Brussels……the summer program is officially over.  We wrapped with a day trip to Bruge and a farewell dinner back in Brussels.  I want to thank each of the fellows and the incredible RIAS staff.  Rainer, Lisa and Isabell were all terrific. Thank you.    

Brussels….Friday was the final working session for the RIAS fellows with a day of briefings at NATO hq.  After an up and down experience Thursday at the EU, I have to admit I wasn’t looking forward to it.  In fact,  all but one of our briefers was engaging, forthcoming and interesting/helpful. I went into the […]