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May 24, 2024: I reckon I’m not alone in having trouble understanding passkeys: Michael Tsai’s Tech Blog. Are they practical, reliable and trustworthy?

May 23, 2024: If I knew what the photograph was going to look like, I wouldn’t bother taking it. It’s the voyage of discovery that fascinates me. – Lois Greenfield …

May 19, 2024: On Intimacy Manuel Moreal: Maybe it’s just me but the more time I spend online the more I enjoy consuming content from people who are not afraid to share content …

May 19, 2024: Why Photograph? Taking an image, freezing a moment, reveals how rich reality truly is. — Anonymous Source: Sam Benari, who I just added to my list of interesting …

May 18, 2024: What Makes Paris Special There are few things more beautiful in life than sensuality, with the word being used in its’ most elegant sense-and of all of the cities in the …

May 18, 2024: Being a Friend Means Being Truthful You can’t be a friend if you are not willing to tell the truth. This doesn’t mean that you are right. Being right and being honest are not necessarily …

May 12, 2024: Camila Giorgi Has Retired From Tennis Under Cloud of Tax Evasion Yahoo Sport: Italian tennis star Camila Giorgi has announced her retirement from tennis on social media amid speculation she wouldn’t return to …

May 12, 2024: Constantine Manos - A Great Street Photographer Constantine Manos (1934-) is among the great street photographers of his time. I was a student in one of his workshops in Maine and learned so much …

May 12, 2024: I just added the Théâtre du Châtelet to my suggestions for Visiting Paris.

May 10, 2024: I updated my photography website to focus on travel with one personal essay (mainly street photography) and an essay of black and white photography.

May 6, 2024: I just updated my list of Photographers Worth Exploring to add Larry Beckner, a talented photographer in Bigfork, Montana. Suggestions are always …

May 5, 2024: A Peek Inside Patek Philippe SWI: Together with Rolex, Audemars Piguet and Richard Mille, Patek Philippe is one of the “Big Four” watchmakers, the four independent brands that …

May 4, 2024: Fifteen very useful tips from Christian Möhrle for using Lightroom masks.

May 2, 2024: I just updated my list of Photographers Worth Exploring to add Sarah M. Lee. Lee is also interviewed here. Suggestions are always welcome.

May 1, 2024: Is the Apple Watch Worth It? A few days ago, my Apple Watch started losing battery power very rapidly and I have been unable to resolve the issue. I cannot make it through a day. …

Apr 30, 2024: I just added James Rice to my list of Photographers Worth Exploring. Rice is interviewed extensively here.

Apr 29, 2024: I found this Lightroom video very helpful: youtube.com/watch

Apr 26, 2024: Just added Keith Pitts to my list of Paris Photographers.

Apr 26, 2024: I just updated my list of Photographers Worth Exploring. Suggestions are always welcome.

Apr 26, 2024: I just added links listing sunrise and sunset places for making photos in Paris to my suggestions for Visiting Paris.

Apr 25, 2024: I just added Stéphane Chung to my list of Paris Photographers worth getting to know.

Apr 25, 2024: Les ailes du Moulin-Rouge sont tombées Le Monde: Les ailes du moulin surplombant le célèbre cabaret parisien du Moulin-Rouge sont tombées au cours de la nuit de mercredi 24 à jeudi 25 …

Apr 23, 2024: Salman Rushdie’s New Book Paris Diary by Laure flying back to Paris from New York: On the flight back I read “Knife“, Salman Rushdie’s very immediate account of his stabbing …

Apr 23, 2024: I just updated my Guide to Visiting Paris.

Apr 23, 2024: Paris's Jeu de Paume is closing from May 12 to September 28 Due to the Olympics, which will bar access to place de la Concorde and part of the Tuileries gardens all summer, the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume …

Apr 10, 2024: I just updated my recommended list of Paris photographers. I added Fabien Ecochard and Jean-luc Abelin. I love their work.

Mar 31, 2024: C'est la grève - Guide to Strikes in France I just learned that there is a site for keeping track of strikes in France. I added it to my guide for visiting Paris. The site lists strikes …

Mar 30, 2024: Le Monde: A Kiev, Anne Hidalgo dit « aux athlètes russes et biélorusses qu’ils ne sont pas les bienvenus » aux Jeux de Paris 2024 Mais une maire …

Mar 27, 2024: I updated my blogroll to add Annie Mueller’s blog. Annie’s candid writing is captivating.

Mar 26, 2024: SWI: How the heightened IS terror threat affects Switzerland

Mar 26, 2024: Ukrainians in Switzerland SWI: Two years ago, the Swiss government activated protection status S for Ukrainian refugees – a first in the Alpine country. Integration into the …

Mar 25, 2024: SWI: Inside the elite Swiss school for hotel managers

Mar 25, 2024: SWI: From Aargau to New York: the story of the Guggenheim family

Mar 24, 2024: I just updated my Blogroll. Dave Winer has really motivated me to keep it updated.

Mar 23, 2024: Updated Guide for Visiting Paris I added two sites to my guide for visiting Paris: Musée de la Préfecture de police (Police Museum), Hôtel de police – 4 rue de la Montagne …

Mar 23, 2024: PopClip Leaves the Mac App Store PopClip: The last released version of PopClip on the Mac App Store is v2023.9. This is the final update that will be available through the store. You …

Mar 23, 2024: Why Blog? ‘A record of the roads I’ve traveled’ Jack Baty: First, I like to share things I’m thinking about. This can have the effect of exposing others to things they might not have known …

Mar 21, 2024: I just updated my list of Paris photographers. It’s a work in progress. Suggestions are always welcome.

Mar 19, 2024: Washington’s Cherry Blossoms in Full Bloom The Washington Post - Capital Weather Gang

Mar 16, 2024: John Howard Payne's Memorial Stone, Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, D.C. (2024) John Howard Payne (June 9, 1791 – April 10, 1852) was an American actor, poet, playwright, and author who had nearly two decades of a theatrical …

Mar 16, 2024: The Washington Post: Fatal heat wave strikes unspoiled swath of Great Barrier Reef

Mar 15, 2024: NYTimes: Automakers Are Sharing Consumers’ Driving Behavior With Insurance Companies LexisNexis, which generates consumer risk profiles for the …

Mar 15, 2024: List of Paris Photographers updated to add Laura Leijnen, a French-Belgian photographer, mostly street, mostly Paris. Suggestions of other …

Mar 14, 2024: Disparition de l’amiral Philippe de Gaulle (1921-2024) Elysée: L’amiral Philippe de Gaulle, ancien résistant et sénateur de Paris, nous a quittés à 102 ans. Sa haute silhouette, son profil aquilin, …

Mar 13, 2024: The Washington Post: Picasso tried to ruin his ex’s career. The Picasso Museum will show her art.

Mar 11, 2024: Le Monde: Écouter tous les articles en version audio Si vous vous inscrivez au journal Le Monde, vous pouvez maintenant écouter tous les articles en version audio dans l’application. Pour profiter …

Mar 10, 2024: Blogging About Blogging Manuel Moreale, an Italian freelance developer and designer, has a weekly newsletter entitled People and Blogs. In each issue of his newsletter, he …

Mar 10, 2024: Are Social Media Worth the Time and Effort? Jehtan Mehta: I don’t want to wake up to a social media timeline of any sort No, not even the ethical ones like Mastodon or Micro.blog. Heck, I don’t …

Mar 9, 2024: Om’s first impressions of the new Leica SL3 are mixed. He has yet to order one.

Mar 9, 2024: Visiting Paris I suggest places to visit in Paris and resources for learning about the city of light here. This list is updated as I learn more about Paris. …

Mar 4, 2024: Wikipedia: List of photographs considered the most important This is a list of photographs considered the most important in surveys where authoritative sources review the history of the medium not limited by …

Mar 2, 2024: Dorothea Lange at the National Gallery of Art, Washington During her long, prolific, and groundbreaking career, the American photographer Dorothea Lange made some of the most iconic portraits of the 20th …

Mar 2, 2024: Star Power: Photographs from Hollywood’s Golden Age by George Hurrell at the National Portrait Gallery - March 1, 2024 - January 5, 2025

Mar 2, 2024: Updated Guide to Visiting Washington, DC

Mar 2, 2024: Everything you need to know about the National Cherry Blossom Festival

Feb 29, 2024: Results of the 2023 Ricoh GR Photo Contest GR Photo Festival 2023: Three photos were selected by each of Ricoh’s ten judges from all over the world. There were about 7,000 total entries. …

Feb 29, 2024: Watching Audrey before it leaves Netflix. Totally charming. Why did I wait so long?

Feb 29, 2024: Read the Fine Print Before Buying Travel Insurance If you buy travel insurance for a group tour make sure the payment of any claim from the insurer goes to you and not the tour company. Christopher …

Feb 28, 2024: United States Supreme Court

Feb 28, 2024: A Nice WordPress Gallery Plugin My hobby is photography and I’ve been looking for a WordPress gallery plugin I like to display image galleries in blog posts. I’ve tried many but they …

Feb 26, 2024: A complete guide to Bluesky 🦋 – mackuba.eu A complete guide to Bluesky 🦋 – mackuba.eu I want to thank Kuba Suder of Poland for this well written and detailed guide to Bluesky, which he …

Feb 26, 2024: Lake Needwood, Derwood, Maryland

Feb 24, 2024: Friendship Heights Village, Maryland Population: 5,360

Feb 24, 2024: ’Photography is a way to be in life’ .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, …

Feb 22, 2024: Books About Paris Gregg Rutter, a photographer from Minnesota, recommends these books about Paris on episode 478 of the Join Us in France podcast: Paris, the Novel, by …

Feb 22, 2024: Harvard Antisemitic Cartoon Harvard University Interim President Alan M. Garber: A few groups purporting to speak on behalf of Harvard affiliates recently circulated a …

Feb 20, 2024: The Value of Having Your Own Domain IntelTechniques: I have always preached using your own domains for all vital email. Sure, we all have burners with various providers for all of the …

Feb 20, 2024: Pan Am ‘First Moon Flights’ Club Between 1968 and 1971, Pan American World Airways issued over 93,000 “First Moon Flights” Club cards to those eager to make a reservation for the …

Feb 20, 2024: Library of Congress The Library of Congress in Washington, DC is the largest library in the world, with millions of books, films and video, audio recordings, photographs, …

Feb 19, 2024: Simone Veil (1927-2017) An interesting podcast episode recounting the life of Simone Veil, Holocaust survivor, abortion rights activist and former president of the European …

Feb 18, 2024: Jodie Foster interviewée en Français Jodie Foster est très talentueuse. Actrice et réalisatrice très impressionnante. J’adore. .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: …

Feb 18, 2024: Lake Needwood, Derwood, Maryland Lake Needwood is a 75-acre (300,000 m2) reservoir in Derwood, Maryland. Located in east of Rockville, in the eastern part of Montgomery County, it is …

Feb 17, 2024: Why Antisemitism Persists - A Jewish Perspective Boaz Munro1 writing in Tablet: Why don’t we see more efforts to dismantle antisemitism? Well, for one thing, Jews make up only 0.2% of the global …

Feb 16, 2024: Make One Friend a Year Emma Nadler writing in The Washington Post: The landmark Harvard Study of Adult Development suggests that close relationships are the most …

Feb 16, 2024: Finished reading: Seven Ages of Paris by Alistair Horne 📚 I listened to this superb audiobook and enjoyed it. It’s 20 hours and 49 minutes long and …

Feb 16, 2024: Are Internet Prices in the US Too High? Om: [M] y parents [in India] pay $10 for a 500 Mbps connection, as long as they buy their “cable bundle” and phone service from the same provider. …

Feb 15, 2024: Podcast: ‘Washington Welcomes’ Hosted by David Rubenstein The Economic Club of Washington, DC has a podcast called Washington Welcomes. David Rubenstein, co-Founder of Carlyle Group and the Economic Club …

Feb 15, 2024: Text-only Websites Sijmen J. Mulder has a wonderful directory of websites composed simple, marked up, hyperlinked text. These sites load quickly, scroll smoothly, spare …

Feb 15, 2024: A First Person Account from Gaza Jehad Al-Saftawi1 wrote a moving piece entitled Hamas Built Tunnels Beneath My Family’s Home in Gaza. Now It Lies in Ruin: Since Hamas’s violent …

Feb 15, 2024: Japan Loses Spot as Third-Largest Economy AP reports that Japan’s economy is now the world’s fourth-largest after it contracted in the last quarter of 2023 and fell behind Germany: Japan was …

Feb 14, 2024: New Car Prices Escalating WSJ: The average price of a new vehicle rose from $39,813 in January 2021 to $47,358 in January 2024. Median income in the United States is about …

Feb 13, 2024: Report: Former Google CEO Bought Former Jackie Kennedy House in Georgetown Politico: Former Google CEO ERIC SCHMIDT and his wife, WENDY, are the anonymous buyers of the historic Georgetown mansion that JACQUELINE KENNEDY …

Feb 13, 2024: USC Shoah Foundation Lecture Series on Antisemitism With anti-Jewish rhetoric and violence on the rise around the world, the USC Shoah Foundation has launched the Daniel and Marisa Klass USC Shoah …

Feb 13, 2024: London’s Wiener Holocaust Library Celebrates 90 Years of Service The Wiener Holocaust Library in London is celebrating its 90th birthday. It is the oldest continuously functioning archive documenting Nazi crimes. …

Feb 13, 2024: Blogs I Like I like traditional blogs, which harken back to the early days of the internet when people wrote to share for the joy of sharing. The main goal wasn’t …

Feb 12, 2024: Forgetting Doesn’t Mean President Biden Can’t Do the Job Dr. Charan Ranganath, a professor of psychology and neuroscience and director of the Dynamic Memory Lab at the University of California, Davis, …

Feb 10, 2024: Podcast: ‘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 …

Feb 10, 2024: Why Having Your Own Home on the Internet is Important Om: Why do “creatives” forget that the platform exists for one reason—the platform’s overall growth and viability? The Substack founders are staying …

Feb 10, 2024: My Perspective on WordPress I’ve always thought of WordPress as the default for personal websites focused on writing. However, I have never found a WordPress theme I love. Some …

Feb 10, 2024: Recommended TV Series These are among the TV series I’ve enjoyed, in no particular order: The Honourable Woman The Americans Bureau des Legendes Liaison on AppleTV+ Les …

Feb 10, 2024: Daniel Lubetzky, CEO and Son of Holocaust Survivor .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, …

Feb 10, 2024: Abram Enzel (1916-1994) Abram Enzel, was born in Częstochowa, Poland on June 18, 1916 to Chaim and Faigle Enzel. Chaim worked as a Kosher butcher. They had five children; …

Feb 10, 2024: Remembering Pittsburgh’s Concordia Club The Concordia Club was a part of Jewish life in Pittsburgh from the late 19th century until 2009. Foundation on Pittsburgh’s North Side In 1874, a …

Feb 8, 2024: A Useful List of Blogging Platforms Manuel Moreale, an Italian freelance developer and designer, posted this list on his blog. He’s been blogging since 2017. I can’t tell what platform …

Feb 8, 2024: Even Smart People Get Scammed Cory Doctorow: I was tricked by a phone-phisher pretending to be from my bank, and he convinced me to hand over my credit-card number, then did …

Feb 8, 2024: French Language Resources for Francophone Francophiles I have found these resources helpful for keeping up and improving my French. This list is a work in progress. I welcome suggestions of other …

Feb 8, 2024: Migrating from Substack to Ghost Molly White left Substack and went to a self-hosted Ghost1 newsletter, in large part over its policies. I applaud her for leaving Substack. It’s …

Feb 8, 2024: Hommage aux victimes du 7 octobre en France Discours d’Emmanuel Macron aux Invalides. Cet hommage intervient quatre mois jour pour jour après l’attaque du groupe terroriste islamiste …

Feb 8, 2024: Why Are So Many, So Comfortable Telling Israel What to Do? Hillary Clinton via The Times of Israel: Netanyahu should go. He is not a trustworthy leader. It was on his watch that the attack happened. He needs …

Feb 7, 2024: Respond or Remain Silent? There are many hot button issues now. People are very divided. It’s worth thinking about what you will do when someone says something or writes …

Feb 7, 2024: BlueSky Now Open to the Public Nick Heer: Bluesky does not need to become more popular than behemoths like Twitter or Threads to be successful. Twitter itself proved that: it was …

Feb 7, 2024: Visiting Washington, DC Places to Visit Washington Monument Library of Congress National Gallery of Art National Museum of Natural History, especially the Hope Diamond …

Feb 6, 2024: 'Seven Ages of Paris' by Alistair Horne Reading: Seven Ages of Paris by Alistair Horne 📚 I’m listening this in the form of an audiobook. It’s a detailed and fascinating history …

Feb 6, 2024: Be Careful if You Travel with Expensive Stuff If you travel with expensive equipment, please be extra careful. This photographer — Manny Ortiz — was the victim of camera theft ($16,000) on a train …

Feb 6, 2024: Comparing Weather Forecast Accuracy ForecastAdvisor shows you the accuracy of the major weather forecasters, including Accuweather, AerisWeather, Foreca, the National Weather Service, …

Jan 30, 2024: Why Publish? Why I Do This - Sulluzzu: But why do I feel the need to publish this writing? Why do I not just write these in a diary or journal? I think the answer …

Jan 30, 2024: Paris: Walking Along the Seine I have loved Paris for more than 40 years. About seven years ago, I stumbled across Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light. The author, David …

Jan 30, 2024: Remembering a High School French Teacher Ms. Graves, the French teacher, loved talking about Paris. She had one time been married to someone who we thought was rich because she had gone over …

Jan 29, 2024: Film: ‘Möbius’ I’m adored the French TV series “The Bureau” (“Le Bureau des Légendes”) created by Éric Rochant. I’ve started exploring Rochant’s other work hoping …

Jan 29, 2024: Crime on the Rise in the Nation’s Capital The Georgetowner: U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, announced Jan. 26 the Justice Department will be dedicating new resources to combating …

Jan 29, 2024: Blogging to Connect With Kindred Spirits Blogger Rach Smith of Australia used to look for links back to her site from other creators. But when her blog started ranking on Google, most of her …

Jan 29, 2024: The High Cost of WWII The Second World War lasted for 2,174 days, cost $1.5 trillion and claimed the lives of over 50 million people. That represents 23,000 lives lost …

Jan 29, 2024: Bing Crosby Singing in French Bing Crosby (1903-1977) sings mainly in French about Paris in this wonderful album. Crosby recorded the album in Paris on May 16, 1953. The …

Jan 29, 2024: We Must Not Forget the Lessons of the Holocaust Christopher J. Dodd served in the United States Senate from 1981 to 2011. His father, Thomas J. Dodd (1959 - 1971) also served in the United States …

Jan 29, 2024: Personal Independent Blogs are Important Lars Mensel explains that personal blogs allow people to stay in control of their own data: Many—if not most—of the online platforms and networks …

Jan 28, 2024: Flickr Explore: A Peak Behind the Curtain I am a long time Pro member of FIickr. I wondered how photos are selected for Flickr Explore. The photos featured there inspire me. In a 2020 blog …

Jan 28, 2024: ‘The Bureau’: A Superb French TV Series “The Bureau” is a French spy TV series (“Le Bureau des Légendes”) on Canal+ created by Éric Rochant1. The series concerns the daily life and missions …

Jan 28, 2024: JungleDragon: Sharing Wildlife Photos JungleDragon is a social wildlife community for fans of nature. It’s mission is to facilitate the creation of the largest resource of nature imagery …

Jan 28, 2024: Audrey Hepburn's Poignant Reaction to Anne Frank's Diary Audrey Hepburn describing her reaction to reading the Anne Frank’s diary in 1946: I was exactly the same age as Anne Frank. We were both 10 when war …

Jan 28, 2024: Blogging Myths Julia Evans, a Canadian software developer, offers eight blogging myths that discourage people from blogging: myth: you need to be original myth: you …

Jan 28, 2024: ‘ What Makes You Come Alive’ “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go do that. Because what the world needs are people who …

Jan 28, 2024: Robert Clary (1926-2022) The Washington Post: Robert Clary, a French-born survivor of Nazi concentration camps during World War II who played a feisty prisoner of war in the …

Jan 28, 2024: TV Series: ‘The Americans’ There aren’t many TV shows I miss long after they end. The Americans is one of them. Even though the series ended in 2018, I still miss the …

Jan 28, 2024: Lara Fabian Lara Fabian sings beautifully. Fabian is best known for the dance pop song “I Will Love Again,” which was released in 2000 and peaked at number 32 on …

Jan 28, 2024: Laura Pausini .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, …

Jan 28, 2024: Michel LeGrand (1932-2019) Ever since I was a boy, my ambition has been to live completely surrounded by music. My dream is not to miss out anything. That’s why I’ve …

Jan 28, 2024: Om on Instagram Om explains why he no longer posts on Instagram: And then there is Instagram, which I have given up for Lent. I must say, it is quite a relief to not …

Jan 28, 2024: George Will: Holocaust Museum Showcases Lessons for Today George Will writing in The Washington Post on the 25th anniversary of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington: Nothing — nothing — is …

Jan 28, 2024: Why Blog? - ‘You just might want to say hello’ The late Nora Ephron writing on HuffPost in 2006 explained that: getting heard outside the world of blogs occasionally requires that you have …

Jan 28, 2024: Why Blog? - A Place to Speak One’s Mind Photographer and blogger Kirk Tuck summing up his 2018 — which now seems like a long time ago — wrote: Everyone should have at least one safe space …

Jan 28, 2024: Chicago at Night Jim Hill is a Chicago photographer worth getting to know. He became fascinated by Chicago’s nighttime alleys and back streets during the pandemic: I …

Jan 28, 2024: ‘The Intern’: A Charming Comedy I enjoyed watching The Intern (2015). Robert De Niro plays a healthy but lonely 70-year-old retired widower named Ben Whittaker. Ben worked as an …

Jan 28, 2024: Audiobook: ‘Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations’ Retired Admiral William H. McRaven was involved in high profile special operations missions, including the capture of Saddam Hussein, the rescue of …

Jan 28, 2024: Audiobook: ‘The Liberation of Paris: How Eisenhower, de Gaulle, and von Choltitz Saved the City of Light’ The Liberation of Paris is a gripping book that is packed full of interesting details about Nazi-occupied Paris and its last commander Dietrich von …

Jan 28, 2024: Book: ‘The Diaries of Friedrich Kellner’ I recently read the second and final volume of the biography of Adolf Hitler by German historian Volker Ullrich. It is entitled Hitler: Downfall: …

Jan 28, 2024: Jaron Lanier: Why to Delete Your Social Media Accounts One of the main reasons to delete your social media accounts is that there isn’t a real choice to move to different social media accounts. Quitting …

Jan 28, 2024: The Person Best Suited to Us Alain de Botton writing in The New York Times: The person who is best suited to us is not the person who shares our every taste (he or she doesn’t …

Jan 28, 2024: Film: ’Steal the Sky’ Steal the Sky is a 1988 HBO movie directed by John D. Hancock and starring Mariel Hemingway and Ben Cross. The film is based on the true story of …

Jan 28, 2024: Ian Kershaw: Hitler Biographer Sir Ian Kershaw is an English historian whose work has chiefly focused on the social history of 20th-century Germany. He is regarded by many as one of …

Jan 28, 2024: Books: Volker Ullrich’s Two-Volume Biography of Hitler Volker Ullrich, a German historian, is the author an excellent two-volume biography of Hitler in German. Jefferson Chase translated both volumes into …

Jan 28, 2024: Vintage Images of Washington I recently discovered the Streets of Washington blog and Flickr feed where you can find many vintage and hard to find images from postcards and other …

Jan 28, 2024: Film: ‘The Art Dealer (L’antiquaire)' The Art Dealer (L’antiquaire) is a beautiful 2015 French film about a young Parisian woman portrayed by Anna Sigalevitch. She’s searching for …

Jan 28, 2024: Nearly 1m Americans Are ‘Kinless’ Paula Span writing in The New York Times: An estimated 6.6 percent of American adults aged 55 and older have no living spouse or biological children, …

Jan 28, 2024: TV Series: ‘The Honourable Woman’ ‘The Honourable Woman’ is a 2014 British political spy thriller miniseries in eight parts. It was directed and written by Hugo Blick for the BBC and …

Jan 28, 2024: Blogging Without a Plan is OK The author of but she’s a girl . . . writing about the 20th anniversary of her blog: When I started this blog 20 years ago, I had no real plan in …

Jan 28, 2024: Audiobook by James Taylor In the audiobook ‘Break Shot: My First 21 Years‘ James Taylor recounts the first 21 years of his life in very personal and moving terms while …

Jan 28, 2024: Always Write for Your Audience From the About Page of Derek Sivers, who I believe pioneered the concept of the Now Page, — a webpage describing what a blogger or website owner is …

Jan 28, 2024: A Substack Publication Shares Subscription Data SpyTalk is a Substack publication covering national security topics, with an emphasis on U.S. intelligence operations, both foreign and domestic. In …

Jan 28, 2024: Need for Jewish Homeland Recognized Long Before the Holocaust Theodor Herzl wrote in 1896, more than 40 years before the Holocaust: My happier co-religionists will not believe me till Jew-baiting teaches them …

Jan 28, 2024: ’Core Reason for Photography’ The core reason for photography: what can’t be explained in words can sometimes be expressed as imagery. Bruce Perry

Jan 28, 2024: Film: ‘Ida’ Anna, a young woman training to be a nun in 1960s Poland is on the verge of taking her vows when she meets her only living relative for the first time …

Jan 28, 2024: Blogger Describes Move from Squarespace to Ghost Blogger Chris Lloyd moved his blog from Squarespace to Ghost and is happy with Ghost. Still he shares Ghost’s negatives: Bulk editing of posts - …

Jan 28, 2024: Hitler’s Last Direct Order The last direct order to be personally signed by Hitler in the bunker was transmitted to Field Marshal Ferdinand Schörner at 04.50 on 24 April [1945] …

Jan 28, 2024: Why Creating Links to Open New Browser Windows is Probably Not a Good Practice I want to thank Sven Dahlstrand for taking the time to explain to me why opening external links in a new tab is probably not a good practice. Sven …

Jan 28, 2024: Blogger Explains Move from Squarespace to Ghost Appsntips: I decided to move my blog away from Squarespace. The main reason behind the move was that Squarespace is a full-fledged website builder …

Jan 28, 2024: Blogging Makes My Writing Better Steve Hodgson explains why he blogs rather than just writing in a diary or a journal: I think the answer is that writing to publish, and the idea of …

Jan 28, 2024: Squarespace Sites and Google PageSpeed Insights Studio Mesa, a website that sells premium Squarespace templates, explains: Even with all the optimization in the world, Squarespace websites are …

Jan 28, 2024: Podcast with Julieanne Kost Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop expert Julieanne Kost is interviewed on the Photocombobulate podcast. The topic is Lightroom Classic Tips.  Episode 27: …

Jan 28, 2024: Podcast: ‘Join Us In France’ If you want to travel in France and learn about French history, the Join Us in France podcast is a superb resource. The podcast, which launched in …

Jan 28, 2024: ‘Getting back to actual blogging’ Christina (CJ) Jones explains her blogging history and why she is resuming her blog in 2023: My first blog was on Blogger, then transitioned to …

Jan 28, 2024: Personal Websites Provide Creative Freedom Matthias Ott, a web designer from Stuttgart, on the value of personal websites: Your personal website is a place that provides immense creative …

Jan 28, 2024: Blogging: ‘A Space of My Own’ Vincent Ritter explaining why he blogs: This site acts as portal to my past and present self that one day I can look back on, on my steps forward and …

Jan 28, 2024: Blogging to Connect with Others Directly Kev Quirk engages with his readers via an email button at the end of each post. I like that because there is substance to the dialogue. You can’t get …

Jan 28, 2024: Stella Tennant (1970-2020) Stella Tennant, iconic model and fashion designer, died in Scotland on December 22, 2020. She was 50 years old. Culture and style critic Guy Trebay, …

Jan 28, 2024: Paris Photographers to Explore Paris is a beautiful city and attracts many talented photographers. These are among the photographers who capture the essence of this extraordinary …

Jan 28, 2024: Music: Stacey Kent Stacey Kent is an American jazz singer with a glorious voice. She was born in 1965 in New Jersey and is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College. Her …

Jan 28, 2024: On the Power of Propaganda Erna Paris (1938 - 2022) writing in The Globe and Mail: The core learning future generations must acquire, in addition to the facts of Holocaust …

Jan 28, 2024: A Frenchman at the Helm of Gucci WSJ: Jean-Francois Palus, Gucci’s new CEO was brought in “to reinvent Gucci as a steadier, more dependable brand less vulnerable to shifts in the …

Jan 28, 2024: Photography is About Sharing [T] he core of the photographic act is the verb “to share“ and that photography is all about sharing a moment I frame and want to hold on to for now, …

Jan 28, 2024: ‘Let’s bring back the blog.’ Alan Jacobs writing on his blog entitled The Homebound Symphony: [W]hile many of the old-school blogs are dead and gone, a surprising number of them …

Jan 28, 2024: Have Your Own Space on the Internet Om on big publishing platforms: No matter how often this happens, we don’t learn our lessons — we continue to till other people’s proverbial land and …

Jan 28, 2024: Remembering Maisie Hitchcock I recently learned that, Maisie Hitchcock, a guide on a Rick Steves tour of Switzerland I took in 2018 died peacefully of ovarian cancer on August 9, …

Jan 28, 2024: China’s Population Declining Rapidly WSJ: With the number of babies in free fall—fewer than 10 million were born in 2022, compared with around 16 million in 2012—China is headed toward a …

Jan 28, 2024: French Museums Welcomed Record Numbers in 2023 Le Louvre had 8.9 million visitors in 2023, up 14% compared with 2022. Versailles had 8.1 million visitors, 18% of whom were Americans. Most, but not …

Jan 28, 2024: French Jews Leaving France for Israel in Greater Numbers Out of Fear The Times of Israel and Le Monde report that more than 1,500 antisemitic incidents occurred in France between October 7 and mid-November, 2023. This …

Jan 28, 2024: Barnes & Noble Returning to Georgetown in DC The Georgetowner: Gone from Georgetown since 2011, the the United States’ largest national bookstore chain will return to its original location at …

Jan 28, 2024: Dutch Holocaust Survivors Spied on as a ‘Danger to Democracy’ Dutch News: Dutch Jews who survived the death camps and returned to the Netherlands were for years monitored by the Dutch secret service because they …

Jan 28, 2024: 2023: DC’s Deadliest Year Since 1997 The Washington Post: The nation’s capital recorded more homicides in 2023 than in any year since 1997, giving the District the fifth-highest murder …

Jan 28, 2024: Making and Keeping Friends Takes Time and Effort Clare Ansberry writes about making and keeping friends for The Wall Street Journal: People can generally maintain three to five close friendships. We …

Jan 28, 2024: Paradise is Where You Stand Pico Iyer writing in The New York Times: As a constant traveler for 49 years now, I sometimes feel I’ve been zigzagging from one “paradise” to the …

Jan 28, 2024: Netanyahu on Israel’s Expansion of Diplomatic Relations in 2020 In its first seventy-two years, Israel made peace with two Arab countries, Egypt and Jordan. In the span of four months, Israel had made peace with …

Jan 28, 2024: Blogging for the Joy of Sharing Simon Reynolds writing in The Guardian explains that he started blogging in 2002 and he will never stop blogging, even if if it’s an outdated format. …

Jan 28, 2024: Blogging Platforms Jason Velazquez recently shared a handy list of blogging platforms, many of which are unfamiliar to me.

Jan 28, 2024: Photography: Sharing Moments I have always said that at the core of the photographic act is the verb “to share“ and that photography is all about sharing a moment I frame and …

Jan 28, 2024: Switzerland and Dachau Germany’s National Socialist (Nazi) government and Switzerland had substantial ties. Switzerland’s contribution to the construction of the Dachau …

Jan 28, 2024: ‘We need to be heard’ Annie Mueller writing on Substack: It’s so important to be heard, and to know you’re heard. Not just when there’s a crisis, or a wound, or a big …

Jan 28, 2024: The Joy of Photography Ferdy Christant, in a superb piece about Flickr, suggests that people who photograph for the joy of it should focus less on external validation such …

Jan 28, 2024: Photography ‘Takes Me to Another World’ Patrik Seiler is a talented Swiss photographer who mainly makes photographs of landscapes and cities: Every time I pick up my camera, I forget the …

Jan 28, 2024: ’Why Nostalgia?’ Jeanne Moreau (1928 – 2017) was a French actress, singer, screenwriter, director, and socialite: My life is very exciting now. Nostalgia for what? …

Jan 28, 2024: Blog About Whatever You Want to Share Ben Werdmuller on what you should write about on your blog: Whatever you want to share. That’s the long answer and the short answer. What you …

Jan 28, 2024: ‘Blog your heart out!’ Robin Rendle explains why he thinks it’s worth blogging: Ignore the analytics and the retweets though. There will be lonely, barren years of no one …

Jan 28, 2024: Starting Small Sophia Efthimiatou, head of writer relations at Substack, explains that it’s ok to start writing with a small audience: You would think known writers …

Jan 28, 2024: Memories The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do. – Andy Warhol

Jan 28, 2024: World War II - Total Civilian and Military Deaths in Millions Country Military Deaths in Millions Soviet Union 24 China 20 Germany 6.6 to 6.8 Poland 5.6 Japan 2.6 to 3.1 …

Jan 28, 2024: On the Importance of Ukraine in 1991 With roughly 52 million inhabitants at the time, Ukraine was, in population terms, both the second-largest Soviet republic and the size of a major …

Jan 28, 2024: Discovering Great European Television The Euro TV Place is an excellent source of recommendations for great European television. Linda Jew, the founder of the site, regularly publishes …

Jan 28, 2024: Helen Reddy (1941-2020) Singer Helen Reddy, who was born in Australia in 1941, died in Los Angeles on September 29, 2020 at the age of 78. I loved her music. Her first hit …

Jan 28, 2024: Remembering Maison des Crêpes in Washington I visited Washington for the first time as part of a weekend trip organized by my high school’s French club. We ate at Maison des Crêpes. I enjoyed …

Jan 28, 2024: Film: ‘A Little Romance’ A Little Romance is a 1979 American romantic comedy film directed by George Roy Hill and starring Laurence Olivier, Thelonious Bernard, and Diane Lane …

Jan 28, 2024: Music: Jean-Jacques Goldman Jean-Jacques Goldman is very popular in the French-speaking world. Since the death of Johnny Hallyday in 2017, he has been the highest grossing living …

Jan 28, 2024: Audiobook: ‘The Liberation of Paris’ The Liberation of Paris is a gripping book that is packed full of interesting details about Nazi-occupied Paris and its last commander Dietrich von …

Jan 28, 2024: Audiobook: Recounting the Dreyfus Affair Before listening to An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris, I knew only the broad outline of the Dreyfus Affair, a political scandal that divided …

Jan 28, 2024: Photoshop Tip: Removing White Glows on Edges In this short video, Scott Kelby explains how to get rid of those white glows around the outside edges of things. It’s not hard to do.

Dec 26, 2022: Lake Needwood, Derwood, Maryland A cold morning the day after Christmas, 2022 The Washington Post - Capital Weather Gang

Jan 29, 2019: A Wake-Up Call to American Jews Bernard-Henri Lévy (BHL) writing in The Forward: I wish to warn my Jewish American brothers and sisters of the danger I perceive from the vantage …