Ted Cruz Is Channeling Henry VIII

A megalomaniac hell-bent on bucking the political establishment to justify a personal crusade. Ted Cruz? Yes. But before Ted Cruz, history's political master-of-disaster was Henry VIII. They might be related. Back in the 16th century, Henry VIII was a Catholic married to Catherine of Aragon. By Catholic law, they were bound together for life. But Henry was more concerned … [Read more...]

The Lost Art of the Candy Aesthetic

This blog was originally posted in The Huffington Post on September 20, 2013. Next time you're in the grocery store, take a good look at the chocolate candy on the shelves. See anything different? Probably not. That's because the popular chocolates we're used to seeing have been super-sized, miniaturized and personalized. One of this season's "new" products is Raspberry … [Read more...]

Atalanta and the No-Choice Generation

This blog was originally posted in The Huffington Post on August 26, 2013. Free to Be...You and Me, the iconic 1970s album about gender equality, was the soundtrack to my childhood. Marlo Thomas and a cast of popular actors, musicians and personalities recorded a series of songs and vignettes which challenged stereotypes about what men and women were supposed to look … [Read more...]

Snowden-Inspired Lessons from an Icelandic Hot Spring

This blog was originally posted in The Huffington Post on August 1, 2013. Two weeks ago, I waded into the opalescent azure water of the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa in Iceland. This outdoor hot spring, about the size of two football fields, is one of the top tourist attractions in the country. Bathers from around the globe slather Blue Lagoon mud on their faces and necks, … [Read more...]

North Korea’s Nuclear Arsenal: A Farce?

This blog was originally posted as a feature article on The Huffington Post on June 13, 2013.  The most poignant part of Hyeonseo Lee's TEDTalk was her mention of the Good Samaritan who assisted with the release of her family from a prison in Laos. Many of us would like to see ourselves as this man. We hear the harrowing tales of North Korean refugees and we want to help. … [Read more...]

My Trip to the DMZ

This blog was originally posted as My Trip to the DMZ on The Huffington Post on June 13, 2013. Everyone line up single file in two lines. Good. Now turn to your left. You're facing north. Are you ready? You only have a few minutes. Set? Good. Now take your pictures. I, along with 30 other tourists, was just meters away from the Military Demarcation Line (MDL), the … [Read more...]

So Long, Pro-choice. I’m Pro-faith.

This blog first appeared on May 7, 2013 in The Huffington Post. Whoever came up with the term "Pro-Life" is a marketing genius. It's a phrase of positivity and affirmation for something universal: life. It lays claim to all that is good, and by doing so casts any dissenters in the shadow of death. Literally. Because if you're not Pro-Life, then axiomatically, you're … [Read more...]

Thank You, Beirut. Your Friend, Dubai.

This blog first appeared on April 24, 2013 in The Huffington Post. Before I left for my trip to Lebanon this December, my 84-year-old neighbor told me about the fantastic nightlife in Beirut. She had visited the city after World War II, while her husband was stationed in Europe. She told me about Beirut's unique blend of European sophistication and liberal leanings in an … [Read more...]

Lance Armstrong: America’s Next Counter-Terrorism Agent

Note: This blogitorial was published before Mr. Armstrong's tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey on April 17, 2013. "America loves a winner, and will not tolerate a loser. This is why America has never, and will never, lose a war." —General George S. Patton, Jr. The braggadocio of General Patton’s statement defined him as a brilliant World War II general, and it still … [Read more...]

What Americans Can Learn from How Catholics Think

In November of 2011, Catholic church-goers had to pay a little more attention at Mass. The Liturgy of the Catholic Missal had been modified for the first time in forty years. A new Latin-based translation refined selected phrases, notably the switch from, “And also with You,” to, “And with Your Spirit.” Parishioners stumbled. Placards were referenced. Changes were … [Read more...]