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I was born in Detroit in 1959, though I lived my formative years in Stillwater, Minnesota, a town just south of Garrison Keillor's Lake Wobegon, or at least one of the villages he based it on. I graduated from Stillwater High in 1977 and from the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis in 1983; I have a B.A. in International Relations. I took a leisurely six years to finish my college education. Along the way I studied in both Spain and France, and saw most of western Europe; I also learned Portuguese.

I have always been an English teacher -- work I stumbled into as a student in Madrid. Finishing college, I lived in Quito, Ecuador, where I taught English. I also traveled around South America, visiting almost every country, most notably Brazil, and have been back to Ecuador and Brazil since then, traveling and researching books.

I settled permanently in Madrid in 1985, and married a few years later. I keep my bread buttered by teaching English courses on a freelance basis in Spanish companies in the Madrid area. If you look at my web page, you'll see that half is for my English business.

I give an hour, maybe two, of class, then pack up my briefcase and leave behind my students clinched to their computer screens; I can never be too grateful to teaching. My work also gives me time to write, every morning roughly between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. (the Spanish lunch hour), since at that time Spaniards are too busy raising company profits to ponder the mysteries of the verb Get.
As to my writing, I will only say that, as in holding English class for seven bank technocrats at 8 a.m., I try to speak brightly, move things briskly, and teach minimally. No example should be without its humor, no lesson without its respect for people's intelligence.

And so from my perch in Spain I write about America -- often in verse which I'm reluctant to call poetry -- and try to offer the perspective of one who can see it both inside and outside, both the trees and the woods. It is an extraordinary time in the nation's history, especially regarding the growing contempt between the governors and the governed. It will end badly. But in the meantime, what a magnificent spectacle, like one of Tintoretto's immense canvases boiling with humanity. Damn the falling rates of literacy; it's a great time to write novels.


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Reporters Saturday, July 2, 2016 (10 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Why do conspiracy theories abound nowadays? When reporters neglect their work, conspiracy theorists step in. The more neglect, the more theories.

Scarecrow Monday, June 20, 2016      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Was the Orlando shooting real? Too many massacres share the same pattern: actors as witnesses, big money, invisible blood, etc.

Joy Love Peace Closeup Tuesday, June 14, 2016      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Hillary the bleeding-heart peacenik Why are most conservatives so hard on Hillary Clinton?

River Floating - Wrangell-St. Elias Thursday, May 26, 2016 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Rubes cross Rubicon! Washington calm! The rubes cross their Rubicon and elect Donald Trump. Results delicious.

Hillary vs. Trump Thursday, May 5, 2016      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Yowza, yowza: The Rassling Blond v. the Queen of Wall Street Hillary v. The Donald puts a new spin on the phrase, "the lesser of two evils."

like the end of the world Friday, April 22, 2016 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The world is NOT ending, They said so on TV. Worried about the end of the world? Read this.

Lefaucheux_revolver.jpg: File:Lefaucheux revolver.jpg - Wikimedia Commons Monday, April 4, 2016 (7 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Do guns have a future? Guns will cede their place to a much worse general-usage weapon.

Muhammad Ali Vs George Foreman Highlights HD Muhammad Ali vs George Foreman Highli Monday, March 28, 2016      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Donald Trump and his Debate Rope-a-Dope Trump will do to Hillary Clinton what Ali did to Foreman.

frankenstein Saturday, March 19, 2016 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Republicans try to stop the Revolution of the Rubes On the spectacle of Republicans trying to head off the anti-government movement now led by Donald Trump

iPhone Tuesday, March 8, 2016 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Is the FBI's problem with Apple for real? Some speculation regarding the FBI's problema with Apple encryption.

Banker Friday, March 4, 2016 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Hillary to bankers: "That just cost you 500 mill." This is how Hillary and Bill made so much money from bankers.

What do clowns think about? Sunday, February 28, 2016      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
I wanna be Trump's running mate Nobody can support Don Trump like me.

Samsung_Galaxy_S6_edge_with_Putin_wallpaper.jpg: File:Samsung Galaxy S6 edge with P Wednesday, February 17, 2016 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Why are the Russians so aggressive? A satirical comment on Russian-American relations.

Predator_Drone_021.jpg: File:Predator Drone 021.jpg - Wikimedia Commons Saturday, January 30, 2016      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Why spy on Israeli drones? Seemed like the thing to do... There are lots of top-secret Intel people in America, and like it or not, they all have to eat.

obama for tacos Monday, January 18, 2016 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Obama: the man who gets up as JFK and lies down as Cheney The Jekyll-Hyde nature of Barack Obama is fascinating.

Unemployment Saturday, January 9, 2016 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Planning to think about trying to work? Not so fast! The 300K jobs created last month ain't all it's cracked up to be.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu Ifrog2 Tuesday, December 29, 2015 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
My Anti- (and I mean Anti!) Washington Campaign A satirical look at the anti-Washington political fervor.

Sunset-on-Roskilde-Fjord.jpg: File:Sunset-on-Roskilde-Fjord.jpg - Wikimedia Commons Thursday, December 17, 2015 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Syria explained in 300 words Everything you need to know about Syria in 300 words.

NASA_predictions_of_global_warming_effects_in_2099_-_20140311.jpg: File:NASA predic Monday, December 7, 2015 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Two degrees C? Try more like four! Don't listen to scientists on global warming. Listen to Uncle Phil.

CNN Reagan Library Republican Presidential Debate September 16, 2015 Friday, November 27, 2015 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
How the Republicans will retake the White House in 2016 The race is shaping up to be decided in the House.

Saturday Night Live - Donald Trump, Toots and the Maytals host promo # 1 SNL promo Wednesday, November 11, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Saturday Night Low with The Donald SNL was a sorry attempt to wash Trump's image. He's still a racist.

Yellow safety hat [transparent] Saturday, October 31, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
A total unknown throws his hat in the ring A new presidential candidate on the Republican side who has great chances to win - seriously.

MH-17 Wednesday, October 21, 2015 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Beware the "Final" in Final Reports Whenever I see those words "final report," I find my credulity coming up short.

Paasdrukte: files bij de grens / Easter holidays: traffic jam Saturday, October 10, 2015 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The World is a Traffic Jam Like it or not, we're dependent on government to organize society.

Occupied Palestinian Territory: Settlement Points Monday, August 17, 2015 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Israel digs tunnels too Israel has prospered more through brain than brawn.

Hillary Clinton Friday, July 24, 2015 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Hillary, let me count the ways... Ms. Clinton doesn't offer much for president except her gender.

2012 Richmond Greek Festival Friday, July 3, 2015 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Greece and the IMF Shuffle The Greek crisis in 250 words.

Donald Trump Saturday, June 20, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
President Donald Trump to Xi and Putin: "You're Fired!" Donald Trump is just the guy to take on America's rivals.

Muammar Gaddafi w gorgeous amazon guard, and , that berlusconi crook Thursday, June 4, 2015 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Does Anyone Else Miss Muammar Gaddafi? Now that he's gone, Colonel Gaddafi's legacy doesn't look so bad. Overthowing him was a bad mistake, for which the Mediterranean world is paying the consequences.

Osama bin Laden still alive? Thursday, May 28, 2015 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Was Osama bin Laden really there? (Part Two) The bin laden documents do more to obscure than to enlighten, more for the legend than the reality.

Osama Bin Laden Dead Wednesday, May 20, 2015 (7 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Was Osama bin Laden really there? The big questions about bin Laden remain unanswered.

Army Photography Contest - 2007 - FMWRC - Arts and Crafts - Without a F Saturday, May 16, 2015 (7 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Do computers have a future? Computers are getting too big for their britches.

Snowden, Assange and Manning statues unveiled in Berlin's Alexanderplatz Taking a Sunday, May 10, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Three Whistlers, One Tune This is why Assange, Snowden, and Manning rightly deserved a statue in their honor.

Teledyne Ryan UAV Drone RPV Firebee Sunday, May 3, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Drones: Coming soon to a strife near you The future of drones makes for an ever-more unstable world.

Ted Cruz takes the wheel of the Republican Clown Car Sunday, April 26, 2015 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Ted Cruz Blues A poetic analysis of Ted Cruz's candidacy for president.

Santiago de Cuba - Cuba Saturday, April 18, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Obama does Cuba - Halfway President Obama has done the right thing in Cuba, but has left unfinished business: making amends.

DSC_1205 Saturday, April 11, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Russia and The New Rome A satirical comment on America's dangerous provocation of Russia.

Breaking News! Sunday, April 5, 2015 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The World According to the Anchorman A satirical take on TV network news anchors.

Suspicion Sunday, March 29, 2015 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
What if an agreement favors Iran? A satirical take on a posible U.S.-Iran agreement.

Ferguson Protest, NYC 25th Nov 2014 Monday, March 23, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
C.S.I. Ferguson A satirical poem on the difference between TV detective shows and the reality.

Horrified Smiley Face Monday, March 16, 2015 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Venezuela's threat to my sweet land of liberty A skeptical take on President Obama's declaration that Venezuela is now a "national security threat."

Venice Muscle Beach Sunday, March 8, 2015 (7 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The world consists of bumpkins and hicks A satirical take on bumpkins in the globalized world.

What's cooler than being cool? Saturday, February 28, 2015 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Exceptional, and proud of it A satirical take on American "Exceptionalism."

ISIL Flag Friday, February 20, 2015 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
"Now that we're shooting, is it okay?" A satirical comment on the upcoming vote in Congress to authorize the president to go to war against ISIL.

Anxiety Saturday, February 14, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Amidst all this security, why do I feel so insecure? It's funny how all this security isn't making me feel more secure.

Sunday, February 8, 2015 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
I've always felt sorry for Vladimir Putin A satirical comment on Vladimir Putin and his trouble with the West.

Saturday, January 31, 2015 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
How America went to the Ukraine A satirical take on America's dangerous entry into the Ukraine.

Saturday, January 24, 2015 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
On FBI Entrapment: The Horrible Case of Joe's Bar A funny take on the silly spectacle of the FBI stopping its own terror ops.

Thursday, January 15, 2015 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Charlie: Leave Islam alone with its prophet A poetic comment on Charlie Hebdo's bad manners with Islam.

Lemonade Thursday, October 30, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Lemonade with sugar, or sugar with lemonade? A reflection on how narrow the American political debate is.

.They were careless people, Tom and Daisy- they smashed up things and creatures an Sunday, June 29, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Who lost Iraq? The amoral 'Who lost Iraq?' is a less important question than 'Who destroyed Iraq?'.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
A good old American tug on the fraying fabric of peace A comment on how helpless observers of the international scene are in the face of so many bad American decisions.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Yet another failure of the U.S. policy elite The Ukraine-Crimea matter is another failure of a foreign-policy elite that can do almost nothing right.

Saturday, February 8, 2014 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Is Sochi the "Sarajevo Moment"? An observation of how President Vladimir Putin's dream of the Sochi Olympic Games is going up in smoke, and the dangerous repercussions his anger might have.

//www.flickr.com/photos/37996646802@N01/8820534202/: detour Thursday, December 19, 2013 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The year everything got worse On America losing prestige and Obama's expectations turning to dust. Not even Lazarus could come back from this one.

//www.flickr.com/photos/38908037@N02/9773112923/: US hands off Syria Friday, September 20, 2013 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Toothless policies and toothy publics This is about the growing gap between governing elites and the public, mainly with regard to America, but also Europe.

Monday, August 26, 2013 (8 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Syria and sarin: such is politics On the nonsense surrounding the UN investigation into the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 (7 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Edward Snowden and the Gentlemen's Trash Talk Fareed Zakaria, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Richard Haas, and Bret Stephens of the Wall Street Journal all ganged up on Edward Snowden last weekend. i thought these gentlemen of the establishment needed to be answered.

Saturday, June 8, 2013 (10 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Dark Side of Obama's Government This article is about the Faustian bargain that, somewhere along the way, Obama has struck with the military-security complex.

Monday, April 22, 2013 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Terror Next Time What if the Boston bombers were two Pakistani kids whose family had been wiped out by an Obama drone strike? Americans might finally get an idea of the horror they've been responsible for.

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