USA and North America

April 2020 COVID-19 Reality Check

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Here’s a mental exercise: Assume that this photo above represents a newly discovered virus somewhere in China.  After first being observed and ignored, and following a suppression of the news about the virus’s discovery lasting many weeks…Suppose that the Chinese city recognizes a dangerous epidemic in the making and seeks to quarantine itself.  The tumors[…]

Houston: After the flood, the triumphant recovery of a great city

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Approximately one month ago, Houston, Texas was inundated by the storm surge caused by hurricane Harvey. In an unprecedented series of Atlantic hurricanes, Harvey was followed in quick succession by hurricane Irma which struck Florida, hurricane Maria which devastated Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and hurricane Nate which caused some deaths in the Caribbean[…]

Four Mini-Blogs from Detroit

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Detroit The short tragic history of Detroit is that race riots in the late sixties caused “white flight”, drastically lowering the tax base and precipitating the relocation of major industries away from Detroit. The lack of jobs led to a reduction in Detroit’s total population from over two million to the current 700 thousand. At[…]

One Night in San Francisco

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I lived in the San Francisco area from 1975-85, specifically in Marin County, the beautiful landscape north of the city over the Golden Gate Bridge. During my last five years in Marin, I lived in the rural community of Woodacre, which satisfied the country boy in me, while I was only a forty-five minute drive from the big city of San Francisco. I loved it.

Sweet Home Alabama

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Thanksgiving Week 2013 “You can take the boy out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the boy.” –variation on an old cliché The only time I reconnect with my “country-boy” roots is when I visit the “country place” in Alabama where I spent my childhood.  My whole life I’ve declared[…]
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