Saturday, August 25, 2018

A Good Week!

Lots of good news this week:

Manafort – Guilty

Cohen – Guilty

Pecker – Immunity

Weisselberg – Immunity

Sessions – The favorite piñata talked back

Yosemite reopened

The Washington Post called the liar a liar

The market reached record territory

Some Koreans were united with long-lost relatives

No new fires in California

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Indian Independence Day!

On August 15, 1947, seventy-one years ago today, India became independent.  I arrived in India for the first time in August 1962, as it celebrated its 15th Independence Day.  That was a long time ago, when freedom was relatively new and most Indians could still remember when they were under the colonial yoke of England.

I’ve always been moved by Jawaharlal Nehru’s “Tryst with Destiny” speech on that first Independence Day.  He said:

Long years ago, we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance. It is fitting that at this solemn moment we take the pledge of dedication to the service of India and her people and to the still larger cause of humanity.

These days, when political rhetoric comes more from the gutter than from inspiring and uplifting dreams, it would serve us well to remember that it doesn’t have to be this way.

Jai Hind!

Tuesday, August 07, 2018



Europe shuts down.  Lots of tourists, few locals in sight.

In New York it is the dog days – hot and humid.  Those who can afford it leave town – to the beach, the mountains, wherever.  Vacation time.

In San Francisco it’s different – cool and foggy.  Fogust we call it.  Lots of visitors in town expecting summer heat and shivering in the wind.  Mark Twain said it best:  “The coldest winter I ever experienced was summer in San Francisco.”

The baseball season is more than half over.  For laggards, like the Giants this year, .500 is about as good as it gets and there is little likelihood it will change.

The upcoming American football season is getting a lot of attention.  Real football, footie in England, Serie A in Italy, La Liga in Spain, and more start their season in August.

Even in August, political speculation is 24/7 and unending.  Three months ‘till the midterms.  How will the Democrats do?  What’s the latest tweet?  Any scandals today?  Is anyone paying attention?

The kids are still on vacation.  So August is a good month for them.  And the rest of us too – come to think of it.  Dog days?  Who says so?  It’s all good!