Daily Archives: July 19, 2015

HOW I FELL IN LOVE WITH LATVIA (TRUE STORY)

This past June I visited Riga, the capital of Latvia, once known as the Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic, as part of a series of articles about what’s happening in the Baltic/Nordic region for The Christian Science Monitor, where I am a correspondent (see my dispatches from Latvia and Sweden below). Something else happened while I […]

IS LATVIA THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING COUNTRY?

(CS Monitor 7/9/15) On May 4th, Latvians celebrated the 25th anniversary of the restoration of independence, with a large number of events in Riga and elsewhere around the former Latvian Socialist Soviet Republic, including the traditional Armed Forces Parade in Jelgava, where President Andris Berzins gave a forceful speech. The main theme of the president’s […]

JESSE BRAVERMAN HITS IT OUT OF THE PARK!

QUESTION: what do Frank Viola, Orel Hershier, Lee Mazilli and Jesse Braverman have in common: they are all members of the just nominated class of 2015 of the New York State Baseball Hall of Fame! That’s right. That’s the same Jesse Braverman, my friend and schoolyard idol, with whom I am writing his soon to […]

ROD SERLING LIVES!

‘And also like all men perhaps there will be an occasion—maybe a summer night sometime—when he will look up and hear the distant sound of a calliope, and hear the voices and laughter of the past. And perhaps across his mind there’ll flit an errant wish, that a man might not have to grow old, […]

PUTIN PUTS THE SCARE ON SWEDEN!

(CS Monitor 7/2/15) STOCKHOLM. “The Swedish armed forces are too small to defend their own territory,” says Lt. Colonel Johan Wiktorin (ret.), a leading Swedish security consultant and fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Military Sciences. Wiktorin would seem to be stating the obvious: with an active front-line military personnel of 20,000 to cover […]