We bought an old Hasselblad medium format film camera last year and haven’t been able to put it down. In the age of digital photography, it still feels like a miracle when the unedited images actually develop. Click here to see some of my favorites.
Fearful People Do Not Act Well
At 12 years of age, Hamburg resident Peter Perls was inexplicably swept up in the wave of fear that gripped the German people and resulted in the genocidal fury of the Third Reich. It is impossible for us to even imagine the fear this young man faced when he was removed from his home on Weidenstieg Strasse and forced to board a train to Auschwitz. This small plaque, like hundreds of others...
Inside the Kingdom: Kings, Clerics, Modernists,...
Robert Lacey’s “Inside the Kingdom” unveils the incomprehensible paradoxes and mysteries surrounding the world’s greatest oil producer and home to Islam’s Two Holy Mosques. For three years, in the early 80’s, Lacey lived in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where he wrote the illuminating prequel, “The Kingdom: Arabia and the House of Saud.” Over twenty years later, he would return and live for another...
Favorite Title Attorney Joke
A New Orleans lawyer sought an FHA loan for a client who lost his house in hurricane Katrina and wanted to rebuild. He was told the loan would be granted if he could prove satisfactory title to the parcel of property granted if he could prove satisfactory title to the parcel of property being offered as collateral. The title to the property dated back to 1803, which took the Lawyer three months to...
Just Branded Myself - Andrew Schill →
Blood Stains the Rising Sun
From the earliest moments of my childhood I was fascinated with war. Whether I was building a fort, recreating the glorious battles of old with plastic army men or simply daydreaming, I longed for the heroics of battle. The summers of my youth were spent in the jungles of our local creeks as we waged war with machetes and BB guns. Where does this desire for battle come from? Is there...