• An evening conversation: It’s been awhile…

    Yes, I’m going to a party tonight – and thanks for asking. Unless you’re going to be listening to the same band and crowding in for precious floor space, you probably don’t care where I’m going or .

  • Trying to calm Russian concerns

    One of the most difficult things about dealing with the Russians is that they tend to see everything as a zero-sum game.  Furthermore, in many ways they are still captive to mind set of the Cold War.  By .

  • An evening conversation: Take the day off! Sc -- magazine mug.phatch

    If you lived in Great Britain instead of eastern Kansas, you wouldn’t have had to work today. You’d probably like fish and chips, too, and wonder if dour Prince Charles actually will become king. But those are preferences .

  • An evening conversation: Hello darkness, my old friend Sc -- magazine mug.phatch

    Perhaps we should start with a bit of historical perspective as we wait on the tow truck to come and drag away my car. No, it’s not stuck in a snow bank. Somehow, after surviving a blind, slippery drive .

  • The meaning of Christmas

    In 1963, some 50 years ago, my husband Michael and I were living in Beirut, where he was doing his research for his PhD. His Palestinian family lived in Jordan, and like many, we wished to go home for the holidays. A .

  • The East China Sea heats up

    A verbal dispute among Japan, South Korea and China over a little known string of uninhabited islands in the East China Sea is threatening to blow up in our faces.  Directly or indirectly, it involves six countries, four of .

  • An evening conversation: I take it all back Sc -- magazine mug.phatch

    Several years ago, I stopped in a convenience store on my way home from work. I wanted a six-pack of Diet Coke. It was a quiet little shop in central Illinois. I’d been there many times and barely noticed .

  • An evening conversation: shut up and drive! Sc -- magazine mug.phatch

    Memo to the Riley County Law Board on the issue of those hypothetical cops with binoculars… Fine. Go for it. The reference here is to a tongue-in-cheek comment offered up Monday by board member Wynn Butler. The matter being discussed .

  • Readiness of military at great risk

    Drawing down the military after a military conflict is always difficult. In the aftermath of World War II, the United States did a miserable job, leaving the military high and dry, as we discovered when the Korean War began. We .

  • It’s not always a wonderful life

    In the 1946 Frank Capra classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” small-town banker George Bailey discovers what a disaster the town of Bedford Falls would have become were it not for his 40-year presence as a decent, generous, selfless individual. It’.

  • An evening conversation: peace or chaos? Sc -- magazine mug.phatch

    He was known worldwide for bringing justice to a land where it seemed impossible. But those who best knew Nelson Mandela prefer to tell stories about the joy of the man himself — and especially his sense of humor. One can .

  • The real reasons for this season

    ’Tis the season to be jolly. Candy canes and holly. Yule logs and eggnog. Dangling mistletoe. One-horse sleigh bells jing-jing-jingle. Good Saint Nick climbs up on the housetop and down through the chimney. Carolers sing of silver bells and a .


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