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Jerusalem! Jerusalem!

My first view of King David’s City was from Mount Scopus, near Hebrew University and Hadassah Medical Center. Guide Revi poured wine and …

Near East Discoveries, Part 1

The Near East is full of treasures: oil, frankincense, jewelry, World Heritage sites, palm trees, camels, dates. I found all these and …

Master of Adjustment

“If a man does not master his circumstances, then he is bound to be mastered by them.” That was the advice Alexander …

Whistling Vivaldi

Claude Steele‘s book, Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do was sent me by the Rice Annual Fund …

Mountain Woman

It’s not height, but stature that counts in this novel. Lydia McQueen, born in 1846, is indeed “long-limbed,” but it is her …

3 Days in Asheville

Two invitations, one to a tournament at the historic Biltmore Forest Golf Club; the other, to stay with friends Rosemary and Jerry Crow, …

Chautauqua 2017

Early on the morning of June 28, I walked down to Lake Chautauqua and watched the sun rise. The peace there was …

Sing for Your Life

Twenty-five years of striving for the goals of the MusicLink Foundation prepared me for a riveting book, Sing for Your Life: a Story of Race, …

The Everglades

Marjorie Stoneman Douglas lived a long, productive life. In her thirties and forties she wrote short stories for The Saturday Evening Post. …

The Pentagon

The Pentagon, a History: the Untold Story of the Wartime Race to Build the Pentagon–and to Restore It Sixty Years Later, by Steve …