Catmania

  When I lived in Beirut in the 1930’s, I used to feed a stray cat who hung around outside our house. I would lower a container of leftovers to him from a kitchen window. People’s relationship with cats goes back to antiquity. Cat images are found on walls of ancient caves as well as […]

Catmania

Our Lady Lives On

    I saw Notre Dame Cathedral for the first time in December 1946. I had just arrived in France from Tel Aviv and cathedrals were not part of my life experience. I did not know a gargoyle from a chimera. As I stood on the vast esplanade in the piercing cold and looked at Notre Dame, […]

Our Lady Lives On

Algeria in Chaos

Algerian President  Abdelaziz Bouteflika recently announced that he would be running for a fifth term. He did not make the announcement personally. In fact, he has not spoken a word in public for the last five years. He spends most of his time in Switzerland, being treated for an unknown illness. His only public appearances […]

Algeria in Chaos

Send In The Women

Political scientist Valerie M. Hudson wrote: “Men agreed to be ruled by other men in return for all men ruling over women.” It is because of male domination at home and in the political arena that women’s march toward full equality has been painfully slow and tortuous. This year 110 women, nearly all Democrats, were […]

Send In The Women

Mozart and Mambo

Music is a contact sport. An electric current passes through the conductor to the orchestra and through the orchestra to the audience. Audiences clap or shout “Bravo” (unless they boo and hiss.) This response in turn rebounds back to the performers. Gutsavo Dudamel understands this phenomenon extremely well and maximizes the connection. Dudamel is the […]

Mozart and Mambo