Last night I wanted to celebrate Iftar. It was the first night of Ramadan in Washington, D.C. (though the second in Virginia, where I sleep), and I’d never had the privilege of being in a Muslim-majority nation during that holy month of food and family, daytime fasting and nighttime feasting.
With a number of Muslim [...]
A certain cat of my long and loving acquaintance passed away today.
Photo: John Plocher
He was named Rudolph Valentino after the great black-and-white movie star because he was:
Grey with black eyelids, A very pretty fellow, Quite stupid.
He was also known as Tino to family, “the pretty one” to artistic [...]
On my trip to Lebanon I was privileged to hear the Ambassador from the Vatican–who my excellent book on the American Foreign Service calls the “nuncio of the Holy See”–speak to a group of high school students from schools run by the Al-Mukasad foundation.
The Pope was encouraging people to live in peace; nowhere [...]