THERE’S A NEW KID ON THE ART SCENE »
"The paint connects with the inner me and guides my hand to form this deep communication which enriches my life and serves as intense therapy. You can't possibly remain depressed as you create a piece of beauty. Life is art, and being involved with art brightens one's existence"
SPANISH RACISM FOCUSES ON THE GYPSIES & THE VASCOS »
Spaniards are most fond of saying that they harbor no racial prejudice whatsoever. That is true in one sense. In another sense what the Spaniards say is not the whole truth in at least two significant cases. The first involves the Basques; the second the gypsies. No “Spaniard” will ever raise a racial issue in discussing the Basques. An yet almost every Basque -- some 2 million of them -- will agree with the publicly repeated proposition of the far-left pro-Basque independence coalition in Spain, Herri Batasuna: “No somos españoles!”
THE BATON GOES TO PARIS FOR AN OLYMPICS “FOR THE PEOPLE” »
The French national anthem played as a filmed video took viewers to sumptuous sites in Paris. It was the apéritif of the coming Summer Olympics 2024. One could only hope that the accursed pandemic will just be a nightmare that will have been long forgotten by the time the Pairs Games come around – but for the lessons that will have been learned. In fact, that’s the mood and promise at the Eiffel Tower last Sunday.
MUSINGS, A TRILOGY: BRIDGES »
Standing on the new bridge, on the Camino, I looked down. Below me was an old Roman bridge. A past life. The river alive with movement and memories. And to my surprise, my shadow was down there also. I was at the beginning of a new life, looking back to see where I had been, also looking forward to the future wondering what might be.
WHAT PEOPLE REALLY THINK ABOUT THE END OF THE LOCKDOWN »
Most of the respondents have supported the State of Alarm. Now that it has been wound up, they intend to uphold the pandemic protocols set by it on a voluntary basis. The minority, who were not in favor, call the State of Alarm unnecessary when not illegal, "an instrument to allow corrupt politicians and the Ibex 35 to do what they want with us."
OBITUARY: Bonnie Rae Brown »
Fort Worth, Texas - Bonnie Rae Brown (née Kositzky), 78, a loving wife, mother, sister, and grandmother, passed away peacefully after a long battle with Parkinson's disease on Jan. 31, 2021. Bonnie and husband Harold had strong ties with Spain.
HOW THE CORONAVIRUS INUNDATED SPAIN WITH THOUSANDS OF MOROCCAN MIGRANTS IN A SINGLE DAY »
On Monday, 17 May 2021, Morocco opened the floodgates to a massive illegal migration into Ceuta, the Spanish exclave on the northern shores of Morocco’s Mediterranean coast, stunning the Spanish people. Sahrawi President Brahim Ghali is hospitalized for Covid-19 in Spain and triggers the Spanish-Moroccan migration crisis.
MUSINGS, A TRILOGY: The Visitor »
This old grey-haired gentleman keeps me guessing. The nights I expect him, I worry when he will show up, and he never does. The nights I think he won’t bother to come, he surprises me. Sometimes he simply crawls into my bed and I awaken to find him there. Softly sleeping next to me.
THE AMERICAN CLUB: NOTHING LIKE A MEMBER’S LOVE STORY! »
Dr. Rame: "I moved to Madrid in 2019 to be with Mariangeles. We met in Pittsburgh in the 1990s"
A SECOND OPINION: New Year’s Resolutions Scotched! »
"Well, it’s that time of year when we all think about what we’re going to resolve to do in the New Year 2021. But this time around we have Covid-19 to contend with, in spite of the new vaccines that are soon to become readily available. I guess the only resolution I can really accomplish this year is to be a better person and help the homeless and the hungry. That’s a resolution with which we can all agree."