New Beginings, yet again

A year ago today, I had just arrived in El Gouna, Egypt. Less than 20 hours from now, my wife and I will be leaving for the Algarve. It is amazing how many people we know have gone to Portugal this year; it's become rather popular with Americans, it seems. I can't imagine why. Perhaps…

Unplugging from the Matrix

When people think of middle-aged Americans or seniors retiring someplace overseas, it comes up looking something like this. This picture, used most recently by the New York Post, is the go-to postcard snap of geezers gazing contentedly at some European vista before being shipped home in a box. Now I look nothing like that. Not…

Two Brits Dead at Red Sea Resort

It’s Saturday. There is so much to talk about, the mind reels. Florida hybrid pythons, for example; now it's not just the creepy old snake neighbor across the street (who refuses to die off, even as he pushes 90, and in fact thrives all the more, if I cast dirty looks his way) that I…