The Saddest Year

Today is the last day of the Gregorian calendar.  The holiday blues will soon be over. This morning, I clicked through the front page stories of the newspapers that I read online:  The NY Times, The NY Post (mainly for the coverage by Costello of the Jets), the Daily News (for the coverage by Manish…

Zamalek, fein?

The picture you see above is of the island in Cairo where I grew up.  The red arrow shows the location of the apartment building where I spent my formative, teenage years.  The greenery in the front part of the picture is the Gezira Club. This is where I literally spent the first 16 years…

Codacil

First of all, I would like to thank everyone for their kind comments.  My wife and I are leaving Tavira on Wednesday, which is just as well:  it is suddenly cold and rainy, with ominously dark grey and purple heavy clouds rolling in from the direction of Spain and hovering low overhead; I doubt I'd…