02/11/17 5:58am
02/11/2017 5:58 AM

Being of a certain age, I still like to buy the print editions of English-language newspapers when traveling abroad. And I’ve been able to get them, even in countries like China and Myanmar (Burma), where press freedom is severely restricted. But in Moscow two years ago, there was an unwelcome surprise. READ

11/22/14 8:00am
11/22/2014 8:00 AM
(Credit: Grant Parpan)

The view behind Latham’s farm stand in Orient. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

“When I cross that causeway, my whole mood changes.”

My friend was referring to the emotional lift she gets every time she enters Orient from the west. No wonder. What greets her eyes is a sublime view of fertile farmland sloping down to wetlands and, beyond them, the ever-alluring waters of Orient Harbor with Shelter Island as a backdrop. (more…)

05/31/14 7:00am
05/31/2014 7:00 AM
An ivory tower. (Credit: Creative Commons)

An actual ivory tower, courtesy of Creative Commons.

It didn’t take a rocket scientist to read between the lines of the brochure I received earlier this year from my college alma mater.

“Admissions 101: College Exploration Program for Trinity Families” read the headline on the brochure. Inside, I learned that the two-day program on the college’s campus in Hartford, Conn., was reserved for high school-aged children and grandchildren of Trinity alumni, parents, faculty and staff.

Talk about special treatment! (more…)