Picture of the Year: New York in Darkness

November 5, 2012 Cover of New York Magazine

Many extraordinary images have emerged in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, but this image from the cover of New York Magazine captures the effects of “the Storm of the Century.” Taken Wednesday night by photographer Iwan Baan, it depicts all of Manhattan from the mostly darkened downtown to the oasis of light north of 34th Street. […]

The War Prayer

by Mark Twain It was a time of great and exalting excitement. The country was up in arms, the war was on, in every breast burned the holy fire of patriotism; the drums were beating, the bands playing, the toy pistols popping, the bunched firecrackers hissing and spluttering; on every hand and far down the […]

Chaplain to the Forces

[“I have once more to remark upon the devotion ot duty, courage, and contempt of danger which has characterized the work of the Chaplains of the Army throughout this compaign.” — Sir John French, in the Nueve Chapelle dispatch.] Ambassador of Christ you goUp to the very gates of Hell,Through fog of powder, storm of […]

In Flanders Fields

                          In Flanders fields the poppies blowBetween the crosses, row on row,That mark our place; and in the skyThe larks, still bravely singing, flyScarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days agoWe lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,Loved, and […]

Poem: The Dawn Patrol

Sometimes I fly at dawn above the sea,Where, underneath, the restless waters flow —Silver, and cold, and slow,Dim in the east there burns a new-born sun,Whose rosy gleams along the ripples run,Save where the mist droops low,Hiding the level loneliness from me. And now appears beneath the milk-white hazeA little fleet of anchored ships, which […]

The Debt Crisis Debate – A Call for Courage [Opinion]

Debt Bomb D-Day Tough to Predict

  The debt ceiling crisis continues to confound the USA’s politicians. News shows are in a 24-hour spin cycle as the two parties in Washington play a deadly game of chicken with each other. What is certain (to me) is that whether it is within the next week or the next year, American will face […]