Character is the most important of all of the four C's of credit: character, capacity, collateral, and capital. Even if misfortune destroys the latter three, people of good character will find a way to pay you back.
The old English dude, his arms have badly drawn tattoos on them, sailor type things, fading anchors, he sinks deep in his Guinness, and yells out, "You wanker!" at no one in particular.
Two exhibits of my work, Oil and Water and Re/Viewing the American Landscape are currently on view at Blue Water Fine Arts in Port Clyde, Maine. I've been spending summers painting in Maine for close to forty years and exhibiting there for over thirty.
I believe two of the litmus tests by which we can judge any society are to investigate both the ways in which societies treat their children, and the ways in which they treat animals. In some countries around the world, we have clear evidence of the poaching of animals for their body parts, such as tusks and as trophies.
America's not the only place where the party of the Left is swinging toward the progressive wing of the party. In the United Kingdom of Great Britain and North Ireland, the Labour Party is going through a similar leadership battle. And in both cases the parties are nominating the most unlikely of characters.
There were only a few things wrong with the massive parade today in Beijing celebrating the 70th anniversary of V-J Day, Victory over Japan Day. The folks doing the celebrating only tangentially represent the Chinese who most actively resisted the Japanese invaders. And the celebration itself, meant to signify China's emerging superpower status, fell a little flat.
Hungary is the epicenter of a new wave of migration hitting Europe. In 2011, about 7,000 migrants arrived in Hungary. Now the country is experiencing as many as 3,000 per day.
Once upon a time I was a refugee who, unlike many of my relatives, was fortunate to escape persecution and genocide. Despite the refugee crisis being the largest humanitarian one since World War II, the UN has done little other than decry Europe's belated and confused response to the problem.
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.
Joss Carter is a young British choreographer who embodies the purest principles of fine art, having distilled them in the incubator of his own soul.
Your Meat-Eating Habit Is Killing More Than Just Cows -- says a new report, which cites the land degradation, pollution and deforestation caused by rising global demand for meat as "likely the leading cause of modern species extinctions."
The challenge for the European Union and its member states, particularly Germany, is in balancing the often incongruous demands of co-operation and self-interest, and thus demonstrate to their own citizens that concrete achievements can still create a Europe of solidarity and prosperity as Schuman envisaged.
People fleeing conflicts in the Mideast and Africa are thronging the French coastal city of Calais, desperate to make the crossing into the imagined paradise of England. Meanwhile, a strike by French ferry workers is critically slowing traffic both ways through the important Eurotunnel.
World attention focuses on ISIS and Iran, with its half an atomic weapon. But the biggest geopolitical issue is Vladimir Putin, backed by thousands of nuclear weapons, who is gradually conquering Ukraine, a democracy with 45 million people the size of Germany and Poland combined.
I was able to walk to Fringe Central 2 in time for my 2 P.M. workshop and I'm so glad I got to be there. There was a lot of laughing involved.
Thanks for traveling with me so far on my trip. I'm coming down the home stretch in my 2015 travels, with one final leg. I'm saying cheerio to England...