Catastrophizing at Sea

I’m currently visiting my friends for 40+ years in northeastern Italy, in a little town called Budoia. At the very foot of the Dolomites (a portion of the Alps), I first came here while stationed at Aviano Air Base in 1976. Last night, while returning relatively late, it turned out, in spite of having allContinue reading “Catastrophizing at Sea”

Climate Change, Immigration & Peter Pan

Peter Pan, yes, the story of someone who did not want to grow up. Having reached that magical age of awareness, he/she was now perfectly content to freeze that reality forever. These days, as I walk around my small little village of Budoia, population 2500, it is as it was when I first moved hereContinue reading “Climate Change, Immigration & Peter Pan”

Another Witch Bites the Dust

You have to marvel at a culture that while is one of the hearts of Christianity, celebrates such a pagan custom in such a big way, Pan e Vin, as it is called in the Veneto.  This was one of probably 5,000 fires (falò) last night throughout Northern Italy. It’s what I’ve always loved aboutContinue reading “Another Witch Bites the Dust”

Italy, Germans, the Euro, the Lire and the Road to Moscow*

*Al Stewart’s haunting song about the last time the Germans were in charge. Now you’re asking yourself, what does this have to do with Dauntless and how are events from 75 years ago applicable to today.  Having Dauntless in Europe, gives me the freedom to visit my friends in Italy at a more leisurely paceContinue reading “Italy, Germans, the Euro, the Lire and the Road to Moscow*”