Strong characters, classic plot by a French master

Good fiction, as well as a good motion picture, depends upon strong characters. The poignant story of a foundling eventually adopted by a miller’s wife, François le Champi , 1852 (literally François the Foundling), by the versatile and prolific author and one-time mistress of Chopin, George Sand, exhibits deep and …

Becoming an Architect: My Voyage of Discovery

“How did you decide on becoming an architect?”  a colleague asked me not so long ago, Back then, I hadn’t given my rocky path to the profession much thought. “It was a voyage of discovery,” I would have to reply today.  I learned that discovering its scope and then restoring …

Grandpa’s advice: “Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty!”

“Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty!”  Grandpa’s advice appeared in a mid-1930s Chicago Herald-Examiner series, If I were twenty-one… Since many will seek new careers as America recovers from the pandemic, this is advice any young man or woman should follow today. A self-made man My grandfather, Frank …

Wear a Mask, Vote and Set Us Free

Many people still refuse to wear a mask in public during the pandemic. Without others’ respect for public health and CDC guidelines, senior citizens, including my wife and I, feel like hostages to the deadly virus. The scourge has already altered our free society and robust economy beyond recognition. Support …

Dad’s scoop: news of Japan’s surrender, August 14, 1945

On August 14, 2020, we will celebrate the 75th anniversary of Japan’s surrender, ending World War II. My dad, Private First Class Ben Green, a seasoned ad man who had assumed management by default of Armed Forces Radio Station WXLI, Guam, slapped the news on the air a 3:58 PM …

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