• Thoughts and Stories
  • The Ultra Rich

    I noticed that the New York City Ballet’s building is now named The David H Koch Theater. He had given $100 million to the company, quite a gift. I knew that he is a fan of the ballet, and everyone knows that the ballet needs money. Arts organizations get very little government funding. Should they […]

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  • Investing in Stocks

    Most Americans invest in stocks, often via IRAs or pensions or mutual funds that invest for us, but I buy a modest amount of stocks, usually through a conglomerate of companies called an index fund. For example, I own a few shares of one of the many indexes based on the S&P 500, one of […]

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  • Syria and Lebanon

    In the late 1950s, my family went to a film festival in Damascus. We were in Beirut, and I was too young to remember. Difficult to imagine, but Syria and Lebanon were progressive, open and comfortable, made up of diverse Christian communities dating back to the time of Jesus, a thriving Jewish community, Sunni and […]

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  • Touring By Bicycle

    I celebrate bicycle touring. Cyclists don’t see the world—they experience it. Biking is quiet, scenic, physically active but not necessarily strenuous, non-polluting, and it can afford a stimulating social experience with friends, family, and the local people. You get a feeling of the place, integrate with people when you stop to ask for directions and […]

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  • DEMOCRACY

    “DEMOCRACY” is specifically not mentioned in the US Constitution. Madison and the other writers feared that such a system would degenerate. Madison took his idea of government  such as two houses of congress from the Presbyterian Church, even though he wasn’t a religious fellow. The Greek philosophers derided democracy, likening it to mob rule. It […]

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  • Local Author Marian Stanley

    I had a terrific “Local Authors with Kameel Nasr” interview with Marian Stanley. Her debut novel The Immaculate was captivating and interesting. Set right here in the Boston area, actually in a make-believe suburb called Malford, which is a combination of Malden or Medford. Marian tackles the thorny subject of the Catholic Church and power, […]