Confused? Keep reading and things will become clear.

I wanted to entitle this article 99% Invisible. However, that might confuse readers who are fans of Roman Mars’ great podcast of the same name. So, I have shrunk the title, numerically speaking, to 95% Invisible.

The noted graphic designer Michael Bierut…

A moment of silence. A call to prayer. America can count its blessings for having such bold Congressional responses to yet another mass murder. Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are veritable profiles in courage.

Some might say that these gestures are ineffectual. Those doubters are simply…

Dispatch #12 — A Fond Farewell

It’s time to wrap up my dispatches from the Pampas. This one will have short takes on a number of topics. For those interested in my final observation about life in the Pampas, skip to the end.

First, some quick thanks. To Claudia, the exchange teacher whom I brought to…

Posts from the Pampas

Dispatch #11 — The Street Art of Suardi

Note. This dispatch has a quiz.

I like street art. No, not the mindless graffiti which you find scrawled over countless buildings in Barcelona. That brought back memories of the precipitous decline of New York City in the…

Dispatch #10 — Architecture and Style

Joyce made an apt observation the other week. She pointed out that we have seen almost no mansions homes in Santa Fe Province. Well, let me clarify that. We did see saw one. It was a bulky, rectangular structure with little sense of style. …

Dispatch #9 — Milkland

Most of the small towns we have visited in the Pampas are doing well. There’s attractive new housing. The communities are safe. A high percentage of high school graduates return to their home towns after completing their tertiary (post high school institute) or university studies. Some even start their own…

Dispatch #8. The Sidewalks of Suardi

For those of you who prefer looking at pictures rather than reading, this is your kind of article. I’m still in the “city” of Suardi, whose main landmark is the church which sits opposite the town square.

Why do I use the term “city” in quotes? Well Suardi, which has…

How Not To Go Viral

Going Viral. It’s the aim of nearly every internet blogger. There are countless articles on the web regarding it. For those with a longer attention span, there are books, including Contagious by Wharton professor Jonah Berger. Why the interest? Well, many bloggers hope for the proverbial pot of gold at…

Dispatch #7 — Last Tango in Santa Clara

One of the best pieces of advice I ever heard was from my cousin AJ. “If you want to be popular with the girls,” she said, “learn how to dance.”

I came of age in the 1960’s in New York City. For most boys, sports were everything. Our heroes were…

Dispatch #6 Polo on the Pampas

We have not seen any gauchos so far, but we did get to tour the only polo club in this region of Santa Fe Province. It was founded around 20 years ago by Urbano Iturraspe, an internationally known polo player who came from a long line of polo masters. He…

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Retired lawyer, part-time ESL instructor

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