Two books help to understand the endurance of liberalism and why it now falters

Besides the broad movement against unaccountable central authority, the election of Donald Trump was a statement against the political correctness that increasingly entails speech codes and the denial of speech. In their protests, liberals go on claiming the high road. … More Two books help to understand the endurance of liberalism and why it now falters

Hillary lost, singers and strummers proved all too perishable, but it wasn’t such a bad year

Even though my favorite beer is noticeably cheaper at the Publix supermarket, I have to say that visiting Florida makes me so happy to live in California. Florida is flat, featureless, and the Baptists are watching. … More Hillary lost, singers and strummers proved all too perishable, but it wasn’t such a bad year

Southern California’s highest paved road throws some history, giant trees at the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S

Stopping for gas in Lucerne Valley, California, might show you any number of things: tumbleweeds, bulk haulers coming from the mine, cowboy shirts and hats in the general store. If you’re riding the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S, you’ll also see just how exotic your motorcycle is. One Sunday afternoon in November, I was refueling the … More Southern California’s highest paved road throws some history, giant trees at the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S

When ‘No more of his film, thank you’ signified my improvement as a news photographer

Of the first compliments ever paid my news photography, one in particular was of the more backhanded variety. It was a case of negation than of positive expression. Someone just wasn’t happy and wanted me gone. Indeed, there were circumstances, and they require a bit of explaining. While moving around the country during the 1980s, I was a … More When ‘No more of his film, thank you’ signified my improvement as a news photographer

Lloyd Stites regretted having to dial back his Santa duties in 1989

Lloyd Stites depended on two strategies when playing Santa in Tecumseh, Michigan. One was to wear mittens, covering up parts of two fingers that he’d lost to a snowblower. The other was to tell the truth: His yellow truck–not reindeer–brought him to meet the kiddies. … More Lloyd Stites regretted having to dial back his Santa duties in 1989