No Gay in the Life of Pavel Datsyukian

Once in a long while comes a hockey player whose skill and grace touch a level of distinction that reaches for lore. It is as if he was born on the bench, his father, once more unto the breach with that first pair of skates. But innate ability…

On Poverty

I was wandering aimless in the crowd recently when I saw a truck with a loud ad for a just released KFC product. The ad was in Spanish. Beneath the enticing burger were the words that translated as, ‘To eat well is a blessing.’ Leaving aside…

Was Jesus Gay?

Legend has it that somewhere between 10 BCE and the year 0 CE, a child was born to a girl named Mary, the young wife of Joseph, a carpenter from Nazareth. Joseph, however, was not the sire of the boy whom the world would come to know as Jesus…

The God Couple

In putting on his recent God and pony-up show in the Washington Mall, Glenn Beck chose his venue wisely. Anything smaller and there might not have been enough room to hold all the stupidity. As gathering and lathering goes, this one might…

The Death of the Salesmen

It’s over then. As empires go this one didn’t last long. The ending came not in one defining moment, perhaps it hasn’t even dawned on many, but it’s finished; done-in not by Al Qaeda or totalitarianism or other external threats but by…

Of Flogging and Blogging

From the 14th through the 16th centuries, the City of Florence Italy was the epicenter of what became known as the Italian Renaissance. It was a time of reaching back to banished thinking, of great works of art and architecture, when the talent…

As the World Burns

“If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well it were done quickly.” “What must be done ultimately should be done immediately.” Thus spake two of history’s most infamous murderers, Macbeth and Henry Kissinger. Macbeth was contemplating…

Sex and the Pity

Not so long ago I worked for a company which had as one of its clients a large enterprise from a Middle Eastern nation. The country from whence they came is a theocracy, known for its devout adherence to sharia law. There is no law other than…

Michael Jackson

I happened to be traveling in non-English speaking countries when the news of Michael Jackson’s death hit the communication grid. It struck me seeing the reaction of people abroad how rare were the gifts of Michael Jackson. I thought as well…

Fighting Theocracy

As the streets of Tehran fill with demonstrators and blood, there is the potential for historical change, not only within Iran but the region. The current protest goes beyond the fairness or lack thereof in the recent sham elections where all…