EdithSchloss1 (2)EdithSchlossThe Edith Schloss Retrospective at Sundaram-Tagore in NYC (through March 28, 2015) includes works by: Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, William de Kooning and Alberto Giacometti (among others).

Photographs: Stephen Wise

Books-Gorbachev (2)Books-BushClinton (2)With book culture in America disappearing, a recent book sale in NYC featured an interesting juxtaposition.

One vendor had signed first edition copies of memoirs by George H.W. Bush and “Hillary” for $175 each. Across the aisle a vendor was selling a first edition signed Mikhail Gorbachev volume for $900.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s been said: “The surest way to kill communism is to act like a communist. The surest way to kill a monarchy is to act like a monarch. And the surest way to kill America is to act like an American.”

RudiG (2)The American ‘way of life’—with its disruptions, interests, and rights (and Wi-Fi everywhere)—is killing people. Just recently former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani was asked what the U.S. should have done immediately after 9/11? He replied: “We should have invaded Iran.”

As the so-called American “patriots” assert their love for the U.S., usually by killing lots of folks, we would suggest the best hope for the United States, and the world, starts with halting the disease of Americanism in all its pernicious (traditional & progressive) forms, which is fueling Islamic extremism.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

SuzanoTea2015We found this concoction to be helpful in dealing with cold and flu symptoms.

Boil 2″ Ginger (shredded) in 6 oz. water, combine with 1 Tablespoon of Honey, 1 Tablespoon Suze (apertif from France) and 1 Tablespoon Amaro Lucano (liqueur of Italy). Boil together, strain and enjoy.

KeepNewYorkCleanPhotograph: Stephen Wise


JordanLouis2015Photograph: Stephen Wise

LincolnRussiansOn this President’s Day in the US, as President Obama threatens to arm the gangster leaders of Ukraine (that he installed), and further divide Ukraine and Russia, its worth recalling that Russia under Czar Alexander II “contributed materially toward preventing British and French recognition of and aid to the Confederacy,” thereby enabling the preservation of the Union and nation under Lincoln. Albert A. Woldman, Lincoln and the Russians (World Publishing, 1952)


SavonD'Alep2 This soap, from Aleppo, Syria (Savon d’Alep), was made before that city was destroyed by American intervention in Syria beginning in 2011.

The murder of three Muslim students in North Carolina sparked outrage in the U.S. this week. What about the three hundred Syrian refugees, forced from their homes because of U.S. actions against their government, who drown in the Mediterranean also this week?

In 1852 Abraham Lincoln, referring to the revolutions taking place in Europe, said “that it is the duty of our government to neither foment, nor assist, such revolutions in other governments.” Lincoln empathized with the aspirations of the people to be free but also believed that change had to come from within.

U.S. efforts at regime change, throughout the world over many years, are not the fruits of a successful free state but rather the machinations of a failed state.

InTheBucketPhotograph: Stephen Wise


SnowPlowsNYC021115bOn a bright sunny day in Queens, the NYC Department of Sanitation marshaled its snow removal resources ahead of the 1 inch snowfall expected to coat the area tomorrow.


Stephen B. Wise


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