The Twelve Dogs of Christmas

The Twelve Dogs of Christmas   By Miriam R. Kramer   At this time of year Old Town glitters by night with tangles of twinkling lights in the trees lining King Street, as shops and restaurants brace themselves for the onslaught of visitors celebrating events such as the Scottish Christmas Walk. One of my favorite […]

The Year of Voting Dangerously

The Year of Voting Dangerously   By Miriam R. Kramer Veterans Day is sacred to both veterans and their family members who sacrificed for our country, to those who served to defend our way of life. Let us now consider the diffuse phrase “way of life.” We consider voting in elections deemed free and fair […]

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child By Miriam R. Kramer “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” Literary genius William Faulkner was a figure dour and frightening enough to scare any costumed child on his doorstep asking for candy on Halloween. That youngster might have gotten a few nasty surprises in her box […]

Me Before and After You

Me Before and After You   By Miriam R. Kramer     Carl Jung once stated “The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.” Jojo Moyes hit the NY Times bestseller list several years ago with her blockbuster novel Me Before You. […]

Circling the Sun

Circling the Sun By Miriam R. Kramer Africa is not for the weak. When I lived in Africa as a child, I went on safari in Kenya and Tanzania. A hungry mongoose targeted my brother as the smallest and therefore weakest member of our group, causing us to grab him and retreat to the top […]

The Boys in the Boat

The Boys in the Boat By Miriam R. Kramer “When you get the rhythm in an eight, it’s pure pleasure to be in it. It’s not hard work when the rhythm comes—that ‘swing’ as they call it. I’ve heard men shriek out with delight when that swing came in an eight; it’s a thing they’ll […]

Something is Rotten in the State of Denmark

Something is Rotten in the State of Denmark By Miriam R. Kramer Lifestyle gurus and sociologists extol Denmark as a Scandinavian wonderland, a nation that is possibly the most happy, or at least content, in the world. That assessment may be the truth, but it certainly is not in the imagination of Danish author, publisher, […]

Mythic New York

By Miriam R. Kramer New York City looms like a giant in the imagination of people in the United States and all over the world. Dirty and dazzling, it reigns as a culturally and financially vibrant city for strivers and immigrants, a metropolis allowing the ambitious to dream of conquest, fame, and success beyond the height […]

The Swans of Fifth Avenue

The Swans of Fifth Avenue  Miriam R. Kramer The author Truman Capote cut a dashing figure in the world of American letters from the time he was discovered in 1948 for the novel Other Voices, Other Rooms, which pictured him posing seductively on the back cover. His high voice, short stature, and unveiled homosexuality set […]

The Ire in Ireland

By Miriam R. Kramer According to legend, the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick, converted the Irish to Christianity. His legend spawned the celebratory day on which those of us with Irish heritage (and those who don’t) wear green, down copious glasses of Guinness, Jameson, and green lager, and prance around like deranged leprechauns to […]