Essays & Images on Cities, Travel and Contemporary Culture. A web journal of James A. Clapp, Ph.D., an UrbisMedia Ltd. Production

Carpe Diem: 2018.08.26 True American

As the links below attest I have never been sympathetic to John McCain in these pages. In fact, the only thing I ever agreed with Donald Trump about was that McCain was not a hero (his experience

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Carpe Diem: 2018.08.20 TAKE A KNEE

Professional football season will be commencing soon, another season during which some 30 teams will play a minimum of 22 games at which the national anthem will be played some 330 times. Huge

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Carpe Diem: 2018.07.18 Bromance

Carpe Diem: 2018.06.29 BORDER GUARD JESUS

Vol.105.5: ARE WE NAZIS YET?

Ja, ja!, we made it!  Ooom-pah, Ooom-pah, Ooom-pah!

Ilse Koch, the notorious Nazi “Bitch of Buchenwald” concentration

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Vol.105.4: THE LONELY ROADS; Reflections on Anthony Bourdain

The obit/tributes to Anthony Bourdain continue to pour in.  As a former tour guide, independent traveler and resident abroad it is almost reflexive to draw some contrasts with our different “styles”

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Carpe Diem: 2018.06.08 The Yoke


Ireland was supposedly named by the Roman legions who found the inhabitants too irritable and pugilistic, giving up on conquering their emerald isle.  I have experienced Irish ire myself

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Vol 105.3: Everything Happens for a Reason: An Interview with Novelist Sebastian Gerard


Ba Feng Ku, Dragon City Journal Senior Correspondent

©2009 UrbisMedia

I interviewed Sebastian Gerard in Hong Kong about his forthcoming work of fiction, his third, The River Dragon’s Daughters

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Carpe Diem: 2018.05.28 Memorial Day

It’s Memorial Day again,

and flags defurl and flutter

in irenic spring breezes,

John Wayne war movies flicker

past military glories

fought on Hollywood’s back lots

It’s Memorial Day again,


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Carpe Diem: 2018.05.23 KILLER BRAIN

Readers of these pages will recall, its author is no fan of the pharmaceutical companies of America

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