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


Author and his friend, the Xiezhi (Shee ay gier), Ming Tombs, Beijing (1991)

 It was nearly three decades that I first met the Xiezhi outside Beijing.  The one in this

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Carpe Diem: 2018.02.16 Gong Xi Fa Cai


Carpe Diem: 2018.02.12 Kim Jong-arf

If I was to give a name to the squatting canine of this graphic it would be Kim Jong-arf, because as I composed it the thought occurred to me that N. Korea’s dictator seems be dumping on our

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Carpe Diem: 2018.01.13 Sheet Whole

Oh, Yaaaah!, Oh, Yaaaah! People have to say it now, no matter how uncomfortable.  Broadcasters, and commentators, and even other politicians, and diplomats. How do you discuss it without

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Carpe Diem: 2018.01.06 “I am a stable genius.”

Carpe Diem: 2017.12.22 Season’s Greetings

Carpe Diem: 2017.12.07 HONORABLE LOSERS?

This morning Al Franken announced that he is resigning his (“giant of . . .”) Senate seat, two days after John Conyers tripped over his dick. Two seats the politically-sinking Democrats didn’t

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Carpe Diem: 2017.11.09 HERE’S A QUESTION FOR YOU

As I write this I can raise my sight to a California Autumn sky over the Pacific with a carpet of incandescent orange-red clouds that would have sent JMW Turner running to his paintbrushes, or

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Carpe Diem: 2017.11.02 BACK WITH THE WIND

  General John “Beauregard” Kelly 

“Robert E. Lee was an honorable man who gave up his country to fight for his state. Men and women of good faith on both sides made their stand where

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Carpe Diem: 2017.10.24 CALL OF DOO-DOO

If you don’t support the war, you don’t support the troops. Questioning why they died tarnishes their loss. Questioning their loss questions your patriotism.

Ever since we did not have surrender

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