renaissance

Taking Stock

Still Number One “Don’t worry, my government will pay for the damage.” The Defense Department always included this essential phrase in its foreign language phrase books. These were originally created before the landings in Normandy and later expanded from calming a French farmer...

A Rapt Audience for Women Storytellers

Year after year, many in the audience for the Laguna Beach Festival of Women Authors return, some even make the sell-out affair at the Surf & Sand Resort an annual get-together. Perhaps they come because it is a good cause. As Kim Salter, chair for the 24th annual Literary...

Local Currents

Hanoi, Z-Pizza and Horns “’What does a horn mean?’ That’s an interesting question about the social structure of a culture.” –John Parker, President, Amway Japan. While headed to dinner with my wife at Bobby Chinn’s in Hanoi, Vietnam, we passed a Z-Pizza sign at a new...