Twenty-First Century War Stories for Every American

I graduated from Buffalo’s St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute in 2011 with a group of young men for whom Iraq and Afghanistan were names as common as Cheektowaga, Williamsville, Kenmore, and Clarence.  Most of us were just beginning 3rd grade when the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center fell; and the War onContinue reading “Twenty-First Century War Stories for Every American”

Today’s Brew: Old Rasputin

When, in the course of my years of legal eligibility to seek gainful employment in the State of New York, I’ve found myself fleeing from one job in seek of another, I’ve always kept in mind my own indolence and chronic lethargy: in other words, I sought a job within reasonable walking distance from my belovedContinue reading “Today’s Brew: Old Rasputin”

Two Years After Dortmund

This article was originally published in the Sept. 2012 edition of Forever Young Magazine, two months after I’d returned from my first trip to Buffalo’s sister city, Dortmund, Germany.  I’ll be heading back to Dortmund in Aug. 2014 to revisit the friends I made there.  I thought this would be an appropriate time, then, to lookContinue reading “Two Years After Dortmund”

Gondolier Shirts and Gucci Bags: In Search of the Real Italy

The following is a piece I wrote one year ago, after a Canisius College trip through Italy, originally published (in truncated form) in the Canisius College Honors Post-Journal.  The names mentioned belong to friends and colleagues; all pictures, unless noted otherwise, are mine.   We sat on metal chairs, hung from a wire, ascending steadilyContinue reading “Gondolier Shirts and Gucci Bags: In Search of the Real Italy”

One More Cup of Coffee

Guanxixue and Ian Shoff’s Library Lottery Or Another Way to Win Friends and Influence People   [Originally published on “Backstory,” the website of the Canisius College journalism program.]   Ian Shoff graduated from college several years ago with a Mr. Canisius title under his belt and theworld seemingly his oyster. Now he’s  back at Canisius, and he’s unsure whatContinue reading “One More Cup of Coffee”