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Charriots of Tradition

Charriots of Tradition

The fiacre is one of most beloved vestiges of traditional Vienna. The light four-wheeled carriages drawn by two horses stand in a row outside St. Stephens Cathedral in central Vienna. This, in effect, is a taxi stand, as it used to be. On a cloudy morning in April, I was passing that way and stopped […]

The War On Christmas

Christmas in the US doesn’t come but once-a-year. It takes the better part of four months. As early as September, holiday paraphernalia appears in store windows In fact, any month ending in  –ber (and thus suggesting cold weather) becomes fair game for marketeers out to convince consumers to spend as much money as possible, as […]

Globalization of Ethics

Many Europeans doubt that Asia can catch up with Europe in terms of regional integration. But Asia not only has the type of stable common ethical foundations that were so important to European integration; it also has a well developed set of moral principles, some of which were an established part of Asian culture long […]

Joy to the World

Joy to the World

Macedonia Christmas in Orthodox Macedonia is on Jan. 7th, 14 days later than most others celebrates. This is a mixed blessing. The upside, especially if you are a student in a foreign country, is that you get to celebrate twice. The downside is that it makes you different. But being different is not always a […]


Being French, I have faith in my savoir-vivre. But my good manners have often caught up with me in unaccustomed situations — where they sometimes represent just the opposite. Invited to Macedonia recently by a friend, Milena, a student of psychotherapy at the Sigmund Freud Institute, I saw that good manners in one culture do […]

Happy Norouz

The feast for the Persian New Year of Norouz was ready: Wheat symbolizing rebirth, sweet pudding symbolizing prosperity, dried fruit of the oleander tree symbolizing love, garlic symbolizing medicine, apples symbolizing beauty and health, sumac berries symbolizing sunrise and vinegar symbolizing age and patience. This is the ceremonial table of Haft sin, the seven creations […]

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