A Greeting to New Friends and Comrades


THERE’S NO USE in a writer denying the pleasures derived of notoriety, but it happened this week that I was “Freshly Pressed” and that I had feelings about it which weren’t entirely comforting. In case you don’t know, to be Freshly Pressed (or FPd, as I have discovered the WordPress folks put it) is to have a post chosen by the editors of WordPress for the landing page at wordpress.com. This arbitrary distinction — as I feel it to be — brings with it a huge momentary increase in traffic, comments, email and polite approbation. In short, here comes and goes your fifteen minutes of fame.

I’ve since discovered a new genre of writings, the Freshly Pressed Reflection. Near everyone who has written on the subject notes the disturbing feeling of being suddenly exposed, which is odd given the public character of posting your thoughts on the Internet. Someone who has, say, ten readers a day, the bulk of whom are friends and family, for a day or two attracts 1,500 readers. That’s a touch unnerving, but we all write for an audience, don’t we. Best to accept from the beginning that putting your words into the public square is an act of ego as well as of self-exposure, and take with as much grace as you can manage the logical outcomes of this decision.

But what I find especially discomforting is the kindness of strangers. Quite a few people have chosen to follow this website of mine in the past day, and to contribute their good graces, and I can’t help but think that I am going to disappoint. It’s not as if I’ve taken money or entered into a contract, but I’ve always felt I had an unspoken compact with my readers, and that if written out it would look something like the following: don’t pander, and don’t waste people’s precious time — always be candid, regardless of the possible consequences, and always put your best work forward. From this it follows that I’m going to piss at least some of my readers off. I’m fine with that. It’s the prospect of boring them or otherwise wasting their time that gets to me. A larger audience means that you’re taking more time from more people, and as quaint as it may sound I feel the moral weight of presuming in this way.

The piece chosen for prominence by WordPress was called “The Courage of Malala Yousafzai and the Lessons of Mingora.” In my estimation it’s far from being my best work, or even among my best. I wrote it for publication at the National Post, and even before it was Freshly Pressed it had become the most read piece of this site. I was gratified by this because I believe the rights and dignity of women and girls will remain objects of abuse until those of us who are fed up stand together in opposition. My colleague at the National Post, Barb Kay (who wrote a piece on the shooting I consider better than mine), and I allowed ourselves to hope that this horrible shooting might be the event which at last turns the world against those forces which prefer to keep women and girls uneducated, submissive, frightened and impoverished. It was thus especially gratifying to attract a worldwide audience, including many readers from Pakistan, who without exception stand in solidarity with Malala Yousafzai.

As I always do when I write about the various Taliban groups, I got emails from people saying I didn’t know what I was talking about … I am brainwashed by the media … etc. Usually what follows is a tirade against American imperialism, the suggestion being that there is only one source of evil in the world (USA) and that it is useless and even immoral to discuss any other topic or to assign guilt to any other party. I am honoured to count these people, who as a rule call themselves “progressives,” as my political enemies. I’m not very nice to this kind of person, and indeed I’m downright rude. If you have chosen to follow my work on this site, or you are considering it, I may as well tell you now that this is so. I don’t feel good about it, but I’m not interested in changing, either. My manners being what they are, I expected never to be Freshly Pressed. I’m polite with polite people, but the bastards can go to hell. The WordPress editors probably try to circumnavigate this sort of attitude, and I suspect I may have passed through a security breach of a sort.

Well, there it is, my FP piece. This personal style is not my usual way, but I did want to acknowledge the many kind people who offered their goodwill, especially as it was directed at Malala Yousafzai. The like-minded have to stand together in solidarity, or nothing will ever change for the better. To my friends and comrades, all my best wishes for a better world. Keep up the good fight!

Note: what follows is a list of the cities from which I received, on behalf of Malala, the visits and kind words of global citizens:

Islamabad ( Islamabad, Pakistan )
Karachi ( Sindh, Pakistan )
Lahore ( Punjab, Pakistan )
Jakarta ( Jakarta Raya, Indonesia )
Toronto ( Ontario, Canada )
Bangalore ( Karnataka, India )
Mumbai ( Maharashtra, India )
London ( London, United Kingdom )
Riyadh ( Ar Riyad, Saudi Arabia )
Hyderabad ( Andhra Pradesh, India )
Peshawar ( North-West Frontier, Pakistan )
Kuala Lumpur ( Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia )
New York ( New York, United States )
Multan ( Punjab, Pakistan )
Philadelphia ( Pennsylvania, United States )
Edmonton ( Alberta, Canada )
Dubai ( Dubayy, United Arab Emirates )
Paris ( Ile-de-France, France )
Rawalpindi ( Punjab, Pakistan )
Chicago ( Illinois, United States )
Surrey ( British Columbia, Canada )
Abu Dhabi ( Abu Zaby, United Arab Emirates )
Rome ( Lazio, Italy )
New Delhi ( Delhi, India )
Pune ( Maharashtra, India )
Birmingham ( Birmingham, United Kingdom )
Delhi ( Delhi, India )
Mexico ( Distrito Federal, Mexico )
Montreal ( Quebec, Canada )
Milan ( Lombardia, Italy )
Lima ( Lima, Peru )
San Diego ( California, United States )
Kuwait ( Al Kuwayt, Kuwait )
Seoul ( Soul-t’ukpyolsi, Republic of Korea )
Vancouver ( British Columbia, Canada )
Taipei ( T’ai-pei, Taiwan )
Dublin ( Ohio, United States )
Sargodha ( Punjab, Pakistan )
Kolkata ( West Bengal, India )
Sydney ( New South Wales, Australia )
Cochin ( Kerala, India )
Richmond ( Kentucky, United States )
Los Angeles ( California, United States )
Quetta ( Balochistan, Pakistan )
Denver ( Colorado, United States )
Las Vegas ( Nevada, United States )
Ottawa ( Ontario, Canada )
Makati ( Manila, Philippines )
Chennai ( Tamil Nadu, India )
Male (Republic of Maldives)
Jeddah ( Makkah, Saudi Arabia )
Berlin ( Berlin, Germany )
Goth Inayat ( Sindh, Pakistan )
Minneapolis ( Minnesota, United States )
Perth ( Western Australia, Australia )
Seattle ( Washington, United States )
Pittsburgh ( Pennsylvania, United States )
Regina ( Saskatchewan, Canada )
Fredericton ( New Brunswick, Canada )
Buenos Aires ( Distrito Federal, Argentina )
Arlington ( Virginia, United States )
Vienna ( Wien, Austria )
Lyon ( Rhone-Alpes, France )
Brooklyn ( New York, United States )
Surabaya ( Jawa Timur, Indonesia )
Hamilton ( Ontario, Canada )
Brampton ( Ontario, Canada )
Medan ( Sumatera Utara, Indonesia )
Istanbul ( Istanbul, Turkey )
San Jose ( California, United States )
Bandung ( Jawa Barat, Indonesia )
Kochi ( Kerala, India )
Athens ( Georgia, United States )
Toulouse ( Midi-Pyrenees, France )
Saskatoon ( Saskatchewan, Canada )
Lisbon ( Lisboa, Portugal )
Jersey City ( New Jersey, United States )
Hackensack ( New Jersey, United States )
Ho Chi Minh City ( Vietnam )
Bucharest ( Bucuresti, Romania )
Hofuf ( Ash Sharqiyah, Saudi Arabia )
Incheon ( Inch’on-jikhalsi, Republic of Korea )
Davis ( California, United States )
Cheltenham ( Gloucestershire, United Kingdom )
Bekasi ( Jawa Barat, Indonesia )
Quezon City ( Quezon City, Philippines )
Abidjan ( Ivory Coast, )
Nairobi ( Nairobi Area, Kenya )
Yogyakarta ( Yogyakarta, Indonesia )
Barcelona ( Cataluna, Spain )
Washington ( District of Columbia, United States )
Durban ( Natal, South Africa )
Helsinki ( Southern Finland, Finland )
Columbus ( Ohio, United States )
Miami ( Florida, United States )
Cape Town ( South Africa )
Newark ( New Jersey, United States )
Cirebon ( Jawa Barat, Indonesia )
Concord ( Massachusetts, United States )
Mulia ( Kepulauan Bangka Belitung, Indonesia )
Peterborough ( Ontario, Canada )
Jackson ( Michigan, United States )
Cambridge ( Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom )
Forsyth ( Illinois, United States )
Oklahoma City ( Oklahoma, United States )
Atlanta ( Georgia, United States )
Santa Clara ( California, United States )
Charlottesville ( Virginia, United States )
Buffalo ( New York, United States )
Lethbridge ( Alberta, Canada )
Vilnius ( Vilniaus Apskritis, Lithuania )
Johannesburg ( South Africa )
Fremont ( California, United States )
Calgary ( Alberta, Canada )
Troy ( New York, United States )
Ahmedabad ( Gujarat, India )
Plano ( Texas, United States )
Sialkot ( Punjab, Pakistan )
Porto Alegre ( Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil )
Arbil ( Arbil, Iraq )
Fort Collins ( Colorado, United States )
Utrecht ( Utrecht, Netherlands )
Silver Spring ( Maryland, United States )
Reading ( Reading, United Kingdom )
Grand Rapids ( Michigan, United States )
Klang ( Selangor, Malaysia )
Cedar Rapids ( Iowa, United States )
Northport ( New York, United States )
Semarang ( Jawa Tengah, Indonesia )
Victoria ( British Columbia, Canada )
Montpellier ( Languedoc-Roussillon, France )
Scottsdale ( Arizona, United States )
Cuernavaca ( Morelos, Mexico )
Oakland ( California, United States )
Brisbane ( Queensland, Australia )
San Antonio ( Texas, United States )
Kitchener ( Ontario, Canada )
Columbia ( Missouri, United States )
Sampaloc ( Rizal, Philippines )
North Vancouver ( British Columbia, Canada )
Austin ( Texas, United States )
Dhaka ( Bangladesh )
Rochester ( New York, United States )
Gurgaon ( Haryana, India )
Baku ( Baki, Azerbaijan )
Kharkov ( Kharkivs’ka Oblast’, Ukraine )
Hubli ( Karnataka, India )
Melbourne ( Victoria, Australia )
Southampton ( Pennsylvania, United States )
Lugano ( Ticino, Switzerland )
Pamplona ( Navarra, Spain )
Avignon ( Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur, France )
Freiburg ( Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany )
Settimo Torinese ( Piemonte, Italy )
Sceaux ( Ile-de-France, France )
Strasbourg ( Alsace, France )
Peseux ( Neuchatel, Switzerland )
Bergkirchen ( Bayern, Germany )
Brussels ( Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, Belgium )
Cork ( Cork, Ireland )
Genova ( Liguria, Italy )
Montrouge ( Ile-de-France, France )
Lovech ( Lovech, Bulgaria )
Saint-Côme-de-Fresné ( Basse-Normandie, France )
Haripur ( North-West Frontier, Pakistan )
Zanè ( Veneto, Italy )
Colorado Springs ( Colorado, United States )
Spruce Grove ( Alberta, Canada )
Boulogne-billancourt ( Ile-de-France, France )
Dunfermline ( Fife, United Kingdom )
Grande Prairie ( Alberta, Canada )
Albizzate ( Lombardia, Italy )
Crossfield ( Alberta, Canada )
Orléans ( Centre, France )
Chatham ( New Jersey, United States )
Garza García ( Nuevo Leon, Mexico )
Indore ( Madhya Pradesh, India )
Okara ( Punjab, Pakistan )
Oxford ( Oxfordshire, United Kingdom )
Rimouski ( Quebec, Canada )
Montévrain ( Ile-de-France, France )
Manassas ( Virginia, United States )
Munchenbuchsee ( Bern, Switzerland )
Springfield ( Massachusetts, United States )
Rockville ( Maryland, United States )
Canberra ( Australian Capital Territory, Australia )
Kingston ( Ontario, Canada )
Revelstoke ( British Columbia, Canada )
Shawville ( Quebec, Canada )
Guernica ( Pais Vasco, Spain )
Lelgio ( Ticino, Switzerland )
Fresno ( California, United States )
Nørre Alslev    (Sjælland, Denmark )
Tempe ( Arizona, United States )
Surat ( Gujarat, India )
Nelson ( British Columbia, Canada )
El Escorial ( Madrid, Spain )
Hartford ( Kentucky, United States )
Hangenbieten ( Alsace, France )
Villefontaine ( Rhone-Alpes, France )
Norrköping ( Ostergotlands Lan, Sweden )
Rocky Mountain House ( Alberta, Canada )
Hinton ( Alberta, Canada )
Jacksonville ( Florida, United States )
Bromsgrove ( Worcestershire, United Kingdom )
Innisfail ( Alberta, Canada )
Warsaw ( Poland )
Mirpur ( Azad Kashmir, Pakistan )
Oxbow ( Saskatchewan, Canada )
Nice ( Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur, France )
Vaires-sur-marne ( Ile-de-France, France )
Corcelles-lès-Cîteaux ( Bourgogne, France )
Argentière ( Rhone-Alpes, France )
Saint-hubert ( Quebec, Canada )
Madrid ( Madrid, Spain )
Rignano Sull’arno ( Toscana, Italy )
Niagara Falls ( Ontario, Canada )
Manchester ( Manchester, United Kingdom )
Newcastle ( New South Wales, Australia )
Nicosia ( Nicosia, Cyprus )
Barrigada (Guam )
Lower Sackville ( Nova Scotia, Canada )
Auburn ( New South Wales, Australia )
Alpharetta ( Georgia, United States )
Holtsville ( New York, United States )
Stowmarket ( Suffolk, United Kingdom )
Robinson ( Illinois, United States )
Cuttack ( Orissa, India )
Memphis ( Tennessee, United States )
Plot ( Azad Kashmir, Pakistan )
Aligarh ( Uttar Pradesh, India )
Oyster Bay ( New York, United States )
Arcadia ( California, United States )
Faisalabad ( North-West Frontier, Pakistan )
Chlumcany ( Plzensky Kraj, Czech Republic )
Copenhagen ( Denmark )
Naucalpan ( Mexico, Mexico )
El Dorado Hills ( California, United States )
Thrissur ( Kerala, India )
Hanover ( New Hampshire, United States )
Mooroolbark ( Victoria, Australia )
Ogden ( Utah, United States )
Davao ( Davao City, Philippines )
Rajkot ( Gujarat, India )
Yongin ( Kyonggi-do, Republic of Korea )
Manila ( Manila, Philippines )
Winterthur ( Zurich, Switzerland )
Tel Aviv ( Tel Aviv, Israel )
Ramnicu Sarat ( Buzau, Romania )
Songkhla ( Songkhla, Thailand )
Dundas ( Ontario, Canada )
Hitchin ( Hertford, United Kingdom )
Sevastopol ( Sevastopol’, Ukraine )
Stamford ( Connecticut, United States )
Pusan ( Pusan-jikhalsi, Republic of Korea )
Mississauga ( Ontario, Canada )
High Wycombe ( Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom )
Norwich ( Norfolk, United Kingdom )
Geneve ( Geneve, Switzerland )
Landshut ( Bayern, Germany )
Marseille ( Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur, France )
Plattling ( Bayern, Germany )
Mwanza ( Mwanza, Tanzania, United Republic of )
Ulsan ( Ulsan-gwangyoksi, Republic of Korea )
Huizen ( Noord-Holland, Netherlands )
Clearwater ( Florida, United States )
Davao City ( Davao City, Philippines )
Ryde ( New South Wales, Australia )
Dhahran ( Ash Sharqiyah, Saudi Arabia )
San Francisco ( California, United States )
Belmonte Mezzagno ( Sicilia, Italy )
Romford ( Havering, United Kingdom )
Éguilles ( Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur, France )
Milton Keynes ( Milton Keynes, United Kingdom )
Sherburn In Elmet ( North Yorkshire, United Kingdom )
Colombes ( Ile-de-France, France )
Palma De Mallorca ( Islas Baleares, Spain )
Saint Louis ( Missouri, United States )
Summit ( New Jersey, United States )
Summit ( New Jersey, United States )
Colombo (Sri Lanka )
Limbang ( Sarawak, Malaysia )
Yongsan ( Soul-t’ukpyolsi, Republic of Korea )
Odense (Denmark )
Geneva ( Florida, United States )
Alexandria ( Virginia, United States )
Parkton ( Maryland, United States )
Newport ( Newport, United Kingdom )
Fort Lauderdale ( Florida, United States )
Lecce ( Puglia, Italy )
Markham ( Ontario, Canada )
Grants Pass ( Oregon, United States )
Holland ( Ohio, United States )
Hurstville ( New South Wales, Australia )
Lalitpur (Uttar Pradesh )
Stadskanaal ( Groningen, Netherlands )
Anyang ( Kyonggi-do, Republic of Korea )
Glen Ellyn ( Illinois, United States )
Chattanooga ( Tennessee, United States )
Jubail ( Ash Sharqiyah, Saudi Arabia )
Scranton ( Pennsylvania, United States )
Pietermaritzburg ( Natal, South Africa )
Sukkur ( Sindh, Pakistan )
Piscataway ( New Jersey, United States )
Bangor ( North Down, United Kingdom )
Trondheim ( Sor-Trondelag, Norway )
Ernakulam ( Kerala, India )
Hounslow ( Hounslow, United Kingdom )
Dannemora ( New York, United States )
Waltham Cross ( Hertford, United Kingdom )
Montigny-sur-loing ( Ile-de-France, France )
Bydgoszcz ( Poland )
Stonesfield ( Oxfordshire, United Kingdom )
Whitehorse ( Yukon Territory, Canada )
Overland Park ( Kansas, United States )
Iselin ( New Jersey, United States )
Merrimack ( New Hampshire, United States )
Towson ( Maryland, United States )
Mysore ( Karnataka, India )
Sparks ( Nevada, United States )
Gailey ( St. Helens, United Kingdom )
Peyton ( Colorado, United States )
Quebec ( Quebec, Canada )
Coalville ( Leicestershire, United Kingdom )
Covina ( California, United States )
Pretoria (Gauteng, South Africa )
Shisui ( Chiba, Japan )
Milwaukee ( Wisconsin, United States )
Macon ( Georgia, United States )
Coventry ( Coventry, United Kingdom )
Södertälje ( Stockholms Lan, Sweden )
Brockton ( Massachusetts, United States )
Oradell ( New Jersey, United States )
Velikiy Novgorod ( Novosibirsk, Russian Federation )
Richelieu ( Quebec, Canada )
Sandwich ( Massachusetts, United States )
New London ( Connecticut, United States )
Purwokerto ( Jawa Tengah, Indonesia )
Lincolnton ( North Carolina, United States )
Timisoara ( Timis, Romania )
Woodbridge ( Ontario, Canada )
Alberton (Gauteng, South Africa )
Kalyan ( Maharashtra, India )
Sheffield ( Sheffield, United Kingdom )
Bartlesville ( Oklahoma, United States )
Kalasin ( Kalasin, Thailand )
Nelspruit (Mpumalanga, South Africa )
Montpelier ( Vermont, United States )
Cartagena ( Bolivar, Colombia )
Sterling Heights ( Michigan, United States )
Wroclaw (Lower Silesia, Poland )
Westminster ( Maryland, United States )
Mega ( Jawa Tengah, Indonesia )
Boulder ( Colorado, United States )
Muscat ( Masqat, Oman )
San Clemente ( California, United States )
New Port Richey ( Florida, United States )
Charlotte ( North Carolina, United States )
Davison ( Michigan, United States )
Köln ( Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany )
San Juan (Puerto Rico )
Bromma ( Stockholms Lan, Sweden )
Uxbridge ( Hillingdon, United Kingdom )
Elmhurst ( Illinois, United States )
Cagayan De Oro ( Cagayan de Oro, Philippines )
Scarborough ( Ontario, Canada )
Warren ( Michigan, United States )
Aarhus ( Denmark )
Manahawkin ( New Jersey, United States )
Luton ( Luton, United Kingdom )
Orange ( California, United States )
Louvain ( Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium )
Tucson ( Arizona, United States )
Moro ( Sindh, Pakistan )
Altrip ( Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany )
South Bend ( Indiana, United States )
Palakkad ( Kerala, India )
Brugge ( West-Vlaanderen, Belgium )
Kansas City ( Kansas, United States )
Little Rock ( Arkansas, United States )
Albuquerque ( New Mexico, United States )
Adams ( Massachusetts, United States )
Bluefield ( West Virginia, United States )
Moradabad ( Uttar Pradesh, India )
Bonnyville ( Alberta, Canada )
Saint Paul ( Minnesota, United States )
Pickering ( Ontario, Canada )
Herndon ( Virginia, United States )
San Rafael ( California, United States )
Holland ( Ohio, United States )
Apo ( Armed Forces Europe, Middle East, & Canada, United States )
Lanse ( Michigan, United States )
São Carlos ( Sao Paulo, Brazil )
Salina ( Kansas, United States )
Sabanci ( Sanliurfa, Turkey )
Winnipeg ( Manitoba, Canada )
Thalassery ( Kerala, India )
Zug ( Zug, Switzerland )
Colchester ( Essex, United Kingdom )
Glasgow ( Glasgow City, United Kingdom )
Glen Allen ( Virginia, United States )
Franklin ( Tennessee, United States )
Pula ( Istarska, Croatia )
Tacoma ( Washington, United States )
Frankfort ( Kentucky, United States )
Lancaster ( Pennsylvania, United States )
Trivandrum ( Kerala, India )
Lyngby (Lyngby-Taarbæk, Denmark )
Paisley ( Renfrewshire, United Kingdom )
Reno ( Nevada, United States )
Fort Myers ( Florida, United States )
Fort Worth ( Texas, United States )
Ciriè ( Piemonte, Italy )
Düsseldorf ( Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany )
Fort Frances ( Ontario, Canada )
Hounslow ( Hounslow, United Kingdom )
Cianjur ( Jawa Barat, Indonesia )
Staten Island ( New York, United States )
Johor Bahru ( Johor, Malaysia )
Richardson ( Texas, United States )
College Park ( Maryland, United States )
Guntur ( Andhra Pradesh, India )
San Angelo ( Texas, United States )
Valparaiso ( Valparaiso, Chile )
Saint Petersburg ( Saint Petersburg City, Russian Federation )
Leesburg ( Florida, United States )
Spartanburg ( South Carolina, United States )
Antalya ( Antalya, Turkey )
Frederiksberg (Region Hovedstaden, Denmark )
Newton Center ( Massachusetts, United States )
Doha ( Ad Dawhah, Qatar )
Whitinsville ( Massachusetts, United States )
Hounslow ( Hounslow, United Kingdom )
Liverpool ( Liverpool, United Kingdom )
Blythe ( California, United States )
Rabat (Rabat-Salé-Zemmour-Zaer, Morocco )
Faridabad ( Haryana, India )
Palo Alto ( California, United States )
Burlington ( Ontario, Canada )
Kilmarnock ( East Ayrshire, United Kingdom )
Hemet ( California, United States )
Cairo ( Al Qahirah, Egypt )
Carlsbad ( California, United States )
Pineville ( North Carolina, United States )
Munich ( Bayern, Germany )
Khopoli ( Maharashtra, India )
Toledo ( Ohio, United States )
Middletown ( Pennsylvania, United States )
Littleton ( Colorado, United States )
Knoxville ( Tennessee, United States )
Bacau ( Bacau, Romania )
Nashville ( Tennessee, United States )
Arequipa ( Arequipa, Peru )
Lake Oswego ( Oregon, United States )
Ithaca ( New York, United States )
Bridgetown ( Saint Michael, Barbados )
Mechelen ( Antwerpen, Belgium )
Tampa ( Florida, United States )
Downey ( California, United States )
Temerin (Vojvodina, Serbia )
Saint Catharines ( Ontario, Canada )
Norcross ( Georgia, United States )
Villa Nicolás Romero ( Mexico, Mexico )
Cedar Knolls ( New Jersey, United States )
Wichita ( Kansas, United States )
Monrovia ( California, United States )
Tokyo ( Tokyo, Japan )
West Roxbury ( Massachusetts, United States )
Plainfield ( New Jersey, United States )
Nassau ( New Providence, Bahamas )
West Lafayette ( Indiana, United States )
Klaten ( Jawa Tengah, Indonesia )
Bad Salzuflen ( Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany )
Lithonia ( Georgia, United States )
Madisonville ( Kentucky, United States )
Everett ( Washington, United States )
Bochum ( Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany )
Saint Joseph ( Missouri, United States )
Fonthill ( Ontario, Canada )
Yucaipa ( California, United States )
Akron ( Ohio, United States )
Houston ( Texas, United States )
Marion ( Illinois, United States )
Hendersonville ( North Carolina, United States )
Norman ( Oklahoma, United States )
Taubaté ( Sao Paulo, Brazil )
Bismarck ( North Dakota, United States )
Anchorage ( Alaska, United States )
Watertown ( Connecticut, United States )
Belleville ( Illinois, United States )
Pasig ( Pampanga, Philippines )
Channahon ( Illinois, United States )
Pachuca ( Hidalgo, Mexico )
Monroe ( Michigan, United States )
Waterloo ( Ontario, Canada )
La Paz ( La Paz, Bolivia )
Berkeley ( California, United States )
Frisco ( Texas, United States )
Marietta ( Georgia, United States )
Chesapeake ( Virginia, United States )
Sechelt ( British Columbia, Canada )
Winchester ( Virginia, United States )
Pyatigorsk ( Stavropol’, Russian Federation )
University Place ( Washington, United States )
Corpus Christi ( Texas, United States )
York ( Pennsylvania, United States )
Uppsala ( Stockholms Lan, Sweden )
Kota Kinabalu ( Sabah, Malaysia )
Lae ( Morobe, Papua New Guinea )
Port Moresby ( National Capital, Papua New Guinea )
Puebla ( Puebla, Mexico )
Chula Vista ( California, United States )
Quito ( Pichincha, Ecuador )
Bandar Seri Begawan
Kobe ( Hyogo, Japan )
Iasi ( Iasi, Romania )
Sevilla ( Andalucia, Spain )
Chachoengsao ( Chachoengsao, Thailand )
Exeter ( Devon, United Kingdom )
Ugoke ( Punjab, Pakistan )
Frederick ( Maryland, United States )
Riverside ( California, United States )
Sahuarita ( Arizona, United States )
Taastrup ( Denmark )
Gulberg ( Sindh, Pakistan )
Chaguanas ( Caroni, Trinidad and Tobago )
Alpine ( New South Wales, Australia )
Villeurbanne ( Rhone-Alpes, France )
Almanza ( Rizal, Philippines )
Leuven ( Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium )
Desert Hot Springs ( California, United States )
Sammamish ( Washington, United States )
Puchong ( Selangor, Malaysia )
Barking ( Barking and Dagenham, United Kingdom )
Batavia ( New York, United States )
Sangrur ( Punjab, India )
Sharjah ( Ash Shariqah, United Arab Emirates )
Merced ( California, United States )
Krakow ( Poland )
Warminster ( Wiltshire, United Kingdom )
Palembang ( Sumatera Selatan, Indonesia )
Sahiwal ( Punjab, Pakistan )
Amsterdam ( Noord-Holland, Netherlands )
Addis Ababa ( Adis Abeba, Ethiopia )
Mugla ( Mugla, Turkey )
Hingurakgoda (Sri Lanka )
Moi ( Rogaland, Norway )
Port Colborne ( Ontario, Canada )
Tulungagung ( Jawa Timur, Indonesia )
Ajmer ( Rajasthan, India )
Morristown ( New Jersey, United States )
Rotherham ( Rotherham, United Kingdom )
Amman ( Al Balqa’, Jordan )
Damascus ( Dimashq, Syrian Arab Republic )
Port Coquitlam ( British Columbia, Canada )
Hanover Park ( Illinois, United States )
Karnal ( Haryana, India )
Balanga ( Bataan, Philippines )
Giza ( Al Jizah, Egypt )
Bangkok ( Krung Thep, Thailand )
Warrimoo ( New South Wales, Australia )
Shimla ( Himachal Pradesh, India )
Harrison ( New York, United States )
Walldorf ( Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany )
Milton ( Ontario, Canada )
Khasab ( Musandam, Oman )
Bayan Lepas ( Penang, Malaysia )

4 responses to “A Greeting to New Friends and Comrades

  1. Nope, no security breach; just a post that we thought (1) told an important story and (2) was thought-provoking. That’s really what it’s all about.

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  2. “I don’t feel good about it, but I’m not interested in changing, either. My manners being what they are, I expected never to be Freshly Pressed. I’m polite with polite people, but the bastards can go to hell.” Chuckle.

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  3. I think every good writer out there should and would consider the prospect you’re putting forth in this blog. So thankyou for being humble , and yes do be candid – it makes life interesting regardless.

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  4. Susan Anderson Behn usually called Suki

    I get everything you post, and dont bother to comment.
    Mostly Im too busy to write back, but have time to read useful stuff.
    Terry Glavin pointed me at you …..and he was correct.
    Never think those of us who are silent dont care…..we just want you to keep on writing, and writing, and writing……and I have known Terry since he came to the Vancouver Sun as a stringer…I think he was living in a float house in Queensborough in those days….long before his current eminence

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