The bodyguard, Count Franz von Harrach, described how a “thin stream of blood spurted” from the Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s mouth and how his wife, Sophie, fell, slumped “with her face between his knees.” The June 28th, 1914 assassination of this husband and wife team, destined as the next in line to take the throne of the Austrian Empire, rapidly disassembled ninety-nine years of (more…)

According to the quote in my day-timer calendar, Marie Curie once said, “Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.” I came across this quote marooned in my hotel room in the Semiramis Hotel in Cairo, Egypt. This country never was at the top of my bucket list, and the circumstances of my inability to leave the country (irregularities to my passport delayed my leaving for four days) did not exactly enamor Cairo’s bleak urban landscape to my less than receptive eyes. (more…)