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MacLaine Metamorphosis   Shirley MacLaine’s latest reincarnation will be as Martha Levinson, the Countess of Grantham’s Mum, in the phenomenal television series Downton Abbey.  Stepping...

Photography by Heide Van Doren Betz       Over the past decade, on three occasions, I was the guest of the German Archeological Society,...

I will cut directly to the chase; holocaust deniers are idiots. Israel still has citizens with green tattoos from the death camps, difficult to refute....

  Several months ago the Los Angeles Opera staged Wagner’s Ring Cycle, Der Ring des Nibelungen, the most discussed and written about work of opera...

  Elephant in the famous Burlington Arcade, painted by the artist Jack Vettriano, garnered the top price of $250,000 at auction. The rich and famous...

The entrance to the exquisite Hotel, the Residence Phou Vao, which overlooks the exotic views of the Mekong Valley and the town of Luang Prabang....

In my last article I wrote about the famous Jeanette MacDonald song, “San Francisco”, from her movie of the same name. Now! Sing… “I Left...

Billboard – America’s oldest show business trade paper – gave us the opportunity to observe developments in American entertainment firsthand on a daily basis. The...

The Rooftops of Florence seen from Palazzo Vecchio Palazzo Vecchio on the Piazza della Signoria was completed in the mid 14th century with additions as...

  My best friend Mike was a cop, now retired.  A very intelligent man except for his choice of vocation, and most would suggest his...

photography by Heide Van Doren Betz   The first sight when arriving in the California desert is that of the towering, imposing windmills. The visuals...

Would that we were all so lucky as to have a favorite relative who proves that life is a banquet, while overcoming insurmountable obstacles along...

I am not a Mac person. I wanted a computer, not to join a religious cult. Back in the stone age of digitization, I got...

Heretics, atheists, agnostics or angels: all guide whatever one believes. There is only one God for us all, whether one be Buddhist, Christian, Hebrew, Muslim,...

I watched Michael Moore’s 2007 documentary ‘Sicko’ that berates the US health system for leaving 47.5 million Americans uninsured. The film critically compares methods of...

Hong Kong, with a present population of over 7 million, has been synonymous with style, class, shopping and entrepreneurism for decades. Few cities worldwide have...

I took over a lens and camera distributor in Montreal in the late ’70s to transform it into a subsidiary of a multinational company with...