I'm back in Portland after a short visit to St. Louis, due to a relative's sudden illness. Will be resting up today, maybe posting a little. Expect to resume regular posting Sunday.

Back to serious mode ... I needed a break, and April Fools' day seemed as good an excuse as any. Now it's back to the issues of the day. My general policy is to cover anything I think is interesting or important, whether international or domestic. I will be watching the Mideast, and especially Iran, very closely in the coming weeks. Also expect more posts on Terri Schiavo and the implications of her death.

Arts and letters dept. As I've mentioned before, I also plan to spend more time writing about cultural stuff - arts, spirituality, and other things. After all, the fight for freedom is also the fight for the spirit.