Discover Germany, Switzerland & Austria – January 2023 Issue:


On the slopes of Alta Badia, in the heart of the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage site, it was an itinerant journey; one that took participating skiers from one hut to the next in search of new dishes and internationally renowned chefs. 

SPECIAL THEME: BEST OF GERMAN ARCHITECTURE 2023: Meet Germany’s creative creators


Architecture in Germany has a long and diverse history. After all, visitors to the country can find every major European style – from Roman to Post Modern, Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, Modern and many more architectural styles. We take a look at just some of the structures that showcase the vast creativity of German architects.

Indonesia Village Views: Tour of Penglipuran, Bali

DW Travel – A life in harmony with God and nature: What for many is an esoteric ideal is the daily reality in the Indonesian village of Penglipuran – and with godliness comes cleanliness! The village’s inhabitants, some 1,000 people, abide by an ancient philosophy and its traditions: They protect the surrounding rainforest, cars are not allowed in the village, and littering is also forbidden. Over the past years, sustainable tourism has grown in Penglipuran, strengthening the local economy.

Books: The New York Times Book Review – Jan 8, 2023

Photograph by Howard Sochurek

The New York Times Book Review (January 8, 2023):

When Freedom Meant the Freedom to Oppress Others

Jefferson Cowie’s powerful and sobering new history, “Freedom’s Dominion,” traces the close association between the rhetoric of liberty in an Alabama county and the politics of white supremacy.

Two Days of Terror in Washington, D.C.

“American Caliph,” by Shahan Mufti, recounts the complex story of a largely forgotten episode from 1977, when an armed Muslim group held dozens of people hostage.

The Power of a Good Narrative, in Your Ear or Otherwise

From Bloomsbury to the Billboard Hot 100, these audiobooks will hook you based on story alone.

Political Views: U.S. House Speaker Vote, Jan. 6 Attack

PBS NewsHour – New York Times columnist David Brooks and Washington Post associate editor Jonathan Capehart join Amna Nawaz to discuss the week in politics, including the political fight in the House unlike any seen since the Civil War and the second anniversary of the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.

Financial Review: Barron’s Magazine – January 9, 2023


Barron’s Magazine – January 9, 2023 Issue:

Tech’s Bill Is Coming Due. Investors Aren’t the Only Ones Who Will Pay.

Tech’s Bill Is Coming Due. Investors Aren’t the Only Ones Who Will Pay.

Tech companies went on a spending binge to satisfy new pandemic demand. Then came the reopening and the rate hikes. Now, investors, consumers, and employees are on the hook for the bill.

If You Want Growth, Stick With Quality

A punishing macro climate is making it tougher to find winners. But shares of quality companies may still be rewarded. Here’s what to look for.

Bonds Are Back. Here Are Some Funds to Buy Now.

After a tough 2022, this could be the year that fixed income is a better bet than stocks. Here’s what some of the experts recommend buying now.

Tesla’s Battered Stock Looks Like a Buy Again

The electric-vehicle leader has been hammered by China lockdowns, a possible recession, and CEO Musk’s antics at Twitter. But the company has real strengths and cheap shares.

Front Page: The New York Times – January 7, 2023


U.S. Added 223,000 Jobs in December, a Slight Easing in Pace

The Federal Reserve’s moves to cool the economy with higher interest rates seem to be taking gentle hold. Wage growth lost momentum.

McCarthy Wins Speakership on 15th Vote After Concessions to Hard Right

An agreement with ultraconservative Republicans delivered a breakthrough for the California Republican, but he still had to claw his way to the post during a dramatic post-midnight session.

Widening Highways Doesn’t Fix Traffic. So Why Do We Keep Doing It?

With billions of dollars available to improve transportation infrastructure, states have a chance to try new strategies for addressing congestion. But some habits are hard to break.

Speaker Quest Reveals McCarthy’s Tenuous Grip on an Unruly Majority

As the Republican leader has made concessions to the far right, he has effectively agreed to give them carte blanche to disrupt the workings of the House — and to hold him hostage to their demands.