Staying Alive: Time for a Change

I don’t think I know very many people who aren’t struggling a lot of the time to feel alive. Sometimes the days, weeks, even months drain by, but they don’t speak to us – they almost don’t say a word.  They pass, but we are not quite sure how, because we did not often stop and […]

Posted by on 22 July 2014 | 5:51 pm

World Cup Showdown Part 3: Sporting Subjectivity and the Fun of a Little Hate

This is Part 3 or a four part series narrating the entire story of the 2014 World Cup as a game fought between the Beautiful Game and the Ugly Deception.  I invite you to read (or at least skim!) Part 1 and 2 first for a bit of context.   It’s halftime!   Now for some commercials… […]

Posted by on 17 July 2014 | 5:34 pm

World Cup Showdown Part 2: the Narrative Value of Soccer

NOTE: This is a continuation of a previous post on the World Cup in which the tournament is itself one large game played between two sides:  The Beautiful Game and the Ugly Deception. If you’d like to read the first section please click here:  World Cup Showdown Part 1: The Beautiful Game vs The Ugly Deception *** […]

Posted by on 10 July 2014 | 4:49 pm

World Cup Showdown Part 1: The Beautiful Game vs The Ugly Deception

(Disclaimer:  In this post I may be writing soccer and football synonymously because I’m from the US but live with a South American and we use both terms interchangeably.  Deal with it ;-)  ) Pre-game Postulation:  Things to Look Out for During the Match Despite having seen what must be almost 100 hours of World Cup soccer/football […]

Posted by on 9 July 2014 | 1:57 pm

At Home in Saudade

Have you ever picked up a book that you had read once before, a long while back, and been struck by how different an experience it was reading it a second time?  When we repeat an experience many years later, whether it’s related to art, music or literature, a hobby or activity, or visiting a […]

Posted by on 2 June 2014 | 6:23 am

Alone Is Not An Invitation

The perks of the freelancing lifestyle are numerous –  you don’t have to go to an office, you don’t have to get dressed, you don’t have to make smalltalk with your colleagues, and you get to choose your own work schedule.  But after a while that sense of freedom can flip into what feels like […]

Posted by on 10 February 2014 | 4:11 pm

Honesty is in the Ear of the Beholder

I told a lie today. It was an innocent lie.  It neither served a purpose nor caused injury.  The sort of lie that floats out of your mouth and hangs suspended in mid-air momentarily and then pops, disappearing and leaving no trace. It was 100% inconsequential and unnecessary.  So why did I do it in […]

Posted by on 19 September 2013 | 5:17 pm

France Sauvage…?

It is a very rare moment when France strikes me as wild. Picturesque? Of course. Quaint?  Most definitely. Provincial? Frequently. But wild?  Almost never. *** Not much more than a century ago, apart from a handful of relatively small cities, most of the geography of France was untamed, and unseen by the urban citizens.  Not […]

Posted by on 13 June 2013 | 5:47 pm

Spring Snow in Pau, France

The past year has been without much rhythm, a time of starts and jarring stops, a year a bit here and there and everywhere.  I have only spent six weeks in Pau total since October, four of which I was too sick with a flu and a deep, body-shaking cough to even leave my apartment. […]

Posted by on 14 March 2013 | 7:20 am

Majorly Blinkered Mainstream Media does Mali

Should I still be surprised when journalism doesn’t do the job it’s supposedly meant to do? When articles in the most important newspapers in the world are riddled with massive blind spots, coming off as either shockingly naive or else blatantly misleading to anyone who has done a bit of further reading?  Should I still […]

Posted by on 18 January 2013 | 8:12 am