Sometimes you just have to write…

Flying Ryanair … again

Years ago, I wrote an admiring post about Ryanair. Please read it before continuing with this post. I’ll wait… Finished? Okay. Last week I flew Ryanair again, and it struck … Continue reading

July 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

Hot enough for you?

I’ve spent the last week in Marseille, a big city in the south of France. I came here for two reasons: In the hopes that it would help me focus … Continue reading

July 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

Bones of the dead

  Yesterday my friend, Kim, and I visited the medieval church of Saint Victor, parts of which date back to “paleo-Christianity”; in other words, the fifth century or so. I … Continue reading

July 20, 2013 · 1 Comment

Spoiled me, and my phone

You know that app: “Find my iPhone”? The one Apple urges you to download so that you can track your phone if it’s lost or stolen? There’s one thing that’s … Continue reading

July 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Parlez-vous français?

Il y a trente ans je parlais français courament. That means (I think) that thirty years ago I spoke French fluently. Clearly I don’t anymore, and that’s extremely frustrating. I’ve … Continue reading

July 12, 2013 · 5 Comments


  If I hear one more person say “But you teachers get such nice long vacations!” I think I’ll scream! Yes, we get long vacations: I have five weeks this … Continue reading

July 9, 2013 · 4 Comments