Sometimes you just have to write…

Christmas market madness

The days are short and the weather is cold, this time of year, and, here in Holland, that often means cold and wet, not snowy. Nevertheless, it’s the most popular … Continue reading

December 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

The bloating of Chanukah

I’ve perpetuated the over-aggrandizement of a holiday that should pass relatively unnoticed.

December 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

My amazing brain

I realized that all of those thoughts flashed through my brain in literally about a second.

November 10, 2013 · 9 Comments

People Who Make Me Want to Disavow Non-Violence

“How are we feeling today?” “We” are in the hospital; how do you think “we” are feeling?

November 5, 2013 · 4 Comments

Is Black Pete racist?

To state the patently obvious, it’s terribly racist in this day and age for a white person to dress up in blackface and play a comic character.

October 31, 2013 · 4 Comments

Man Flu!

I have to tell him what I want him to do for me, which kind of spoils the enjoyment of Man Flu, doesn’t it?

October 5, 2013 · 6 Comments

Being sick

I was speaking a soft sort of croak that my colleagues jokingly called “sexy.” I think in reality it was more creepy than sexy.

September 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

Driving, Dutch-style

One culture chooses to flout law #1 and obey law #2, while another culture obeys law #1 and flouts law #2.

August 21, 2013 · 8 Comments

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