Pour Catherine

Je crois que, dans les dix(!) ans d’écriture sur ce blog, ce poste-ci est le premier que j’écris en français, malgré le fait que j’habite en France plus ou moins depuis 2013. Mais ce poste, il est différent. Ce poste est un hommage, pour la dame qui se fût occupée de moi, qui m’eut accueillie– bras ouverts, chez elle, sans hesitation et jamais sans rien … Continue reading Pour Catherine

Looking Back on 2018

Overall, 2018 was an interesting (but solid!) year. In regards to travel, I went to three new countries (Nepal, Malaysia, Singapore), and revisited favorite past destinations (Edinburgh, London, Paris, Bruges, Brussels), in addition to discovering new corners of previously visited countries (Northern England, The Scottish Highlands, Ibiza!) Even better, I had different sets of visitors all through the year, and got to spend Christmas back in … Continue reading Looking Back on 2018

Burnout.

Hi. It’s been awhile. It’s become pretty clear to many that I’ve let this space of mine slide further and further off of my radar for the past year-and-a-half or so. I didn’t want to admit it– not to myself, not to my followers, not to anyone; but it’s time to face reality. I’ve let this blog slowly collect the occasional comments and traffic without … Continue reading Burnout.

When Domestic Terrorism Feels Too Real

It was after midnight. We were finishing (a semi-late) dinner at an outside tapas restaurant in San Antonio, Ibiza. It was mid-August– high tourist season, although our neighborhood was still quiet. There were a few people around us, enjoying similar meals at surrounding tables. We were sitting there, sipping our sangria, trying to convince each other that we both wanted to go to the night … Continue reading When Domestic Terrorism Feels Too Real

Let’s Unpack Trevor Noah and Race Relations in France

On July 15th, 2018, France’s Men’s Soccer (Football) team won the World Cup for the second time, and for first time in twenty years (the first time being in 1998). I was in Lille in 2016 during the Euro Cup, and although I have never been much of a soccer fan (much less, a fan of men’s soccer) I did get into the World Cup … Continue reading Let’s Unpack Trevor Noah and Race Relations in France

Conflicted

In the midst of everything— and I mean everything-– going on: Gun control reform, the #MeToo Movement, the #BlackLivesMatter movement, among so many other things, I saw a quote about a year ago on Twitter that especially jumped out at me, and stuck with me. This tweet was written just days after the Women’s March on Washington and Trump’s inauguration. I’ve outwardly identified as a … Continue reading Conflicted

2018: What’s Past, and What’s to Come.

Perseverance. I’ve been toying with finding one word–  the right word– to best describe my 2017. As a teacher, I sometimes have the tendency to start my “new year” in September, but looking back, I realize that literally SO MUCH happened over the last 365 days, both on a personal and worldwide level.. Last year, I rang in 2017 with two of my oldest and … Continue reading 2018: What’s Past, and What’s to Come.