Tag Archive | France

Worlds Apart

Worlds Apart


Hello dear readers, I have been offline for a while. My son just turned 18 and had his first day of classes at the University of Helsinki in Finland today. It has and continues to be a great adventure for both of us! I just returned to the United States after spending nearly two weeks […]

A few thoughts on packaging and healing


Hello readers, I recently heard a radio interview with a British gentleman who called himself a “garbologist”…His work involved archaeological excavations of Victorian era landfills. He explained that the first appearance of convenience foods and packaging was during the Victorian period. Glass containers and such were common. A few years ago, I watched a documentary […]

Merci, les travailleurs de France!


  Hello readers, When I lived in France, I enjoyed a simple lifestyle, spending most of my time doing the kind of work I wanted to do. I made about half what I make today in the U.S. (which is not very much), but in France I was able to save money, take vacations, and […]

France vs. USA: dare to complain!


Hello readers, Over the last 40 or so years, ordinary working Americans have progressively lost many of our freedoms and most of our rights. Most of us are worried about the future. Most of us worry about money, the environment, about whether or not we can ever afford to stop working and pursue our dreams. […]

What we value: let’s change one simple thing


Hello readers, I felt really proud when I heard a comment from French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, who is currently presiding over the Paris climate talks. He noted that it is our responsibility, as western powers, to help countries across the African continent who are currently experiencing significant damage (terrible drought) from climate change. Africa […]

Sacred Blank (a poem)


Hacked off ancients’ crowned heads the basilica now humming sacred whispers below a hip hop rhythm animates restless adults j’suis pas charlie pas que les mômes no meaning no purpose skin burns with underlying need social security not enough to pacify a hungry soul if words were to flow like blood restore high water a […]

Nationalism and Fundamentalism: Two Faces of Fear


Hello readers, Many of us around the world have been closely following the news during and following the terror attacks in and around Paris, France that killed over twenty people, including the majority of the editorial staff of satirical journal Charlie Hebdo, three police officers, and four Jewish civilians, as well as the perpetrators of […]