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wonderfully raw reality dip

Monday, 6 Nov 2006 | Views [1433]

Where the line narrows at the neck of the plane, instead of offering extended arms of right-of-way (as I have been accustomed), men briskly step in front of me with unknown, but unquestioned, authority on the order. Downcast eyes discard my presence ... Read more >

Tags: airports, senegal

a blessing recipe

Friday, 3 Nov 2006 | Views [1446]

Popes, priests and prophets have their methods. Merchants, and those who buy from them, name it in terms of this or that currency. But the value and blessing upon any object, for me, cannot be determined by karat, weight, age, dollar or any element ... Read more >

Tags: blessing, france, friends

pinched but not popped

Friday, 3 Nov 2006 | Views [1440]

pinched but not popped Journal Entry Condom, France (How unfortunate to have a contraceptive device named after your city!) Mid-October Four days ago, my brother (by blood) and my sister (by marriage) jumped off a two-car train and ... Read more >

Tags: condom, family, france

enter tinkerbell

Thursday, 19 Oct 2006 | Views [1321]

Once upon a time, in the Caribbean waters on the coast of Honduras, where the water and sky constantly compete in an indiscernible photo finish for the definition of turquoise, I was working as a divemaster with a Swiss and an Australian boy. One ... Read more >

Tags: animals, france, tinkerbell

la petite fille

Wednesday, 27 Sep 2006 | Views [1257]

I try to hunch into the longer shadows cast by the spotlight. Then I try turning around and searching for some speaker or spectacle that might give me more shade. I quickly realize that all my efforts to remain anonymous are about to abandon me when, ... Read more >

Tags: france, on the road

love, picasso, parades & pilgrimage

Monday, 18 Sep 2006 | Views [1434]

So for the record, I am now officially giving exact change, correctly ordering vegetarian food, and making it three or (sometimes!) even four sentences deep into conversations. It’s probably not particularly exciting for anyone else, but these are ... Read more >

Tags: on the road

Je suis ici!

Saturday, 16 Sep 2006 | Views [1362]

And although my French is shy, awkward and stuttering, Paris is as smooth, soft and sexy as the voice of a French lover. The problem, really, with my French, is that I know just enough to start any conversation, but can’t comprehend enough to respond ... Read more >

Tags: airports



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