January 1, 2013, Chapel Hill, NC Last night Deanna and I celebrated New Year’s Eve at home, talking and laughing and trying to strengthen each other for what will be a challenging new year for us in some ways. We and Mason had not-so-gracefully showed up at a New Year’s party that afternoon—a full day […]
It has now been three weeks since my Guatemalan friends returned to El Tejar, and I’m just beginning to gain the perspective that a bit of distance provides. Our time together in North Carolina was rich, dense and fulfilling, and I know that I am not the only one who was deeply moved by it. […]
Joseph Hongo, my fellow Fellow from Kenya, handed this article to me a couple of days ago. It’s an interesting read, and outlines some of the great ideological and practical challenges faced by those who would work for peace. So what do you think?
Two really funny vehicular scenes from my last twenty-four hours: One: Yesterday a Harley-Davidson pulled by my house and I glanced over at the biker riding a machine with all the auditory subtlety of a jack hammer on a freight train, only to do a double-take: he was talking on a cell phone. Can you […]
…I’ve got about twenty-four minutes to go, actually. According to my birth certificate I was born at 11:06AM, forty years ago today. Or almost forty years ago. About twenty-three minutes short. Had a lovely birthday party with my family last night. I was born on my sister Margaret’s sixth birthday, and to this day Mom […]
I’m home for a couple of days and enjoying it while it lasts. Last night Deanna and I went to see my nephew, Nate, in a high school production of Lil Abner. Nate played the part of a pumped up hunk that had been transformed from a scrawny kid by a potent herbal potion. The […]
Washington, DC Current Earworm (song stuck in my head): Ellis Paul, “Washington, DC, 5/91” Given all the traveling I do, you’d think I’d be a more skilled tourist. Like, for instance, if I were going to go to a major city for a few days with my wife for a little vacation, I might […]
The trip home today involves four flights, the second of which is the thirteen hour jump from Sydney to LA. After my great luck with the three empty seats on the way over, I paid my dues in the dreaded ‘middle seat’ on the way back, with a huge man in the seat in front […]