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living language | learn french again

Raise your hand if you were forced to take a language course in school – you know, the usual Spanish or French, and if you were in a better school district, Italian, Latin, German and even Chinese as my son just told me was offered. Now keep your hand raised if you remember a word of it – or can ... Read More »

Green Thumb

Irish strikes again.. Read More »


Apparently there are a lot of people who plan their entire vacations around food. Read More »

The Hungry Tide

Progress, dolphins, tigers, language and tides Read More »

Milwaukee Winter Images

Milwaukee was particularly beautiful today – the lake brought in a stack of fog and mist, the weather was unseasonably warm, if quite moist and windy. Some images I captured… (Incidentally, check the book referenced above for some excellent images of Milwaukee through the years) Read More »

“The Darling” by Russell Banks

“The Darling” by Russell Banks is his latest novel, a combination of contemporary historical fiction and highly evocative literary prose. I’ve only read one other Russell Banks novel, “Rule of the Bone”, and seen the two movies adapted from his novels, “Affliction” and “The Sweet Hereafter”, so don’t have a lot of comparisons to his other work, though there are ... Read More »

The Last Wilderness

Sir Edmund Hillary has criticized a US-British plan to build a 1600-km road through Antarctica linking McMurdo Station to the Amundsen-Scott base Read More »

Looking for Japan

If you’re looking for Japan, you’ve certainly come to the right place at the right time. Just a couple of eras ago, a mere second in geological terms, you might have drowned. Read More »

The Sex Lives of Cannibals

Written by J. Maarten Troost and subtitled “Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific”, this is one of the funnier books I have read lately. I’m talking laugh-out-loud funny. Broken into a number of chapters (with titles like “Chapter 4 — In which the author finally sets foot on Distant Tarawa [the island where the author goes], where he is led by ... Read More »

Sadly Funny

Just found in a books chainstore a heavily discounted beautiful book – red hardcover, excellent paper, jacket – a pleasure to hold and behold: Mark Twain’s “A Tramp Abroad”. I’m still at the beginning yet already reading Twain’s humorous description of the German students’ spartan corps code and their insane dueling, one stops smiling. A root, unstroken. >”…It was considered ... Read More »