The Photo Issue

Pictures from 2017: mostly from our summer trip to southeast Asia, but some are from France. Those from Montpellier I took on 21 December: getting up early on this day is the easiest day during the year to get the morning light.

There’s a second page of photos after the first 50. Clicking in a photo will take you back to the gallery. Continue Reading

Radiohead

On Thursday, November 30, American Public Media (APM) emailed all subscribers that today was the final newsletter edition of “The Writer’s Almanac” – the program would no longer be distributed by APM, which was terminating all contracts with Garrison Keillor and his private media companies after allegations of inappropriate behavior. Continue Reading

The Most Peculiar Interview

Recently I had the oddest experience, although on the surface of it you wouldn’t expect to be so: it was simply an interview at a company. What was disturbing was the company and their interview process, the likes of which I’ve heard about, the faintest whisper of a rumor, but like Big Foot or Atlantis,… Continue Reading

Uber versus tuk-tuk

Prologue: Dawn in Montpellier It was dark when we left our apartment at five in the morning, a Wednesday in mid-July, this time of year already warm. Daysacks over our shoulders, we walked our rolling luggage across the white tile of the nearly deserted Place Comedie to the taxi stand by the Opera House. Annie… Continue Reading

How to live…

Montpellier, France – June, 2017 To my daughter, la plus merveilleuse, whose age is no longer 9. You’re leaving the time of life that’s unique. After a certain age life seems to repeat: Why did this happen to me? What does X think of me? How do I look? What now? Continue Reading

Moments in France

Another collection of jottings, cut scenes found on the editing room floor, reminders written on receipts, things remembered, and various marginalia. Some of the writings were also found on an old envelope (our team has a hard time throwing out things, especially if they are on paper). On the back of the envelope was a… Continue Reading