Sitting Still

There is a sometimes disconcerting change that happens to a foreigner who remains in a place long. The color and novelties of a culture, the satisfaction of noticing the small ways of doing things that are different to one’s own, during what Hemingway called the “spectacle stage of appreciation”, are replaced by the an ever-growing… Read More Sitting Still

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The Cuckoo’s Nest: My Days in a Spanish Elementary School: Part 6

Television and radio presenter Art Linkletter was an orphan who was moved from Canada as a child to live in San Diego, California. He was married for 74 1/2 years.  He was a major investor in the patented hula-hoop, without whom it may never have existed. During the Great Depression, he hitched on trains around the… Read More The Cuckoo’s Nest: My Days in a Spanish Elementary School: Part 6

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The Cuckoo’s Nest: My Days in a Spanish Elementary School: Part 2 (re-post)

As we approach the end of the year, and the beginning of a much-appreciated vacation, I thought I’d dip into sentimentality and take a little look back at a post made in my first days as a teaching assistant.  Some things have changed, others haven’t.  Over a year ago, on my first day on the… Read More The Cuckoo’s Nest: My Days in a Spanish Elementary School: Part 2 (re-post)

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Mi Zona 9, more Madrid

It seems like Madrid has been getting a lot of bad press lately, so I’ve thrown together another batch of photos of the last few weeks.  I feel better. *     *     * I hope you’ll follow this blog and the social media below as I head to Australia to (hurriedly) witness the Darwin Symphony Orchestra… Read More Mi Zona 9, more Madrid

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Supervisual Ode to The Grand Way: Spain’s Broadway

There is a place in the center of Spain, a center economically and geographically, that forces on passersby the genuine urban commotion of an honest to God, real-life city. There are tall buildings and countless corners of human activity, some preserved under antiquated folds of history, others merely shelters and spaces for citizens and visitors… Read More Supervisual Ode to The Grand Way: Spain’s Broadway

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