Tiananmen and Turkey

June 4th is the 24th anniversary of Tiananmen square. In Hong Kong there is a yearly vigil in Victoria Park; last year saw 180,000 people participate, and last night tens of thousands braved a rain/thunderstorm to hold candles under umbrellas. This is a nice overview of it. Censorship has long been a problem in China,... Continue Reading →

I was inspired to write about space.

I read an article (sent to me by a friend) on the New York Times this morning about downsizing: home size and stuff.  Last week, I wrote a post about my small apartment and wanting more space. Somehow this article validated my current home–making it seem morally superior to a larger home–and encouraged me to... Continue Reading →


When you don't live in America, Thanksgiving is a time when you invite everyone you know to cook something and bring it to one of the larger apartments. So last week I spent an evening cooking--Pete made bread and I made wild rice stuffing and a pumpkin pie--and we trekked over to a friend's place.... Continue Reading →

Coffee and Such

I'm torn about my coffee. I might be getting addicted. This morning I woke up at 7, and could not keep my eyes open. I stayed in bed another 45 minutes. Got up, showered, and then was still almost asleep. I sat at the couch, staring at my cup of coffee. It is delicious. I... Continue Reading →

Women Cabbies

On Friday, I got into a cab and told the driver where I wanted to go. She turned and tried to clarify, and we had a brief exchange upon which she understood and sped off. She occasionally asked which way to take, to which I responded, "I don't know, whichever is faster." "Ah, Faster." She... Continue Reading →

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