Things I Saved in the Fire

There’s an oft-posed question: If your house were on fire, what would you save? Me, I’d grab my cell phone so I could contact my loved ones. My wallet for emergency provisions. My keys in case I get to come back. It gets kind of murky after that. I’d grab my down jacket because it’s […]

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The Lies I Tell Myself

A Facebook acquaintance of mine recently left her job to start her own business. It’s a wine pairing thing. She’s hosted events, posted videos, started a membership club. It’s neat to watch from afar, someone I don’t know very well – to watch her try to build something out of nothing. She posts about every […]

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Top 10 Movies of 2017

I have to say I was ambivalent about a lot this year. The top five of the list below notwithstanding, I did not find many standouts (including among the arthouse favorites) – and indeed, the bottom half of this list compares rather unfavorably to that of years past. The final cuts were Logan Lucky, Molly’s […]

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A Week in Slovenia

  In an ideal world, I would set aside a fortnight for each of my vacations: a week to visit the major attractions in a place, and a week to experience daily life there. To the latter, there’s something to be said about taking a walk to the park, people-watching at a café, visiting the […]

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The Story of My Life

I wrote a screenplay once. I felt compelled. For starters, writing is one of the few things I both enjoy doing and seem to do fairly well – insofar that it has gotten me through my academic career and at my current professional standing. I’ve blogged for nearly two decades (…a staggering fact), on and […]

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