Yearly Archives: 2015

The Broken Chicken Heart

According to this Associated Press article, in a deposition given in 2006, Bill Cosby admitted to giving drugs to at least one woman, and other people, in order to have sex. As of this writing at least fifty additional woman have come forward to make the same accusation.

Growing up in the era of the three broadcast networks and just a few local channels, good comedy reached our house by way of record albums. I remember my mother listening to Allan Sherman (in particular My Son, The Nut, with that great picture of Sherman with just his head above a sea of nuts). She also had several albums from Jonathan Winters, warped and whacky, Continue Reading

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day, 2015. The last Thursday in November starts in the usual way, for France and ourselves –  we’re not doing anything special for this holiday. Catherine’s off to school by 8:30, and I’ve got about two hours before I need to go to the train station. My brain feels full, I’m not really in the… Continue Reading

Road Trip 2015

Road Trip 2015

It’s been a two years since the last European road trip, and just over a year ago that I was driving up and down the East coast of North America for most of August. As with the last European journey, this one took place over the Toussaint holiday, but this time it was just me and Catherine. The venerable… Continue Reading

Interview: L’Atoll Imaginaire Bookstore

Interview: L’Atoll Imaginaire Bookstore

The first in what may be a series of interviews. What does a town or neighborhood need to make it livable? There’s no shortage of thinking and writing about this issue, but in my experience it starts with some sort of pleasing centrally located square (place, Platz, piazza), a pedestrian only area; some landscaping, shrubbery, or topiary… Continue Reading

Train Travels

Train Travels

I’m taking fewer pictures these days, and the fault, in part, is Annie’s new LG phone. While her phone camera has almost no controls compared to my bulky digital SLR, it takes pretty good pictures, especially in low light, and now I’m rethinking my whole photography kit. I’d like to get the Leicia M3 or Fujifilm X100, both are… Continue Reading

Hommage: Fathers and Soldiers

Hommage: Fathers and Soldiers

On the last Sunday in May, clear and blue, I was driving along at 130/kph by 8:00am.  What to wear, not lately  a consideration, was a problem that morning: the most appropriate outfit I could come up with was khaki pants, grey shirt, and an Ike style waist cut tan coat. I do have some dress coats and ties, but… Continue Reading