Yearly Archives: 2019

Letter from Chur 3

The third in an occasional series.

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Mornings when walking to the train station, I pass two outposts of Jehovah’s Witnesses. At the first are two women, early thirties, a rolling magazine rack between them. The hold out a magazine that no one takes. Further down the street is an older man, usually alone, also holding out a magazine that no one takes. Around town, afternoons, I see a wandering pair of young American men, dark pants, white short sleeve shirts with ties, name tags. Mormons, of course. I wonder if I can match the young Mormon guys with the Jehovah’s Witnesses ladies? It might not work out since those Mormons aren’t early risers. Continue Reading

At the airport arrival area

We live on a wandering planet. —Saint-Exupéry Feeling sad? Worried about the human race? There’s plenty of good reasons to feel this way: climate change, the ill tempered, feces throwing orangutang in the White House, a growing world wide oligarchy, yet another digital privacy indignity. Continue Reading

Lackeys and Toadies

“An extremely credible source” has called my office and told this writer about @DTrump’s latest initiatives. Recognizing the enormous benefits incurred by the Russian intervention in the 2016 election, the occupant has come to understand that there’s no need to use domestic operatives. Why bother with Americans when you can outsource it all to not… Continue Reading

The Wine Dark Sea

Posted on Dora Katherine Money Elder’s birthday, and as such, the appropriate drink pairing for reading this essay is a Manhattan. She had a bit of the travel bug, from which there is no cure, only temporary relief. Wednesday afternoon, mid-July. Recently this region of France, Herault, set a national high temperature record of 45°… Continue Reading

The Accident

By seven in the morning the raft guides at Wind River Outfitters were busy getting ready for the day. The truck that hauled all the gear, a faded green Ford with a crew cab, was already loaded with life jackets, helmets, and paddles, all thrown in the truck bed. Three inflated rafts were stacked on… Continue Reading

Game Show Host

Looked at from a performance standpoint, tanks are cool: big hunks of metal that can move very fast, shoot things, and can endure a fair amount of being shot at. They’re battleships on land. They are a combination of mobility and firepower. In his very funny book, Don’t Stand Too Close to a Naked Man,… Continue Reading