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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

Letter From Chur 2

The second in an occasional series. Once again written E.B.White style. I knew things were different here on my first visit just about a year ago, I arrived at a very small town for my interview. As I got off the train, I had to take an underpass walkway to get to the other side of… Continue Reading

A Tale of Two Fingers….and One Tendon

November, 2009 – Belmont, California My Japanese garden machete is from Soko Hardware in San Francisco. Soko is one of those urban hardware stores where in addition to finding screws, toilet plungers, and extension cords, there’s a large selection of white paper lamp shades, pottery in dark blues, greens, and golds; metal teapots, and craft… Continue Reading

Letter From Chur

The first in an occasional series. The last Saturday in January, mid-morning, I left Montpellier. It was cold enough to wear a down vest under my long coat; where I was going would be much colder. The transfer at Mulhouse was uneventful, if awkward: moving my luggage (a massive rolling suitcase, a backpack/duffle bag, and… Continue Reading