The Totally Random Let's kick off this post with random observations I've had while in Argentina. People here love to clap. Put a few Argentinians together in a group and they will find something to applaud. I appreciate being somewhere air conditioning is used to a normal level and not to turn indoors into winter. … Continue reading Un Poquito de Todo (Argentina)
Arcadia? Athens? Cuenca!
The mythical Arcadia is a place of harmony with nature, a utopia free of pride and avarice, uncorrupted by civilization, over which Pan—god of wild nature—reigns. It has been imagined, written about, painted, and depicted in media over for thousands of years. Many towns around the world have given themselves this name, ambitiously, foolishly, ironically. … Continue reading Arcadia? Athens? Cuenca!
That Time When…
...you spend an hour and half entering random search terms on the internet and posting on a half dozen What's the Book? forums trying to find a book, whose title and author you have both forgotten, that you read somewhere between two and four years ago, and then suddenly you realize that you have this feature on … Continue reading That Time When…
Check in Time: The Year of Austerity
Remember my New Year's Resolution to stop buying things? Well, since I started my resolution on November 26, I've reached the halfway point. Hurray! Let's see how I've done. Here are the forbidden purchases (in no particular order). The original assessment is in italics and the update is in red. Books. I have 52 unread … Continue reading Check in Time: The Year of Austerity
The Portland of My 49th State
When I was young, my family took a lot of road trips up, down, and around everywhere east of the Mississippi, and even once all the way out to Montana. When I moved to Colorado, I took a lot of road trips around the western states to see everything I could before getting my master’s … Continue reading The Portland of My 49th State
The Year of Austerity
It's the delusional time of year when we all make promises to ourselves that we have no intention of keeping even through the end of January. Mine is to stop buying things. I buy too much stuff. Even though I don't buy knick-knacks or holiday decorations or home goods or anything that really is just … Continue reading The Year of Austerity