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When every word matters

In English, I am sloppily verbose. I have a treasure trove of vocabulary at my disposal and search for just the right words to make my points. I use two, three, four different ones per idea with slightly different nuances to deliver the completeness of what I’m attempting to convey. In French I am spartan. […]

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What is Home?

I’ve been trying my whole life to identify what “home” is for me. I’ve never been very attached to houses or objects or (gulp!) people in making my home. I’m admittedly a bit of a drifter, which is why it was relatively (relatively!) easy for me to pick up and move to a foreign country. […]

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Je parle un peu le français

The best advice I received upon arrival in Paris was this: Give yourself permission to fail. Your first year is a wash. You’ll pay too much for things, buy the wrong clothes and go to the wrong stores for groceries. You’ll get lost–a lot. You’ll waste too much time in lines and filling out forms […]

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rE!-union

I have now been twice blessed with the gift of revisiting my past to clear away obsolete behaviors and exorcise the hauntings of childhood follies. In the process I’ve re-discovered old friendships and built new ones with people I missed the first time around. The first was my 20th high school reunion in 2008. I […]

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To consume and create

This has been a year of consumption for me. There is some poetic symmetry in this—I’ve come to the home of La Boheme, the eponymous Bohemians, who lived passionate, artistic lives in Parisian garrets before their romantic muse expired from consumption (tuberculosis), accompanied by dramatic, verismo swells of orchestral grandeur. By comparison, I’ve enjoyed relatively […]

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Painting by the numbers

A full year has passed since I set my feet on Parisian soil and so much has transpired that I felt the need to tally it all up numerically as I am often wont to do when trying to make sense of an incredibly large and unwieldy amount of data. Following are some stats from […]

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Everything Wrong is Right Again

The Ice Hotel in Jukkasjarvi defies explanation and is impossible to capture on film. These are my blatant excuses for taking so long to write about it. However, I will do my best, as it seems to be the single most requested topic for a posting from friends and family. First, there is absolutely no […]

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The Meaning of Life

In honor of my 42nd birthday and to stave off the doom and gloom of a few weeks ago, I booked a trip to give myself something exciting to look forward to. Next week I am taking a short but eventful trip to northern Sweden to hopefully catch a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis whilst […]

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College Boys and Crying in Your Beer (it’s not what you think)

Today I had the privilege of assisting our 20-year-old intern in composing his college transfer essay. This is the same intern mentioned in the “Stockholm Syndrome” blog post, so you can immediately see that I owed him one. The process was, for me, exhilarating and, for him, exhausting but I think we came out of […]

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Sorrow Floats

There is a remarkable scene in the John Irving book, “Hotel New Hampshire” in which the beloved deceased, stuffed family dog, named Sorrow, floats to the surface of a lake after the plane carrying their belongings crashes. The book and characters are so complex, I don’t care to go into details (I highly suggest you […]

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