Blog Like an Artist — The Art of Blogging

This posting inspired me..... “When Van Gogh was a young man in his early twenties, he was in London studying to be a clergyman. He had no thought of being an artist at all. He sat in his cheap little room writing a letter to his younger brother in Holland, whom he loved very much. [...]

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Is the Berlin Wall coming back?

The Prologue to 'Stealing Time':   The Iron Curtain fell with a resounding clang in just one night. That evening, the world's televisions showed jubilant crowds heading past impotent border guards and towards the rich shops of West Berlin. 'The genie is well and truly out of the bottle', thought Mikhail Gorbachev. And where does [...]

Lanky Lenny

  Lanky Lenny!’ - the other kids would parrot after him at school. For Lenny was surely lanky. He was quite small before his teens. Everyone said -’He’ll sprout!’ And that he did - beyond the expectations of his mother, his Aunt Sofie and that complaining neighbour next door. Lenny definitely became lanky.   The [...]

Careful Living

He picked a paperclip off the floor and placed it precisely on her desk. He also sighed as if she had nearly thrown away the company’s annual profits. With as much restraint as she could muster, she said ‘thank you, Albert! Nearly lost the Crown Jewels there.’ The irony was lost on him as was [...]

Worth reading & worth writing

It’s been quiet here on the blog for a while, and there’s a reason for that: we’ve been moving. My wife has an amazing new faculty librarian job in Tacoma, Washington, so we’ve been spending the past couple of months transporting our lives and our minds a few hours north from our beloved Portland to […] [...]