The thing to remember about Derek Jeter’s final home game — the context we’ll have to fight hard to maintain as years of watching the triumphant replay of his game-winning hit gradually whitewash the season that preceded the single — is how unlikely it was to end well. 2,308 more words
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A post written a couple of months ago for my column in Sweden, in the Goteborgs-Posten.
In spite of The Poet and me being pretty old, we’re still young enough to remember from our childhood being told off for watching too much television and not, like the parents, making our own entertainment. 1,220 more words
For even for the most casual observer of book publishing today, Neil Gaiman is something of a household name. He’s an author that seems almost serendipitously ubiquitous–one morning there’s 972 more words
I don’t want to write about women in science today. I want to write about glaciers, or passenger pigeons, or the way the tilt of the earth is making the squirrels outside my window stash acorns, or about how sharks have been on this planet longer than trees, or why sometimes, the public doesn’t trust scientists. 1,135 more words
Almost two thousand years ago Pompeii, a bustling port of 20,000, fell silent to the power of Mount Vesuvius. Having been badly damaged in an earthquake 17 years prior, 30 feet of hot volcanic ash would silence the then unfortunate souls of Pompeii once and for all. 411 more words
Sometimes I wonder if I’ll have gay children.
I’m not sure if other parents think about this, but I do; quite often.
Maybe it’s because I have many gay people in my family and circle of friends. 1,158 more words
Greetings! We’re one day away from the year 5775!* If you’re reading this from the year 2014, my goodness, life has changed.
First off, I know you think standing in a gold and lapis encrusted chariot is impressive, but I’ve got a chariot made from metals you’ve never even mined and pulled by invisible horses. 883 more words
Lost premiered 10 years ago this week. It ended four and a half years ago. And I still miss it like crazy.
This doesn’t seem to be a popular opinion these days, as backlash to the underwhelming series finale seems to have overtaken the memory of everything that came before. 3,825 more words
The rewarding experiences one gains from living life overseas can sometimes be crowded out by the inevitable struggles that come with the full, expat-life package. But it’s through those struggles and challenges that you discover more about yourself and the world around you. 1,610 more words
Whenever a golfer goes on a high profile hot streak – think Rickie Fowler since June, Billy Horschel for the FedEx Playoffs, Henrik Stenson at the end of last year – there’s always a ton of talk in the media and among fans about how their new swing/putting stroke finally clicked, or that player is returning to form, or they’re finally mature enough to win, etc. 930 more words