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It’s official. I have been living in France now for one whole year. On some days, I was pretty sure I was not going to make it because either my marriage was going to drive me to a padded room, the next bureaucratic hurdle would give me a heart attack, or my complete disorientation would have me hiding under the sheets for a month. 1,439 more words

Culture Shocks (and Struts)

FITTING IN

Had a sister send this to me and I’ve been thinking about it.

People can “fit in” or adapt if need be, but as the photo says it isn’t always where you belong. 170 more words

Fish Out of Water

We met over coffee,
discussed everything,
from piano and bass,
to Danielewski and Bukowski.

As we sat,
it looked like some pages were there,
but when we tried to read, 34 more words

Charles Bukowski

Cutting and Pasting a Friendship Together: In Praise of Maureen Bisognano

he caught me in the throes of an elongated panic attack.

I had recently arrived in Boston for a one-year quality improvement fellowship at the… 584 more words

Letters From Memphis

Fish Out of Water #1

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The Fish that Discovered Water

Some scientists at Smolensk University decided to develop a fish that could live out of water.

So, choosing some healthy red herrings, they bred, crossbred, hormoned and chromosomed until at length they had a fish that could live—at least exist—out of water. 293 more words

Atheism

We've All Gone Solo #13 (Chris Squire)

Yes in the early 70s was the very embodiment of progressive rock’s heyday. Taking the stage while the majestic finale of Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite” poured out through the PA system, they had the whole package: the capes, the dry ice, the keyboard arsenal and, of course, the ten and fifteen minute songs full of second-wave Aquarian mysticism backed by bravura musicianship. 1,093 more words

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