You’re eating what?

As a kid, every time I went food shopping with my mother, once we got to the checkout line, she would invariably nudge me, her eyes widening as she gave an imperceptible nod towards someone else’s cart. I hated obliging her. I knew what her gripe was. TV dinners. Instant mash potatoes. Tinned vegetables. White […]


The Dalai Lama, apparently, devotes a couple of hours a day thinking about death. Oh Really? Come up with anything new? Neither have I? Not that I haven’t tried.

Speaking in Tongues

My English cousin, Helen, and her husband, Paul, recently hopped on the Eurostar train and came to visit me in Paris where I have rented a small apartment in the 11th arrondissement. I was very excited. I love my cousin and they love good restaurants. A happy mix. On the first night in town we […]

Strikes in Paris

Gee, striking requires a lot of work. I’ve been in Paris for the last month and a half and during this time France has been convulsed by protests over President Nicolas Sarkozy’s attempt to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62 and I have come to realize just how much planning is required to […]