Our Cat Boner

Our cat Boner died a few weeks ago. I'd been meaning to put up some pictures of him. He was a good cat. He wasn't always the "fun" or "sociable" cat, but he was consistently good and got along with our other two cats. He was kind of the peacemaker. Unfortunately, something attacked him one night, and he died later the next day, even though it had seemed like he was getting better. Poor little guy. Anyhow, thanks for indulging me and checking these out. Thanks Read more [...]

Sitzbook Review: ‘The Almost Nearly Perfect People’ by Michael Booth

I've finally gotten to the point where I'm going to review (or at least talk about and share some quotes from) some of the books that I read this year. This time I'm going to talk about The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia by Michael Booth. As far as non-fiction goes, this is one of the most interesting books I've read in a while. It talks about the Scandinavian countries and how they work (and don't work) in general. The subtitle of the book, "Behind Read more [...]

6 Of My Favorite Prince Songs – And What They Mean To Me

Prince was an awesome musician and a superbly interesting person. He was one of my favorite musicians, in fact. Like the rest of the world, I was surprised and saddened to hear of his death last week. To remember him, I decided to talk about 6 of my favorite Prince songs. Notice that I didn't title this article "My 6 Favorite Prince Songs," but instead "6 Of My Favorite Prince Songs." That's because it's very hard to narrow them down to six, and depending on one's mood, certain songs resonate Read more [...]

2016 South America Trip – Rio de Janeiro

To be honest, I was never that really interested in going to Rio or anywhere in Brazil. Sure, Angela and I had taken a few years of Portuguese classes, but that was because our boss was afraid the Portuguese teacher would leave, so he made all of us English teachers learn the basics of the language in case she left. But I'd already been to a Portuguese speaking country (Portugal), as well as other South American countries whose cultural interests I thought were more in line with my own. I Read more [...]

2016 South America Trip – Argentina

Here are a few more pictures and anecdotes from the Argentina leg of our recent trip to South America. If you're looking for good pictures, though, then you should check out Paul's pictures from the trip. He also went to many more places than we did, and he is a much better photographer. So check out his Flickr albums here. Then when you're done, you can come back to see my Argentina pictures. Although I should really say the "Buenos Aires" leg of that trip, since that's the only part of Argentina Read more [...]

2016 South America Trip – Uruguay

Last month we took a two-week trip to South America. When taking a trip like this back in the day, I'd usually write up some kind of short stories or at least upload some cool pictures, but the truth is I'm a bit rusty with this whole blogging thing. I've been writing quite a few posts for FluentU, but that's a whole different thing, and I've definitely gotten out of the habit of blogging as it relates to my personal life and traveling. In any case, we've barely traveled in the nearly two years Read more [...]

Sitzbook Review: “The Art of Loving” by Erich Fromm

One of the best non-fiction books I read last year was The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm. It's sort of a philosophy book, which I'm normally not terribly interested in, but it was still enjoyable, especially because it was free. I had come across a few partial quotes from the book before, so I had a feeling that it would be interesting. Here is one that I had used in classes before for occasions like Valentine's Day: "Infantile love follows the principle: 'I love because I am loved.' Mature Read more [...]