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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 [...]

It’s Hard Out There For A Sign

We were recently in South America (more pictures soon, probably), and one of the places we visited was Buenos Aires. It was actually the third time I'd been there, so a few of the things we saw were "repeats," if you will. Anyhow, when I got back I was looking back at my pictures and I saw this one of a random parking lot in the San Telmo neighborhood of Buenos Aires: I wondered why I'd felt the need to shoot that particular picture because it's pretty pointless and there's nothing going Read more [...]

Sitzbook Review: “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell

I'm still in Sitzbook housecleaning mode, so I'll keep doing a few more posts with some random quotes from books that I've liked recently. Here are two from Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers: The Story of Success. "The historian David Arkush once compared Russian and Chinese peasant proverbs, and the differences are striking. 'If God does not bring it, the earth will not give it' is a typical Russian proverb. That's the kind of fatalism and pessimism typical of a repressive feudal system, where peasants Read more [...]

Sitzbook Review: “William Shakespeare’s Star Wars” by Ian Doescher

I read a lot of books last year (52, to be exact, which is the whole point), but three of the best ones, or at least three of the ones I enjoyed the most, were the William Shakespeare's Star Wars series. Basically, Ian Doescher took the original Star Wars trilogy and re-wrote them as Shakespeare plays, iambic pentameter and all. It's a very impressive feat, and the best part is it combines the two perfectly. The books are highly entertaining for a Star Wars and literature nerd like me, and I Read more [...]

Sitzbook Review: “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?” by Mindy Kaling

Today we're back with another fast quote/review of a book, and this time it's from Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?" by Mindy Kaling. On the whole, I enjoyed the book, but it didn't necessarily light a fire under my butt. It was enjoyable and had some good stories, though. I particularly liked this quote in which she talks about the lessons that her parents taught her: "Lessons? When I was a kid, my parents smartly raised us to keep quiet, be respectful to older people, and generally not Read more [...]