Richard Explains the Superiority of Junk Books over Good Books

Reading a “high quality” book, perhaps one favorably reviewed by the New York Times, can make you feel challenged, confused, sad, not up to snuff.  Maybe you will have to face the fact that you really don’t understand what the heck is going on.  I say why spend money and time to feel inadequate?  You…read more

The Mystical Experience of Contra-Dancing

Dancing American Style It was about time for Rachel and I to find another fun thing to do together.    We had already of raised a dog from puppy-hood to senior citizenship, bought a house and sold it at a loss, of bought another house and remodeled it, remodeled it again, and remodeled it again, had…read more

On Being 44: Journal Entry by Ex-Wife on the Whole Year

Well, the holidays have passed and the weather is changing (and changing and changing) in that  little-bit-of-everything Seattle springtime way.  The little flowers are coming up and being pelted by hail at the moment.  And something has been telling me for a while that it’s time to write my holiday letter.  You kind of want…read more

Learning Italian is like eating Italian

This week I thought I’d write about the experience of language school, what it’s like learning a new language at a school for foreigners in Italy.  I could talk about the beauty of learning a completely new thing.  I could talk about the neurobiology of language acquistion.  But, instead I would like to talk about…read more

Sweating in Italy

The big happening this week was our little “super” vacation to Isola D’Elba.  I say “super” because we’re already on vacation in Lucca and our trips away from here are vacations on top of our vacation.  Anyway, I wouldn’t say that this “super” vacation was “super” from the pleasure standpoint. First, I should say that…read more

On Being 42: Journal Entry by Ex-Wife on Whole Year

It’s gotten to be that time of year again, and, in fact, it has passed that time of year again, and now it’s nearly Valentine’s Day.  It’s nice that there’s almost always some holiday you can count on to make it worthwhile to write to all your friends.  So Happy Valentine’s Day! This last year…read more

On Being 41: Journal Entry by Ex-Wife on Whole Year

As the French are fond of saying, the more things change the more it’s the same thing (the grammar’s better in French, though).   The adults have gotten a little older, a bit more like ourselves. The kids, as you can see, are taller and, if possible, leaner.  We begin to be able to capture glimpses…read more

On Being 40: Journal Entry by Ex-Wife on Whole Year

We added a garage in the back with a 2nd floor art studio, and since we really liked the people doing the work we then re-built a bathroom and adjoining bedroom/office.  Although almost all the work was done by professionals, just being around and making decisions ate up the tiny shreds of free time we…read more