January 17th, 2019 | 1 Comment »

Mary Oliver died today.
Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in general
December 22nd, 2017 | Comments Off on waving a new goodbye

Earlier this year, Hey Rosetta! announced they were taking a hiatus as a band. This took me completely by surprise, and I literally gasped as I was reading the statement:

And despite all the movement and light and love there is on the road, or perhaps because of it, you begin to sort of exist beyond any sense of reality or responsibility – to family, to friends, to self, to security, to art, to anything – and the pressures build up and pull at you and its kind of a miracle that 7 people can stay together and work single-mindedly towards one end for so long really, even something as beautiful and privileged and cool as making music.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in general
December 27th, 2016 | Comments Off on Take a break

Love doesn’t discriminate
Between the sinners and the saints
It takes, and it takes, and it takes
And we keep loving anyway
We laugh and we cry and we break

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in general
January 27th, 2015 | Comments Off on For the moment

De Pierre Reverdy
Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in general
August 1st, 2014 | Comments Off on “Women against feminism” – why this movement irritates me

Translation of the brilliant illustration here: http://www.huffingtonpost.fr/muriel-douru/le-feminisme-mais-pour-quoi-faire_b_5633338.html
Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in general
December 31st, 2013 | Comments Off on bilan de l’année

10 marks for a perfect report (earned by at least one student!)
9 visits to my old haunt at the university
8 dragonboat competitions
7 capoeira classes
6 countries visited
5 kilometers in my first OC6 race
4 places of employment
3 Couchsurfing experiences
2 paddles purchased
1 gold champion medal

I’ve enjoyed 2013. It wasn’t always an easy year – from troubles with employment to pushing through training with my team – but I find myself in a nice place entering 2014, and I couldn’t ask for more.

Posted in general
December 23rd, 2013 | Comments Off on Ça fait longtemps

It’s been a really long time since I last wrote here. How much things have changed since then. 2013 has brought me even more upheaval than 2012; but in subtler, gentler ways.

Posted in general
February 14th, 2013 | Comments Off on Fernweh

Now that I’m back all I can think about is how to leave again.

I must down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.

— John Masefeld, “Sea Fever”

Posted in general
January 12th, 2013 | Comments Off on Note to self

Today on the tram someone actually talked to me. Usually these things don’t last long because I don’t give them much in return (it’s quite easy to ignore people when you have no idea what they’re saying to you.)

After some halting small talk in German (did you make that cake? where are you from? why did you come to this city?) we started talking about polylactide, of all things. Anyway, we then started talking about our consumerist society, and he directed me to a German documentary called Kaufen für die Müllhalde.

Ah, but you understand some German, ja?
Uh, a little…

Luckily, since it was originally a Spanish-French production, a French version (Prêt-à-jeter) is also available! I might actually get around to watching this, unlike the pile of movies I have sitting on my bookshelf at home.

Posted in general
January 4th, 2013 | Comments Off on Notes to self.

Happy 2013. Some unstructured thoughts kicking around in my head:

  1. Four New Year’s Eves in four different cities. I think it’s become a tradition. Should plan for December 31, 2013 now.
  2. Planning for that should include finding a guy to go with to a party whom I can’t drink under the table. 1And it’s not always Asian guys, either, okay? At this point it’s kind of getting embarrassing.
  3. I wish I could have stayed a little longer in that city. I wish I’d met that guy earlier. I wish we could’ve gone for Chinese together.
  4. I also need to work on this tendency of mine to patronize people. I shock myself with how petty I can be.
  5. The world does not owe me anything. This does not mean that I do not owe the world something.
  6. The next adventure begins in two weeks, and lasts about that long. I can’t wait to see some old friends and make new ones, too.
  7. I don’t want to go home. Yet how could I do anything else?

   [ + ]

1. And it’s not always Asian guys, either, okay?
Posted in general