Category Archives: Life

The Autumn of Discontent and Breaking Down (a Turkey)

SCENE In a ruin of an apartment, sitting on a rickety folding wooden chair, a laptop perched on two cases of wine, a man writes. He is there to get the feel of a new space. There is graffiti on the … Continue reading

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Pierre’s Lentils (Swansong)

On 27 December 2014 at 05:45, I left Budapest for Nimes to ring in the New Year with family, especially to see my son for the first time in eight months. I have never not seen him for that long, and … Continue reading

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Péngyǒu, Chaiyǒu and Tea People 3/3

My goodness, it has taken a long time to come out of this slumber. I wouldn’t call it a funk, because while there have been dark days, for the most part life is good. It is because of friends. Old … Continue reading

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China, Cars and Driver Stereotypes (a not-so-gentle rant)

An interesting quote by a long-time expat in Beijing from some years ago: “The Chinese Highway Code is extensive and if you read it, and if it were followed, it would put the Chinese driver at an extremely high level. … Continue reading

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The roses in the window box…

I have a confession. I have never been good at it. I can compartmentalize and sequester, and even fool myself that it doesn’t matter, but when that moment comes, that final moment of ending, I am always afraid. Even if … Continue reading

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Don’t Take that Tone with Me, and the Sight of One Hand Counting

I have chopped off a part of my left index finger with a hand scythe splitting kindling for the wood burning stove. Ouch! is all I can say. No guitar for a while or a lot of other things. I … Continue reading

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On Pigs, Goats and Tu Mian (Earth Noodles)

Our day began at 04:00. It was dark and cold; destination the little village where the Ai (Chinese nanny) is from, four hours into the mountains. Mission: slaughter a pig and two goats to take home, butcher, and freeze for … Continue reading

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Circular Musings (out of touch and out of time)

‘And if he left off dreaming about you, where do you suppose you’d be?’      I have been here since the second of December. I left on the thirtieth of November. Somewhere a day was lost, and it really … Continue reading

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The Capital (One)

My eyeballs are burning. Even the saline rinse does nothing to alleviate the stinging. The black particulate that appears on my handkerchief along with the mucus of a long-lingering on and off seven-week cold feels as though evil has settled … Continue reading

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