Category Ordinary Life
From some very young age (maybe 8 or 9?) when I first saw my mother’s photo albums from her time as a student in Germany, I have wanted to (1) live in Europe, and (2) have flower boxes in my windows. This has been an elusive goal. I’ve done parts of it — this is […]
What did Oscar Wilde say about being able to resist anything except temptation? I went back to the little shop off Camden Passage where I found my milk jug. I was supposed to be on my way to the garden center, but then it was raining and I thought, well, I could either go back […]
Springtime finally got to London! The past few days have been absolutely gorgeous. There’s something about warm air, late light, and green living things that makes the heart glad. And even if you mostly see it from inside the office, at least the window are large and the views of the sunset unmatched.
I was in Luxembourg all last week for a business trip that turned out to be pretty fun. This was the annual EU-wide summit, where we get together to celebrate the past year and look ahead to the coming year. We stayed in a surreal thermal springs resort that straddled the border between Luxembourg and […]
What do you do when your get-away weekend in Italy falls through and you want to stop feeling sad that your opera ticket’s going to waste? Think of the weekend as a surprise weekend in London, not a lost weekend in Italy. I was tempted to treat it like a “normal” weekend, feeling harried to […]
If you’re looking for a non-scriptural book full of wisdom and spiritual insight, I’d suggest the poetry of the 14th Century Persian poet Hafiz. Amanda gave me this collection translated by Daniel Ladinsky for Christmas and I’ve been savoring it ever since. This poem, for example, is one I need to sit with longer and […]
Today I decided to explore the East London neighborhoods of Hackney and Shoreditch. I work in Shoreditch, so I’m there every day, but I’ve never really taken the time to take a closer look outside of work. The exterior is gritty, not pretty, but it’s arguably the hippest part of town and, on closer look, […]