Monthly archives: June 2016
A few weekends ago, I spent an evening sitting at the periphery of a rock-and-rollicking conversation among five women. They’re what I call my wife’s “Big Chill Group,” friends who have been close since high school in Pennsylvania more than 40 years ago and still get together for sporadic, self-dete[...]
There’s no question that life-long friendships are jewels to be treasured, but some time ago, I was treated to a fresh perspective on the friend phenomenon.
While in Manhattan one day, I was invited to attend a program sponsored by the United Nations Committee on Ageing (yes, that’s how they spel[...]
LIVING OVERSEAS HAS ITS ESCAPADES, PERKS & CHALLENGES
"If everyone knew how great being an expat was, there’d be no one left at home."
Those are the words of a friend, former housemate and fugitive whom I met while we were both living in an ant-infested gecko-shelter that do[...]
What does the war in Aleppo, Syria smell of? It smells of carbine, of wood smoke, of unwashed bodies, of rubbish rotting, of fear.
Janine di Giovanni
War means endless waiting, endless boredom. There is no electricity, so no television. You can’t read. You can’t see friends. You grow depressed[...]
JUST WHEN WE THINK WE KNOW THE HEART OF ANOTHER,
WE FIND OUT THERE’S MORE TO LEARN
My wife Michelle loves Mary Chapin Carpenter. Last year, we put one of her albums in my car’s CD player and listened to some of it. It didn’t speak to me, I said as much, and Michelle never asked to [...]