May 2024


Party Favorite

The Favorite Webvideo at the Party is below, it raises an important question. How to Make a Caipirinha Cocktail Would you go to this bartending school? […]

Silly German Politics

I’m in Regensburg for the Regensbloggers‘ Apartment Warming Party.

While my hosts are busy setting up, I am exploring Regensburg—I’ve never been here before and I have to confess, it’s a charming city. I can immediately see why its popular with tourists from both abroad and Germany.

The Regensburg Dom is a beautiful structure that […]

Another Perspective

My 10 o’clock appointment was cancelled today—so I was left twiddling my thumbs—the big project of the moment was at home, I was at the office, and so I started surfing—off to a wiki to get educated.

I learned the following:

Public school students in America have these characteristics:

30% fail to graduate […]

3D Pittsburgh

Yesterday I’d agreed to meet somebody on the CMU campus at noon—so I decided that I would walk to campus, explore it, and then find his office.

I had a handy map from my hotel and I followed the streets thinking that I would end up on campus by walking down a street named Boundary, […]


As a part of work, I do my best to maintain relationships with people and organizations relevant to what I do, which brought me to Cheltenham, UK.

By happy coincidence, this trip to Cheltenham has coincided with the 2008 The Times Literature festival—something I was unaware of as I started my search for a hotel. […]

Teachable Moment

In my educational career I’ve taken several seminar and classes on how to teach.

Personally I never had any doubt about my abilities to teach, but I can remember in many of these seminars that graduate students, both new and old, would ask questions that indicated that the thing they feared most was the prospect […]

Bitten off too much?

So after the bomb that was the Superman Museum, I popped over to the National Quilt Museum, which was fantastic.

If any of you are ever near Paducah, Kentucky, I highly recommend taking the detour, forking over the $8, and exploring the museum. It’s incredible. There must have been 100 large quilts on display covering […]

Tenement Museum

For those of you who have lost track of where I am (and I cannot imagine why), I’m now in New York City!

Yes, I went from Lisbon to Berlin to New York City, a substantial backtrack, but I had to, for reasons I will not go into here.

Despite having worked for four hours […]

Ghosts In My Head

Whilst wandering the streets of Paris I was haunted by my high school French teacher.

Yes, a woman who I haven’t seen nor heard from since my last day of French class is still walking around in my head and although I suspect she has since retired, as I walked around every corner, I fully […]

Innocence Shattered

There comes a point in everyone’s upbringing when they realize some truths about the world around them—and that often these truths are rather unpleasant.

The first time I can remember this happening to me was back at Park Hill Elementary School in Denver, Colorado. As is with traditional with American elementary education, it was a […]