Hummingbird, and a personal philosophy

I really don’t like when leather items – bags, shoes, wallets, etc. – have zippers. I also take a strong stance against elastic being used with leather shoes. Actually, I can’t think of a single time when I was in favor of elastic. If this makes me a curmudgeon, so be it.

“Inessential Weirdness”

I just finished reading this excellent article on Mark Bray, the author of Antifa: The Antifascist Handbook.  One quote, from his earlier book on the Occupy movement, caught my attention: “I learned the value of presenting my revolutionary ideas in an accessible format.  How I dress, the words I choose, and how I articulate them affect…

Breakfast

6:30 a.m., Kampot, Cambodia. When I was little, my parents would take us on summer holidays to Santa Barbara.  We would stay at the University, in Isla Vista, and counselors at a family summer camp would look after us while our parents played tennis and talked to other adults.  For some reason, construction crews were…

“Poor Me”

  Two students were walking by me today, and one said, “I hate being poor.  I need to stop drinking so much.” They both laughed, but I immediately thought back to these photos from the Tonle Sap, in Cambodia – a massive lake that supports the whole country with fish and water.  Because the lake…