Monthly Archives: January 2010

Domestics

I hate to keep harping on this issue, but it seems to have come into vogue and I am seeing it more and more often in the news. Domestic workers enter the country legally on a state-issued visa and so … Continue reading

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A Night (to try) to Remember

I have never felt more peevishly American, nor more graciously welcomed by my Scottish hosts than I did at the Burns Night Supper I attended this past Monday. It was a formal affair, meaning kilts or tartan trousers and Prince … Continue reading

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The Fixed-Wheel Cart

This post may well be the second in a new series of articles entitled, “Insignificant, but not inconsequential things I miss about America.” Having spoken my peace about Customer Service, I was reminded yesterday of a second insignificant, but not … Continue reading

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Two-Timer

A good and enriching life is all about expanding the width and breadth of one’s experiences, especially doing things one has never done before. Last night I did something new and feel thoroughly enriched in the doing. For the first … Continue reading

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Indulgence

Since the death of my pal Nick back in October (See “For Nick,” 19 October ’09) I’ve been struggling to describe my feelings in any meaningful way. I know what I feel but can’t put it into words. So, when … Continue reading

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Customer Service

Many times I have been asked about what I miss about America and I must confess that I have a hard time answering that question. It’s not that we didn’t like America; rather we lived there for forty years and … Continue reading

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Prayer for Haiti

Gracious Lord, our mind is turned once again to those who have suffered unimaginable horrors as a result of a natural disaster. Thousands died instantly, thousands more died in the hours afterwards, and thousands now risk suffering a slow and … Continue reading

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Golashes

In recent weeks I’ve seen a growing number of Scots wearing new boots and wellies (rubber boots) to tramp through the snow, ice, and mud that has been on our pavements for the last month. Wellingtons and hiking boots are … Continue reading

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At Once

“Instead of asking yourself whether you believe or not, ask yourself whether you have this day done one thing because he said ‘Do it,’ or abstained because he said, ‘Do not do it.’ It is simply absurd to say you … Continue reading

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I don’t usually give movie recommendations, but you’ve got to see this one. Movies are a roll of the dice these days: too simplistic, insipid, dull, depressing, dark, gratuitously violent or sexual, etc. But, this one caught me off gaurd. … Continue reading

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