Brussels…About That…

And in an instant it happened. Dreams of washing down Belgian-chocolate-covered Belgian waffles with a sudsy Trappist or Abbey beer vanished without so much as a burp. Our sights are now keenly set on the Alps where large St. Bernards

Brussels…About That…

And in an instant it happened. Dreams of washing down Belgian-chocolate-covered Belgian waffles with a sudsy Trappist or Abbey beer vanished without so much as a burp. Our sights are now keenly set on the Alps where large St. Bernards

Glen Ellen Zen: Keep Both Eyes Open

As a young child, going to Uncle Don and Aunt Treasure’s house in Glen Ellen was always a treat. I got to drink soda there. The backyard was huge and led down to a creek that provided excellent exploring grounds.

Glen Ellen Zen: Keep Both Eyes Open

As a young child, going to Uncle Don and Aunt Treasure’s house in Glen Ellen was always a treat. I got to drink soda there. The backyard was huge and led down to a creek that provided excellent exploring grounds.

Writers’ Block

The last three weeks have been especially…um…what’s the word? Tough? Every day I walk my wife to work and every day when I walk back, I have about 27 minutes of think time. I float home with auto-pilot engaged and

Writers’ Block

The last three weeks have been especially…um…what’s the word? Tough? Every day I walk my wife to work and every day when I walk back, I have about 27 minutes of think time. I float home with auto-pilot engaged and

Getting Marketing Material Right Overseas

A reblog of a guest post. Social telephone at its best but here there is no loss in translation, until you have finished reading. [image courtesy of http://hitechautomotive.blogspot.nl%5D

Getting Marketing Material Right Overseas

A reblog of a guest post. Social telephone at its best but here there is no loss in translation, until you have finished reading. [image courtesy of http://hitechautomotive.blogspot.nl%5D

You’re Not an Olympian If You Don’t Point Your Toes

I love the Olympics. Who ran the fastest? Who threw the stick the farthest? Who hit whom most? Did she point her toes enough? Once a quadrennial we are treated to the best the world has to offer, this year

You’re Not an Olympian If You Don’t Point Your Toes

I love the Olympics. Who ran the fastest? Who threw the stick the farthest? Who hit whom most? Did she point her toes enough? Once a quadrennial we are treated to the best the world has to offer, this year

Beating a Dead Chikin

This whole Chic-fil-A thing is getting out of hand. But I too have an opinion on it, and have written about it. You have the choice to read what I wrote or spend your time elsewhere. That is the power

Beating a Dead Chikin

This whole Chic-fil-A thing is getting out of hand. But I too have an opinion on it, and have written about it. You have the choice to read what I wrote or spend your time elsewhere. That is the power

The UN English Editors’ Exam: Final Thoughts

It has been a long five months since I posted about my gearing up to take the UN Editors’ examination. Back in February I had given myself low odds of passing. After relentlessly studying French and the UN style guide,

The UN English Editors’ Exam: Final Thoughts

It has been a long five months since I posted about my gearing up to take the UN Editors’ examination. Back in February I had given myself low odds of passing. After relentlessly studying French and the UN style guide,

Dear Pepper Jelly, I Hate You.

Sweet, spicy and draped on a block of cream cheese like a duvet over the back of a couch. Pepper jelly, I hope your mason jar was not properly sterilized and mold speckles your surface. You suck. How can I

Dear Pepper Jelly, I Hate You.

Sweet, spicy and draped on a block of cream cheese like a duvet over the back of a couch. Pepper jelly, I hope your mason jar was not properly sterilized and mold speckles your surface. You suck. How can I

You Have to Be an Adult to Like Brussels Sprouts

One of the most rewarding aspects of being an adult is being able to eat french fries for lunch. I did that today. And I am not ashamed. To boot, I ate them with a coffee mug of ketchup. When

You Have to Be an Adult to Like Brussels Sprouts

One of the most rewarding aspects of being an adult is being able to eat french fries for lunch. I did that today. And I am not ashamed. To boot, I ate them with a coffee mug of ketchup. When

número cinco

I can hear the retching. It’s coming. Not much time, the last one had a bit of a gurgle. As I frantically look around, I can’t help but think of cats’ uncanny preference to soft and warm materials–like my sweaters. 

número cinco

I can hear the retching. It’s coming. Not much time, the last one had a bit of a gurgle. As I frantically look around, I can’t help but think of cats’ uncanny preference to soft and warm materials–like my sweaters. 

Life Lessons From My Old Man

When I was freshly twenty-two and on the home stretch of my collegiate career my father asked me what my plans were for after graduation. At that point I had given it quite a bit of thought and I had

Life Lessons From My Old Man

When I was freshly twenty-two and on the home stretch of my collegiate career my father asked me what my plans were for after graduation. At that point I had given it quite a bit of thought and I had

Más Cojonudo que Levantar una Piedra (Better Than Lifting a Rock)

Kaixo! Vacation season has started and we are out armed with our camera shooting everything that moves. From the chilly northern clime of the Low Countries we have descended to the Basque Country in Boise, Idaho. My sister, brother-in-law and

Más Cojonudo que Levantar una Piedra (Better Than Lifting a Rock)

Kaixo! Vacation season has started and we are out armed with our camera shooting everything that moves. From the chilly northern clime of the Low Countries we have descended to the Basque Country in Boise, Idaho. My sister, brother-in-law and

Profound Secret of Efficiency: Translate Fasterer

My apologies to my faithful reader out there for the lack of new material recently. You see, I am finally a bit busy! Not to say that before I wasn’t keeping busy. I have been reading  riveting ISO terminology standards

Profound Secret of Efficiency: Translate Fasterer

My apologies to my faithful reader out there for the lack of new material recently. You see, I am finally a bit busy! Not to say that before I wasn’t keeping busy. I have been reading  riveting ISO terminology standards

More Than a Million Minutes

This past Saturday, Amaia and I celebrated our two-year anniversary. Traditionalists (clarification: hardcore, know-their-stuff traditionalists) will remind us that the second anniversary is the anniversary of cotton. So if you’re keeping track, the anniversary authorities want you to give your

More Than a Million Minutes

This past Saturday, Amaia and I celebrated our two-year anniversary. Traditionalists (clarification: hardcore, know-their-stuff traditionalists) will remind us that the second anniversary is the anniversary of cotton. So if you’re keeping track, the anniversary authorities want you to give your

Food excites the Dutch

I had the pleasure of completing my 29th trip around the sun yesterday and the double pleasure of finding a post on this fantastic blog regarding a common point of confusion for expats living in The Netherlands. This entry saved

Food excites the Dutch

I had the pleasure of completing my 29th trip around the sun yesterday and the double pleasure of finding a post on this fantastic blog regarding a common point of confusion for expats living in The Netherlands. This entry saved

Not Everything from Trader Joe’s Can Be Put in a Sandwich

My dad had the luxury of retiring early which meant my mom was off the hook for making me lunch. In my mom’s day, there was a Standard Model for the sack lunch: one sandwich, one piece of fruit and

Not Everything from Trader Joe’s Can Be Put in a Sandwich

My dad had the luxury of retiring early which meant my mom was off the hook for making me lunch. In my mom’s day, there was a Standard Model for the sack lunch: one sandwich, one piece of fruit and

Mapping the Bilingual Brain

I came across an interesting article today and I decided to translate it into English. Here is a link to the original article for those interested. I hope this wasn’t already a translation from English, and I don’t think it

Mapping the Bilingual Brain

I came across an interesting article today and I decided to translate it into English. Here is a link to the original article for those interested. I hope this wasn’t already a translation from English, and I don’t think it

A Dutchman Walks into a Kitchen

A few months back… British guy: So how are you finding The Netherlands? Me: Great so far. We like where we live and my wife is enjoying her new job. How long have you been here? BG: Me? Oh about

A Dutchman Walks into a Kitchen

A few months back… British guy: So how are you finding The Netherlands? Me: Great so far. We like where we live and my wife is enjoying her new job. How long have you been here? BG: Me? Oh about

Digital Footprint

We’ve all done it. There is no shame in it; heck I did it yesterday and it was…worth a bronze medal. Googling your name is perhaps the vainest of activities you can partake in, but if you are a digital

Digital Footprint

We’ve all done it. There is no shame in it; heck I did it yesterday and it was…worth a bronze medal. Googling your name is perhaps the vainest of activities you can partake in, but if you are a digital

Cool Words We Got from the French

It has been two months since I posted Cool Words We Got from the Germans and the time has come for the second installment. Many of you know that I am studying French for the upcoming U.N. editors’ exam, donc

Cool Words We Got from the French

It has been two months since I posted Cool Words We Got from the Germans and the time has come for the second installment. Many of you know that I am studying French for the upcoming U.N. editors’ exam, donc