My black and silver Parker ballpoint pen, hiding from the unscrutinizing writer with its pacifying curvature, simple lines and basic colors, is nonetheless a thing of beauty. Unapologetic in its utility, it also expresses its own sort of architectural confidence, even arrogance. This pen was tucked in the sleeve of my backpack, at the readyContinue reading “Ode to a good Pen”
As departure for Jamaica draws ever nearer, I am finding more ways that my old life, connections and interests are and can be a part of my new job. Cooperatives and the cooperative business model have long been an interest of mine, of course, and my job as a Labor Reporting Officer will give meContinue reading “Cooperatives in Jamaica”
I spent the past five days meeting people and learning about conventions, practices, international agreements and organizations, etc that are consequential to labor, both in the United States and around the world. Today, at the Solidarity Center, the focus was on the international labor movement, especially how labor activists in the US were not onlyContinue reading “Labor and Media in China”
Here is a post on the newly retooled Writing the World, a new venue for me to share my experiences in my new job with the U.S. Foreign Service.
Well, I certainly could have predicted this… Drench everything in coconut curry and coconut oil and top it off with durian and condensed milk and see what happens!
I have been going to the same gym, on L Street in the West End neighborhood of DC, for about a year and a half now. The gym is in the basement of an office building, majority Spanish speaking, and there is at least one guy living out of the locker room. I come andContinue reading “Losing My Anonimity”
How does one prepare him or her self to move life to a place they have never been before? Lately I find myself walking a line between a complacent acceptance that I don’t really know what Jamaica or life on that Caribbean island will be like for me, and trying to solidify expectations of whatContinue reading “Anticipating Island Life”