Not Funny

Notes From Scotland I arrived in Scotland this month for an open-ended visit, checking into business opportunities, looking for creative inspiration, and taking the chance to stretch my legs in the hills. I’ll be posting along the way… Most of the past weeks have been a bit of a happy jumble, but as my regular…

Gay Pride, and why we should take it personally

During the upcoming week, 27 July to 4 August, Amsterdam will celebrate Gay Pride.  We do this as increasingly disturbing news comes out of Russia about Putin’s crackdown on gay rights there.  And yet, there’ll be dancing in the streets of Amsterdam.  Should we be dancing? Yes, absolutely. Why? Because, unlike our friends in Russia,…

Tap my phone, go ahead. I’m so-o-o over it.

Here’s why I’m not going to get my panties all in a bunch over this most recent ‘scandal’ about the US government (or so many other governments who are keeping their heads down til the uproar dies away) spying on its citizens: because I already did. In 2001. At the time when almost every one…

Buzzing about Amsterdam

The inaugural issue of the BizArts Buzz – the new monthly e-letter for Amsterdam’s Dutch/International community – is in subscriber’s inbox’s now, highlighting events and workshops coming up in June.  There’s a lot to get excited about – especially when one realizes that the Buzz can only list a selection of the exhibitions, performances, workshops…

The BizArts Buzz

Announcing the creation of a monthly e-letter: the BizArts Buzz.  The Buzz will be filled with event listings from Amsterdam’s international Business and Arts community: exhibitions, performances, and workshops. Networking events and film nights. A sprinkling of news and commentary. And all in the second language of the Netherlands: English.  The Buzz is for the…

Enough!

Okay, I’ve had it. I’ve had enough. You know, if I started posting about how snooty and homophobic the French people are, or how the Dutch will always find a way to make money out of somebody else’s bad luck, or how the British are  cornering the market in illegal organ trafficking, or…name one for…

Without a Net

Recently, my life has borne an unsettling resemblance to a bad country song: my business has gone bust, my man is gone, my bank – and every other creditor – is knocking on the door, and my cat is sick. My tooth aches and menopause has set in with an undeniable determination. I’m afraid to…

The American President, a 2008 repost

In honor of the re-election and today’s inauguration of President Obama, I’m re-posting something I wrote for a guest blog on the occasion of the 2008 election.  The re-post is for two reasons: one is that I’m impressed with the fact that we’re talking about inaugurating the president, not about inaugurating the black president.  See…

The Political Expat – Obama’s Plan

I’ve had it. If I hear one more Obama supporter whine about him not having a plan – or not communicating that plan well enough to be far ahead in the polls by now – I’m going to scream. Let’s all agree: a candidate should have a plan, and should talk to us about it.…