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.…

Gone Fishing…

Today, July 4th is the day U.S. citizens celebrate their independence.  The 4th of July is one of those great American holidays that crosses all cultural, social and religious divides in the States: no matter where you originate from or where you live now, no matter by what name you call your god(s), if you’re…

Zomer actie / Summer offer: translations for the film industry

Are you… Developing a new script which needs to be read by non-Dutch speaking advisors? Searching for international funding for an existing Dutch language project ? Hiring an international crew for your Netherlands film project? Taking your Dutch project into an international workshop with guest teachers from Hollywood or beyond?  Then you need an English…

Plugging along…and along…and along!

Whoever said chasing the dream would be easy?  Nobody, that’s who!  So it comes as no surprise that building the BizArts dream is taking longer than I expected, and pulling me out of my comfort zone more often than I have been in a long time.  But that’s not such a bad thing, is it? …

Putting your power where your mouth is…

Yes Virginia, there are politicians who mean what they say, have good ideas, and are willing to use the power we the people loan them… to do the right thing.  I say this on the wave of good cheer I feel after meeting with one such politico to share our ideas for an international cultural…

Moving on…

As the year finally squelches into summer, the changing season seems a good reflection of my own life.  Having made the decision last December, that 2011 would be my final year managing the ABC Treehouse, I bounced from one idea to the next in my search for the answer to ‘what next’.  John and my friends were…