“The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.” -Gilbert K. Chesterton I stopped by the local organic grocery store on my way home from work the other day and, as I was browsing for brown rice, I overheard people speaking in English. Specifically, American English. It was three … [Read more…]

Yes, Zwarte Piet Is Racist

“Racism isn’t born, folks, it’s taught. I have a two-year-old son. You know what he hates? Naps! End of list.” -Dennis Leary It’s that time of year again. Cold weather, pretty lights, snow, presents…and Zwarte Piet. In the Netherlands, it’s not Santa Claus, it’s Sinterklaas. And he isn’t aided by elves but by Zwarte Piet, … [Read more…]

Book Club Rescheduled

I know I just postponed the damn thing for a week, but between the holidays and moving this past weekend, I’ve just got too much going on. Rather than try to squeeze it in at the end of December, I’m just skipping to January. We will discuss Lynne Truss’ “Eats, Shoots and Leaves” on January … [Read more…]