The news, a Swiss self-help guru claims, is worse than alcoholism.  Swiss writer Rolf Dobelli wrote a piece called Avoid the News, which was a major inspiration for Dutch journalist Rob Wijnberg, who went on to found The Correspondent. That publication recently reprinted part of Dobelli’s essay.  “Today, I’m “clean”. Since 2010, I’ve been entirely … [Read more…]

2019 House Renovation Wrap

We rounded out 2019 by (mostly) completing a long, long page of to-dos around the house.  For the first year, essentially, we worked every weekend and at least one or two nights during the week on the house. After the summer, we cut that back to just the weekends and then, eventually, only one day … [Read more…]


Despite having an actual job (two really), I write the occasional piece for other publications as it strikes my fancy. So I wrote about why you should embrace regifting, for Popular Science. “There is a box in the closet near my front door. There’s a lot of other stuff, too, but on the top shelf, … [Read more…]

‘Complaining is deeply ingrained in Dutch culture’

Cafe owner Canadian Chris Godwaldt only moved to the Netherlands four years ago, but he speaks Dutch and is a proficient complainer. He’s sold everything back home and has no plans to leave the Netherlands. Originally published at on November 12, 2019.