Photos of #Chile : #Santiago Centro

On my walk around Central Santiago, there were bells ringing from all the churches, and ladies weaving palm fronds for people as they went into mass. I’m looking forward to Easter here next week – I can’t fathom what it’ll be like.

Vancouver, British Columbia

To get my work visa for Chile, I had to visit one of the country’s consulates in Canada…and there isn’t one in Alberta. The nearest one is in Vancouver, British Columbia. I have two cousins, neither of whom I’ve seen in years (because I’ve been in China, they live in Vancouver and Toronto, and I’veContinue reading “Vancouver, British Columbia”

VOTE. You have to Vote. Part 3 – media

Quebec City mosque shooting victims include businessman, professor and fathers of young children 6 men were shot in the back as they gathered for evening prayer, mosque’s vice-president says FIRST. Now. I wanted to know who did it. I was so anxious to know I was on Twitter all day. Which, we should know, isContinue reading “VOTE. You have to Vote. Part 3 – media”

VOTE. You have to Vote. Part 2 #Canada #voting #nomuslimban #refugeeswelcome

#WelcomeToCanada pic.twitter.com/47edRsHLJ5 — Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) January 28, 2017 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js My goodness. That went well! But it’s not remotely over yet. Next: the “hard” part. Immediately after the inauguration, The Village Voice published a series of mini-interviews done with attendees. The very first interviewee said that the new president’s words were being parsed by theContinue reading “VOTE. You have to Vote. Part 2 #Canada #voting #nomuslimban #refugeeswelcome”

VOTE. You. Have. To. VOTE. Part 1 #vote #canada

The horrors have been coming so thick and fast that no one can process them all. Which is part of the strategy, clearly: throw in all the immigration, abortion, and press bans, one right after the other, and there are too many things to nail down and protest. Which is why I am — forContinue reading “VOTE. You. Have. To. VOTE. Part 1 #vote #canada”

Best friends: A very small note for Andrew Ridgeley and Mark Hamill.

My mom died when I was fourteen.  Remember that for later. When I was 17, I knew a guy at my Roman-Catholic high school named Jason. He was tall, nice-looking, and the prototypical life of the party. He died of a massive heart attack when we were in grade 12. He’d had a congenital heartContinue reading “Best friends: A very small note for Andrew Ridgeley and Mark Hamill.”

Kabuki Theatre and Oiwa #theatre

I am a theatre junkie. Kabuki is at least as old as Shakespeare.  It’s one of THE drama traditions I heard about as soon as I decided theatre was my life. Going to a kabuki play was on my must-do list while I was in Tokyo, but it was also felt, for me, like goingContinue reading “Kabuki Theatre and Oiwa #theatre”

Photos of #Japan : The East #Imperial Gardens, #Tokyo

The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace of Japan…distinct from THE Imperial Gardens because those are immediately around the current Palace, and are off-limits.  And what you do get to see is utterly magnificent, and huge — I was there nearly three hours and didn’t see everything.

Photos from #Japan : #Kategawa Castle and Shrine

My first full day in Japan, I visited a university friend who’s been teaching English since 2002. He lives in Shizuoka Prefecture, and we met up in Kategawa, 90 minutes south of Tokyo by train. This is what Japan’s “countryside” looks like, and this area grows mostly buckwheat. However, industry is never far away –Continue reading “Photos from #Japan : #Kategawa Castle and Shrine”