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N is for nostalgia

Lots of fairly random memories are popping up in my brain while I stay here in Washington state. I’ve never spent any time here before, yet it’s enough like other places I’ve lived in the US to be familiar. In no particular order, and from many different times and places in my life, here are…

Odd Little Things in America

When I first moved to Holland there were a lot of little things I noticed that were different than at home. Nothing of importance, so I just noticed and moved on. Now that I’m back visiting, all sorts of little, unimportant things are striking me as different and odd: things that normally people would never…

Jane, Jane’s carousel and junior high school

Three topics came together today, all starting with J. My first name, legally speaking, is Jane. I hated that name when I was growing up because it was so common. In my sixth grade class alone there were four of us: Jane Card, Jane Friedlander, Jane Macintyre and me. Just the fact that I still…

Thinking about immigration at the Tenement Museum

Three of my four grandparents were Ukrainian Jews who immigrated to the US around the turn of the last century. The other one was born in the US, but her parents were also Jews, probably from Lithuania, who immigrated a bit before the turn of the century. They came for the same reasons as the…

Jet lag!

So here I am in New York City, on the trip I’ve been planning and looking forward to for months. We arrived at midday, got through customs and immigration with surprisingly little trouble — and without a ridiculously long wait time as I’d been led to expect — took a shuttle service to the hotel,…

Big Stuff (for me!)

Over the last several weeks I’ve blogged about all sorts of things – a Theory of Knowledge workshop I attended in Barcelona, whether or not I missed the US, procrastination, the alternative treatment I’m undergoing to cure my fear of flying – but I just realized that I haven’t blogged about the Big Stuff that’s…

Will and Kate and Osama

I’m in London right now. I hasten to add that I did NOT come here for the wedding; some of my American cousins were going to be here on Saturday, so I decided to come here to see them. Then, when the wedding was announced, I decided ‘What the hell, I’ll go see that as…