On parsing the root causes of self-inflicted political distress

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Political graphic by Marvin Moose on flickr

Could Trump be the most honest representation of America to date?

Offensive though he comes across to many, the CEO of America Inc. is hardly a shocking sight in a country where profiteering is its own form of culture and greed is a virtue.

In the US, everything is commodified and has a price tag; many are the people who can’t stop bragging about how much they make and have, as if their humanness accrued with every extra dollar.

It’s no wonder the initial mannered outrage that used to greet every new air bubble Trump released on twitter was eventually replaced with detachment and resignation. …


The difference between America and Europe isn’t just the size of portions and people. We relate to food differently.

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Photo by Anna Kaminova on Unsplash

I got my first cookery book as a Christmas present when I was around 6, old enough to read and understand simple instructions like how to make bread. Flour, water, yeast, a small amount of sugar to activate it, a pinch of salt, and — if my memory serves me right — a dash of olive oil.

The recipe was foolproof, as befits recipes in a book aimed at children; it had fun, quirky illustrations, too. Although my mother bought it for me, there never was any expectation I would follow in my grandfather’s or uncle’s footsteps and become a baker. …


Whatever it takes, hunt joy down

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Photo by Artem Bryzgalov on Unsplash

Dear internet, I’m exhausted, you’ve worn me out and I’m running out of words to tell you how much I love you, how much I believe in you as a force for good, how much I owe you: my life.

All things considered, it remains a very, very, very joyful thing

Please, pause and stay here a while, in the moment.

You’re in your head looking through my eyes. What do you see? Can you see my smile? My mustard yellow shirt? The windswept pony tail after a bike ride through the woods?

In almost 10 months of living in the Netherlands, I had never done it and it was invigorating, liberating, and empowering. And today everything hurts good. I’m no masochist but remembering how to be a human in the world is taking some doing. …

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