Morrie’s Alchemy

Morrie’s Alchemy

First Rain, Monterey, California Thanksgiving evening after dessert, our host passed around paper and pens and asked us to write down things we’re grateful for. I immediately resisted because those games are usually corny to me. But I came up with a few things and...
Surface Tension

Surface Tension

Berlin, Germany When I think of surface tension, I’m usually thinking of bugs skipping across water. It’s the attraction between molecules called cohesive forces, but I’ve begun to notice it everywhere. I walked into a room full of people the other...
A Healthier Bondage

A Healthier Bondage

Somewherezig, Germany I saw a cigarette butt on the sidewalk. A long butt more than half a cigarette, and I felt a pang, an old urge to pick it up, find a match, and light it. I could feel the smoke surging into my lungs, the instant buzz head clear rush, and I wanted...
Slow Moving Sideways

Slow Moving Sideways

Tiergarten, Biergarten, Berlin, Germany It’s a Sunday afternoon in the beer garden with people laughing and munching wurst, drinking beer and sparkling wine, and teen-girls whispering giggles. I don’t understand the language which gives my mind a break; the pond...
An Accent with Quiche

An Accent with Quiche

Somewhere in Germany, coordinates unknown, and who the hell cares anyway I was in the Paris Bakery, sipping an Americano and eating spinach quiche, trying to read, and I couldn’t help but overhear two older men talking. The first one went on for some time about his...