It wasn't long ago that, in medieval Europe, fathers married off their hapless daughters to forge geopolitical alliances. Girls were pawns in the power games of their families. It mattered not that many of them were mere children. The boys didn't have a lot of influence about whom they married either, while women and girls … Continue reading Ignorance, sexual predation, and the Weinstein effect
I found a young sparrow on my balcony this morning, lying on its side, dead. It's a first; no dead birds have landed since I moved here more than three years ago. But before I noticed the bird, I was reading my usual morning diet of disaster stories from around the globe, and a couple … Continue reading Mourning a dead sparrow on my balcony
We were hoping, but we knew that things could go from bad--posturing by Puigmont; legalistic preaching by Madrid--to worse. And it has. Here is what Robin Alan wrote, minutes ago: The situation in Spain is even worse than I thought it would be... they just jailed eight members of Puigdemont´s government... political prisoners in 21st … Continue reading Anecdotage 10a: Catalonia and political freedom 101
The news from Spain is confusing and alarming to anyone who cares about this beautiful, vibrant place. It seems to be heading towards a violent disaster though everyone wants ‘cooler heads’ to prevail. Allow me to introduce you to one of the coolest heads I know, Robin Alan. My guest on today’s blog, he … Continue reading Anecdotage #10: Is Catalonia heading for a crash?
We seem to be having a collective Weinstein moment: one of the most powerful men in Hollywood disgraced and his company up for grabs, all because he sexually molested women throughout his long career. And of course, everyone in the business knew it--and kept their mouths firmly shut. As John Wight puts it succinctly in … Continue reading Anecdotage #9: Joined at the patriarchal hip: Weinstein and Boyle
In my ongoing quest to decipher the reasons behind the chaotic world we all inhabit, my mind sometimes clutches at tried and true homilies, some in German, such as this one, actually an old round: "Die Gedanken sind frei, wer kann sie erraten, sie fliegen vorbei wie naechtliche Schatten." Freely translated, it means that ' Our thoughts … Continue reading Anecdotage #8: Hijacked Minds
Spain is my emotional home--the intensity, the passion, the frankness, the harsh shadows and brilliant lights--echo my own, not always easy character. I have spent many months there, each time becoming more enamoured. So when I witness scenes of utter chaos and police violence towards citizens of Barcelona going about the democratic business of voting … Continue reading Lament for Catalonia