The Aldi store has come to Austin, Texas! Or rather, to Pflugerville, but that’s close enough. When I read that it was coming I was thrilled, because on the Dutch International Cookbook/Kookboek Facebook page I regularly see posts by folks elsewhere in America and Canada showing photos of their Dutch and German finds in Aldis. Now it’s here, so today I decided to include a trip to Pflugerville in my list of errands. Continue reading
Well, there was supposed to be a November 4 demonstration calling to impeach Trump and Pence at Republic Square Park today from 1 – 5 pm, but I was there from 12:45 to about 2:30 and there was pretty much nobody. One guy with a sign, everyone else could have just been there because it was a park. Continue reading
Posted in Austin, Government, History, Police, Politics, Slavery, Society, Violence
Tagged Austin, constitution, gun rights, homeless, Impeach Trump and Pence, militias, November 4 demonstration, opinion, protests, second amendment, slavery, Trump, welfare
Today I rediscovered the Gandhi Bazar, an Indian grocery store I frequented ten years ago, when we lived in an appartment nearby. (For Austinites, it’s on the corner of Brodie and William Cannon, catty-corner to HEB.) I love going to Asian grocery stores–they smell wonderful and everything is strange, except for the occasional item we used to have in Australia, like the proper Ovaltine or rusk. Such is the Commonwealth. Continue reading
R and I looked on Yelp for a place to eat in north Austin this evening, and we ended up in Troy, a Turkish/Mediterranean place in a little strip mall where we had been once before, a couple of years ago. Continue reading
Posted in Austin, Books, Eating out, Emigration / Immigration, Food, History, Language
Tagged A Strangeness in My Mind, books, emigration, food, history, immigration, Orhan Pamuk, Turkey
The Women’s March in protest of the degenerate-in-chief was a yuge success. Shall I count the ways? I think I shall. Continue reading
Posted in Austin, Government, Politics, Society, Writing Prompt Responses
Tagged daily prompt successful, demonstration, feminism, government, human rights, misogyny, opinion, politics, presidential inauguration 2017, protest, society, Women's March. Trump, women's rights
On July 14, a man ran his truck into crowds of people enjoying the Bastille Day fireworks in Nice, France, killing eighty-some and wounding so many others.
Bastille Day celebrates the birth of the French Republic, with its motto, Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. Fraternity means, among other things, communal support, friendship, brotherhood. Continue reading
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Tagged Bastille Day attack, Baton Rouge, human connections, opinie, opinion, peace, police shootings, Police violence, politics, religion, six degrees of separation, society, terrorism
The photo challenge this week is weight(less). Here’s mine, taken at the Austin Zoo a few years ago.