The March for Women’s Rights was nice and all, and it’s encouraging to see so many people flock to airports around the country to protest the Muslim ban, but overall I’m extremely pessimistic right now. Today we saw how easy it is to replace a democracy with a dictatorship, checks and balances be damned. Continue reading
Posted in Emigration / Immigration, Government, Politics, Religion, Society, Writing Prompt Responses
Tagged checks and balances, democracy, Department of Homeland Security, dictatorship, government, Muslim ban, opinion, politics, president Trump, protests at airports, refugees, religion, replacement, society, writing prompts
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
Today’s writing prompt is Graceful.
If there’s ever a word that describes what I am not most completely, it’s graceful. I’m the epitome of the proverbial bull in a china shop. More like a stumbling drunk bull in the British Museum’s Asia section. Watch out folks, here she comes. Hide your valuables! Continue reading
Posted in Emigration / Immigration, Language, Psychology, Society, Writing Prompt Responses
Tagged clothing, compliments, emigration, etiquette, grace, graceful, immigration, language, make-up, opinion, psychology, society, writing prompt
Sometimes I go over my blog, to see if there is at least some semblance of balance between positive and negative posts. I don’t want to always sound angry and whiny, especially in my posts that are more directly related to being an immigrant in this
crazy country. That wouldn’t be an accurate reflection of my state of mind outside of this blog. Nevertheless, anger and resentment do seem to crop up on a regular basis. How is it that I am still able to keep that up after twenty-three years? Continue reading
Posted in Emigration / Immigration, Psychology, Society, Writing
Tagged computer games, cultural awareness, cultural differences, emigration, etiquette, faux pas, Forge of Empires, gaming etiquette, immigration, workshops
Dear Blacklist producers,
I’ve been binge-watching season 3 on Netflix. Since you probably won’t actually be reading this and others will, allow me to set it up.
James Spader plays a larger than life, debonair master criminal who helps the FBI bag other master criminals, but really, the FBI is helping him in plans it has no knowledge of.
It’s an enjoyable enough series, but the end of episode 10 got my goat. Don’t worry, producers, I won’t spoil anything. Continue reading
Posted in Holland, Language, Open letters, Television, Travel
Tagged letters, NBC, Netflix, open letters, opinion, stereotypes, technology, television series, The Blacklist, The Netherlands
Today’s prompt is conveniently Hike.
I’ve been on Pinterest a lot, lately, pinning stuff related to hiking, backpacking and lightweight camping, and Wow! There’s been some improvements these past twenty-five years! The best hack I’ve seen is using a walking stick as a tent pole. Especially since my tent has just one pole, this is perfect. Assuming you use walking sticks, of course.
There is also more stuff out there that looks cute, but that you probably don’t need. Continue reading
Posted in Consumption, Travel, Vacations, Writing Prompt Responses
Tagged backpacking, camping, equipment, hacks, hike, hiking, lightweight hiking, outfitting, pinterest, tips, writing prompt
Dear Trump supporters,
By now nobody can ignore that Trump’s an outright racist, misogynist, homophobe, islamophobe and xenophobe. The evidence in speeches, interviews and on Twitter is overwhelming. I agree with Hillary Clinton that most of the folks that still support him are also racists, homophobes, islamophobes and xenophobes, and that’s definitely deplorable. Continue reading
Posted in Open letters, Politics
Tagged 2016 presidential campaign, basket of deplorables, bigotry, deplorables, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, letters, open letter, opinion, politics, Trump supporters