Okay, it’s the end of November and that means that Sinterklaas (Saint Nicholas) is arriving in the Netherlands, with his helpers, who have traditionally been all called Zwarte Piet (Black Pete). The Zwarte Pieten are traditionally white people with blackface. People of color in the Netherlands have gradually become vocal about not liking that and the Dutch reaction is incredibly embarrassing to me. Continue reading
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Tagged culture, cultuur, immigratie, immigration, Nederland, Netherlands, politics, politiek, Racism, racisme, Saint Nicholas, Sinterklaas, tolerance, toleratie, Zwarte Piet
A Trump surrogate recently stated that, without stricter immigration policies, we’ll soon see a taco truck on every street corner. Now, I’m almost per definition against anything coming from the Trump camp. I’m liberal, anti-bigotry, anti-fascism and all that. However, I’m not that easily pigeon-holed. Because I have to say, I agree that having a taco truck on every street corner would be a terrible scenario on every level.
Here’s why. Continue reading
Posted in Eating out, Emigration / Immigration, Employment, Healthcare, US Politics
Tagged 2016 presidential election, addiction, Donald Trump, Hispanics, humor, Illegal Immigration, Mexican food, Mexicans, Opinion, politics, taco truck on every corner, taco trucks, tacos
I regularly come across the writing prompt “If you were king…” I usually don’t know where to begin. Or I think of the painfully boring and restrictive life Queen Elizabeth of Britain leads, and then I lose my appetite for being queen. And in any case, America doesn’t have kings or queens.
But wait, America does have tsars! Continue reading
Posted in Employment, Government, Technology
Tagged Government, Opinion, paperwork, student loans, technology, VA, veterans, Veterans' Affairs, volunteering
And now for something completely different. Click here for some beautiful photos from Rumania that put our recession into perspective.
Did I mention that my Dutch library degree isn’t recognized in America, and that that was pretty much the end of my pretty good career? Well, you can take the librarian out of the library, but can’t take the library out of the librarian.
I have always had the urge to arrange books systematically. This may be traced back to my very earliest youth, when rearranging books was strictly forbidden. I have been making up for that cruel Continue reading
Posted in Education, Emigration / Immigration, Employment, Food
Tagged BDA Deventer, BDA diploma, bibliotheekopleiding, Dutch library degree, education, emigration, food, immigration, Librarians, library classification, library school, spices
This post doesn’t live here anymore. It migrated to my other blog:
The Big No-No: An Outsider on American Fascism, where it resides under the title:
“American History Education and Me: Broad Strokes, Please!”.