Vagabond Urges wrote in yesterday’s post, The Secret to Europe, about greetings in Paris shops. He observed that when a customer comes in, he or she greets the person behind the counter. Who then reciprocates and things go on from there. If you don’t start off with a greeting, you get the cold shoulder. As an American, he had to get used to that.
So I started thinking about different greetings. Continue reading
This post doesn’t live here anymore. It has emigrated to my new blog:
The Big No-No: An Outsider on American Fascism,
where it resides under the title:
“What Is Good History Education: Civil War Battles or Why They Were Fought?”
Posted in History, Migrate
Tagged African-American History, America, American, Black History, Burgeroorlog, Civil War, education, geschiedenis, history, onderwijs, opinie, Opinion, slavernij, Slavery, United States
Posted in US Politics
Tagged America, American, Amerika, Amerikaans, Dutch, election financing, money, Nederland, Netherlands, politics, politiek, United States, verkiezingen
Posted in US Politics
Tagged America, American, Amerika, Amerikaans, Dutch, election, Nederland, Opinion, party platforms, politics, politiek, presidential election 2012, United States, Verenigde Staten, verkiezingen
I have always respected most religious beliefs. Sure, I put my foot in my mouth occasionally, but I have no problem with religion in itself. I can see how there’s a human need for spirituality of one kind or another, and that some of us have a bigger need for it than others. However, there’s supposed to be a separation between church and state in this country, and when that idea is so blatantly trampled, when religion interferes with science, education, politics and human rights to the degree it does here, then the respect is clearly not mutual, and I don’t feel as obligated to be religiously correct. Continue reading
Posted in Religion, Science, Society
Tagged America, creationism, education, gays, Global Warming, homoseksualiteit, homosexuals, House Science Committee, Netherlands, onderwijs, Opinion, religion, science, statistics, United States
Well, it’s the Fourth of July, Independence Day here in the States. I just saw a post by an American blogger friend in the Netherlands, who posted some beautiful landscape photos of Tennessee for the 4th. I’ll do the same. Not of Tennessee, because it’s one of the few states I haven’t visited yet, but just from all over.
Click on the first picture to see them bigger. Enjoy. Happy 4th. Continue reading
Okay, for those of you who think I’m too negative about America, let me confuse you again.
Do I seem schizophrenic to you? Well, that’s because I am. Not clinically, but being Dutch in America, I can’t help being in a permanent schizophrenic state of mind. Depending on what I’m Continue reading
Posted in Education, Emigration / Immigration, Holland, Language, Society, Travel
Tagged America, Cultural Differences, culturele verschillen, emigration, immigration, Nederland, Netherlands, parenting, self-awareness, United States, upbringing