Am I still a tourist ?

Visiting 50 countries is on my bucket list.  I’m still at 35.  Three more are planned for next Spring. This picture shows the countries I’ve visited: Some I’ve visited for hours, some for days, and some for years. How do I define a visit?   If I sprint through Heathrow airport during a connection toContinue reading “Am I still a tourist ?”

I’m Not That Famous

I built new shutters for my house last year. My old ones were vinyl shutters with fake louvres, purchased from a hardware store.  (“Vinyl” sounds better than “plastic.”) I bought lumber and built new ones.   I painted them black.  The new shutters attach two boards, and feature a diamond shape in the middle. Very cute, you mustContinue reading “I’m Not That Famous”

Great Leaders Feel Deserving

Many potential leaders never reach greatness because they feel they lack a mandate to lead. Consider the case of Babur. Babur ascended the throne of Fergana in in what is now Uzbekistan.   It was 1494, when Spain was claiming Caribbean islands, and Babur was only 12 years old.   At age 14 he ledContinue reading “Great Leaders Feel Deserving”

Stay Off Santa’s Naughty List

In my country, people practice a pretend belief in Santa Claus.  This mythical person delivers gifts to well-behaved children.  Naughty children, in theory, receive nothing.   The definition of good vs. bad is fuzzy.  It is subjectively determined by parents in each household.   In practice, however, poor children receive less, regardless of behavior.  BounteousContinue reading “Stay Off Santa’s Naughty List”

Blogging takes me more time

When I was 12 years old, I had been taking piano lessons for six years.  I was still playing at an early intermediate level.  My parents, finally wearied of nagging me to practice each day.  They allowed me to quit.  “He must have other strengths,” they said. Why did I make no progress?  Many yearsContinue reading “Blogging takes me more time”