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Three Christmas Wishes

May our holidays burst with laughter and great times with family and friends. May our Christmas trees not explode. May we have the wisdom to understand that we are small compared to purple Christmas trees (and things like love and hope and all that). May we have the balls to change what is holding us […]

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My Year in Stories

Looking back at these storiesgives me a sense of self or better selves, of how I saw my world and how I wrote little worlds into being. My life as a writer is torn is so many directions. When I look at these stories, I’m challenged to find a single voice. Maybe I don’t have […]

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Top Ten Worst Air Passengers of 2010

Christmas in Singapore(Important! If this post is cut off at the bottom, reload the page. This usually solves the problem.) ______________________________ Another installment in the series Lessons from a Wise Sky. Merry Christmas, everyone! If you don’t celebrate Christmas, well Merry all-the-other-holidays too! I thought some of you might be taking to the skies this […]

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My Interview with author Jincy Willett

Check out the Metazen Blog for The Metaview with Jincy Willett and then stop by Metazen to read Jincy Willett’s new story. […]

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Taksi or Fright?

Fright number 89, Asia Air to Phuket boarding at gate number 66.I looked around at the Chinese travellers around me. They were too busy clamouring over trinkets and sweets to hear the humour in the announcement. They wouldn’t have noticed it anyway. Such things are for Anglo-ears only.“Fright 89,” I said to myself and laughed—because […]

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Bangkok is Sinking!

How Bangkok might look in 25 years? (Important! If this post is cut off at the bottom, reload the page. This usually solves the problem.) It’s true. Bangkok will be totally submerged in sea water within 25 years, according to a slew of academics and researchers in the GEO2TECDI (GEodetic Earth Observation Technologies for Thailand: […]

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Travel Warning!

This week the US government has issued a travel warning for US-Americans traveling to Indonesia. Oops. Too late. I was already there when I read the travel warning. I was on the island of Bali in the beach resort of Kuta, the site of the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people and injured 240 […]

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Writers Abroad Anthology

While I’m off riding about on bumpy roads in Asia, have a look at the new Writers Abroad Anthology. My short story “Hunger,” the story of a troubled young man from Hackney (near London) who thinks his life might work in Germany. I’ll be back from my travels on November 30 with lots of photos […]

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Free Burma! End Fascism! Burn Guy Fawkes!

I’ve been a little stressed lately—problems at work, problems with the tenants, etc.—so I was really looking forward to a relaxing, quiet weekend in London. Thanks to Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, however, the weekend was not meant to be quiet. Bonfire night is traditionally November 5 to celebrate the foiled Catholic […]

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Help Radnor Lake Heal November 5-7

The recent and by far the worst flood in the history of my hometown, Nashville, also took a swing at Radnor Lake, which is situated just a few minutes outside the center of town. From May 1 to May 3 2010 between ten and twenty inches of rain fell. The Army Corps of Engineers has […]

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