A Tale of Two Busses

My trip to Malta began Thursday morning at 4:30—not because I had to be on an early flight, but simply because I like getting up early. My flight to Heathrow was at 11:30. At Heathrow I would take a bus to Luton airport to meet up with my travelling companion, Josef the Hungarian Steel worker, […]

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Lessons from a Wise Sky: Number Three

A Wise SkyI very rarely need to talk. Often, I go all day without opening my mouth (I can eat through my ears). As a language teacher, I’ve been trained to listen patiently, nod occasionally and smile. I’m not a good listener; I’m the best (except of course when I’m eating through my ears). Why […]

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Lessons from a Wise Sky: Number Two

A Wise SkyWhen I fly, I always have something gluten-free in my backpack. Be prepared, right? Well, I haven’t always been such a Boy Scout. This lesson took me several years to learn, like playing the clarinet or acquiring Urdu. Last year I was on my way back to Munich from Nashville on my whipping-boy […]

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Lessons from a Wise Sky: Number One

A Wise SkySince I’ll be flying quite a lot this year, I’ve decided to spend the next few weeks cataloguing all the knock-down-drag-out fights I’ve had on airplanes. I thought about starting with a sequence of stories entitled “Adorable Psycho Banned from Airline,” but I think I’ll save that story for my series “Adorable Psycho […]

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Christopher’s Christmas Carol (Part II)

I had moved to Germany just five months before my redhaired, demon colleague caused me to break my ankle. When I left America, I bore the mane of a rock star—think Whitesnake or David Lee Roth…or Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, post-suicide blonde wig. I was pretty, and I’m not going to apologize. So upon […]

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A Waiter Knows Best

(Important! If this post is cut off at the bottom, please reload the page. This usually solves the problem.) __________________________ Having worked in the restaurant business for twelve years back when I had longer hair and all the Eurythmics albums, I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing the beauty and wonder of humanity at its hungriest. […]

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My AAA therapy: Germany

As most university freshmen in the US do, I started waiting tables to pay my way through school. By the time I started my master’s degree in English, I was managing the best restaurant in Nashville: Then The Cakewalk, now Zola, owned by my friends Ernie and his wife Debra Paquette, deservedly an award-winning chef. […]

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