Home for the Drought

My US trip is coming to a close. It’s been hot. No, I mean really hot. This year it was so hot and dry on July 4th that the counties surrounding Nashville banned the private use of fireworks. The result of this intense heat is that my body–in effect me–has had to yo-yo between baking […]

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Autumn at Radnor Lake

Radnor Lake, Tennessee’s first Natural Area, needs your help.Become a Friend of Radnor Lake. […]

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How Can an Expat Go “Home”?

Marienplatz, MunichAn expat often hesitates when someone asks “Where’s home?” Gosh, I don’t know. Munich? London? Nashville? Earth? Radnor Lake, Nashville, TN Am I a Nashvillian because I was raised there and love Radnor Lake? Am I English because I spend half my time there and I have the blood of English ancestors muddling through […]

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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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Christopher’s Christmas Carol (Part III)

Let’s back up a bit—beep, beep, beep—to the day my cast came off, just three days before my flight home. See, the airline had some silly discriminatory rule about casts in the cabin. It would have to come off if I was going to surprise my parents for Christmas. So off it came. The same […]

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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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