Western Medicine is Broken

Western Medicine is BRoken: an MRI machine in a hospital

As the MRI machine tightens around me, I close my eyes in fear and remind myself that western medicine is broken.

A (Rejected) Postcard from Dublin

a rejected postcard from Dublin with old croghan man

He never did a hard day’s work in his life. Except, presumably, in the torture and the dying…

Dutch Comic-Con: Some Fan (Non) Fiction

Dutch Comic-Con 2019

One hungover father’s journey into the delightfully twisted world of Dutch Comic-Con.

Reinvent Your Way to a Headache

Reinvent your way to headache

Reinvent yourself? Well, If you can bang your head on one all for 20 years, why not just try another wall?

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Tire tracks on Bloemendaal beach in the Netherlands

Maybe it’s time to take my writing entirely offline and start wearing live animals as hats. It’s 50-50 at this point, and Pepper is terrified.

In Praise of “Competence!”

A word cloud related to competence

To my mind, competence has a workmanlike beauty to it bordering on craft.

Halloween in Haarlem

St. Bavo Church, or Grote Kerk, in the Grote Markt, Haarlem, Noord-Holland, The Netherlands

As Halloween approaches, take a brief tour of the darker corners of Haarlem’s history…

Three Scenes from the “Quiet Car”

This is a quiet car on a Dutch train

“I don’t know what ‘Stilte’ means, Jim, but I think I better go.”

Delicious Imperfections

a loaf of freshly baked bread in my kitchen

Your bread will never be perfect. But you’ll learn to accept the fact that even imperfect bread tastes pretty damn good.

“We Should Not Be in the Business of Mere Deterrence”

“Simulated mouse yelling on mouse,” I read. This did not inspire confidence.

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