Author Archives: Skip

What my father taught me

“Humpf,” dad would have said if I asked him to describe his core values. He’d scratch his head and shrug and respond cryptically, amazed that I would ask such a question. “Ah, hell,” he’d have said. “Just do what’s right. You know what’s fair and just – so do it.” Some things oughtn’t need to be explained. Dad, who once […]

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‘Valuable guest’ back in the land of confusion

“Dear valuable guest,” began the tent card welcoming us to our hotel in room in Bangkok, a delightfully inelegant twist to the customary “Dear valued guest” that reflects the quaint honesty, faulty English translations and direct attitudes that prevail in Southeast Asia. We are back in the land of smiles, tuk tuks, cheap, delicious (and, sometimes dicey) street food, and of wholesale, […]

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My list of demands for US leaders

It’s almost Thanksgiving, which means it’s not too early to ask for Christmas gifts. And we’re gearing up in the US presidential election cycle, which as usual means there’s more taking than giving in the national spotlight. It’s annoying, really, all these promises from vacuous, made-up snake oil salesmen (OK, and women) with expensive, lint-brushed suits, all perfectly coiffed, terribly […]

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