Micro-entrepreneur

Takes longer to do things here than it does in the U.S. I once was a pro at speediness and at doing many things at once, but I don’t do that  anymore. I have slowed down a lot, and am surprised. It’s because I am no match for French culture, or a society that appropriately…

My name is Boxy

I love this, but I don’t fully understand it.  What appears to be a minimalist, plywood-constructed, literally stilted housing community, is hidden up in the heights of Bayonne.  I am intrigued. The larger panels of plywood can be opened to reveal floor to ceiling windows.  When the panels are closed, the small rectangles let just…

Art Saves Me

“Art Saves Me” has been my slogan ever since I got it on a Bumbershoot t-shirt back in 2003, but before I ever found it, it was truer than true.  In my youth it was literature, teens it was music and photography, 20s it was film, architecture and performance art, in my 30s mid-century modern…

Paris is flooding

The Seine has more water in it now than anytime since 1910.  It is raining; there is water everywhere.  The rivers are empty of boats and the banks where people stroll along are empty of people.  Giant logs and detritus, and rushing, muddy brown water moves by me at a dangerous pace.  Despite all this,…