Notes from the Exurbs

Life inside Boston’s easternmost ring road, west of its massive suburban mosaic, is more than the meets the eye of Google earth. This outer ring of habitation, tucked inside the burly bark of the interstate, is the next woody circle out from suburbia – exurbia – an as-yet unsung layer in the tree rings of …

A Southern Autumn

I’ve lived in Georgia and Alabama since 1974. I was nine when we moved here during Christmas break. I want to describe life here, so people who don’t live here won’t think we’re all uneducated hicks…then again maybe you will, but if you do, I can tell you with certainty that we don’t care. I’ve …

Only. Skin. Deep.

A few years ago, I boarded a plane heading to a small American college-town. It was my first time in the United States, and I was starting my freshman year at a prominent institution of higher learning I will call Undisclosed University. I had traveled from my country of birth to Chicago, where I spent …

The Sweetest Thing

As millions of other people in this sick, sad world of ours, I follow in the footsteps of Winston Churchill. Am I a charismatic leader who overcame the Nazis and a lisp? Am I a defiant showstopper with a knack for draining “native” rebellions of their energy and whiskey bottles of their contents? No, no, …

The Season

“Omigod, Brianna, my neighbours have an inverted Christmas tree just like this one! Who do they think they are?””I know. Some people just try to be different for the sake of being different. It’s totally stupid.” Drop Dead Gorgeous dvdrip “Seriously.”

Common Sense: Not So Common After All

According to…someone…we are all born with an innate “common sense.” I disagree. Common sense is about as common as snow in the desert. And, given the world around us, it’s not hard to understand why. It never ceases to amaze me how, well – stupid – our society has become. The more I observe people, …