Monthly Archives: March 2012

I am George Zimmerman

Last week I was in Stockholm for a Conference. I didn’t stay at the Conference Hotel. I stayed at a less expensive place that was a reasonable distance from the event but it wasn’t on any major bus or subway … Continue reading

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SFI: Swedish For Immigrants

Yesterday I had my first day of Swedish for Immigrants. There were 9 of us. When we arrived they asked us what our names were, what language we speak, and where we come from. Poland, Germany, Romania, Thailand, Iraq (2), … Continue reading

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Last call, A Defiant Dude

Indulge in me in one more post about the kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a documentary about my friend Bo’s legal battle with chick-fil-a. Bo and documentary director James Lantz have 3 days to raise the last 10,000 dollars … Continue reading

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Stale bread

I cannot go any longer with commenting on the enthusiasm with which the Swedes have developed so many varieties of stale bread. I assume that most people are familiar with the wasa crackers available in the U.S. Come to Sweden … Continue reading

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Culture Shock, Swedish Edition

Ages ago, back in China, I wrote a post about culture shock. Here is a bit of it: Culture shock is the process of reaction and adjustment to life in a world where the cultural understandings upon which we depend, … Continue reading

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A Defiant Dude

My Montpelier friend and neighbor, Bo, is wrangling with Chick-fil-a about their claims to own the expression “Eat More.” Bo hand screens t-shirts and the name of his business is Eat More Kale (named after his most popular t-shirt design … Continue reading

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School and Work

Sorry for the silence. It has been a busy. Over the next few weeks I will be making good on all of the promises I made in the forms of speaking engagements and abstracts of unwritten papers. On Wednesday night … Continue reading

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Immigrant Moments

Sometimes life here in Sweden feels so ordinary. Things tend to be sufficiently familiar, comfortable, manageable, orderly and sensible that I can forget that I am not at home. Sometimes, however, I have immigrant moments in which my out-of-context-ness becomes … Continue reading

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A wonderful day

The weather was absolutely wonderful today. Everyone noticed and came outside. I first got the sense that it was going to be a special kind of day when I looked out the window this morning and saw the neighbor across … Continue reading

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Dr. Seuss: Lost in Translation

I am a fan of Seuss. Green Eggs and Ham was the first book I can remember reading independently. Jie-jie started reading with Hop on Pop. Horton, the Lorax and the Cat in the Hat are all staples at our … Continue reading

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