Monthly Archives: July 2012

Peaks Island, Maine

We are on vacation on Peaks Island, Maine. Along with my brother and his family, we’ve actually rented the house I grew up in. I worried that it might feel a bit odd but, actually, it feels just like we … Continue reading

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The perfect raspberry

You know, how, when you are out in the yard picking raspberries and you see an absolutely perfect raspberry – plump, deep red and so ripe that it is beginning to let go of its stem and you reach for … Continue reading

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The other day I had this exchange with almost 7 year old Jie-jie. “Mom, can I ask you something?” “Sure thing.” “Do I have a doppelganger?” “Do you have a doppelganger?” “Yeah. A lot of my friends have doppelgangers. For … Continue reading

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Yearning for Yesterday’s Self*

I am hard at work on Vermont to China (working title). I’ve now gone through all relevant posts up through my December 2011 return to Guangzhou, sorted them and made notes of missing details and necessary transitions. In other words, … Continue reading

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Cycling Infrastructure: Why can’t we have that?

Often when I travel I encounter things that seem to make so much sense and I wonder why we don’t have those things back in the U.S. of A. Bike-able cities are a perfect example of this. I have already … Continue reading

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Real Multiculturalism

Looking for a fun time in Denver this August? What could be better than stopping by my session in the 2012 American Sociological Association Annual Meeting? Sun, Aug 19 – 8:30am – 10:10am Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities Invited … Continue reading

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Hot, Not Hot

The weather in Montpelier has been hot and dry but humid. I know much of the Eastern United States is wrestling with severe heat that makes our mid to high 80s look tame, but all the same, it feels steamy … Continue reading

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Summer’s Bounty

High summer is upon us. The Central Vermont summer food scene is a dream. The area farm, Wellspring, to which we subscribe is starting to produce real bounty. Our neighbors are in Greece for a few weeks. We’re helping out … Continue reading

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Blog to book, a bit from the intro

I am hoping to make significant writing progress on the blog to book project over the next few weeks. I am reading travel lit like crazy, sorting and categorizing the old posts and working on a scaffolding that can bring … Continue reading

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The Opportunity Gap, misconstrued

Just read a Brooks op-ed about inequality among children. Brooks gives a brief sketch of research that shows all the ways in which increasing class inequality in the United States is made manifest in inequality in investments in the nation’s … Continue reading

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