Tag Archives: Australia

Panic and Anxiety

I’ve been more reflective (and prolific) this week. Today I am turning to some things from my past. When I logged on to this laptop for the first time in a while, I found a group of browser tabs from … Continue reading

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Communications Overload

When we joke about information overload and how it’s a modern world, I’m not sure everyone appreciates just how pervasive technology has become for communications. For example, this is how I communicate with various relatives and friends (in no particular … Continue reading

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It’s time to roll out Mendelssohn’s Wedding March

This arrived recently, as a follow-up to a phone call: My best friend from high school is getting married (at last). He finally decided to be realistic. When he was a teenager, he was like me: not gorgeous, not ugly, … Continue reading

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Penpals (1986-1988)

In 1982, I started working instead of going straight to college (“university” in Australia). In 1985, I quit my job and used my savings to start my college degree. By half-way through 1986, I had run out of money and … Continue reading

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Back in North Virginia…where the world is falling apart

I forgot to mention something about my trip out to Australia. If you are also my Facebook friend, you already know because my friend posted a picture of us. There was a 7-hour delay between the 4:30pm arrival of my … Continue reading

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The funeral

My iPad won’t have access to the Internet before I get back to Los Angeles two days from now. So this will seem out-of-date when it’s posted. Note: we will call my aunt/cousin “Fleur” in this blog. Tuesday began cold … Continue reading

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Better than sex?

For someone on a visit to Australia for his dad’s funeral, this might strike you as an odd topic for a post. You’re right and wrong. Let me explain. First, some administrative stuff: All of my flights were on time. … Continue reading

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The flying visit to Australia beckons

My flight will arrive in Australia on Monday morning after a gazillion hours in the air and at airports. My aunt (actually, my cousin — it’s a long story) has organized for her two boys and their partners, and my … Continue reading

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Now there are TWO of them

As we were driving back from the airport, my oldest daughter, Amélie, turned to me and said quietly, “Oh my God, now there are TWO of them!” My mum is as sweet as anyone on this planet and if there … Continue reading

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Getting Dumped – Part 2 of 2

When I was younger, most of my (relatively few) relationships with girlfriends ended with me getting quietly dumped. I never had anything thrown at me and no-one screamed a “F**k off and die!” It was usually a dawning realization that … Continue reading

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