Clemente Course in the WaPo

If the timing of this seems crazily off, it’s because the contents of this post first appeared in my monthly email newsletter in June. If you subscribe, you can get more writings like this delivered straight to your inbox and not miss a thing. Sign up here. A number of weeks ago, David Montgomery, a…

Fill-in-the-blank letter home

If the timing of this seems crazily off, it’s because the contents of this post first appeared in my monthly email newsletter in June. If you subscribe, you can get more writings like this delivered straight to your inbox and not miss a thing. Sign up here. Meanwhile, in Massachusetts, we’re preparing for the end…

Mumkin Tonite!

This winter, I was back in Sudan and had a videocamera with me. We’re finishing up the El Kurru International Archaeological Project and the dig director, Geoff, asked me to make a short film about cultural heritage in El Kurru village. To do that, I took camera and editing classes from my local cable access…

Take Your Daughter to Work

The contents of this post first appeared in my monthly email newsletter. If you subscribe, you can get more writings like this delivered straight to your inbox and not miss a thing. Sign up here. On Take Your Child To Work Day, Cognoscenti published my essay I Took My 11-Year-Old Daughter to Work… In Sudan. Great headline! I…

Toronto 2017

In an ongoing attempt to remember what we do in our annual-ish trips to Toronto, I write these travelogues. They are peculiar to our taste and meanderings. Be warned! This year, we figured the 150th birthday of Canada would feature lots of fun stuff. (By the way, when I was a kid, we celebrated the…

Montreal and Ottawa

We had a delightful visit to Montreal a few weekends ago. It was the 150th birthday of Canada and 375th birthday of Montreal so there were lots of street performances and random stuff going on. Circus performances were held around the city and they ranged from amazing to amazingly weird. That photo of the people…