A Profound Look Back at the Week: August 30 – September 5

It’s officially here. Autumn, that is. So is our new kitchen. Things are happening, which tells me the extra-dose of real-lifing I was forced to take this summer (which is now on its way out in case anyone has not committed this to memory) is now paying off. Or is it? Continue reading A Profound Look Back at the Week: August 30 – September 5

Just keep swimming

You know how sometimes the things you normally enjoy doing stop bringing you joy and how it all starts looking meaningless because, really, what’s the point of anything when you can’t change the world to be more accommodative? Of course you do because we’ve all been there. The big question is how we wade out of this pool of misery. Continue reading Just keep swimming

A Profound Look Back at the Week: August 23-29

It pleases me immensely to report that this year, for the first time in possibly forever but certainly in years, I had the pleasure of seeing the first signs of autumn in August. Yes, I noticed the “pleases” and “pleasure” and I couldn’t care less. It’s coming! Continue reading A Profound Look Back at the Week: August 23-29

A Profound Look Back at the Week: August 16-22

It is said “May you live in interesting times” and it appears the last one who said it really meant it. Even in the middle of summer, in the laziest month of all, boredom has remained out of reach for much of the world, it seems, and for me. Continue reading A Profound Look Back at the Week: August 16-22

Books and how to treat them

A librarian friend of mine hurt me deeply this week when she said libraries do something called ‘weeding”, which is exactly what it sounds like — rounding up old, damaged, and unpopular books and — yes, gasp — throwing them away. Continue reading Books and how to treat them

A Profound Look Back at the Week: August 2-8

The reason there was no PLBW last week was that I was too busy going to the beach on Sunday and then too busy dying slowly of heat and humidity in Constanta to write anything but the bare necessities such as work. I’m still in the process of recovering but since it’s a long road from central Bulgaria to southern Romania, I made some pictures on the way, completely random. Well, almost. Continue reading A Profound Look Back at the Week: August 2-8

A Profound Look Back at the Week: July 26 – August 1

It’s that time of the year again when we do our regular trip north, to the Romanian seaside, to visit the in-laws who this year have a brand new addition to the grandkid count, even though he’s a cat. Continue reading A Profound Look Back at the Week: July 26 – August 1

The joy of book research

“There is no delusional idea held by the mentally ill which cannot be exceeded in its absurdity by the conviction of fanatics, either individually or en masse.” Continue reading The joy of book research

A Profound Look Back at the Week: July 12-18

It’s the middle of the summer in this part of the world. Mid-July, specifically, is called the Great Heat, which sounds a lot better in Bulgarian but I’m not used to translating BG-EN, so that’s all you get, I’m afraid. And because it is too hot to think of something potentially witty to write about, here’s a bunch of random pictures I’ve taken recently. Continue reading A Profound Look Back at the Week: July 12-18

A Profound Look Back at the Week: June 28 – July 4

The last week of June has been a fun one, featuring some profound insight into life and a delayed OPEC meeting that became reason for a lot of workplace jokes but since nobody but bankers and energy journalists cares about OPEC (cosmically ironic, if you think about it), let’s never mention it again. Continue reading A Profound Look Back at the Week: June 28 – July 4