Who’s on worst?

As an English teacher in the Paris region, I have noticed that many French people complain that 1) English is a difficult language to learn and 2) French people are notoriously poor at doing so. The first proposal is at once obviously true, yet perplexing. After all, the English we speak and write emerged through … Continue reading


Only in America…

https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2018/09/teens-think-they-shouldnt-have-to-speak-in-front-of-the-class/570061/ Only in America would this happen. I’ve got news for these kids, and for you: Everyone should be encouraged to do things that make them uncomfortable (within the bounds of propriety, of course), or even things that scare them witless (within the bounds of reason, of course). This practice leads to personal growth. Try … Continue reading


Killing in the name of…

I have no idea whether Officer Darren Wilson was justified in shooting Michael Brown the first time, or the second through sixth times. Such decisions made under such circumstances are always questionable. Testimony from witnesses and the people involved is unreliable and physical evidence open to interpretation. If truth is the first casualty of war, … Continue reading

Corporate & Institutional Communications / Journalism / Media

Faith, lost and found

The cobbler may wear tatty old shoes and the confectioner might tire of chocolate, but journalists never stop reading the news. We can’t help ourselves; it’s an addiction. My own habit includes Google’s newsfeed, the New Yorker and National Public Radio. While these latter two are generally excellent mediums, I had begun to fret over … Continue reading