Plastic Problem: Disposable Razors

Summary I recently purchased a razor that uses a replaceable metal blade The objective was to reduce a repeated plastic purchase, disposable plastic razor blades My first shave with the new razor went well, it has a safety design, so I did not cut/nick my face The shave was similar in result to a disposable […]

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Reusable Water Bottle

This is the beginning of a series of posts on what I and others are doing to reduce plastic waste. A reusable water bottle is something many people are aware of, and already practicing, but it is a good place to start and there are a few points worth making. I am mostly water, and […]

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Travel lessons: low expectations, the unexpected, the flow

On my SE Asian adventure, I traveled from place to place alone. But for the India and Nepal portion, I traveled with a group. Why the difference, and the contrast between the two experiences, I will discuss in another blog. The group leader on the India/Nepal trip would remind us every morning, and sometimes more […]

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What I learned in SE Asia, India, and Nepal

A trip to developing Asian countries is an opportunity to have gratitude for the privilege of being born in a developed country, and for reflection on what modernity has pushed aside. Modernity, with its focus on progress, and all things new, has pushed aside tradition, ancient ways of living, non-secular ritual, and the primacy of […]

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[WIP] The UNITED States of America

A work in progress essay, comments welcome while I am working on it. Nationhood in a time of globalization Introduction A quick survey of history might suggest there is an inevitable progression from the individual, to the family unit, the village, the city-state, and finally to the nation-state. Extrapolation might suggest a global-state to be […]

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WOMAN OF ASIA: VIDEO MONTAGE

Some of the beautiful Asian women that crossed the path of my camera during recent trip to SE Asia, India, and Nepal.

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Generations – The Role of Family in Developing Countries

At the risk of sounding demeaning, traveling through developing countries is like traveling back in time. Issues developed countries have long ago blown through seem new and fresh. One example is the strength of the extended family and the reverence with which old people are held. This was a constant theme during my travels over […]

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