London Tube Fracas

I suppose to him I Iooked like working class trash.  With my broad features and dark, tired eyes maybe I came across as just another insignificant middle-aged foreign worker heading home from the night shift. And I admit, I hadn't tried very hard that morning.  It was my day off and, focused on getting Renata … Continue reading London Tube Fracas

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Expat Drifter

Last summer my mother traveled up from Seattle on Amtrak to attend my daughter's wedding near Vancouver.  Through a miscommunication - she's not always a cognitive straight-shooter anymore - I went a day early to Pacific Central to pick her up.  But apart from that wasted afternoon it was really nice to have her hanging … Continue reading Expat Drifter

For people of all faiths…and those of none.

Anyone who takes the time to survey the world of airport chaplaincy with anything more than a passing interest will soon discover that there are as many different varieties of chaplaincy as there are airports. Every airport has a unique set of characteristics: its physical location, size, the nature of local businesses, passenger & cargo … Continue reading For people of all faiths…and those of none.

Random II

Uxbridge bus station exchange: Three women animatedly speaking Polish. A young man has had enough and approaches them: "Speak f*cking English!" he says loudly. The women stop, quietly sizing him up together. Then they turn back to each other and one says to the others, but loud enough for all to hear: "F*cking English." They … Continue reading Random II