I’m A Real American, Despite What John McCain Thinks

I love America. But am I “pro-American?” Until recently, I had no idea my “pro-hood” was in question. Now I have the McCain-Palin campaign suggesting I don’t live in “real” America or that some parts of America are more “heartland-like” or “patriotic” than where I live. Knock it off. It’s not right. The American people […]

Homeless Man Set Ablaze

A sad story from reading the Los Angeles Times this weekend. A homeless man was doused by someone with gasoline, set alight and died. Who does something like this? Set someone on fire for kicks? Moreover, it’s a sad tale of a man who not only was down on his luck but apparently didn’t beg, […]

The Move So Far

It’s been just over a week since we decided to make the move back to Orange County from Britain, and I thought I’d keep blogging about how it is all going. So far, the big relief is that the kids are totally on board. Like they want to be there now. It’s kind of fun, […]

I’m Going Home

After 12 years of living in the UK, I’m going home — back to Southern California, back to Newport Beach. This will be a fairly personal post about the decision my family has made, but my blog was supposed to be for more than writing about gadgets and computers and donuts. Good writing is often […]

George Washington & The Return Of General Howe’s Dog

Ah, another 4th Of July in Britain. For the American father, it’s time to break out the propaganda and indoctrinate my children! Last year’s 4th Of July Books For The Kids post from me covers some of what’s been on my reading list for the kids this week. But tonight I wanted to talk about […]

Jaywalking: The Brits Don’t Get It

In case you missed it, a British professor found himself wrestled to the ground after jaywalking in Atlanta last week. It brought a giant smile to my face to read this, not because of the thought of this man being accosted in this way. Rather, it’s because I know from personal experience that Brits don’t […]