Philosophy of Work

Philosophy of Work

Warning! This is not my normal travelogue kind of post. Read at your own discretion!   Prerambling Lying around and not working for the first time in a long, long time gives me time to think. Of course, I spend most of that time trying to distract myself via social media, entertainment, and reading, but …

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Spinal Fusion: Part 2 “Latvian Healthcare”

Spinal Fusion: Part 2 “Latvian Healthcare”

Latvian Healthcare Healthcare in the USA As a person from the USA, I grew up in a typical family with healthcare provided mostly through my father’s insurance, with deductibles and additional expenses paid out of pocket. Because I was a relatively unhealthy child with ear problems and constant doctor’s visits, I can still remember how …

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Spinal Fusion: Part 1 “The Back Story”

Spinal Fusion: Part 1 “The Back Story”

Spinal Fusion Surgery Back Story I have been to a lot of hospitals. When we were little, my dad would take me and my brother with him on Friday evenings when he went to visit his Yutan parishioners in various Omaha hospitals. We would stay downstairs, usually haunting the gift shop, as he went up …

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Labakais Čili! The Best Chili

Labakais Čili! The Best Chili

The Best Chili in Riga 2019 A Love of Cooking “I make it with love”. That is what my beloved mom told me once when I asked her why her food tasted so good. She never made anything fancy or even interesting, but everything she made for us was irresistible. Growing up with 6 siblings …

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Dvēseļu putenis: Blizzard of Souls

Dvēseļu putenis: Blizzard of Souls

Blizzard of Souls This is a movie review of sorts. Thanks to some of my lovely students who gave me a gift certificate to the Akropole Apollo theater, we were able to watch t Dvēseļu putenis in style! This movie, which translates as “Blizzard of Souls” has been the most anticipated movie of the year. …

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The Day After: Open Tabs

The Day After: Open Tabs

How Many Tabs Do you Have? This morning, I am looking at my laptop and closing the tabs that I had opened the day before while teaching my students who range from Intermediate to Advanced speakers of English. For those of you who don’t know, I teach primarily at Lingua Franca where I engage in …

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Brothers in Berlin

Brothers in Berlin

Berlin 2019 One of the great things about living in Latvia is that I have the opportunity to just get on a plane for a few hours to travel just about anywhere in Europe. All the cities I dreamed of going to when I was growing up like Paris, London, and Cluj-Napoca are just a …

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Movin’ on Up (Riga Style)

Movin’ on Up (Riga Style)

Movin’ on Up!   For anyone who reads this under the age of 40ish, watch this to get the title reference: The rest of you can watch it just to feel a dose of nostalgic inspiration. Rita, Max and I have moved. The process has been delightful and I love moving so much. Seriously though, …

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