Category: Philosophy

September 2023

September 2023

It has been too long since I have written anything, so this is just an exercise in writing. I have been to the USA and back, and since today is the last day of summer, it seems fitting to write a relatively interesting post about my thoughts an reflections on life. September Here I sit …

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Pokaiņi mežs: The Magic of the Pokaiņi Forest

Pokaiņi mežs: The Magic of the Pokaiņi Forest

My cultural experience model went off the rails in March when I was suddenly left unemployed with no prospects in Latvia. This came as a huge surprise to me, and even though I am relatively old, and I feel like I should be in a secure place in my life by now, I am not. …

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2022: Year in Review

2022: Year in Review

One of Those Years 26 December 2022 I had a strange message from an old friend yesterday who said that “you haven’t written much this year.” It is true, I have not. Well, that isn’t exactly true because I write everyday for my job, and I write in my journals and I write poetry and …

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What I Learned: The Pros and Cons of Finland

What I Learned: The Pros and Cons of Finland

Everything I Know About Finland (Which isn’t much) I spent the last couple of days chatting with people and doing some fact finding in Finland. Whenever I travel, I am always a bit blown away by how little I know about the world and how incredibly huge this planet is. When I moved to Latvia …

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What I learned: Part 2 Helsinki

What I learned: Part 2 Helsinki

Why I didn’t like Helsinki Before I continue, I should tell you the reason for the trip. Before Covid started, I bought a ticket to a Punk in Drublic show with NOFX and some other punk bands. I had gone to see them in Berlin a couple years earlier, and this sounded like a fun …

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This is What I Learned about Estonia, Finland and Life in General (Part 1)

This is What I Learned about Estonia, Finland and Life in General (Part 1)

Part 1: The Ferry and Human Kindness I spent a day in Tallinn and then got aboard the Tallink Ferry to Helsinki. My first mistake was thinking, in my own childish way, that I could simply walk to the boat and get on board. I left my Airbnb in plenty of time to walk to …

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Testhut: What I am doing in Latvia

Testhut: What I am doing in Latvia

My friend Sarah asked me if I am still teaching here in Riga, and this reminded me that I had a dead blog post here that I started a year ago and never finished writing. So here it goes: a brief explanation of what I do here. Testhut I am not a strong subscriber to …

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Little Baby Lockdown: Covid Diaries

Little Baby Lockdown: Covid Diaries

For those of you who do not know, I live in Riga, Latvia and a few weeks ago, the government announced emergency measures were returning because Covid is on the rise. I have been shocked to see how quickly we went from almost 0 cases this summer to over a thousand cases a day with …

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Returning to America Part 1: Vitauts Grinvalds’ Memorial Service

Returning to America Part 1: Vitauts Grinvalds’ Memorial Service

I have been trying to write something about my trip back to the states after 4 years in Latvia. Rita and I did return for a short visit 3 years ago, but this was my first time back in what felt like a long, long time. I wasn’t sure what to write or how to …

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