Things are things, but they often tell a story. Stories makes things special.
I ran across a piece today in the CS Monitor titled “All the stories my wardrobe could tell.” It’s a title that I could definitely write a piece under, but this one isn’t mine. The piece by Miriam C. Daum is touching and a reminder of the close bond we form with our things, including our clothes.
A puffy piece of blue down jacket pokes out from its matching nylon bag (called a “stuff sack,” I am told). I pull out the jacket and pause to chuckle at the zigzag tear on its sleeve, which even careful stitchery could not completely hide.
The accidental rip was courtesy of Max, our dog. It happened on…
An excerpt on a bus ride from my sample chapter on Bangladesh:
The bus ride, of course, is nuts. We nearly die every few miles. But it’s nothing new in Bangladesh. I would just really hate to die doing something as stupid as pretending to be a garment buyer and eating it in a bus crash.
“In China getting people to swallow their spit is really difficult,” says Beijing’s Mr. Spit in the video below, “so, we’re just trying to get people to spit in a civilized manor.
The Olympics are going to be really interesting this year. Besides the athletes running fast and jumping high, there’s the smog, the Chinese human rights debate, and the cultural conflicts like spitting.
Warning! Warning! Cultures colliding in 3…2… AGHHH!!!!
If you are a little girl in Syria – chances are you aren’t – and you want to play with a doll, I think that it’s great that you have a doll to play with fashioned in the style of your own culture. Mattel thinks it’s great, too. A Fulla doll costs $16, which is more than some Barbie dolls costs in the USA. The average monthly income in Syria…$100.
And some people think that Muslim girls aren’t treated right. They’re treated like Princesses. My parents never bought me an action figure that was 16% of their monthly income….
I made another audio slideshow to accompany a pitch to the folks at the World Vision Report. This one features the sights and sounds of the China’s controversial Three Gorges Dam Project. My last such pitch, a piece on Bibi Russell, has been accepted.
On Wednesday I posted a quote from James Sullivan’s book “Jeans.” Allow me to rewrite the quote in the context with which he intended it to be read:
First JEANS built the country’s (USA) infrastructure, then JEANS populated it with collective identity.
From what I have read in the book so far, Mr. Sullivan has a tendency to overwrite in his glorification of this inanimate object of Americana. They are jeans, that’s it. When they get wet, they don’t dry. If you’re sweaty they stick to you. And If you run in sweaty jeans you’ll get a rash. Jeans didn’t win WWII. Jeans didn’t settle the West. Give it a rest Sullivan.
That being said, you can bet I’ll be quoting Sullivan when I write…