08/22/17 08:22

A friend from Nashville wrote yesterday: "I felt like the whole town was in that classic Life magazine photo of people in a theater wearing 3D glasses." While a friend on Facebook asked: "Now that the sun has seen its shadow, how many more weeks do we have of Donald Trump?"

By Thomas Swick • Category: Americans

This weekend a friend noted that people will make plans years, sometimes decades, in advance because of scientists' predictions of an eclipse, but they'll ignore scientists' warnings about climate change and rising seas.

By Thomas Swick • Category: Americans


08/18/17 08:24

A poet friend of mine recently sent birthday cards to two poems of his that have been sitting at a magazine for a year.

By Thomas Swick • Category: writing

During my two-week-long illness I have not received a single rejection.

By Thomas Swick • Category: Americans

help in August

08/16/17 09:20

There is a saying in France that one should never get sick in August, as that's the month when the entire country - including the medical profession - is off on vacation. I thought of that Friday, when I called my ear-nose-and-throat doctor and was told that he doesn't see patients on Friday. Next I called my general practitioner and learned that she was away until the 23rd. The American medical system, it seemed, was copying the French one in its least appealing aspect: inactivity.

By Thomas Swick • Category: Americans

Hania and I met by the NyQuil bottle last night.

"You know it's 10% alcohol," she informed me.

"Whoopee," I said, putting down the emptied cup.

I should have said, "Sante."

By Thomas Swick • Category: Americans