May 17, 2013

May 15, 2013

Favorite kids' books: "From Anna" (Jean Little)

A surprisingly unsentimental story about a young girl whose life is changed in completely unexpected ways when her family emigrates from 1930s Germany to Canada.

May 13, 2013

A Continentalist in Paris: Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris Special Exhibit: Keith Haring

One of the largest Keith Haring exhibitions ever held focuses on the political dimension of his work - which indirectly addresses the role and responsibility of art in society.

May 8, 2013

Favorite kids' books: "Pannkakstårtan" (Sven Nordqvist)

The delightfully absurdist tale of how old Pettson overcomes obstacles big and small to bake a birthday treat for his cat.

May 3, 2013

Apr 5, 2013

Mar 28, 2013

Feb 19, 2013

Education - what is it good for?

I may not agree with much of Penelope Trunk's frequently prescriptive advice, but her thoughts the state of education in the Anglo-Saxon world (especially the description of schools as a "babysitting service") have forced me to think about how learning and education relate to "real" work - and the whole point of schooling to start with.

Feb 16, 2013

A Continentalist in Paris: Lost, not found

La recherche du peluche perdu.

A Continentalist in Paris: Bonpoint Outlet

If you can comfortably afford Bonpoint, the minor reductions aren't worth the trek - and if you can't, a €200 kids' dress reduced to €160 isn't going to seem like a sound investment.

Feb 13, 2013

A Continentalist in Paris: Snow days

Winter kept us warm, covering / Earth in forgetful snow, feeding / A little life with dried tubers.

Jan 17, 2013

A Continentalist in Paris: Edward Hopper special exhibit, Grand Palais

A well-curated comprehensive overview of Edward Hopper's work which features his most famous pieces (yes, even Nighthawks) and traces his influences and artistic evolution. The exhibit ends on February 3.

Jan 9, 2013

Continental Film Club: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

Hobbit purists may balk at Peter Jackson's interpretation of the story, but the movie is definitely entertaining - though undeniably too long.

Jan 7, 2013

A Continentalist in Paris: The Louvre - Medieval Louvre / Ancient Egypt

The world's most famous museum has free entry on the first Sunday of each month - and it wasn't as crowded as you might presume. At least now that it's winter.

Jan 6, 2013

Jan 5, 2013

A Continentalist in Paris: Hotel de Ville / Ile de la Cite

The historical center of Paris is one of my favorite parts of the city and offers several options for keeping smaller kids amused - even in winter.

Jan 3, 2013

A Continentalist in Paris: Disneyland Park

My first-ever visit to the happiest place on the Continent went by drama-free for our group of 9 and left my three-year-old amazed - and what more could we have hoped for?

Jan 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

I wanted to ring in 2013 at the Champs Elysees like a Parisian, but H and I fell asleep bringing T to bed (though we did join the family for New Year's champagne). But we're starting the year relaxed and fresh, which is also nice.