A Residential Haunting

Original house plans

It started with a ghost story, but maybe a hint of sleep deprivation furthered the plot. My son was about 4 months old, sleeping away up in his nursery for one of his all-too-short daytime naps. I was in the kitchen, making a cup of tea, as you do on a chilly spring day in … Continue reading

The Buzz of Berlin

After a recent trip to Berlin, I asked myself why I haven’t yet written an entry about the great German capitol, which has become a modern explosion of art, culture and expression. After all, I did live there from 2008-2009, and I’ve been back at least once a year since – sometimes twice. By now, … Continue reading

An Old Soldier’s Perspective: My Dad and Vietnam

We’re all familiar with the Vietnam War in some sense, whether it’s the impact it had on US culture – bringing in the age of young activism – or its legacy for what not to do in military decisions. A long, costly “conflict” that saw the communist regime of North Vietnam and its allies from … Continue reading

Surrendering in Jordan

Vintage Bodhi has a guest blogger this month – Jessica Engler, an American ex-pat likewise living in England who is equally passionate about travelling, finding meaning and a good glass of wine coupled with a good view. (Some photos courtesy of Paul Davis.) “Each man’s destiny is personal only insofar as it may happen to … Continue reading

Insignificant on Santorini

“Nature’s first green is gold / Her hardest hue to hold. / Her early leafs a flower; / But only so an hour. / Then leaf subsides to leaf. / So Eden sank to grief, / So dawn goes down to day. / Nothing gold can stay.” -Robert Frost I remember feeling small as I entered the covered ruins of Akrotiri. The ancient … Continue reading

Ambling Through Athens

“Every activity in itself is neither right nor wrong. Take our present activity: we could be drinking or singing or discussing. None of these is right in itself; the character of the activity depends on the way it is done. If it is done rightly and properly, it is right; if it is not done … Continue reading

Magic in Los Angeles

When I first moved to Los Angeles as a bright-eyed 20-year-old, I was looking for magic. The perfect surfaces I saw in movies screened in warm theatres on cold Midwestern nights seemed real to me, and I could live amongst them, if only I travelled West. So I did. I packed up my tin can … Continue reading

Puttin’ on the Blitz

If I’m to be totally honest, the 1940s have never been my favourite slice of the past. The excess of the 1920s, with all the sequins, beads and intrigue? That is definitely something that strikes my fancy. The austerity of the war years, with rations on everything from sugar and alcohol to nylons and zippers, … Continue reading