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I love Halloween. I love it for the way people throw costumes on. I love it for kids running all over the neighborhood trick or treating. I love it for adults acting like kids – even if it’s college-aged, inebriated, sexually-desperate kids. I love it because it allows people and communities to behave in ways […]
By every measure known, the state of Louisiana is the #1 imprisoner of its citizens in the world. For every 100,000 Louisiana citizens, there are 1,619 inmates housed in the various correctional facilities that dot the state – one for every 86 citizens. That’s more than the national average of 730 prisoners per 100,000 citizens. […]
As a foreigner, it’s easy to see a landmass on a map and start ascribing generalities to the people who live within those borders. It’s a natural crutch we all hitch ourselves to. We speak about “the French” or “the English” as if there aren’t key differences between regions within those countries and the people […]
I will admit that, prior to my trip, I had no idea where Regensburg was. If I knew of it at all, it was because it was the birthplace of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger AKA Pope Benedict XVI. But again, even that morsel of information hadn’t clung to my brain. All I knew was that my […]
Having not travelled out of the country in many a year, I took the chance to go see my good buddy K out in Germany this year for Oktoberfest. It’d be a great chance to experience a new culture and take advantage of a place that was still buzzing from winning the World Cup, right? […]