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Coming Home


I haven’t blogged for ages because I try to reserve those spare hours for writing on my Miller book, but after a rather frantic vacation (How to see five countries in under three weeks… madness), I feel empty, frustrated and … Continue reading

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I Love My Cunt


Maybe it’s because I grew up with the word “kont” which is your rear in Dutch, but, as such, related to English cunt. The word first emerged in Middle English (cunte) and had related words in Old Norse (kunta) and … Continue reading

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Cycling Rage and White Male Privilege


Here’s just something to get off my chest because I’ve come across this behavior several times now. As I was biking up Wild Cat Canyon, an older guy passed me on his bike but I guess the passing of a … Continue reading

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Philip Roth (1933-2018)


“Don’t judge it. Just write it. Don’t judge it. It’s not for you to judge it.” ~ Philip Roth I was going at a steady clip, writing my daily pages for my Henry Miller book but then the GDPR (if … Continue reading

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Spooning with a Pitbull


OK– my bad… I was going to blog regularly this year about the things that give me joy, as it’s the points of light in the day that keep us going but I’m not going to lie about it: it … Continue reading

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Tending One’s Garden


“The man who tends a garden is the man most directly in touch with God.” ~ Henry Miller For those of you who read my debut memoir, Ontwaken uit de Amerikaanse droom, you know that I have been wrestling with … Continue reading

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Side Trip to Corfu, Greece


There were many things that made my day today but what stood out was Henry Miller’s letters to Ana├»s Nin. The year was 1939 and as the war came closer, and Miller talked of “international gangsterism” and lack of noble … Continue reading

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The Language of Animals


I grew up extremely introverted. Painfully shy. I think that painfully shy girl is still there, buried deep inside, but as you grow up, you learn to cope and build a facade of normalcy, although extraversion, feigned elation, fake enthusiasm… … Continue reading

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Dripping Garden


Hell, it hailed yesterday And then it rained big fat drops Saturating the California soil which has been screaming for water.   This morning the sun burst through the overcast sky A new day.   I went outside into the … Continue reading

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What Was the Best Part of Your Day? An Exercise in Cultivating Happiness…


Last year I tried to journal every day and for the most part I was successful– this year, there is all sorts of other shit going in my life that I don’t want to bother you with here but I … Continue reading

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