One Year with our Adopted New Delhi Street Dog, Ginger

November 4th marked one year since we adopted Ginger. If you missed my post from March, here’s the backstory and some pics of her as a puppy. This was the day we got her: To recap: She is a New Delhi street dog and displays many of the characteristics of desidogs (also known as Indogs […]

A Psychedelic Temple for the Ages

I’m not quite sure how I missed this story by Drew Zeiba in The Architect’s Newspaper in June. It begins: Tucked away on a tree-studded, 40-acre plot just a quarter mile from the Hudson River, one of New York’s most unusual construction projects is underway. The Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (CoSM)—a transdenominational church and registered […]

Animal Crackers, Redesigned for 2018

File under: Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes…(Turn and face the strange). The lede of this New York Times story by Matthew Haag: After 116 years of captivity, animal crackers have been freed from their cages. It was a symbolic victory for animal rights activists, notably People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which had argued that the immediately recognizable […]

Book Notes: ‘Sapiens,’ by Yuval Noah Harari

From time to time I share notes about the books I’ve been reading, or have revisited recently after many years. These posts are meant to help me remember what I’ve learned, and to point out titles I think are worth consulting. For previous postings, see my Book Notes category. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind […]

Video: New Delhi Street Dogs are Totally Unflappable 

​​I often pass this group of street dogs near our office building in Connaught Place.  These mutts are totally unflappable.  Honking cars, pedestrians weaving between them, bicycles, horses, you name it.  They could care less.  They just keep dozing, sunning themselves as New Delhi buzzes all around them.  A level of zen I can only […]

The difference between saying something and actually doing it 

About a quarter of the time I take Ubers here in Delhi the driver asks me, when I get out, to give him a five-star rating. (Drivers must maintain a certain rating to ensure they can continue working on the platform.) Usually I just nod my head and say “yeah okay,” and proceed to give […]