There’s a small, sweet, sad and funny graphic novel that I read last fall, and now’s the right time to tell you about it. The arrival of the new year has made me pensive. It’s Mooncop, published in 2016, and it’s just the loveliest, most endearing book I’ve read in quite a while. It’s the creation of Tom Gauld, the caricaturist and illustrator whose distinctive line drawings you may have seen in The Guardian. Gauld’s book is an intimate tale set in a nostalgic future. Humans have built a colony on the Moon: a rather modest little colony that, as … Continue reading MOONCOP


I love the work I do as an educator, moving from one company to another to teach French to small groups of adults. It’s a deep source of fulfillment. But one of the down sides of my calling is that it has created a tension in my life between clock time and the universal, internal time that I feel an increasingly sharp need to live by.   Few workers look at the clock more than teachers, whether they’re in large, institutional classrooms or, like me, in smaller conference rooms. Our schedules already carve our working days up into boxes called … Continue reading THE ART OF STILLNESS