What should I do in Cuba?

I’m headed to Cuba within the next 30 days for a week-long trip at one of the ubiquitous all-inclusive resorts in Varadero. I don’t think I’ve had a relaxing vacation any time in the past 10 years. So I’ll be happy to sit on my butt and do nothing the whole time. I won’t have internet access, a mobile phone, and I won’t bump into anyone I know. That’s 99%

Black Dub East Coast Tour? (I think not)

Black Dub apparently went on an east coast tour in the fall and now they’re doing a west coast tour. But what qualifies as east these days leaves a lot to be desired for those us who live on an actual coast in eastern North America. A message to Black Dub management: St. John’s, Newfoundland is east. So is Halifax, Nova Scotia. Even Moncton, New Brunswick is east. Any further

A Movie for Dylan Fans

Masked and Anonymous is described on Rotten Tomatoes as an “Unintelligible and self-indulgent Bob Dylan vehicle,” but that might be missing the point. For me, it’s a movie about moments, most of them disconnected from any kind of discernible storyline, and it’s those moments that count, not the overall picture. That’s the moral of the story, finding the sacred in the ordinary, like a Dylan song, totally open to interpretation.

Honeybees Snowed Under

My honeybees hive will be buried under snow for the next few months. Hive #1 (Nov. 30, 2010). Between now and early spring, the bees inside the hive will cluster together in a big ball kind of like Antarctic penguins, taking turns moving from the colder outside of the ball (9°C) to the warmer inside (27°C). The queen is always on the inside. They shiver to create heat and slowly