Issue #109

This issue of S P A C E, I wanted to gather my feelings and share them straight up, as you know is my style, with Kismuth Books if you’ve read any of them.

Whether it’s Finland, Latvia, or right here, I usually wind up finding my way when I talk to everyone: especially neighbors. This doesn’t always go so well, me asking lots of questions and trying to understand the feeling of a place.

Many times someone new will say,’ Oh, you’re a writer? So you’re gonna write about meeee?’

So arrogant.

I told T. today (hi!) that this is not the case. It will take me being interested in someone, first of all. I am hardly interested in most people. I’d say 99 out of 100 people are not interesting to me. So, there’s that. Then, I will try to understand the person, and share, too. Our mutually discovered complexities, loves, pains, joys, and… our feelings.

I want to exchange and feel; and learn together, with them. This can happen, sometimes, too. I’m lucky when it can and does.


New thinking is key to innovating brightly

Neighbors go about with their day to day routines and I try to make one for myself, but it gets difficult as time wears me out and I begin to long for, and feel very far from what is familiar and comfortable, like having the same slang of English, for example, or understanding the creative process in the way West Coast US people do–

[for example, here’s a quick aside…

Civil engineers are problem solvers. But problems can come in many shapes and sizes. For many, the problem-solving process can be stunted by self-imposed constraints. To spark new ideas, engineers must break the mold of conventional thinking. Instead, they must take on a more human-centered approach, embrace change, and eliminate any preconceptions. More here

…. I’m a civil engineer by training, architect and journalist by work experience and a designer and publisher now because that’s what I like doing….. ]

and being open to things like travelers I found on the road (in 27 countries). Most especially influential were the ones In India, late 1990s, who left ways of thinking about things with me that I still reflect on. ‘You don’t know what a trip is about,’ for example, ‘until you’re back from it.’

I’m not back.

This is the longest solo trip of my entire life.


And now I’ll make S P A C E more, virtually


I try to talk to neighbors, but it’s complex.


The pandemic is hard. Let’s talk about it. Let’s explore.

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