The Love Board

Thank you thank you thank you to all of you who have sent me snail mail, which is worth more than gold. This is the bulletin board in my room on which all of your transatlantic love is posted, ordered around the central photo of a cigar-smoking Che Guevara.

The Flatmates!

On this side of the ocean, you don't "rent apartments" - you "hire flats." Logically, I have five flatmates rather than suitemates or roommates , and what looks to be a good group of them. James from England is a final year chemistry student and apparently expert kayaker (spelling, anyone?). Dave from Scotland likes death …

The Update

It's hard to believe I've only been here for a week - I believe that the Calvin and Hobbes "The Days Are Just Packed!" book title sums up what life is like right now, and what life should be like. That, and only that, keeps me from feeling guilty about not giving my loved ones …

Breaking Scotland In

The Days Are Just Packed!!!* Day one. 30 January 2005: First flight cancelled (thank you, airlines. When will someone get those things working?). Met two of my great-grandfather's college athletes on the plane, then say next to a Sunni Muslim pediatrician named Rajj from Kashmir who married a Catholic woman and was sorry to hear …

Address in St. Andrews

Woohooooo! With postage at just 80 cents per letter, my address and housing in St. Andrews is here: Mark Hand AP/0405 Albany Park St. Mary's Place St. Andrews Fife KY16 9BP SCOTLAND To see my flat, click here Here goes nothing, folks. T-minus 30 hours!

On God and Justice, Part Two

In "On God an Justice, Part One," I talked about the first lesson I learned from Dr. J.D. Crossan, biblical scholar extraordinaire (and extraordinarily controversial). The second lesson: 2)What sped the growth of Christianity was not the truth of Jesus's Resurrection, but the radicality of the equality which characterized the early church. First: No. That …