The Other Pitchforks

Some years ago I helped a friend plant a cherry tree in her back garden and we had a conversation about it. She specifically selected a tree that was bred to produce beautiful spring blossoms and gorgeous autumn foliage, but no actual cherries. She didn’t want cherries falling off the tree and staining the pavement. … Continue reading The Other Pitchforks


I’m going to drag out an old linguistic trope. The Chinese word for “crisis” is composed of two characters meaning “danger” and “opportunity.” In reality it’s a false translation by westerners, but the larger point being made is still valid. New opportunities do, in fact, arise during periods of chaos. The trick is to be … Continue reading 灾害