Category Up Close & Personal

The weekly posting challenge

I want to be honest: this blog is not going very far. I launched¬†it six years ago and have only managed to write 25 posts: an average of a pitiful 3 per year! I have struggled to find my “voice”: I am interested in many things, and have failed to give the blog a clear […]

Life as a series of unrelated sequences: my experience as a diplomat

I once read a book with a catchy title: “Garibaldi, 100 lives in one”. While few people can claim to be living a life even remotely similar to that of the great Italian freedom fighter, I’m willing to bet that many of us have experienced such different and seemingly unrelated phases in our existence. I […]

Trading as a metaphor for life

I love trading the stock-market. The reason is not because I make a lot of money out of it; I started only 3 years ago, and I would be lying if I told you that I made any money at all. So what attracts me to the Market is far more than the potential to […]

How digital media has transformed my home and my life 

I just finished a moving and was completely overwhelmed by my 25 boxes of books, my 200 CDs and countless cd-roms, shoe-boxes of photos and half-filled albums, dvds, old magazines and miscellaneous files. All this came from two decades of accumulation. Contrary to what most people would imagine, I did not get a warm feeling […]