Kurt Bell

A life of courage, joy and independence.

The good life

I’ve told my daughter several times how the perception of affluence has a way of wearing off. That privilege is a perishable sense. And that even the “good life” is … Continue reading

February 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

Teaching children to curse in a second language

Feeling connected to the place you live means you need to understand the good, the bad and the profane.

February 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

A Japanese story swallowed by the forest

One day five or so years back I was exploring an abandoned trail in the deep mountains near the Japan Southern Alps. It was the height of summer and the … Continue reading

February 3, 2016 · 3 Comments

A religion of our own

In 1988 my friends Eric and John invented a religion. They did this as a point of utility, as we needed something to print on a flyer we planned to … Continue reading

January 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

My life on the beach

From 1987 to 1990 I lived alone on one of the beaches on this list. My home then was a broken down old 1963 Frito Lay Potato Chip van. I … Continue reading

January 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

California beach girl

When I first introduced Emily to the California Beach Lifestyle this last summer she was hesitant and unsure. She took one look at the scantily clad young girls and told … Continue reading

January 29, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Americanization of Emily

On May 1st, 2015 I met my wife and daughter at Los Angeles International airport after they arrived to join me in starting our new lives in the United States. … Continue reading

January 26, 2016 · 2 Comments

A reason to go alone

Nothing warms us to one another, and makes us long to be with family and friends, than the discovery that we’re all we’ve got. A friend sent an article to … Continue reading

January 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

What age to change countries?

Emily and I ran into her friend’s father today at Irvine’s Central Bark dog park. While Emily played with the dogs, the father and I got to know one another … Continue reading

January 19, 2016 · 1 Comment

Much money

I was thinking today of the recent excitement over the Powerball billions. Though I didn’t buy a ticket (kinda wish I had) I did share the thrill and sense of … Continue reading

January 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

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