It’s been six months since my last post. I’ve been quite busy during this time. I finished the soccer course in May (and was gratified by the excellent evaluations from the students).
In June, I went to Boston for a conference on the “new economy,” which has interested me for several years. While there, I found time to attend a pre-World Cup friendly between Portugal and Mexico. Afterward, I wrote about the Mexican national team for Al Jazeera America.
In July, my father came to visit and we built a pretty cool shed in the back yard. It’s still not quite finished, but it’s perfectly functional. After I put up the siding and attend to a couple of small punch-list items, it will be ready to hold a chicken coop.
From late July until mid-September, I traveled. Starting from North Carolina to Brooklyn by train, I stayed for a few days before heading upstate to a family fishing camp in the Adirondacks.
In early August I traveled with my wife to Finland and Germany. After she returned to the States, I carried on, visiting Prague, Innsbruck and Brixen (near the Dolomites in Italy). In the Alps, I reunited with my father, and we hiked with a friend of his for a few days.
Finally, in September, I spent 10 sometimes-difficult days in England, where I visited four community-owned football clubs, along with Stonehenge.
Now it’s nearly Thanksgiving. I’ve been back in the U.S. for a little more than two months. I’ve written a couple of pieces, and I’ve been commissioned to write another based on my summer walkabout. Most importantly, I’ve begun work on a project that is an outgrowth of my deepening interests in local development, community wealth-building and soccer. I plan to write more about it in the coming weeks and months.