Saturday, June 30, 2012

2012 Presidential Elections: France

This is the fourth in a series of posts on the numerous presidential elections this year. The first three posts were on the elections in Taiwan, Russia, and Senegal.

On May 6, François Hollande, the candidate of the Socialiste Party in France (PS - Parti Socialiste) won a run-off presidential election against incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy. A series of events (the whole DSK scandal), gaffes on Sarkozy's part (making him less and less liked by the French), and economic problems (enough said), turned Hollande from an also-ran to the president of the République for the next five years.

This is good news for those who feared the growing more of the extreme-right Front National and the ways in which they thought Sarkozy was leaning that way (though in the more mainstream conservative party UMP). This is bad news for those who did like Sarkozy's more capitalist, pro-American ways.

A Simile for Jet Lag

Getting over jet lag (especially with little children) is like turning a big ship. It cannot simply be flipped around on a whim; it takes a little while, and some patience, to get it to change course slowly.

That said, if you have any remedies for jet lag (medecines, foods, techniques) do share. They would currently be more helpful to me than a simile.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Back from Japan

As I said almost a month ago, my family and I were on a missions trip to Japan for the past seven weeks. I thought more blogging would happen than actually did, but I'm back now and will start up again, amid jet lag and children waking my wife and me up at 1 and then 5 a.m. every day.

The picture is of Yoro Falls, in the town of Yoro, one of five places we visited churches in with our team (Narashino, Nagoya, Yoro, Seki, and Iruma, all in central Honshu, the main island of Japan).