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Paul Spencer Sochaczewski

Go For the Goals

Posted on 12. Feb, 2010 by in Articles, Personal essays

Go For the Goals

GO FOR THE GOALS A modest proposal to save football/soccer BANGKOK, Thailand I write this shortly after Luis Suarez of Uruguay was quoted as proudly declaring that his blatant handball, with which he deflected a certain last-second Ghana goal in the 2010 World Cup, exceeded Diego Maradona’s famous ‘Hand of God’ goal which helped eliminate […]

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Kill Mosquitoes ‘Til They’re Dead

Posted on 30. Aug, 2009 by in Personal essays

Choreographing the singing chicken, goat and twin rabbits JAKARTA, Indonesia Incense is far from a simple commodity. It’s an essential component of Indonesian meditation. But add a swig of insecticide, manufacture it into coils that emit an insect-defying smoke, and you get that wonderfully Asian invention dubbed the mosquito coil.  Ridding the world of little […]

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“My Kid’s Gonna Be a Star”

Posted on 30. Aug, 2009 by in Golf

In Zimbabwe, as in New Jersey, all fathers live their dreams though their kids HARARE, Zimbabwe On the parched fairways of the Wingate Park Golf Club in Harare, Zimbabwe, Lewis Muridzo takes a break from his afternoon of lessons and does what fathers everywhere do.  He brags about his son. Tall, articulate and immaculately dressed, […]

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“Find ze kom-plee-ci-teh”

Posted on 30. Aug, 2009 by in Personal essays

Wearing a red nose helps business leaders love their inner warrior and avoid the “b” word NEW YORK “Take me out to the ball game…” I sing while approaching 17 other workshop participants who stare at me, partly in collegial encouragement, partly out of voyeuristic pleasure that it is me up on stage and not […]

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Immortality: The Kid Could be the Key

Posted on 30. Aug, 2008 by in Personal essays

Designer sperm banks; nature vs nurture DALAT, Vietnam The creation of Dolly the Cloned Sheep a few years ago stirred our imagination – we were suddenly closer to cloning people than anyone had imagined. Since Dolly, cloning technology has advanced with such staggering speed that she seems almost anachronistic. The latest news in the cloning […]

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Into the Frying Pan

Posted on 20. May, 2008 by in Curious Travel

Into the Frying Pan

Vietnam’s street kids learn the restaurant business HANOI, Vietnam “Postcards, mister?” I explained to the teen-aged boy outside a luxury hotel in Hanoi that I didn’t need any more postcards. “Please mister.” So I bought a few more postcards, hoping my dollar would buy the young man a meal or two. Officially there are some […]

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When Too Much of a Good Thing Can Be Way Too Much

Posted on 30. Aug, 2007 by in Curious Travel

When Too Much of a Good Thing Can Be Way Too Much

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe While the world has been focusing on the horrors of AIDS in Africa, a bit of medical good news has burst forth from Africa. Zimbabwe traditional healer George Moyo has become a media star by selling vuka-vuka, a concoction of plants that he claims are a powerful aphrodisiac. Vuka-vuka (pronounced VOO-ka VOO-ka), which […]

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The Detective, the Suburbanites, and the Kid who Failed Mugging 101

Posted on 30. Aug, 2006 by in Personal essays

WASHINGTON, D.C. I almost got mugged the other night. After dinner with a friend in the Washington, D.C. area, I took the Metro to Friendship Heights.  It was about midnight and I decided to walk back to the house where I was staying.  I strolled through one of the better neighborhoods of the well-heeled Northwest […]

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