Spontaneous Dresden

Just found this blog draft from several months ago when I was still working in Europe! What a treat to remember this road trip I took with my friend and colleague Brigitte. We were headed to Poland to look at pottery but stopped in Dresden where the beauty of this German city captivated us. After browsing…

Family Time European Style

  I was so excited to have my sis’ and niece come visit me in Germany! They arrived in Nuremberg Airport looking refreshed and sporty, not at all like they’d just flown for twelve hours.  My sister smiled as we exited the airport terminal, dressed in her cute hat, moss green T-shirt, and a trendy coat. Once…

Dear Ministry Men…

This letter begins with the wonderful story of a man who took my heart, stretched it, patted it into a good form, and placed it gently back inside my chest. I met him through a mutual friend who thought he was cute and creative and a possible match for me. We hung out a few…

Snow Falling on Igloos

I am one of those people who has a complicated relationship with old man winter. On the one hand, I hate cold, wet weather. On the other, I love the idea of snuggling up to a fire with a good book while it rains or snows outside. Since I currently work in a cold climate,…

My Hair, My Amazing Hair…

It was the 1980s and there was a new hairstyle on the loose called the Jheri Curl. I had dreams of this product loosening my kinky tangles into glossy curls that would eventually hang down my back, making me glamorous and beautiful. As I rode the bus home from the country school house I attended…

Full Circle

Sometimes life meets us in the middle…. Some friends come and some friends go, but thank God for those who hang on and ride. I saw my great friend Katherine a week ago, on this side of the pond. We first met around 15 years ago when she called me for an interview. She was…

Poetic God

This week I had the pleasure of discussing poetry with children. They were wide eyed and ready to learn as I discussed the fact that this literary genre was more than just rhyme and rhythm, it was also wonder, raw emotion, and beauty. I’m not sure they got it…yet. Perhaps one day they will. Contrast…

Not Fair? Think Again…

Where in the world am I today? Reflecting on the idea of fairness… I was probably about five years old when I found myself stuck in our rumpled family car on a hot Tennessee day while my father went into a store to grab something “real quick” and to “be right back.” As sweat rolled off…

Two German Christmas Markets

Merry Christmas Everyone! This evening I wanted to reflect on the fun and interesting cultural norm of the German Wiehnachtsmarkt (Christmas Market). Every year, Christmas markets are held in every town and hamlet from Berlin to Munich. Many of these have been held annually since the 1600s!  The whole country, whether atheist or Christian, seems…

Sweet November Holiday

  Thanksgiving 2015 “This year’s holiday was a sweet time of friendship, fun times in Vienna, a spa                                              excursion, and some good food!” Thanksgiving Day 2015 began softly. I awoke to the sleeping sounds of…

The Wacky and Wonderful World of Children

Working with children on a daily basis makes my life so interesting. The last few weeks have yielded some memorable moments that I must share with you. I have found that entering a child’s world is a strange and exhilarating experience. I sing  and dance with them. We make up games together. In the midst of…

Brugge Anyone?

Remember the Belgian-Italian couple I met at Villa Marinella on Ischia Island, Italy? They owned a restaurant in Brugge, Belgium and invited me to come and dine. I’d since misplaced the information for the restaurant, but did make it to Brugge (the French pronounce it “Brooj,” and the Belgians say “Bruggah”) in early spring with…