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…

In Love with Germany!

Contract work has brought me back to Germany for the third time in two years and I still love this place. Especially Bavaria, this quaint picturesque state in the southeast corner of the country. It is traditional, Catholic, quiet, and clean. I feel at peace looking out at farmland, mountains, lakes, and beautiful  skies. I thought this blog…

Summer Travels-For Millicent

One would think that once I returned home for the summer I would spend my time languishing on hot porch swings, taking long dips in cool lake water, and watching movies in dark theatres. Instead, I found myself on several small travel trips that took me to some interesting places around the States. Boston The…

Lucerne, Switzerland

I was so excited to go to Switzerland a few months back. It always seemed to me to be some glamorous place with really clean streets and fresh air everywhere. I rode a bus to Lucerne with two other coworkers. The bus was packed tightly, and the tour guide told us a little about Swiss…

Street Art in Strasbourg, France

My colleague “Florence”, loves to plan trips with me in mind as the driver. When her lovely friend came to visit her, she asked if I might want to join them on a day trip to Strasbourg, France…and help drive, of course! I accepted, since I’d heard the city was beautiful. Off we went one…

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…

Life in Germany This Time Around…

Germany for the 2nd time has been double the pleasure. Last year I came for the first time and knew I’d be back. Now I am making real effort to learn the language, so in addition to DuoLingo, I have officially enrolled in language class. Twice a week, another counselor and I drive to this…

Ciao Bella! Leaving Italy

Remembering Italy-Pt. III… Cute servicemen to walk beside, market places filled with vibrant fruit and fish, sweet perfume on the air, catcalls from behind, dogs meeting each other shyly or wrestling each other for domination on the sidewalks while their owners chat. This is Italy. Visited downtown Naples. An explosion of sounds, smells, and colorful…

Last Weekend in Italia

Remembering Italy-Part II—-Vatican Experience Excerpt from my journal… (Unfortunately, my pictures were lost) This weekend was great! Went to Rome and the Vatican, plus got to souvenir shop and drive thru Rome once more. Love that city. I was hanging with G. who is very laidback and pleasant. Some interesting thing that were told to…