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…

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…