The Wonders of Oaxaca, (Wa-HA-ka) Mexico

  Buckner International/Shoes for Orphan Souls What a privilege it was to travel to southern Mexico to help distribute shoes to children there who participate in Buckner’s Family Hope Centers! Buckner International began with a minister from Tennessee whose heart was moved to compassion for the many orphans he saw after the Civil War. He…

Spontaneous Staycation

I came to St. Francis Cottage full of the weariness of the entire week stuffed into my invisible back pack. I began to look forward to my spontaneous staycation  the moment I left work. After I made my reservations, I hurried home to grab a few items to toss into my real overnight bag, and…

Travel interrupted

Where in the world am I? Home sweet home again! Travel Interrupted…For the last 3 ½ years I have enjoyed traveling the world for work. I had a dream job. I worked on various military bases in Germany, Italy, England, and the Caribbean and traveled to various places in between. Through a series of unexpected…

Big Mama’s Reading Room and other events….

Big Mama’s Reading Room My Big Mama was a woman with a very large personality, among other things. She was my maternal grandmother, and she loved to cook pound cakes, go to club meetings, wear big hats, and count money. She was proud of being full-figured, and when she needed help getting her “girls” into her large…

Welcome Aboard!

Travels of the body… Two days before Christmas I flew to my newest work destination, an island base.  From the plane I could look down and see the dry and patchy terrain below, the intense aqua color of the sea. I took a ferry ride across the bay and landed nervously on the side where I…

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…

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…

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…

England-Woolly Sheep and Things to Eat

Most of what I’ve seen of England so far has been its emerald and serene countryside, and except for the cutest, wooliest sheep I’ve ever seen, the landscape looks oddly familiar. In fact, it reminds me so much of Tennessee, it feels like I’m just down the road from home! It rains a lot, the…

Reflections on Germany2-I Won’t Forget…

Sadly, my time in Germany has ended, but I won’t forget the cute kiddos and the wonderful staff I worked with, the food, the scenery, the people, the whole experience! Particularly, I won’t forget being a “partially developed butterfly” for the Fasching (Carnival) Parade I participated in. I glued orange eyelashes on and children told me…

Two of my Fave Cities

  Two of my favorite nearby cities here in Germany are Bamberg and Amberg (nor to be confused with Hamburg, a city I haven’t visited.) Amberg… I went to Amberg with a friend recently who wanted to shop along the streets. We got hungry along the way and stumbled upon a restaurant with a picture…

By woods and lake

Movin On Up Father opened a door for me to move to a place closer to my work and off post just a couple weeks after coming to Germany. The name of the little town I live in is Eschenbach. Its downtown looks like a typical German village with sturdy, well built buildings, a church that rings its bell…