Kid-Spotting*

Years pass and disperse people. They pick them up and fling them to far corners. That may give too much responsibility to the years and not enough to individuals, but, still… I seem to spend as much time in cars and planes as I do in front of my own fireplace. I have the desire […]

Freedom to Fly Away…

Dear Children. I’m always conflicted when you leave. I’m happy for what you are experiencing and I am a little anxious that you are off my radar. In this case, I won’t be able to call you on the phone and because I haven’t visited India, I won’t truly hear the sounds, smell the smells, […]

A Language Lesson

Who knew that a shining moment in my quest to be a loving and helping person would come by saying fewer than 20 words? A little background… My sisters, two friends and I are living the dream in southern Italy. We have rented an apartment for a month in a town rarely visited by Americans […]

Judging Myself by Others

It isn’t all bad, you know. It’s a reality check…a way of seeing myself in a mirror of my surroundings. On the phone my son and I were discussing my path in life. I called him to check in with ideas on changing the world and we got sidetracked to our impact on that world […]

Travel Connections

I have difficulty writing when I can’t reach the Internet. After all, is it really happening if I can’t post it? Is it real if I can’t share it? Did I really live it if I can’t communicate it? Social media makes traveling alone a pleasure (or certainly tolerable). Whatever I see or do, I […]

En la Playa

When I leave the country it is difficult to stay focused on my duties. After all, I have new duties…relaxing…trying to communicate in a foreign language…chatting with the villagers…deciding where to have my next meal…walking the beach… All this to say that I will perhaps be recycling some popular posts from the past for the […]

End of a Tradition

Thirteen years ago we took the first step in a family aspiration that has now been fulfilled. During the Holiday season we have taken each grandchild on a trip as they reached the appointed age . We wrapped ourselves in warm clothes and high expectations and flew across the country to the legendary U. S. […]

Coming Home

I traveled three weeks of the last month,* and I’m so glad to be home. I need time to assimilate and to discover what I brought home with me. Whenever I travel I learn as much about myself as I do about the places I go. To me, the changes in myself and my thinking […]

Stuff Again. Big Stuff!

I always have trepidation when I leave my comfy life to survive on my own in a strange culture, using a foreign language. Why do I leave my home, my husband, my family and friends? It’s because of how I feel when I get there. What gives me such peace when I settle into my […]

Voodoo Thoughts

Who knows why we buy what we buy when we travel. An even greater mystery is why we keep what we buy. Many ago my husband went to Mexico for out 25th anniversary.  One of the worst parts of the trip was a visit to an island which our travel agent had arranged with the […]