Music – Joy and Memories

Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the Soul. -Plato Music has been important in my life. My family has chosen it as one of the connections between us during isolation by which we each report a song (by video if possible.) to each other according to the calendar* below. It […]

Social Memories – Distant and Dear

I was inspired to write this blog post by the documentary, The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble* * * * In this time of lock down I have been going through decades of pictures. Taking time for joyous and poignant memories and also those that bring forth echoes of crushing […]

A Visit with Gratitude

It’s an emotional time but I am through crying. I am still sad about your leave-taking and at the same time I am overcome with gratitude. I am grateful that you are healthy enough to travel. I am grateful that you are able to take the time and resources to visit us. I am grateful […]

International Travel – post stroke

My trip to Mexico was a wonderful dream. It is an annual trip and I began planning for it three weeks after my stroke. My ticket had been bought earlier and I was determined to visit my “familia” in Mexico and be near the seashore for the month of January. My daughters were committed to […]

Tell me about your travels…

Hi Over There… I hear about your travels. I see an Instagram or a FB post now and then. But how are you REALLY doing? And what? And where? Privileged young people have been heading across The Pond for their growing up adventures for as long there has been passage, I suppose. I didn’t make […]

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 […]