It’s Election Day in America, and I’m on the other side of the world. It doesn’t stop me from thinking about the states today, though, and I thought I’d share some photos of some of the places I love and have lived there. However you vote, remember there are more things that unite us than … More My America
Okay maybe not the whole world, but our area of South Africa is into the 3rd month a renewed postal strike which has apparently been in stages of delivery then protest off and on for…3 years!?!?. The love letters I sent Kurt while I was home in Pennsylvania have been in no-man’s land (or destroyed, … More World Post Day…is On Strike!
I knew that today is the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. I also knew that today is Heritage Day in South Africa, which some Zed-A’rs have dubbed “Braai Day.” But did you know that today is also Constitution Day in Cambodia, Independence Day in Guinea-Bissau (did you know there was such a … More Happy Holidays!
Our holiday in Paris for Bastille Day included a tour away from the city to the Palace of Versailles, where I could not stay focused on everything around me because my attention was always toward the ceiling. I loved playing with the light and angles in my photography, and wanted to share one of the … More A Ceiling in Versailles
Recently we had a few friends to dinner. They were from another African country, and at least one of them had never heard of lasagne. Since lasagne happens to be one of my favorite dishes to make (and eat!) I knew that’s what we would have for dinner. For me, lasagne is always served with … More Eating Lasagne for the First Time
When did we become the people who stop in Paris, because we can, because it’s on the way back “home”? And where is “home” anymore? Just how long do you live in a place before it takes up permanent residence your heart? And how long does it take before your new life becomes just another … More There’s No Place Like Home…or “Home” What’s Your New Normal?
Just a quick glimpse of Bastille Day here in Paris. It was definitely worth getting the room with a view for the day. It’s now about 1:15am on the 15th, Paris time. Late revelers are still hanging around Place de Mexico, setting off unofficial fireworks and the occasional M-80. A few stragglers wander the street … More Bastille Day Fireworks
Only a short stop in Paris to hit a few highlights and watch fireworks for Bastille Day tomorrow night. Caught the red eye here last night and zombie’d our way through a tour of Versailles, a walk around the neighborhood where we’re staying, and a lame attempt at ordering lunch in French. Kurt was excited … More Traveling Marla is in Paris. Sorry France.
I was going to share this poem with you for Memorial Day. I hadn’t remembered the name correctly and kept Googling On Flanders Field. Thankfully I found this article with the poem (In Flanders Fields is the correct title) and this writer shares it better than I would have: On Memorial Day weekend, old poem beautifully … More On Memorial Day weekend, old poem beautifully captures horrors of war
Thought you would be entertained to see a taxi inside a mall. I mean, really…a taxi in a mall? Doesn’t that defeat the purpose of mall-walking as exercise? Granted, The Dubai Mall is reportedly the “World’s Largest Shopping Mall” and it certainly felt like that as we seemed to walk forever in only one small … More Taxi in The Dubai Mall