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Mar.15.2011
“… the March 11, 2011 9.0 earthquake, tsunami, and resulting nuclear disaster becomes an epic devastation …” Today, in light of recent devastation in Asia, I am changing my weekly post order to reflect on what is happening in Japan. I lived in Tokyo for three months in 1990, and I grieve for the...
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Mar.09.2011
“And no invader has ever conquered the heart of Poland, that spirit which is the inheritance of sons and daughters, the private passion of families and the ancient, unbreakable tie to all those who came before.” -James A. Michener, U.S. novelist the drive into Poland from Czech A few weeks...
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Mar.02.2011
How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank! Here we will sit and let the sounds of music Creep in our ears: soft stillness and the night Become the touches of sweet harmony. -Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice the Colors of Venice To not see Europe during our years in...
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Feb.16.2011
“Everything you ever wanted – personally and professionally – is 2 or 3 steps beyond your comfort zone.” -Andy Andrews Everyone has a story to tell. I believe that. And based on that belief, I’m writing to encourage you to tell your story. I believe you can write and finish your very own novel...
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Feb.10.2011
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”  -Mark Twain, American writer, humorist, 1835 – 1910 The Majestic Prague Castle In 2009, my husband and I, along with our three sons, packed up our things, sold our house and cars, and moved from Cincinnati, Ohio, to Prague, Czech...
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Feb.02.2011
“Prague never lets you go… this dear little mother has sharp claws.” -Franz Kafka, surrealist author morning drive in the snow above Prague The thing with living in a country like Czech Republic is that you never know what each day may bring. It’s always different. Some days, a grocery clerk...
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Feb.02.2011
“Prague never lets you go… this dear little mother has sharp claws.” -Franz Kafka, surrealist author morning drive in the snow above Prague The thing with living in a country like Czech Republic is that you never know what each day may bring. It’s always different. Some days, a grocery clerk...
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Jan.21.2011
In the depths of winter, I finally learned there was in me an invincible summer. -Albert Camus, French novelist, 1957 Nobel Prize for Literature A few weeks ago, we spent time in the Alps skiing. And, on our way home to Prague, we plugged in our Garmin, set the destination to HOME, and started...
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Jan.07.2011
"Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. It is a tool for daily life in modern society. It is a bulwark against poverty, and a building block of development … a platform for democratization … for everyone, everywhere, literacy is, along with education in general, a basic human right …...
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Dec.30.2010
“The most powerful and influential position in any society or civilization is a storyteller … the future belongs to the storytellers. The future belongs to us. What will the future be like? Well, that depends very much on the stories we tell, the stories we listen to, and the stories we live...
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Dec.23.2010
An Austrian Alpine Christmas Sleigh bells ring, are you listening, In the lane, snow is glistening A beautiful sight, We're happy tonight. Walking in a winter wonderland. -R. Smith, lyrics to Winter Wonderland, 1934 an Alpine Winter Wonderland This year, I am spending the Christmas week...
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Dec.17.2010
A Time of Peace and Beauty and Hope: Christmas 2010 "Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone-- we find it with another." -Thomas Merton, American Monk, Kentucky, USA, 1915-1968 As another year comes to a close, and the beauty and peace and...
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Dec.01.2010
Christmas, Snow, and the Grinch "And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow,Stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so?It came without ribbons, it came without tags.It came without packages, boxes or bags.And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore.Then the...
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Nov.23.2010
In Gratitude: Photographs for You For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, for love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson It is Thanksgiving Week, and though we don't have a Thanksgiving Day in Czech Republic...
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Nov.16.2010
Celebrating: Two Blog Years "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?' Actually, who...
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