Monthly Archives: November 2018

Advent Season in Germany

A time of hope, anticipation. Crisp air outdoors. Candles, lights, wreaths abound. Advent calendars to count down.   Small surprises, sweets behind the tiny doors. Shouts of glee at the prizes in little hands. Smells of fir boughs, pinecones, gingerbread … Continue reading

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Expressing Gratitude to a Stranger in Germany

As a temporarily-single-parent during my first Fulbright Exchange Teacher Abroad year in Neresheim, Germany, it was often challenging especially when the children were ill. It was only on the way home up an icy hill outside the village did I … Continue reading

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Spellbound!

The sheer quiet beauty and peacefulness of that first snowfall blanketing the earth tugs at my heartstrings. Kids bundled up play in the cold white landscape. The kid inside me longs for those Massachusetts childhood days of sledding and building … Continue reading

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Climb on the Buckboard!

Joining the ranks of Wild West cowboys we only knew from books, we moved from Massachusetts to Colorado as three young sisters with a fourth on the way. We donned Cowboy boots, hats, square dance skirts, and moccasins too. We … Continue reading

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Gratitude’s √Čtude

November means gratitude Gratefulness for friends and food, for family interludes with colorful Autumn-hued leaves and flowers – all valued. Nature brings beauty, exudes. You’d might conclude, we are cued: Thanksgiving of plentitude.

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