Darkness, Perspective, and Light

“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’sContinue reading “Darkness, Perspective, and Light”

3 Essentials for Thriving as a Single Mom

“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’sContinue reading “3 Essentials for Thriving as a Single Mom”

The Story of an Often-Flooded Basement

It is not the beauty of a building you should look at; its the construction of the foundation that will stand the test of time. – David Allan Coe About three years ago, when my family and I moved into our current house after living four years in Prague, Czech Republic, we were very excitedContinue reading “The Story of an Often-Flooded Basement”

5 Ways to Survive Busy Times

“If you are too busy to read, you are too busy.” – Richard Foster   Back to school time happens to be a very busy time. There are different sizes and styles of school shoes to buy, and the right color and thickness of highlighters, paper, folders, and binders. The school supply list lengthens everyContinue reading “5 Ways to Survive Busy Times”

A True Scary Story

“Don’t be afraid of being scared. To be afraid is a sign of common sense. Only complete idiots are not afraid of anything.” -Carlos Ruiz Zafon in The Angel’s Game   Being scared happens. It’s part of living. And, sometimes it’s what teaches us who we are, and how to be brave. I’ve had aContinue reading “A True Scary Story”

The Expat Experience: 5 Things I Learned from 4 Years in Prague

“Life might be difficult for a while, but I would tough it out because living in a foreign country is one of those things that everyone should try at least once. My understanding was that it completed a person, sanding down the rough provincial edges and transforming you into a citizen of the world.” -DavidContinue reading “The Expat Experience: 5 Things I Learned from 4 Years in Prague”

30 Favorite Books for Summer Reading

There is a temperate zone in the mind, between luxurious indolence and exacting work; and it is to this region, just between laziness and labor, that summer reading belongs.  ~Henry Ward Beecher The best way to summer read is to start with a stack of great books, the kind that will keep you reading allContinue reading “30 Favorite Books for Summer Reading”

The Importance of Home, Especially in Times of Transition

Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than any magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration.  -Charles Dickens Countless acquaintances and many friends have asked how the past month has been, and how my family is handling the huge changes we’re facing moving from EuropeContinue reading “The Importance of Home, Especially in Times of Transition”

Walking Toward the Sunshine: On Choosing Beauty

“Walk towards the sunshine, and the shadows will fall behind you.”  ― Mary Engelbreit Winter is a bleak time, especially in former Soviet Bloc countries. I know this well, from these four winters of living in Prague, where the absence of color and light seems to be magnified. All around Prague, Communist housing projects scatheContinue reading “Walking Toward the Sunshine: On Choosing Beauty”