What Freedom Means Now

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” -Nelson Mandela An American flag flies high above the US Embassy in Prague, from an iconic white building high on Petrin Hill, where it billows in the breezes alongContinue reading “What Freedom Means Now”

America: Land of the Free

O! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand Between their loved home and the war’s desolation. Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the Heav’n rescued land Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation! Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just, And this be our motto: “In GodContinue reading “America: Land of the Free”

Croatia, Dubrovnik, and other Related Travels

“Those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik and find it.” -George Bernard Shaw Last week, our family of five packed our suitcases, mounted our Chica (Garmin), and followed the Winding Road to spend a week in Croatia. As it turns out, our trip meant far more than a “beach vacation”, and the placesContinue reading “Croatia, Dubrovnik, and other Related Travels”

Twenty Years Ago …

It’s been an exciting time to be in Europe, this November 2009. Velvet Revolution, Prague, 1989 http://dulyconsider.blogspot.com/2008/02/considerable-sounds-music-that-matters.html   Twenty years have now passed since the historic fall of the Berlin Wall. And on November 18, 1989, the Czech people staged the Sametova Revoluce—the Velvet Revolution, which fed off of the collapse of communism in Poland,Continue reading “Twenty Years Ago …”

The View Heading East

A surreal experience: driving Sunday evening from the West to the East. Across the Iron Curtain border. Since we hiked the Austrian Alps this past weekend, we drove back to Prague through Germany on Sunday. We passed through the flatlands around Munich to the rolling hills of hops fields in Eastern Germany, past the GermanContinue reading “The View Heading East”

Daffodils

There is something about daffodils that makes my heart sing—their glorious pronouncement of spring, their sunny disposition, the carefree dance in the early spring breeze, the bold trumpet and frilly skirt, the sweet fragrance, and their rain-slicker yellow coloring. I can’t tell exactly what it is about a daffodil that is so attractive, but havingContinue reading “Daffodils”