2017 Best 7 Photos and Quotes: a Reflection

“The world is violent and mercurial–it will have its way with you. We are saved only by love–love for each other and the love that we pour into the art we feel compelled to share: being a parent; being a writer; being a painter; being a friend. We live in a perpetually burning building, andContinue reading “2017 Best 7 Photos and Quotes: a Reflection”

Reflection 2016: A Year of Growth and Flight

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” ― Leonardo da Vinci Reflection 2016 Yesterday was the darkest day of the year, December 21, the winter solstice. Here in Ohio, the sun rose atContinue reading “Reflection 2016: A Year of Growth and Flight”

My 5 Favorite Things about the New Year

    Every year, I rediscover the week between Christmas and the New Year with mild surprise. All is quiet, or at least quieter than it has been in months. It’s as if the world, after careening through the parties and get-it-done workdays, through student final exams and family holiday preparations, has settled into aContinue reading “My 5 Favorite Things about the New Year”

2013 Reflections: A Move Across the Ocean

It’s the time of year to be still and reflect on the year behind, look ahead to the year ahead, and count the blessings, big and small. 2013 has been a huge year for me and my family. We did what seemed daunting, to say the least — we moved back to the US fromContinue reading “2013 Reflections: A Move Across the Ocean”

Lake Como, Northern Italy, and the Beauty Found There

“A lake is a landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is Earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.”  ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden During the holidays, in the changing of the calendars from 2012 to 2013, and in the pristine time of Christmas which is celebrated soContinue reading “Lake Como, Northern Italy, and the Beauty Found There”

On Broken Hearts, Broken Bones, and Healing

Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it. – Helen Keller As a rule, I don’t write about family stories, parenting, or my past here on my blog. I prefer to let my sons’ stories be their own, unless they say otherwise, to let my family’s storiesContinue reading “On Broken Hearts, Broken Bones, and Healing”

Explore, Dream, Discover: Looking Ahead to 2012

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain To me, there is nothing like the thrillContinue reading “Explore, Dream, Discover: Looking Ahead to 2012”

Reflections: Stormy Beauty over the Teton’s Jackson Lake

Storms happen frequently in Spring, especially in the United States … they’re not as violent here in Prague. I’ve always been someone who loves to watch the storms. In our prior backyard, I’d lie back on the kids’ slide and watch as clouds billowed and puffed and sailed by, wrenching colors out of the changingContinue reading “Reflections: Stormy Beauty over the Teton’s Jackson Lake”

Prague’s Stunner: Prague Castle at Night

“The Thames was all gold. God it was beautiful, so fine that I began working a frenzy, following the sun and its reflections on the water.” -Claude Monet, French Impressionist painter fascinated by the effect of light and reflection In all honesty, I still have to pinch myself to make sure that it is realContinue reading “Prague’s Stunner: Prague Castle at Night”