4 Things I Love This February

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” – Edith Sitwell Winter is an enchanted time for me. I love the cold, dark nights and days of frost and snow (though theContinue reading “4 Things I Love This February”

6 Things Saving Me in This Long Cold Winter

“God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.” -J.M. Barrie (creator of Peter Pan) There are winters, and then there are winters. I’m talking about the latter. These winters are the kind that solidify the blood in our veins and make us stronger people, in general. I believe that; I do.Continue reading “6 Things Saving Me in This Long Cold Winter”

Winter in Europe: Favorite Places and Photographs

“… But unless the child in you is entirely dead, it is snow, too, that can make the heart beat faster when it catches you by surprise that way, before your defenses are up. It is snow that can awaken memories of things more wonderful than anything you ever knew or dreamed.” ― Frederick BuechnerContinue reading “Winter in Europe: Favorite Places and Photographs”

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”

Snow, Charles Bridge, and the Beauty of Prague’s Spires in Winter

“The color of springtime is in the flowers; the color of winter is in the imagination.” – Terri Guillemets The first time I saw Prague’s Charles Bridge, the weather was hot and the bridge was crowded. It had been the height of summer tourist season (August) and construction crews worked on replacing the cobblestones onContinue reading “Snow, Charles Bridge, and the Beauty of Prague’s Spires in Winter”

The Beauty of Prague in Winter

Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire:  it is the time for home.  ~Edith Sitwell     The first winter I lived in Prague, in 2009-2010, the snow came early and stayed late. Months passed and keptContinue reading “The Beauty of Prague in Winter”

Prague’s Winter Loveliness

“Prague never lets you go… this dear little mother has sharp claws.” -Franz Kafka, surrealist author 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 throws the food you pay for onto the floor (on purpose),Continue reading “Prague’s Winter Loveliness”

The Winter Wonderland of Austria, Germany, and Czech Republic

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 theContinue reading “The Winter Wonderland of Austria, Germany, and Czech Republic”

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 Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before …Continue reading “Christmas, Snow, and the Grinch”

A Shot of Floral Color for the Dead of Winter

“God gave us our memories so that we might have roses in December.” -J.M. Barrie Every year at about this time, my eyes feel deplete of color. Whether this year it’s from the thick froth of snow blanketing my world white, from the soft gray European light, or from the daily veil of Prague fog,Continue reading “A Shot of Floral Color for the Dead of Winter”