A Lonely Bud

I wrote this short story several years back. It is based on the below picture. A heavy spring of thunderclaps and downpour filled and stirred the white foam until it spit out onto the earth. The hungry water summoned me to keep it company. Battered ‘Do not enter’ signs dangled from rusted chains. I climbed [...]

We’re Famous!

Last October, my husband, Martin, our dog, Shakespeare, and I spent the fall vacations in Tuscany. It was our second time there. We just love the atmosphere and all the things you can do with a dog. Italians love dogs. They’ve allowed Shakespeare in some museums, restaurants, and even some stores. What’s great about going [...]

European Travel Suggestions and Warnings

So far, my husband and I have had wonderful European travels with some unexpected moments. We witnessed a parade of bagpipers in Edinburgh, and a few days later, rebooked our flight due to weather and drove 440 miles (708 km) from Edinburgh to Gatwick Airport in a snowstorm through the dark Scottish Highlands. https://youtu.be/uMDLy3PaFSY Scottish [...]

Who Am I?

I mentioned in my previous post that I’m interested in learning more about where I come from. I’m fascinated with genealogy and DNA. It’s amazing what science can do in determining a person’s lineage. In December, I requested a DNA test kit from Family Tree DNA, which arrived last week. I followed the instructions, put [...]

Still Celebrating

Today is the continuation of my birthday celebration. If you missed the first post, click here to check out how things began. The day after my birthday, we decided to go to Salzburg, Austria. I assumed Salzburg was a smaller city like Cesky, but it’s fairly big. The weather was hot and the tourism ran [...]