Exploring the Churches of Nesebur

If you've ever considering exploring the Black Sea, I highly recommend it.  (Secondarily, I high recommend cruising also which is how I ended up there in fall of 2015).   Truly, it wasn't really a place that had occurred to me to visit -- and other than great shots of Baku in James Bond films, the... Continue Reading →

New Orleans — Magic and Music

"If you walk a city, if you love a city, if you put in your miles and years with open heart and mind, the city will reveal itself to you."  Rebecca Solnit It was everywhere.  Honestly, I'm not sure I've ever been to a city where music is more woven into its very fabric.  From... Continue Reading →

New Orleans — Falling in Love

"Topophilia -- our innate love of place, often shaped by sense and by memories." Rebecca Solnit When it comes to travel, I love good surprises. One of the best is falling in love with a place you didn't expect. I had visited New Orleans in the 1980s.  We were on a college choir festival trip... Continue Reading →

Facing Fear

Last night I had a scary dream. Not scary in the classic vampire or clown sense, but one where I was faced with making a choice. I won't go into details, there were two options with two people, and I went with the one that offered, ultimately, the thing I wanted the most even though... Continue Reading →

Celebrating the Finish

Growing up in a crafty household made it hard not to adopt a project mentality myself.  My mother always had a project -- cooking, flower arranging, gardening, sewing, and later embroidery. She thought it was important I pick up some skills, too. Cooking (liked it), sewing (hated it), art (terrible at it), dance (pretty good... Continue Reading →

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