Celebrating spring in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Sunshine spread warmth over snow-covered jagged mountain peaks and sloping hills dusted with white. In the valley, meadows burst with new growth; green grass and clover, yellow dandelions and buttercups and tiny white daisies stretched young leaves towards the sky. It was the first day in May 2019 in the Bavarian mountain resort towns of …

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People you may meet on a train to Edinburgh

“Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.” Gloria Steinem With a low electric hum, the train moved over the tracks leading from Glasgow’s Central Station. Across the aisle, two women took seats by the window. One, a mature, petite woman, a silk …

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Stumbling my way through the mists of time. Or: It’s a wee wet, windy and wobbly walking among the ancients — black houses, brochs and standing stones of the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides

A pleasant scent - moist and earthy - signaled that peat was burning. A marker depicted an interior. Despite the homely scene - smiling occupants - I wasn't convinced that living in such circumstances was as lovely as it would have us believe.

Cotswolds Sojourns

Weeping Willows, branches trailing in the gentle current of the clear river Coln; birds flittered and twittered between leafy boughs; the meadow, lush and wet, was a carpet of clover, forget-me-nots and dandelions; yellow daffodils and primroses in lavender, red, white and yellow adorned pots and  borders  fronting  dark, honey-colored stone cottages. 

Thanksgiving gone wrong: How an escape to Winchester, Virginia led me to happiness

This is the first of a 3-part series. Let’s see now.  You’re in the beginning stages of a relationship.  The” past the coffee, dinner and getting to know you” but way before the “I want to swoop you up and spend the rest of my life with you” stage.  Or you’re married, committed but a …

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