We are not big drinkers. We never have been. It doesn't mean we don't go out and enjoy a beverage, or several, with friends and family. But, as a general rule, we drink more water, coffee, iced tea or even Coke than we ever do some form of alcohol. It's probably a good thing. I've … Continue reading Salud!
The change of seasons blows in new ideas and new ways of looking at things. It's never the big stuff that makes the difference. It's always the small, subtle things that push us - sometimes kicking and screaming - in a new direction. Our new furniture arrives tomorrow. So it required a little re-thinking our … Continue reading A Fresh Perspective
Writing is my passion, and I'm looking to make it my profession. To that end, I now have an editor in the UK who is helping me shape my first novel. It's a hard process. I wrote the first draft in 8 weeks, after I got back from my Camino. When I was in the … Continue reading Red-lines and Edits
I've said it before. I don't love Thanksgiving, for a host of reasons. But I'll admit, it does feel weird to be walking around and it's just another day in Valencia. It's also weird that the 'Black Friday' signs are every where here. In Brazil the signs said 'Black Day', but its the same thing. … Continue reading Happy Gratitude Day!
When we moved here last spring, the furniture I bought for our living room was more stop gap than what I really liked. My sofa was on it's way from the US - it's took the long way around - and I was going to build around that when it arrived. But for those who … Continue reading Time to Circle Back
Well, it was actually a dark and stormy afternoon. And it was the day that I realized the theme of this week should be 'The Appointment to Make the Appointment'. We hit the ground running this week.Our first annual medical exams since we've been here - actually, we were way past due before we left … Continue reading It was a dark and stormy night
We are home at last. We're both glad to be back in Spain. Not because we didn't enjoy Brazil but because it's truly home. Our language has changed now - and its a subtle thing. When in Sao Paolo we referred to 'home' and it wasn't the US. It was El Compartemiento. And I almost … Continue reading Brazil – Not Candy-Coated
Taking a break from regularly scheduled programming to recognize that it's the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice that ended WWI. In Europe, it's a big deal. Millions died and parts of the French countryside is still scared and declared 'red zones' due to unexploded bombs from that time, and toxic soil from chemical weapons. In … Continue reading Armistice Day – WWI
Ultimately, I travel to find myself. It may sounds strange, but I truly believe that by going somewhere different; somewhere with a culture, a people and a language that is so different from my own, I'm closest to my true self. It's there that I have to dig deeper for reserves I didn't know I … Continue reading A+B=??
OK - I couldn't resist. We took separate flights to Sao Paolo - for reasons I won't go in to, the consequences of which I'm still paying for. But we did get here. I knew it was going to be interesting when I saw a Franciscan monk get on the plane in full robes and … Continue reading Sometimes, getting there is Half the Battle