Warning! A Rant to Follow

'People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.' 'He who is without sin, cast the first stone.' I've heard them all. And of course, they're true. I'm not perfect. Far, very far from it. And since I've heard horror stories of ugly Americans, when traveling, we try to go out of our way to be culturally … Continue reading Warning! A Rant to Follow

The Boob Tube

I'm not sure the genesis of the American expression 'Boob Tube' but my Dad used to call the TV that, mockingly when we were kids. Television in our house growing up, wasn't something that was on most of the time, unless it was the news. And then it was usually news about the Vietnam war … Continue reading The Boob Tube

If a Tree Falls in the Woods…

The good news is I'm upright! Actually standing and almost totally vertical. Sure, there is still a little pain but I'm going to take a short walk today because I'm going stir crazy in the house and we're going to Madrid tomorrow. No one ever accused me of being a patient person. And on that … Continue reading If a Tree Falls in the Woods…

Ring! Ring! The Universe is Calling

I'm a firm believer that when I don't pay attention to certain things that the universe or whatever you may prefer to call it, sends a message and forces a refocus. Sometimes it's a minor adjustment, like quitting a job or moving house. And sometimes it's a major one that knocks you upside the head … Continue reading Ring! Ring! The Universe is Calling

Nou d’Octubre – The Day of Valencia

Every October 9th, since King James the I of Aragon sent the Moors packing south, Valencian's have celebrated their freedom. OK, well as much freedom as people who still lived under a feudal system for 100's of years following this conquest could. But the Spanish population, who were mostly Christians (Catholics) went from being the … Continue reading Nou d’Octubre – The Day of Valencia

Ticking All the Boxes

Make no mistake, I'm not a fan of the bureaucracy. In any country. The lag time and the forms and all the nonsense that feels so conjured. So unnecessary. And then, just sometimes, it's not so hard. The forms melt away. The friction you generally encounter and the sick feeling in your stomach when you … Continue reading Ticking All the Boxes

Surfing the Equinox

We made our way home. It was a long trip - of course. Over hill and dale. Or mountains and an ocean and the city of Amsterdam. Our goals for the trip were met. We saw family, did a little business and took care of some shopping. This trip was all about Jeff getting the … Continue reading Surfing the Equinox

Oh Yeah, Now I Remember

It's not like I don't appreciate what living in the US has to offer. I do. But there is some downside that I hadn't seen before, but now that we have some perspective it's abundantly clear that we need to get out of here. I have been keeping a list since we arrived. It's broken … Continue reading Oh Yeah, Now I Remember