Climbing the steps of the Eiffel Tower last week gave me a sense of accomplishment, as if the Eiffel was on a bucket list I hadn’t even written, but was somehow ingrained in my system as an American. What does the Eiffel Tower have to do with being American? Structural engineer Gustave Eiffel also workedContinue reading “Eiffel Exhilarated!”
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When I was little, like eight or nine, I played piano. I had a songbook of popular hits and one of the songs I enjoyed was called Love Story. It had this haunting, sad melody. If I was feeling distraught about something or just moody, playing this song seemed to pull me deeper into myContinue reading “Love Stories”
Why Angelina Jolie is an amazing role model for young people…..
Why Angelina Jolie is an amazing role model for young people……</p I found this post written by another blogger very inspiring–well of course, it's Angelina Jolie who inspires!
Yesterday, one of the volunteers opened a side door to the church and pointed. “Shit!” I exclaimed before I could push the edit button. Someone had tagged the side entry with the word Gus spray painted in black loopy letters. Gus must be tall, because the letters were above my head and the whole tag wasContinue reading “Anti-Graffiti Man”
Write FAST and Furious! Learning to Outrun “The Spock Brain”
Originally posted on Kristen Lamb's Blog:
Original Image courtesy of David HT Flikr Creative Commons… Many new authors slog out that first book, editing every word to perfection, revising, reworking, redoing. When I used to be a part of critique groups, it was not at all uncommon to find writers who’d been working on…
After attending a fabulous lecture about organic food at a Connecting Women event, I signed up for the Dutch equivalent of Community Supported Agriculture. Thus every week, we have several bags of fresh organic fruit and vegetables delivered to our doorstep by Kievit. I know this sounds rather extravagent for a full time grad studentContinue reading “Kievit”
You Rock Luther Richmond!
I’m getting a little tired of awesome people I know passing away. And I’m even bummed when even not-so-awesome people die. I know death is part of life, but what I find strange is the gush of regret-laden feelings that comes to the surface at funerals; “I wish I’d told her how much she meant toContinue reading “You Rock Luther Richmond!”
The Cult of Individualism: I’m Special and You’re Not
The Cult of Individualism: I’m Special and You’re Not. Thought provoking post.
On the flight over for our month long stay in the U.S., I tried to prepare myself mentally for the differences between America and Holland. But as I thought about the differences, only generalities came to mind: the U.S. is a more car-oriented culture; there’s less use of public transportation; there are hardly any bikeContinue reading “California”
Have you ever talked to a kid who has never heard of The Red Hot Chili Peppers or The Beatles for that matter? You look at the kid as if maybe all is not right between those little ears and wonder how their exposure could be so incredibly narrow. Last week I had to lookContinue reading “Once”