With airfare skyrocketing and gas prices having us stalled in traffic, the thought of a summer vacation may seem more like a headache than a pleasure this year. I noticed that flying roundtrip from Boise to Nashville would cost me at least $800 this summer. We went last year for a little over $300 apiece. … Continue reading Itching for Summer Vacation – Europe is Not Out of Reach
Americans complacently wait for the crossing light to flash a green stick figure at us to cross a busy city street. The Germans have been more creative with their light system since 1961. The Ampelmannchen (or little traffic light man) was officially introduced in Berlin before the days of German unification and is one of … Continue reading Light Walking to Ampelmannschen
Many are well acquainted with the Lincoln quote while trying to hold the nation together with his “house divided” address in 1858. Years before being elected president, Lincoln’s speech at the close of the Illinois Republican State Convention predicted, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half slave … Continue reading A House (or Church) Divided – Geteilte Kirche am Kreuzbichl, Austria
May Day is not an emphasized holiday in the states. As a kid, I remember making May Baskets of picked flowers from our yard and leaving them on neighbor’s doors. It was a chance to try out some craft ideas for the Girl Scouts or Sunday School but there were never large May Day displays … Continue reading All Things New – May Day
This past week I was on a cruise with my family. Although the majority of passengers were American, the staff was decidedly international. The trivia leaders were from Mexico and the UK. The cruise director was from Peru and the wonderful woman who gave me a birthday massage was from South Africa. With waiters from … Continue reading Universal Worlds
Easter is only days aways and if you have children in the house, there are likely eggs appearing in baskets guarded by happy bunnies decorating the household. Many homes will set aside some time to decorate Easter Eggs where they will eventually find their way into an egg salad or used as a hard-boiled snack … Continue reading An Egg-zalent Week!
I grew up knowing a number of famous rabbits. Beatrix Potter’s, Peter Cottontail, The Easter Bunny, of course, and my favorite, Bugs Bunny with his famous “What’s Up, doc?” line. But bunny rabbits are not always there for fun and games. My hunting father stripped the little beasts in our Illinois basement to prepare them … Continue reading Easter Bunny Season?
Some of us have an attachment to pretzels. They are easy to munch as a snack. Many airlines have resorted to pretzel snacks in the wake of so many peanut allergies and they are not as messy as chips or sticky candy when the kids need a little something to tide them over between meals. … Continue reading A Twist for Lent
Call me lazy or call me intrigued. This week, I am going to redirect you to a post I did not write because there is no reason for me to reinvent what the author so thoughtfully explains here about the way we treat names we know from children’s stories. Why People Have Such Strong Feelings … Continue reading Memory Fails Me
This season is full of religious holidays. Currently, Christians find themselves in the middle of Lent. Catholics are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 and the Jews celebrate Purim on March 16. Purim is a celebration of escaping persecution from King Ahasuerus recorded in the book of Esther. Like many celebrations there is a … Continue reading Mohntaschen to Hamantaschen -Purim Cookies
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