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Organizing my life and things that tug at your heart
Wednesday, October 09, 2013      24 comments

People deal with grief in different ways. After Dad died in 1997 Mom moved in with us, but kept their house and everything in it just as it was. DH & I would check on the place and take care of routine upkeep, but inside it was like stepping i... Read more
Back to rehab – a travel related injury
Monday, October 07, 2013      15 comments

First of all, it’s not serious or exercise related and won’t impact my running. It’s just one more consequence of not paying attention. However, it is taking me back to the wonderful world of rehabilitation twice a week for the next 6 weeks. ... Read more
“Mommy, my fingers won’t obey me!”
Sunday, October 06, 2013      17 comments

That was the complaint of my 6 year old daughter when practicing piano 35 years ago. She was a very conscientious child and always wanted to keep up with her sister who was 3 years older. The problem was that each time she came to the same... Read more
Fifty Years Ago Today
Saturday, October 05, 2013      19 comments

As I started to blog this morning, something about the date seemed important. October 5th? Not an anniversary or family birthday. Certainly not a significant date in history. Fortunately, I’ve been on one of my “organize my life” kick... Read more
“80% of life is showing up”
Friday, October 04, 2013      20 comments

That quote is often attributed to Woody Allen. I never checked the source further, but I always liked the sentiment. The first race on my schedule after returning to the USA was on a very tough course. Lots of hills – not my favorite ev... Read more
Getting reacquainted with my “Parole Officer”
Thursday, October 03, 2013      27 comments

This morning I’m revisiting the “Parole Officer” analogy of my Jan 29th blog post. /www.sparkpeople.com/myp
ual.asp?blog_id=5228238 At that time I compared the recidivism rate of prisoners ... Read more
Where I've Been
Wednesday, October 02, 2013      21 comments

I’ve been missing from SP for 5 weeks. Those are the High Tatra Mountains of Slovakia behind us. Notice how angle of the ski jump is at the same angle as the peak ... Read more
Castles of Slovakia - they are everywhere!
Sunday, September 01, 2013      23 comments

Each has their own special character, but all had a defensive purpose so you get to do a lot of walking - UPHILL. Bojnice Castle has room after room of elegant furnishings. ... Read more
War and Peace - It depends on where you live
Wednesday, August 28, 2013      10 comments

The mountains of central and eastern Slovakia were battlegrounds near the end of WWII, but this village survived intact - probably because it’s so high up, accessible only by a very narrow road and few people live here. Now tourists come to vis... Read more
Eastern Slovakia is beautiful
Tuesday, August 27, 2013      13 comments

Now we’re in eastern Slovakia where my grandparents were born. This is the view from Stara Lubovna castle. From here the nobles could observe all their lands and defend themselves against attack. My Grandma’s village is nearby. I think it’s t... Read more
Course Completed!
Sunday, August 25, 2013      22 comments

The celebration is over! Now we’ve left Bratislava and are driving east, all the way to the bor... Read more
A day in our Slovak class – week 1
Sunday, August 11, 2013      24 comments

Our university is located in the city center along the Danube. Bratislava was experiencing an unusual heat wave with temps 20 degrees F above normal. So we walked... Read more
The bee and me – Not a spelling bee or a singing bee – a REAL bee.
Friday, August 09, 2013      14 comments

“Be prepared” isn’t just for Boy Scouts. Walking back to the dorm last night a bee stung me on the inside of my upper arm. I think it must have been on my purse strap and when I tossed it over my shoulder, it bit me hard enough that DH nee... Read more
“No Soup for You!” Anyone remember the Seinfeld episode?
Thursday, August 08, 2013      21 comments

I had a similar experience in the university cafeteria yesterday. First all the good stuff. I like Slovak food. There’s lots of carbs all the time, but somehow the population looks remarkably fit and trim. I’ve had all kinds of potatoes ... Read more
Sometimes being a good test taker isn’t beneficial.
Tuesday, August 06, 2013      21 comments

Today we were assigned to our Slovak language classes according to our performance on the placement test. After studying sporadically for several months on my own with a Slovak textbook purchased on the Internet, I was assigned to intermed... Read more

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