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Singers don't dance & dancers don't sing?
Saturday, August 06, 2016      29 comments

That was the situation in our community theater group in Ohio. Not true in Slovakia! After Friday's classes were done for the day, at 4:30 we went to a folk singing workshop. ... Read more
Living as a student in a foreign country
Thursday, August 04, 2016      26 comments

DH and I like to travel, but this trip is a very different experience. Our usual plan is to research countries and travel on our own or with children and grandchildren. We also enjoy river cruises where our floating hotel takes us to major ci... Read more
Our "palace" in Slovakia
Sunday, July 31, 2016      35 comments

DH and I are in Bratislava studying Slovak language and culture. Last time we took this course we lived in the dorm. The students were very nice to their old classmates but this time we rented an apartment in "old town" close to the university... Read more
Searching for a new suit with Spark help
Friday, July 08, 2016      47 comments

A few months ago I decided to start swimming again and posted this picture in a blog. After 5 years in a drawer the elastic had deteriorated ... Read more
My weird hand injury
Wednesday, July 06, 2016      35 comments

Thank you for the good wishes for recovery. Day 4 and I am almost back to normal but still trying to do as much as possible with my left hand. That's not easy. I'm strongly right handed. My left hand and arm just coast through life. ... Read more
Look! We have twins!
Saturday, July 02, 2016      36 comments

Not children, just matching kayaks Exactly one month ago I blogged that I had an immediate need to make 3 purchases. The first was a new kay... Read more
How did the 2 of us create HER?
Monday, June 27, 2016      43 comments

That was DH's comment at the conclusion of DD's semi-final performance at the Cliburn International Piano Competition on Thursday. We watched the live stream broadcast of the field of 12, down from the original 68 competitors invited to Fort Wo... Read more
Sparker Hayburner1969 finishing her semi-final performance at the Cliburn International Piano Compet
Friday, June 24, 2016      35 comments

I LOVE this picture. At 2am Jeannie (my DD) posted the following on Facebook. "Hey everyone, I'm totally pooped and crawling into bed, but I want... Read more
"Several Amateur Pianists Stand Out in the Quarterfinals of the Cliburn"
Thursday, June 23, 2016      34 comments

And one of them is my DD#1 - Sparker Hayburner1969 She was pleased with her performance in the round of 30 (down from the 68 International competi... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts The Medical Benefits of Sparking by Association
Thursday, June 16, 2016      199 comments

I've written about DH a lot in the past 7 years. I've called him the "junk food king of the world" For those who have only known me only a short time, this was my kitchen table in 2010. It was not a staged photo. It really looked like t... Read more
It's Spark Guy's fault that my laundry isn't folded
Sunday, June 05, 2016      38 comments

It's DH's fault that I burned my toast this morning. It's my friend's fault for retiring so that so much tempting food was right in front of me today It's the wind's fault that I couldn't kayak longer. Which are true? Definitely not the fi... Read more
The Way We Were
Friday, June 03, 2016      38 comments

Since I've finished my "old spark friends" project, here's one of my oldest real life friends. Joe and Me in '63 - our first date at Rockaway Beach, Long Island, NY. He was 18. I was almost 16. ... Read more
Three purchases needed - immediately
Thursday, June 02, 2016      40 comments

Tomorrow DH & I will be married for 49 years. There isn't much we NEED to buy anymore. You acquire a lot of stuff over a half century. In the beginning all our worldly possessions fit into the back of a 1961 station wagon. We didn't downsize... Read more
Where have all my old friends gone? Day 24
Tuesday, May 31, 2016      29 comments

Today's group of 18 are the end of the line. One last post is significant, something we say to ourselves and each other all the time. "Today is the first day of the rest of my life." That's a true statement. However, since she disappea... Read more
Where have all my old friends gone? Day 23
Monday, May 30, 2016      20 comments

"I thought we were already friends" Today's group is a recent addition to my friends list since I'm proceeding chronologically through it. Yet many are long term spark veterans whose presence I've always noticed. Through this project we are no... Read more

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