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RESOLVED! What a beautiful word!
Saturday, November 05, 2016      37 comments

8 weeks past DH's brain surgery for 2 huge subdural hematomas and the latest CT report is that the scan is "unremarkable." The problem (residual blood and swelling) has RESOLVED! He has been discharged from PT and given the OK by the neuro... Read more
Very Happy with my "Benchmark" 5K
Saturday, October 29, 2016      31 comments

I recently began running again as a way to reduce the stress in my life as Joe recovers from brain surgery. As I posted in my status, I decided to run the "I Am Woman" 5K this morning for a benchmark time to improve on and also because: It... Read more
My Cocoon
Thursday, October 27, 2016      30 comments

I spark, I run, I sing and I play scrabble Monday will be 2 months since Joe's brain surgery. We have so much to be thankful for. For all daily activities our life is back to normal except he is supposed to avoid stress and anything that ... Read more
Competition vs Cooperation
Friday, October 07, 2016      25 comments

Thank you once again for your comments and good wishes on Joe's continued recovery. He's doing remarkably well although I will still be holding my breath until CT scans show all residual blood and swelling completely gone. They say that will t... Read more
Four weeks after brain surgery
Friday, September 30, 2016      38 comments

DH update: Joe continues to do very well. He looks and acts the same as before. He's even back to doing the dishes and scrubbing the pots. The scabs are gone from his head. The surgeon did a great job. The scars are almost invisible. ... Read more
2 Pieces of Good News
Friday, September 23, 2016      30 comments

First of all, thank you everyone for your prayers and good wishes for Joe's recovery. His follow-up CT scan confirmed what I've been observing. He's doing REALLY well! Except for the 4 incision scabs on his head you wouldn't know that he had ... Read more
Sparking in trying times - update on DH
Tuesday, September 13, 2016      48 comments

It's been 13 days since DH had brain surgery for a subdural hematoma. First the good news - Joe is doing quite well. He came home on Thursday and is right now sitting at his computer answering email after making a pot of coffee for us as h... Read more
Final thoughts of sedemdesiatnici (70 year olds)
Monday, August 29, 2016      23 comments

I learned that new Slovak word when watching the director of our summer program in Bratislava being interviewed by a TV reporter. She said that 31 countries were represented in the 13 levels of the course. There were over 150 students includin... Read more
Searching for roots and finding new branches
Friday, August 26, 2016      25 comments

In 2008 I set out to find my roots in Eastern Europe - the hazy history behind the immigration of my grandparents to America. Grandma was 17 when she came alone in 1900. My grandfather was a widower and arrived in 1907. I had 2 documents... Read more
Exploring the "Big Little Country" - Slovakia - Day 3
Monday, August 22, 2016      20 comments

The final day of our excursion took us from the heights to the depths and to the northern border with Poland. Day 2 ended in the high Tatra Mountains Day 3 we explored one of Slovakia's many caves. This one is known for the discovery ... Read more
Exploring the "Big Little Country" - Slovakia - Day 2
Friday, August 19, 2016      19 comments

All 4 excursion buses from the university met for the night at the same hotel in the city of Proprad in the Vysoke Tatry (High Tatra Mountains). This was the view from our window. ... Read more
Exploring the "Big Little Country" - Slovakia
Thursday, August 18, 2016      19 comments

That slogan of the Slovak tourist bureau refers to the variety of geographic landscapes, and historic locations and ethic traditions within this small country. Our course in Slovak Language and Culture includes 4 separate 3 day excursions f... Read more
150+ international students and me in the Slovak countryside
Sunday, August 14, 2016      27 comments

We returned from our 3 day excursion at 11 pm last night. I've got a ton of photos to sort through but this will give you a snapshot of my traveling companions. Our group of 40 are visiting a "skanzen" an open air historical museum with b... Read more
Sites of Bratislava
Wednesday, August 10, 2016      24 comments

On Saturday all the students went on an all day walking tour of the city. We gathered in front of the National Theater. It was a short walk fo... Read more
Every morning in Bratislava, Slovakia
Tuesday, August 09, 2016      29 comments

I walk about 1/4 mile to the Danube River and along the path there until I come to this bridge. It's called the Novy Most (new bridge) or Most UFO... Read more

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