September 30, 2018

The burnished green and leafy vine is climbing high on this ancient Abbey.

It’s knocking on the tiny window of this small work space inside, asking to come in.

No, I think, you’re really better off outside in the sunshine, and with access to resources like the nutrients...

September 23, 2018

“Let’s get some fuel here on the highway before we get into the city of Nice.” Dad said, sensibly.  

I wanted a drink and to stretch my legs, as we’d driven 2 and a half of the 3 and a half hours from Stresa, Italy towards Nice, France -- which was to be our next destin...

September 21, 2018

What shall we do today?  

Our last full day in Italy, on Lake Maggiore’s Isola del Pescatori (or Island of the Fishermen), and last full day on the shore side town of Stresa, Italy, was meant to be spent wandering and shopping, testing gelato and cheese-less pizza, hitt...

September 20, 2018

When your hotel room faces the east, you better have your curtains drawn, or the glorious Italian sun will wake you 3 hours before the kitchen staff arrive to serve your breakfast.  And so it was this morning, I rose, literally, with the sun. But, I busied myself with...

September 19, 2018

Any good writer will tell you that as a good writer; you should be able to switch gracefully and easily between subject matter and write about what you know, what you think...and of course, what you see, hear and feel. 

So, in the spirit o...

August 8, 2018

Originally written:  Friday, September 20, 2013

If there is anything that summarizes an experience in a major city like Paris...or New York City or London I would have to say that it would be Humanity and Candy....and a Cafe or two.

The morning brought Humanity.  First,...

August 8, 2018

Originally written, Thursday, September 19, 2013

Paris Shondering and The History of Emotion

The alarm went off like a scream in the night, and in spite of that, my mom still had to reach over and poke me to get me to fully wake up and dash over to turn it off.  Yeah.......

August 7, 2018

Preface...

As I look forward to my upcoming trip to Europe, I looked back at my blog posts from my last trip to Europe in 2013.  That trip was almost exactly 5 years ago...and that was pre-Rin and pre-Therapy Dog volunteering, and boy, I was lost.  I was still a bit stu...

July 31, 2018

Recently, someone asked me, "How did you and Rin get started at WakeMed? Did it take a long time? Were you nervous? Was Rin nervous?" and I remember thinking, "I wrote a blog post about this way back in 2014...I need to go back and find that blog post, so I can retrace...

July 23, 2018

This is probably more of a cat-lovers blog post...or a Christmas story-type of blog post;  but honestly, it's just too good of a true story not to blog about...so, pretend it's Christmastime, and enjoy!

I noticed him right away.

He sat in the lobby of WakeMed in a C...

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