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DECEMBER 29, 2013 3:48PM

Holiday Hormones



Hells bells!

My period came again.

There was a time, I think it was when I was about 9 or 10 that I couldn't wait to get my period. “It means you're a teenager,” my mom said. Being a teenager was my greatest ambition at the time. I… Read full post »

DECEMBER 24, 2013 11:33AM

Who do you think you Are? Hengelo Edition

Joe College came home from Leiden last night, excited to show me “something cool” he'd found on the net. He'd discovered ancestry.com and was doing a little research into the distaff side. My husband's family, being Dutch and originally (way back in the 1500s) German, has a detailed familRead full post »

DECEMBER 15, 2013 6:29AM

Rest in Peace, Madiba: A Playlist

 Watching the funeral on TV.

The Lion sleeps in Qunu 
Who would have dreamt in 1987...

The best tribute yet
DECEMBER 13, 2013 4:48PM

Friday the 13th and First World Problems

Yesterday I got the third worst haircut of my life. The first being the pixie-cut my mom thought was a good idea in 1968, the second being the time I went to the “alternative” stylist in 1990 and had my locks shorn down with clipper No. 2 and lived life onRead full post »

DECEMBER 9, 2013 10:41AM

9 December, Winter is Coming!



9 December and it's a record: the greeting cards are out the door, the gifts are purchased and waiting to be wrapped, the front door wreath is hung with care, the tree is installed but won't be decorated until the weekend, lights and ornaments have been reviewed, revised and/or… Read full post »




Yes. The parsnip. A more unfortunately visaged and monnikered vegetable would be hard to imagine. Much maligned, little loved in modern times, there they were, a large contingent in my bi-weekly bio veg bag at the greengrocer.

The parsnip is actually very good for you. O… Read full post »

This challenge made me think of a carnival barker, the proverbial snake oil salesman. I gave him the name Dr. Spudman because that covered part of the challenge. This Dr. Spudman has nothing to do with the real Dr. Spudman at OS. To see the terms of the challenge, please view… Read full post »

AUGUST 14, 2013 4:53PM

The Voudou Queen: New Orleans Part II

 Marie 2

Orléans has St. Jeanne d'Arc as its patron saint. Ancient Egypt had Cleopatra. New Orleans has Marie Laveau as patron “saint” and Voudou queen and to make things even more interesting, there were two Marie Laveaus, mother and daughter.

marie 3 

I'm writing about… Read full post »

AUGUST 10, 2013 4:24PM

Hisa Bo Man! New Orleans Part I



 It is 1997 and the blackest night you can imagine except for the full moon peeking out from behind the clouds every now and again. We are marching with an enormous drum band along a torch lit road. Our 2-year-old imp is along for the fun in his stroller.… Read full post »

AUGUST 6, 2013 1:13PM

10 Feet Off of Beale


Day 3 on the road found us in Memphis. The boys noticed that a number of cities along the Mississippi have names corresponding to cities in the ancient world, most notably Cairo and Memphis. “That's because the Mississippi is the American Nile,” I told them, “and it's Kay-roRead full post »

AUGUST 3, 2013 8:53PM

A Night At the Grand Ole Opry

 Opry outside day

We chuffed into Nashville around 6 pm. and managed to get the last 2 rooms at the La Quinta, or so the desk clerk would have us believe. All I wanted was a hot shower, some food and a chance to stretch out on a bed someone else made up… Read full post »

JULY 30, 2013 10:41PM

Talkin' Hank



Because we'd planned a road trip to Chattanooga, Nashville along Mississippi on down to Louisiana, I spent some time considering my take-along reading material. Economy class flights are stringent about suitcase weight and I was not going to lug a ton of books around in my carry… Read full post »

JULY 30, 2013 12:03AM

A Part Time Dixie Chick

I’m back. Did you miss me?

The past week or so offline, I’ve been, as they say, “gathering material” with which to entertain you and my gathering has taken me to the American Deep South. So, grab an iced tea, a mint julep, hey, I’ve even got beer (domestic) if you’Read full post »

JULY 8, 2013 3:55PM





It has been one of those weekends that make you forget the long, long winter and the preceding five plus weeks of miserable weather. Summer is well and truly esconced in beautiful Twente. Of course we spent it with family, because that is what you do here.

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JUNE 27, 2013 11:13AM

Goldbach Variations


Goldbach's  Conjecture is an (as yet) unsolved mathematical problem which proposes that every integer greater than 2 can be expressed as the sum of two prime numbers.

Although I am a complete dunce at algebra (fractions, simple addition and subtraction as well, to be honest), the philos… Read full post »


 Swamp 11

 The Bantry Bay

Last night I went for a pitjit massage to get all the kinks out of my neck. Ibu Cis, the wonderful masseuse opined that they weren't stress kinks this time, I probably should just ditch my pillow. “No,” I said, “Stress levels are way down.&r… Read full post »





Friday evening as I was getting dressed to go out to the live music benefit for the childrens' hospital in Kiev, I heard FOTI call my name in a tone of voice which told me there was either a frog situation or a bird situation on theRead full post »

MAY 30, 2013 2:17PM

Party Garmin



Yesterday I went to visit Tante Jet in Steenwijk, which is approximately 112 km to the north east of Hengelo. My navigational skills are the stuff of legend but I refused Jet's offer to send me detailed directions to her house. I am golden. I have a Garmin… Read full post »

MAY 20, 2013 2:09PM

Blast from the Past

K. wants ot be friends with you on Facebook


The message flashes in my mailbox on this cold, rainy Monday afternoon. It is a long holiday weekend and although the garden looks beautiful, the cold and damp are keeping me from enjoying it. So I checked my email.… Read full post »

MAY 17, 2013 3:11PM

Soul Inspection


Sifting through the Huffpo this morning, waiting for my CandyCrush lives to be replenished, I happened upon the following article.





It is a guide of… Read full post »

MAY 6, 2013 10:10AM

Venus Came Running From the Waves

Finally-- a whole afternoon to paint!

This one was inspired by a beautiful photograph of Miss 10 on the Florida Coast posted by her mom, Marianne Spellman a while back. It made me think of Botticelli, but then, with a twist and in  a different light...

Venus 2 




&… Read full post »

APRIL 30, 2013 7:06AM

Oranje Boven!


 Vlag en Wimpel

It is the 30th of April, Koninginnedag. This is the symbolic (not actual) birthday celebration of the Dutch queen. Normally on this day the Dutch royal family and their entourage visit one of the provinces and join the “folk” in celebrations, mainly old Dutch games a… Read full post »

APRIL 28, 2013 3:33PM

Magnolia Magnificat

Some magnolias on a beautiful spring day. 
 Magnolia 1
Magnolia 2
Magnolia 4 
* All photos are my own.  Read full post »
NOVEMBER 14, 2012 3:19AM

Autumn Magick


I live in a Breughel painting. These are some views of the country lanes where I walk my dogs. They are beautiful in all seasons, but at this time of year they are positively enchanting.


 Yes, the sky really is that gray. This is around lunchtime,Read full post »

Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” -- William Morris



 While visiting an art gallery I overheard a client telling the gallery owner that he needed "a piece of art to fit my wall". &nbsRead full post »