The Deep Freeze

February 6, 2014

More snow fell yesterday. Our driveway and path to the house are becoming deep tunnels. The temperature is consistently below zero. All around us stretches an expanse of clean whiteness. Long icicles hang from trees and roof-lines. The bird feeder is snowed in and the birds are nowhere in sight. The tips of the young […]

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The Great Divide

January 29, 2014

This cold, sunny morning I spoke via Skype with some members of my family in Serbia. Today is my cousin Maja’s birthday and a number of guests came to her home to visit and celebrate. And when they are all together like that, they like to call me so I, too, can feel like a […]

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Polar Vortex: Rerun

January 24, 2014

This is what my bedroom window looked like this morning: Our house is old and the windows are old, but still, I have not seen frost designs this intricate since I was a child. Outside, the thermometer registered -9 F. And this is not even the coldest it’s been this winter. The roads are slippery […]

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Cold Days

January 13, 2014

Dear friends, please forgive me for my long absence.  Many of you wrote wondering if I am healthy and well. I am  deeply touched by your concern and I thank you for it. I am well but I did have a difficult fall and a difficult winter. I wish I could tell you all about […]

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One of Those Weeks

September 19, 2013

My week started off with a visit to a dermatologist to check a couple of suspicious looking spots on my nose. I walked out of his office with a nose bandaged like a mummy. On the way home, I had to stop at a grocery store to pick up a roasted chicken for dinner. People […]

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Part of the Tribe

September 6, 2013

I don’t want you to think that all was sad and desolate in Banostor during our visit. Let me tell you what happened. We (my uncle Joep – my mother’s brother who has lived in Holland since 1964 – his son Nick, his granddaughter Sophie, Sam, Nikki and I) unlocked the gate to the deserted […]

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Then and Now

August 29, 2013

This is one of my earliest memories: I am a very little girl, maybe three or four years old. I am sitting with my baby sister on the floor of my uncle’s kitchen in Belgrade. The adults are sitting around the table listening to my aunt read a story from the evening paper. They are […]

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My Summer Vacation

August 22, 2013

Dear readers, I am sorry for being out of touch for so long. I did not forget you. I thought of you many times. I felt guilty for not writing. Here is what happened: At the end of May, a week after moving into our new house (the same house that we had spent the […]

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First Days in Serbia

June 15, 2013

We arrived in Serbia a few days ago. The weather is sunny and hot, just like the summers I remember from my childhood. We left the cold weather of Western Europe behind and entered a different world. We have jumped through a rabbit hole. Sam, Nikki, my uncle Joep and I have been staying with […]

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Cold Days in Holland

June 5, 2013

I arrived in the Netherlands a few days ago, and it’s been cold (50’s) every day so far. I realize now that I was thinking more of Serbia when I packed since I brought only one sweater and one light jacket. The rest are light summer dresses. My aunt and uncle have been taking good […]

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My Life In Pictures

May 26, 2013

My family and I have been very busy. We bought a new house in February, worked on renovating it the entire spring, and just m0ved in last Friday. Here are a few scenes from our lives in the past few months: This week I am traveling to Europe, first to the Netherlands then to Serbia. […]

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Rest in Peace Bridget Spence

April 5, 2013

I never met Bridget Spence, but for a number of years now she and I have been communicating through our writing. I read Bridget’s blog faithfully and delighted in her exuberance, unflinching honesty and good humor. This beautiful young woman passed away last night before midnight. She was surrounded by her loving family: her husband, […]

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First Day of Spring

March 21, 2013

Yesterday was the first day of spring but I was completely oblivious until a text message from my friend Jelena greeted me with “Happy Spring!” Whoa! How could I forget such a welcome arrival? How could I forget? Easily. For days now the weather has been cold, overcast, gray, snowy and all around miserable. I […]

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