My Cousin Mira

October 18, 2012

My cousin Mira, ten years older than I, has always been a mystery to me. She did things that upset our family and made them whisper about her behind her back. But the moment I (or other children) walked into the room everyone stopped talking and there was an awkward silence. Mira’s mother Mileva was […]

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An Empty Cottage

October 9, 2012

We spent the weekend at the cottage. Busy with the sale of our house and the ensuing move we haven’t been there in a long time. Most of the time our cottage sits alone. An empty house seems to me a sad and lonely place, especially a summer cottage during the cold weather months. When […]

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Homesickness

October 1, 2012

I don’t think about my home country every day. Or maybe I do, but most of the time I don’t allow myself to feel homesick. I go through weeks, maybe months living the life of everyday contentment, at ease in the world I make my home in. I mostly live without feeling the ache, that […]

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Early Fall This Year

September 26, 2012

This year, fall started with unseasonably cold temperatures in southeastern Michigan. No frost yet, but it went down to 34 F the other night. When kids came to visit last weekend we turned on the heat and huddled cozily around the dinner table. I have been cooking some of our fall favorites: roast lamb, lentil […]

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A Cup of Tea

August 20, 2012

All this talk about London this summer got me thinking about the last time I visited this magical city. In 1980 I was a college sophomore studying Shakespeare in Great Britain. Although headquartered in London, my group of American and European students traveled throughout the British Isles touring theaters, watching plays and talking to actors. […]

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When Turbulence Rattles

August 16, 2012

We moved Nena to Alabama last week. My daughter is starting a graduate program in creative writing and will be spending the next few years writing and teaching in Tuscaloosa. My oldest son Mike is visiting from Boston. We haven’t seen him since the beginning of the year and are beside ourselves with joy to […]

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State of Flux

August 3, 2012

This summer has been a time of change and constant movement for my family. Jeff and I are selling the house we have lived in for twenty years, a place where our children grew up. We are looking for a smaller, more manageable place now that it will mostly be just the two of us. […]

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Bill Moyers on Gun Control and Colorado Theater Shooting

July 23, 2012

Since the Colorado theater shooting I have been struggling to find the right words and write about the topic. Then I heard this speech by Bill Moyers and I knew that I couldn’t say it better. Bill Moyers’ video My thoughts exactly. Share and Enjoy:

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My Week in Pictures

July 23, 2012

Every day last week was so intense and eventful that when Sunday came around I had trouble slowing down. I had to take a deep breath and purposefully slacken my pace. Here is synopsis of some highlights in pictures: Every year during the third week of July, the center of our small university town turns […]

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Scanning for Trouble

July 13, 2012

Last spring I was sick with pneumonia for weeks and it took a long time to elevate my energy levels back to normal. My oncologist, ever watchful, made me go through a number of tests making sure that the pneumonia wasn’t really cancer in disguise. Although the CT scan showed a couple of scars on […]

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Dog Days of Summer

July 10, 2012

It has been hot in our part of the country. Very hot. Part of my extended family (the intrepid members, I should add!) spent a week at our cottage near Lake Michigan. The cottage has no air-conditioning. I could go into excruciating detail and tell you how uncomfortable and miserable we were every second that […]

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Days Like Pearls

June 25, 2012

To me, quiet days at our cottage can be more nurturing and healing than any medicine. Saturday and Sunday were those kinds of days and I needed them dearly. After a busy spring of painting, repairing and getting our house ready for sale, we got an offer the second day we listed it but the […]

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Our Girls

June 18, 2012

A few weeks ago my daughter Nena, sister Branka and I went to pick up Branka’s daughter Nicole from college. On the way back, we stopped at our cottage on Lake Michigan and spent a few lazy days together. Just the four of us girls. The weather was bad. It was unseasonably cold and it […]

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