Category Archives: Holidays

Celebrations, festivities, gathering of friends, communing, sharing

exactly where you are

just that perfect place …you are embraced by your favorite sweater, cuddled in your favorite jeans and sneakers,  inclined back in your favorite summer lounge chair, and the one of the last wonderful suns of October is right where you want it, and … Continue reading

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FASNACHT IN BASEL

Since 4:00 a.m. the sound of “tu tu de doo tu tu doo doo” pipes punctuate the atmosphere, funny, bizarre, sometimes grotesque costumes  entice one to reach for the camera, children with painted faces, eyes of bewilderment, a solitary artist, hands decorated … Continue reading

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FOREIGN WISDOM (Japanese/German/English Words of Wisdom from Masako, my Japanese Eurythmy friend

  Rummaging through my old journals, I luckily stumbled upon a poem that my friend, Masako, had given me during my recovery from a hysterectomy.  Masako and I met while we studied Eurythmy at the Academy of Eurythmische Kunst in Switzerland. I recall … Continue reading

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WE

We, brown skinned, black skinned, ivory skinned women, We, of upright posture and pearly teeth, We, Sisters who carry the weight of the spirits… Our children….our children, vessels of attempted destruction. We sow, reap, We keep quiet, speak, We hurt, … Continue reading

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WOMEN SHIFTING PAST EXIT(Imprisoned Smiles)

The women of Mae Hong Son, Thailand continue to partake of a custom initiated by the men hundreds of years ago. According to our guide, this custom was initiated so that the men can hear when their women sexually stray.  These resplendent, … Continue reading

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Chocolate Covered Southern Belle (In Honor of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.)

When I moved to Europe, I recall wanting to march to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, even thought it meant that I would march alone.  My husband suggested that this practice would be odd in Europe because it is … Continue reading

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KWANZAA, The icing on the cake of Christmas

I love the Christmas holidays. Especially when the gift giving is over and my family observes the celebration of KWANZAA, an African-American tradition of observing seven wonderful principles from December 26-January 1. Here, at our house in France, we have … Continue reading

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I’D RATHER TYPE THAN SIP(HUMBLE THANKS TO WORDPRESS)

Dear WordPress, Because of your platform, I have ventured inside myself to restore suppressed imagery, hidden emotions, and flowers waiting to blossom, irregardless of the weather. My fingers caress the miniature black buttons of my laptop, and the remnants of … Continue reading

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MAIL TRESPASSING

I DO NOT…REPEAT….DO NOT WORK FOR THE CIA or the FBI!!!!I AM NOT A SPY! I am seriously thinking about writing these statements in huge letters on seven envelopes and sending them to the French, Swiss, and American postal service. … Continue reading

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THE MAGIC OF THANKS II

  There is a magic that filtered into our abode in Alsace, France on November 26, 2010…..the day that I prepared the finals for Thanksgiving dinner, including the roasting of the turkey.  Okay, let’s see.  The pecan pie was finished … Continue reading

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