We have arrived!

Spain journal (E1)  July 1, 2010 These journals chronicle my experiences and reflections on my trip to Spain with my husband as part of a group of 15 students and professors. The flight didn’t seem horribly long. I spent part of the time reading, part of the time trying to sleep (which was mostly unsuccessful). […]

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El Palacio Real de Madrid

3 julio 2010 El Palacio Real de Madrid fue construido después que un incendio destruyó el primero castillo en 1734. Fue completado en 1760 para el Rey Carlos III. El rey era italiano y les invitó a muchos artistas italianos para contribuir a la construcción y decoración del palacio. Los arquitectos eran Jubara, Sacchetti y […]

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I love to travel and have had many experiences that I have recounted in personal and email journals. In July 2010, my husband and I went with a group of students on a Study Abroad Program in Spain. I wrote many journal entries and essays, and now have decided to post them here. The journal […]


Photo Challenge-Summer

It is too hard to pick just one photo! However, there is one constant theme of my summer every year: a relaxing week or two at the cottage, our summer home in northern Wisconsin. These pictures were all taken in the area last summer.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrast: Transition

Contrast: Transition

I selected this photo for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrast because the silhouette of the elderly woman seated in a lonely chair against stark white emptiness of the background captures a poignant moment of transition for her. I think it represents how elderly people must face the increasing loss of their independence as they age.

My mother was being moved from the retirement home apartment she had lived in independently to the Assisted Living section. Little remained in her apartment when this photo was taken, and I found the image a striking insight of what she must have been feeling in that moment. Mother must have felt a bit lonely, and scared, knowing she could no longer live independently and unsure of what to make of this move. What did it mean for the end of her life? How much would she be able to do on her own in Assisted Living? Would she still have contact with her friends? These were questions she might have been contemplating.

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Rudeness is Brown

I reached into my box of prompts and pulled one out. Practice writing synethsesia today by giving something colorless (hunger, panic, laughter, etc.) color, and describing it.” OK, here goes. Rudeness is brown. I have nothing against the color brown; in fact, I rather like it. Brown shoes go with everything; brown clothes can be […]

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Shoes: A family story

I wrote this story loosely based on a true family story that happened in 1956. It is told from my brother’s point of view. Allen looked down at his feet as he stood in line for the bathroom at school. He eyed the trailing shoe laces self-consciously as his teacher’s voice echoed in his mind: “Allen, tie your […]

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