Here is where it all lands
Even though I’ve been out climbing three times since arriving here so far, nothing has been at the level that I would like. Having to rely on public transport, and the wide geographical distribution of the climbing community hasn’t helped. The three times I have been out have been in a familiar role of introducingContinue reading “The mountains awaken”
Sometimes, there are things that children say that stop me dead in my tracks. Last weekend was one of those times. John and I decided to head out into the mountains on Sunday afternoon. We had no set plan other than to follow a little road to its end and walk along a hiking trailContinue reading ““Isn’t it beautiful?””
I wish someone had told me there were two towns called Bellavista before Google Map Voice started blurting out directions. I know this now after being led through what seemed like an endless array of twists and turns through an industrial area of Chiasso to a little hamlet inhabited by a cluster of houses, aContinue reading “Finding an alpine meadow”
It is miraculous that flower should rise by flower alike in loveliness — as though mirrors of some perfection could never be too often shown — silence holds them — in that space. William Carlos Williams ‘The Crimson Cyclamen” In a few days’ time I will, once again, following a year’s hiatus, be in aContinue reading “Nurturing Sensitivity”
Just over a week ago we were in Pearson airport in Toronto waiting for our delayed flight to take off. Four hours after the scheduled departure time, we found ourselves in the plane headed to Zurich. It was an easy enough flight, but the delay meant we had to miss the transport the school hadContinue reading “The first week in Lugano”
Yesterday, was our final day in our house in Canada before we fly out to Switzerland. It was a busy day with a lot of last minute things to attend to: some repacking and re-weighing, a couple of phone calls with requisite wait times (one over three hours), a good amount of cleaning and tidying,Continue reading “One last taste before we go”
In a little over two weeks, our family will be in a new land. We are leaving Canada to take up residency in Switzerland. I have been wanting to write about our impending move for quite some time, but haven’t been sure of what to say. Rather than offer a running commentary, and oh whatContinue reading “Leaving”
“Dad, can you move the car so I can vacuum it?” she called out to me through the back door. “The cord won’t reach.” “Why don’t you move it?” I replied in all sincerity. “Because I am only thirteen and I don’t know how to drive,” she answered. I went to the singing bowl onContinue reading “A lesson”
Change I could see the remnants of the original forest that had been a part of this land in the distance. Between me and the trees lay expanses of fields carrying crops of corn, beans, and wheat. One hundred and sixty years ago, human beings cleared this land and, generations later, it looks much theContinue reading “Time’s Arrow”
“How many things are there which I do not want?” SOCRATES Last week, a friend and I were talking about his latest renovations. He told me that he had bought the necessary supplies and completed the work, but that two weeks later he found some quantities of the things he needed, which he had boughtContinue reading “Stuff”
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