Here is where it all lands
We were back at work last week, following our three-week winter break. We enjoyed our vacation, even though we were hampered by the ever changing Covid restrictions and testing demands. John’s unvaccinated status also limited our activity. While I was concerned that he might contract a version of the virus, I was also aware thatContinue reading “Back to work”
Yesterday, was New Year’s Eve in the Gregorian calendar, and as we set off for our journey to a beatific little Italian village, I cast my mind to the question of why the turning of the year, in whatever tradition, holds such significance and special symbolism for us. There is an undoubted focus on theContinue reading “Every day is special – my wish for you”
Any day is a good day to reach out and touch someone in kindness and warmth. Any day, it is “good” to write a letter, a message, an email, or make a call to say “I’m thinking of you.” Yet some days, like today, Christmas Day, days when people of observance gather together in body,Continue reading “Christmas Day – a gamut of emotions”
It is winter vacation time here in Ticino. Elizabeth has flown back to Canada for ten days and Katerina, John and I find ourselves together to experience what we can. A couple of months ago we had talked of plans to catch planes and visit places that were otherwise names on a map, and IContinue reading “Ski”
“Adversity introduces us to ourselves.” Max Brooks, Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre There is something about how we deal with unexpected adversity that can tell us a lot about ourselves, if we care to reflect on it. Today was one such day. Saturday – 9:40 am I turned the ignition key, onlyContinue reading “What I learned from a flat battery”
Lately, I have been very deliberate in searching for the beautiful things in the world in places where others may not. This has seen me trying to uncover what lies beneath the obvious by, literally and metaphorically, lifting rocks, digging in the soil, scouring alleyways, and trying to hear others through the veneers of smallContinue reading “It isn’t always pretty”
Dear Sis, The first thing that came to mind as I typed the salutation above was how I always address you with this diminutive “Sis”, and how you address me as “Ath”. As you know, in our heritage such words are used to express endearment and affection. Isn’t it quite something to be aware ofContinue reading “Happy Birthday, Darling Sis”
If this were the beginning of a poem, he would have called the thing he felt inside him the silence of snow. Orhan Pamuk – Snow I didn’t grow up with snow. To visit snow was a good few hours’ journey and, even then, it was to the ski fields, and only for a briefContinue reading “Snow”
Dear father, Today, December 6, is the day the Greek Orthodox Church acknowledges the Feast Day of Agios Nikolaos, the Saint whose name you were given. If you were still alive, I would call you. If I could, I would join you there in the backyard that was, embrace you, kiss you on the cheek,Continue reading “A letter for you, father”
I ate lunch outside today – Pizzoccheri and red cabbage slaw. Yes, it was only 5 degrees, and everyone else sat in the cafeteria. That was OK. I was wearing my 700 fill down jacket, had a bowl of hot vegetable soup to sip on and, even though I was in the shade, the sunContinue reading “If Tomorrow Never Comes”
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