19Mar, 2018

Book Companion Post: My Aunt Herta

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Herta and I, Wiesbaden, 2002 Today would have been my Aunt Herta's birthday. I like to remember loved ones on their birthdays, and since Herta is one of the key characters in Jumping Over Shadows, I thought I'd create a tribute to her. Not only was Herta a key character in the book, but she was also a [...]

2Mar, 2018

To the Lighthouse

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How can a public place can be so personal? How can I be so attached to a place I don't own,  maintain, nor have a say in its very existence? Such as the pier and lighthouse at Loyola Beach? That place is a touchstone in my life, a spot where I feel I meet myself and can think about who I [...]

23Feb, 2018

Why Returning to Our Roots is so Meaningful

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Why is it so meaningful to return to your roots? To where your ancestors are from? To visit places you only know from stories and pictures? I’ve asked myself that every time I traveled to my grandparents’ hometown, Liberec, in the Czech Republic. Standing in front of the villa they used to own feels like I’m visiting an old friend; sitting [...]

16Feb, 2018

Book Companion Post: How to Come Up with Book Events

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When I first contemplated promoting my book Jumping Over Shadows through events, I was stumped to come up with topics I could present. {read the rest of the article on She Writes}  

9Feb, 2018

Venice Revisited

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This is my favorite photo of our trip to Venice last March: My brother's hands caught taking a photo of the Grand Canale as we were standing on the Rialto Bridge. I've been meaning to share the best of my Venice shots all this time, and now that I'm a bit incapacitated with my hip problem, I finally plowed through [...]

1Feb, 2018

31 Happy Things

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Yours truly visiting the Ice Palace in St. Paul, MN Sunday, January 28, 2018 Inspired by a prompt in the current winter issue of Bella Grace, I kept a log for the past month, writing down one happy thing per day. I found it to be a good practice that, as easy as it sounds, still required a [...]

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