Love Where You Live – East Village, San Diego, California

As an obsessive, serial relocater, my heart is often pulled toward the next possibility.  Will we live overseas? Global south? Middle East? Adventure awaits somewhere.  But over the course of many relocations, I’ve also learned you must determine to love where you live.  For the moment, that place is near East Village in downtown San Diego.… Read More Love Where You Live – East Village, San Diego, California

Jane Austen had a sister – Jane Austen’s House Museum, Chawton, England

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” That?  That tiny little table? That is where she penned those most famous of novelic opening lines?  A true writer, I suppose, just needs three things – pen and paper and a flat surface… Read More Jane Austen had a sister – Jane Austen’s House Museum, Chawton, England

The World of James Herriot – Thirsk, Yorkshire, England

I have distinct memories of my dad chuckling while silently reading weathered copies of James Herriot’s writings.  As an adult, on a one years stint back in Mozambique, I picked up those same copies of Herriot’s All Creatures Great and Small series and I read, for the first time, literature I could truly call exquisitely written and heartwarming.  Literally.… Read More The World of James Herriot – Thirsk, Yorkshire, England

The Backyard We Didn’t Ask For

Our family recently relocated from rural Romania to urban San Diego, California, USA.  The southern California climate is known for encouraging an element of indoor/outdoor living.  Its outdoorsy culture cannot be overstated.  I was not surprised, therefore, to discover that San Diego’s version of Central Park – Balboa Park – recently created a nature play… Read More The Backyard We Didn’t Ask For

Transylvania’s Big Three – Brașov, Sighișoara, and Sibiu

First things first, a linguistics lesson.  In Romanian, the ‘ș’ makes the English ‘sh’ sound.  Thus, these notable Transylvanian cities are Bra-shov, Sigee-shwara, and See-bee-oo.  (Bucharest, for that matter, is pronounced Bucharesht in Romanian).  These cities are a huge draw to Romanian tourism and culture.  Built by Germans who migrated to central Romania at the invitation of Hungarian kings between… Read More Transylvania’s Big Three – Brașov, Sighișoara, and Sibiu