Happy Mother’s Day to my Pioneer Mom
As we say in French “merci mille fois” thank you a million times for being my mom! Greeting card companies remind us to mark this day, but I think of you every day. I have been so fortunate to have been born to you — a generous, kindhearted, intelligent Norwegian-American mom, who guided me […]
Sun Is Out, Cows Moved Up, Spring is Here
After a arduous, cold, grey winter spring finally arrived in the mountains, but it took its own sweet time getting here! During our favorite mountain hike, the local farmer passed us on the dirt lane; he stopped and opened the back gate of his livestock truck. Then we watched spellbound, as a herd of cows […]
Biarritz Coastal Resort Haven for Surfers
After living in Paris for years, I was well traveled to most parts of France, but I’d never set foot in her southwest, Biarritz topped my bucket list. Perched on the Atlantic cliff side near the Spanish border in the Basque Region, settlements around the city date back to prehistoric times. The Vikings invaded […]
Hometown Engraved in Heart Forever
Many Sterlingites moved away from town, but like me still bleed blue and gold. Like a tattoo, our Sterling High School days remain ingrained in our hearts. Decades ago, I moved to Europe to pursue my crazy (at that time) dream to play pro basketball, but Sterling has remained my chez moi. Relocating dozens […]
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