Easter Customs Across Europe

Easter is a holiday filled with family, friends and reflection.  And eggs. Since ancient times, the egg and the rabbit symbolized spring and in Europe, different colored eggs, pinched from the birds’ nests, were made into talismans. During Lenten season in Medieval Europe, eggs were forbidden and consequently, considered a treat again at Easter. In […]

Homecoming, Always a Celebration

When the kids are little, you can’t wait for the day when they won’t distract you with demands for meals, rides, and errands.  Then bad-da-boom, they graduate and head off to college and onto careers and you long for an interruption – a call, a letter or an email – from that wayward daughter or […]

Spring in Switzerland Parades Past My Window

Spring parades past my Swiss house that perches on a slope overlooking Lake Geneva. Puffy gray and white clouds hover over the mountain range where Mount Blanc, the highest peak in Europe, sticks its head out like an apparition of my imagination.  On a clear day I can see as far as the water jet […]

World Class Olympic Swimmer on Wheels

Think your life is tough? Imagine learning to swim without legs?  Then go out and break the world record. Not once, but twice. In the Beijing Paralympics 2008,  Teresa Perales broke the record for 50-meter freestyle (35.88), the 100-meter freestyle (1:16.65),  and collected 3 gold medals, 2 bronze medals and a silver medal. From Sydney […]

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