A Slice of Life – Kurdistan: Volume 3

I woke up this morning to bright sunshine creating shadows on the walls. It is almost spring in Kurdistan. While indoors it is still brutally cold because of concrete buildings and lack of insulation, all of nature is breathing signs of spring. From goslings to buds on trees, life is bursting forth. We have heard … Continue reading A Slice of Life – Kurdistan: Volume 3

Christmas Eve Reflection from Thessaloniki

Every year I write a Christmas Eve Reflection. Usually it's in a fully decorated home with Christmas music playing in the background. It's written in the midst of the frenzied joy of Christmas in the West and I usually have presents to wrap and stockings to fill. This year I write it from the sunshine … Continue reading Christmas Eve Reflection from Thessaloniki

#Onlythegood – Volume One

  Readers, in light of the overabundance of tragic news from around the world, I am beginning a new project. Every Thursday I will be posting links to things that have happened in our world that are good; activities and people who bring humor, light, and justice to our world. I would love for you … Continue reading #Onlythegood – Volume One

The Days We Never Laugh

I am holding my grandson as my daughter enters the room. I watch as he shrieks and lets out a belly laugh. He loved his mama even before he has words to express it. And there's something else - he already knows how to laugh.  A few years ago I was working on a project … Continue reading The Days We Never Laugh

Lenten Journey: Palm Fronds and Hosannas

Palm fronds await us as we enter into our parish. It is Palm Sunday - that joyous day before Holy Week, where all of life makes sense as Jesus rides into Jerusalem, greeted by masses of people proclaiming him king. Unlike those crowds who gathered that day so long ago, we know what is coming. … Continue reading Lenten Journey: Palm Fronds and Hosannas

The Magic of a Picnic

When our children were small, and our bank accounts smaller, we would look at each other, laugh, and say "At least we can picnic!" And picnic we did. On lawns and in front yards, at rivers and on beaches, in play grounds and even indoors - there was always time for a picnic. Picnics have … Continue reading The Magic of a Picnic

Surprised by Spring

   My heart’s been in a bit of a dither. I’ve had a strange week. Last Friday afternoon was a tad unsettling. I was a part of a conversation that misfired. We couldn’t seem to connect. I kept misunderstanding her and I could tell that caused frustration. Saturday I felt keenly my foreignness. Kansas was … Continue reading Surprised by Spring

I Love Where I Live-Part I

Sometimes I remember other places where I used to live and I sigh with nostalgia. When you’ve been everywhere it’s hard to settle somewhere. I regularly battle postal code envy. This morning as I was getting ready for the day I smiled. I have a good life. There’s so much about living here that I … Continue reading I Love Where I Live-Part I

How to Find Joy in 2015 – Especially for the Third Culture Individual

How to Find Joy in 2015—An Amateur Joy Hunter’s Guide for the Restless, for Those Longing for Adventure or for the Third Culture Individual by Robynn. Follow Robynn on Twitter here. I have to admit that for the first time in my middle-aged life I stood on the threshold of this new year with trepidation … Continue reading How to Find Joy in 2015 – Especially for the Third Culture Individual