Architecture, Nature, The Americas

8 Postcards from my Happy Place

I’m still thinking of the lake. We were there a month ago. If I close my eyes, I smell the woods; leaves, moss, and fresh oxygen. I hear wind rushing through the trees. I see my fingers dangling from a canoe into rust-colored waters; el lago donde reside mi alma; the lake where my soul […]

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Argentina, Chile, Natural World, The Americas

10 Peeks at a Fairyland of Snow

Tuesday morning we woke up, looked out the window, and what did we see? Our landscape was transformed overnight into a winter wonderland. Each tree carried a canopy of fluff. The temperatures had dropped below zero freezing the precipitation. Say, have I ever mentioned that we talk about the weather a lot in the Midwest? […]

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Spanish Culture and Language, The Americas

Land of the Free

We study US history in school, learning about our valiant founding fathers. At baseball games we sing our national anthem that hails the United States as the “land of the free.” Is it? Was it founded upon the ideals of freedom for all people? Women of any race, African Americans and American Indians weren’t the […]

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Spanish Culture and Language, travel

25 Years Ago Today

Evan and I went on our first date in 1994. While we were going to UT Austin, we met at a party in 1993. First we dated each other’s colleagues. He and I were friends for a year and email pen pals for two months when internet mail was new. Correspondence was key to us […]

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