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Barbara’s Unexpected Death

How does the death of an acquaintance affect you? That’s the issue I’m currently having trouble with — the sudden, unexpected death of someone I was looking forward to getting to know better. I’m not talking about the death of a friend. But not a casual acquaintance either. Someone who fits somewhere in between those […]

How Many Visas in Your Passport?

Kate Benzin

“You have not demonstrated that you have the ties that will compel you to return to your home country after your travel to the United States.” Americans – please don’t complain about the trouble involved in getting a visitor’s visa for China, Bolivia, Russia – or wherever. I hope I didn’t offend you. I’m American […]

Buckwheat – It’s a Pseudocereal

Buckwheat pseudocereal

If you’re gluten-intolerant, then you probably already know about buckwheat. If you’ve browsed health sites online, you might have read about pillows filled with buckwheat groats. My favorite u-neck travel pillow is called a Bucky, and yes, it’s filled with buckwheat hulls. If you’re a world traveler, you might know that buckwheat is popular in Russia – […]

Grandma and Garlic

Grandma and Garlic

Recently, one of my cousins posted a recipe for garlic soup on Facebook along with the advice to have it frquently during the winter to help defeat colds, flu, and viruses. I ‘liked’ her post and commented, “Grandma Clark used garlic as a cure-all.” Then I went merrily on my way. But this post stuck in […]

Musings on Time Passing

Musings on Time Passing

My Mom is 92 years old and in darn good physical shape for a woman of that age. No complaints about aches and pains. But she’s lost much of her memory. She didn’t know who I was when I visited a few months ago. That’s not unexpected since she hasn’t seen me a lot over […]