Handy Hands

I fell down. Don’t worry. I cracked my wrist, wore a cast for a month and now I am back to normal. Functioning without a left wrist was a challenge as I couldn’t work on the blog. As you see that has changed. These events put me in mind of handedness and I have been […]

Handy Hands

Guest Post: Unhappy Royals – Or What Happens When You try to Break the Rules

Editor’s Note: We’re happy to share a guest post from Simone’s daughter, Dina Cramer….     Much has been written about Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s recent announcement that they were stepping back from the British royal family, moving abroad part-time, and becoming financially independent. And all this without getting the Queen’s permission. It remains […]

Guest Post: Unhappy Royals – Or What Happens When You try to Break the Rules

Happy New Year Everywhere!

The start of a new year answers an age-old yearning by humans for a fresh beginning, the equivalent of an animal’s shedding of an old skin to replace it with a new, shiny and unwrinkled one. (And don’t we wish that we could). Perhaps we even wish to abandon our chrysalis altogether and fly away […]

Happy New Year Everywhere!

Loss and Longing (originally published July, 2016)

Editors note: Simone has a broken wrist so is temporarily limited in her writing. She’s going to be back at it pretty soon, but in the meantime, we are happy to republish this post from 2016. —————————————————————————————————- Simone’s Preface…. “The way this one was born is sort of typical of how I start associating. I […]

Loss and Longing (originally published July, 2016)

Bonjour! Revolution? Our French Origin Story

  France’s role in American life predates the birth of the United States. Our founding Fathers were greatly influenced by French Philosophers of the Enlightenment- Voltaire, Diderot, Rousseau. Thomas Jefferson loved everything French; Benjamin Franklin loved quite a few French women and spent many years in France. These founding Americans absorbed the concepts of “Liberty, […]

Bonjour!  Revolution?  Our French Origin Story

The Secret Life of Trees

From my window I see a very tall tree with contorted branches. It looks the same throughout the year so there is really nothing to “observe” about it except for the visiting crows and sparrows who perch on it on their way somewhere else. I have found out that it is a twisted oak tree. […]

The Secret Life of Trees