St. Sophia Cathedral

St. Sophia Cathedral

A visit to St. Sophia Cathedral is a highlight of any holiday in Kyiv. For us, it was one of the most vivid memories of our time in the capital. Based on research of wall inscriptions within the cathedral, historians believe the foundation was laid in about 1011 by...

Mount Airy “Mayberry,” North Carolina

Mount Airy “Mayberry,” North Carolina

When we move to a new state, we make a point of trying to get to know our new home. What works for us is taking day trips to places that interest us. Back in late September, long before the cool weather would begin to settle in, we headed up to Mount Airy. Mount Airy...

Paris Apartments in the Age of Airbnb

Paris Apartments in the Age of Airbnb

Last Spring, we had the pleasure of spending a whole week in Paris. We rented a 2 bedroom apartment and were joined by our daughter, son-in-law and our almost two year old granddaughter. The purpose of our visit was to attend our youngest daughter's graduation from a...

Home, Where Our Loved Ones Are

Home, Where Our Loved Ones Are

Yesterday I alluded to the concept of "home" and asked the question, What is "home?" Is it a house? Or is a house just a physical structure devoid of purpose, other than perhaps as an investment. Does someone have to be living in it to be called a home. Yes, that's an...

Year End Review, New Year Beginning

Year End Review, New Year Beginning

System Reboot.......Day 1 of a New Year.......and a new challenge..... Will I accept the challenge? Yes. Will I succeed in this challenge of writing and posting something every day for the next 100 days? That's another matter entirely. But, on day one, I will succeed....

Tracks to Nowhere

Tracks to Nowhere

Train tracks to nowhere. I've attempted to write about what these tracks symbolize for the light rail expansion in the DFW Metro area. I've also written about what their abandonment means to what was essentially an all out desertion of nationwide passenger rail...

Therapy in Solitude in Paris

Therapy in Solitude in Paris

When I think of a relaxing activity, one of the first things that comes to mind is reading a good book or going for coffee at a cafe. What would not occur to me is to take a book to a sidewalk cafe after dark to read in public. Reading in a park or at the beach makes...