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Sparkpeople.com is my lifeline - my tether to a healthy lifestyle

Tuesday, July 28, 2015      20 comments

I’ve been here for over 6 years. I’ve been in maintenance for over 5 years. I login every day unless I do not have Internet access. This has been a traveling, family summer. On June 26 DH & I took DD#2 & family to Europe ... Read more

Our 3 Generation European Vacation - Paris, France - Country 6 of 6

Friday, July 24, 2015      14 comments

It’s not easy to describe Paris in a short blog We ate in a lot of sidewalk cafes unless people were smoking. Then we looked for an indoor location. Can’t enjoy the city when I’m wheezing. Read more

Our 3 Generation European Vacation - Vienna, Austria - Country 5 of 6

Thursday, July 23, 2015      13 comments

After stopping for 1 night in Bratislava to return our cars, we arranged a “limo” for the 45 min drive to Vienna. When DH & I travel alone, we take the bus between these 2 cities for 7 Euros each. However, considering the time and hassle o... Read more

Our 3 Generation European Vacation - Budapest, Hungary - Country 4 of 6

Wednesday, July 22, 2015      22 comments

DH & I have visited Budapest several times but always as part of a river cruise tour. We do not speak ANY Hungarian and the language is unlike any other in Europe. The Danube divides the city into 2 parts: Buda (hilly side) and Pest (fla... Read more

Our 3 Generation European Vacation - Slovakia - Country 3 of 6

Monday, July 20, 2015      17 comments

Slovakia, the eastern part of the former Czechoslovakia, was created on Jan 1, 1993 as part of the “Velvet Divorce.” I first visited in 2008 when I reunited with family with whom there had been no contact for 70 years. DH & I have re... Read more

Our 3 Generation European Vacation - Prague, CZ - Country 2 of 6

Saturday, July 18, 2015      18 comments

My generation remembers Prague as the capital of Czechoslovakia, but that country peacefully decided to separate into the Czech Republic and Slovakia on Jan 1, 1993 - the "Velvet Divorce." We flew from Zurich to Prague and I persuaded DD ... Read more

Our 3 generation European Vacation - Switzerland -- Country 1 of 6

Friday, July 17, 2015      30 comments

DH & I with DD#2 and her DH and 2 teenage children flew from Washington DC into Zurich and took a train to Chur. Chur was a lovely, picturesque... Read more

Updated my website with our April trip

Tuesday, June 23, 2015      26 comments

"A Conference, a Half Marathon and Walking through History" http://www.brigs.us/Euro
pe-Apr-2015/index.htm Now on to the next adventure with DD#2 and family in 2 days. From the Glacier Express in the Swiss Alps to Pra... Read more

What a JERK!! The enablers and saboteurs in our lives

Tuesday, June 16, 2015      23 comments

DH was surprised to hear me yelling at the TV. I had been asleep on the coach. Sunday was my REST day and I was really, really resting. I awoke to see a show on TV that was unfamiliar to me – “My 600 Pound Life.” So who was the jer... Read more

Expanding My Fitness Horizons

Thursday, June 11, 2015      25 comments

I write all the time that logging into Spark every morning provides my daily dose of motivation. Sometimes it comes from an article, sometimes from a blog or even a recipe. If you are my spark friend, you are likely aware that exercise was... Read more

"In a Cloud of DUST with a Hearty Hi-Ho Silver!"

Thursday, June 04, 2015      17 comments

Thank you to all who read and commented on my blog yesterday. 8 days on the road including 4 with MIL in a nursing home, put me in a very introspective mood. Finally at home this morning, I find that Mr. Thompson’s quote still suggests... Read more

Thoughts from a Nursing Home and an Unfortunate Quote

Wednesday, June 03, 2015      25 comments

Thank you for the kind messages about my MIL. She is settled into her new location and seems content with the situation. I visit several nursing homes as part of our church ministry and from what I’ve seen here so far, this one is excellent.... Read more

Spreading the Spark and More

Sunday, May 31, 2015      24 comments

I’ve been on the road since Wednesday morning with only enough spark time to post my status. The last time I gave a conference presentation was just before my retirement and the focus was Educational Technology. My topic was “Virtual ... Read more

Quo Vadis? Where are you going?

Thursday, May 21, 2015      15 comments

Some grandmotherly advice for all you young women out there. Since I’m 68, it’s likely that anyone reading this is younger than me. I’m working on a presentation to be given twice next week in cities 300 miles apart. One diffi... Read more

“Until now I did not know why your husband chose you”

Monday, May 18, 2015      16 comments

This is a sequel to my last blog where I wondered if my personal preferences give the wrong impression. Thinking about it more, I thought I’d share the above actual comment to me several years ago. I wasn’t offended because: The ... Read more


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