An Adventure A Day

Because "life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all" – Helen Keller

Apples in Belgium and Pumpkins in Germany – we celebrate the harvest season European style

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I hear it all the time – you are so lucky to live in (insert city here). I am not going to argue that fact. I will be the first to admit that is the absolute truth. I am not going to sit here and complain about how difficult my life is. Because most of …

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Lately I’ve just felt exhausted. Weary. Tired to the very recesses of my soul. My load has been full since we’ve moved, and we’re all still trying to adjust to new schedules, new places, new languages, new cultures, new people. It’s the kind of soul weariness where all you want is some time with your …

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This week, I started a French class. For anyone keeping track this is my fifth language other than English. Sounds impressive, right? English, Spanish, Russian, German, and now French – I’m like a one person United Nations! It would be impressive, if I could actually speak any of them, but right now I feel like …

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“For us to go to Italy and to penetrate into Italy is like a most fascinating act of self-discovery.” – D.H. Lawrence (writer) In June, we packed up our life once again, this time setting in Belgium. After three years living in the mayhem of Rome, it is a welcome change. Unlike Shelley, Keats, Goethe, …

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What is it that creates a home when home is continuously changing? It is the sense of comfort, the material safety of being surrounded by the things and people who provide continuity from one place to another. In Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie, she remarks that “it was nice to be living in a …

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In the past year, I’ve made it a point of going out on my own and exploring Rome. Sometimes I only managed one or two outings a month, and other times I’ve managed an outing each week. I’ve revisited new shows in museums and churches I’d visited in the past, and discovered many more along the …

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Friday Fotos: Security

April 7, 2017

“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” – Hellen Keller

If you couldn’t tell by my blog title, this is one of my favorite quotes. It reminds me that the security of my comfort zone is an illusion, and the moment I step out of it my world expands.

Today, step out from your illusion of security and join the world beyond the safety of your comfort zone.

You can find more examples of Security at the Daily Post

My Relationship with Italy Lately I’ve been thinking about my relationship with Italy. For me, it was not a case of love at first sight. In fact, it’s often seemed more of a wary acceptance that has more or less developed into a comfortable coexistence. As I try to piece together my complicated relationship with this beautiful, …

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