From a Kindred Spirit

Below are responses to Allegra’s latest survey questions written by a woman who has become a great friend to me in recent months. She’s supportive, she’s attentive, she’s crackerjack smart, and we just GET each other. Will I ever forget that she drew me vowel charts to help me improve my Russian pronunciation? No, I… Continue reading From a Kindred Spirit

A Slice of Leslie

I met Leslie in July in Washington D.C. at Fulbright orientation, but in the flurry of those quick days, I didn’t get to know much about her beyond my observations that she is intelligent, poised, organized, and professional. It was clear why she’d been selected as an English Teaching Assistant (now living in the city… Continue reading A Slice of Leslie

Survey Responses by Meredith, Julie (and Sons), and Linda

From Meredith: 1. Feeling stressed. It’s a useless response to having to meet obligations. 2. Edinburgh. Fringe festival, Pan, Scotch, the Royal Mile, men in kilts.  3. Too many hard ones to name just one. All of them right as there is no wrong answer in life. 4. Peace. It’s fleeting but once found, worth… Continue reading Survey Responses by Meredith, Julie (and Sons), and Linda

Survey Responses from Byron and Virginia


In the next week or so, I’ll be posting the survey responses of those who have given me permission. Let’s start that roll with the responses of Allegra’s pappy and our family best friend, Virginia.  Quick aside: the first sentence of Virginia’s #6 (her ideal day) made me teary. Twenty years going back and forth… Continue reading Survey Responses from Byron and Virginia