“Marriage is like a cage; one sees the birds outside desperate to get in, and those inside equally desperate to get out.” Michel de Montaigne

This French philosopher’s quote is apropos of the current shelter-in-place circumstances we are facing. We are birds desperate to get out of quarantine. Will all of this pandemic togetherness result in a corona baby boom or will the social distancing and forced time together cause a spike in the divorce rate? Only time will tell … More “Marriage is like a cage; one sees the birds outside desperate to get in, and those inside equally desperate to get out.” Michel de Montaigne

“We breathe in our first language, and swim in our second.” Adam Gopnik, Paris to the Moon

I have a confession to make: I’ve been cheating. This self-described Francophile has been taking Italian lessons! My interest in la lingua italiana was piqued several years ago while on a train from Livorno to Florence. A young girl entered my railcar sobbing and yelling loudly in Italian, gesturing wildly into her cell phone. Despite … More “We breathe in our first language, and swim in our second.” Adam Gopnik, Paris to the Moon

"By replacing fear of the unknown with curiousity we open ourselves to an infinite stream of possibility." Alan Watts

Eleanor Roosevelt believed we should “do one thing every day that scares you.”  Not as fearless as Eleanor my belief instead is “do one thing every year that scares you.”  I was able to check off this years scare in June when I ventured west of the Rockies for a vacation in Jackson Hole, Wyoming … More "By replacing fear of the unknown with curiousity we open ourselves to an infinite stream of possibility." Alan Watts

"Rejoice in the things that are present; all else is beyond thee." Michel de Montaigne

November was my month for trying new things. A milestone birthday for daughter #3 was approaching and we decided to celebrate with a trip. Although most people would elect to visit a tropical clime to escape the approaching winter season, we opted instead for an excursion to frosty Iceland for our adventure. It was a … More "Rejoice in the things that are present; all else is beyond thee." Michel de Montaigne

"Whoever you are, I have always depended upon the kindness of strangers." Blanche Dubois, A Streetcar Named Desire

A series of unfortunate events intervened and hampered my search for Hubert and my resultant blog postings so I’ve been out of touch for a while. They say when you fall off a horse the best thing to do is get right back in the saddle. Obviously the best thing is not to fall off … More "Whoever you are, I have always depended upon the kindness of strangers." Blanche Dubois, A Streetcar Named Desire

"A life isn’t significant except for its impact on other lives." Jackie Robinson

When neighbors nearest my family’s cabin in the woods recently moved it gave me pause. Although I can count the number of times I saw them in a year on both hands their move left me with an empty feeling and made me realize that our connection, although infrequent, was not insignificant. A good portion … More "A life isn’t significant except for its impact on other lives." Jackie Robinson