“Don’t cry because its over, smile because it happened” -Dr. Suess 2019 was quite a year. Not just for me and my family, but for people and places all over the world: The Chinese landed on the far side of the moon, Notre Dame unbelievably burned, Karl Lagerfeld left behind an extraordinary creative legacy and … More A Last Look Back and it’s a Wrap
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you” -Maya Angelou Merely typing out the title words for this post created a detectable twinge of anxiety. My insides start drifting toward a knotty macramé pattern, as if while out at a public market, I catch my reflection in window and realize that an … More On A More Personal Note
“Learning is not the product of teaching. Learning is the product of the activity of learners.” -John Holt Commencement exercises are still quite far off, but lately I have thinking a lot about what I have learned during the past year while attending the “Global COVID Pandemic” immersion course, that master class in which the whole … More A COVID College Silver Linings Primer
“Year’s end is neither an end or a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us” -Hal Borland Wednesday morning January 1, 2020. A bright, shiny new decade lies ahead. People all over the planet are filled with hope and anticipation in leaving the second decade of the new millennium … More Happy Days Are Here Again?
“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” -Albert Einstein A lot has changed since my last post about my feelings regarding my daughter’s impeding graduation from high school. Not to put too fine a point on it, but stating that a lot has recently changed is putting it … More Is A Return to Normal The Best We Can Do?
“The great paradox of parenting is that it moves in both slow motion and fast speed” -Unknown The year 2020 was quite a distant concept back when our friendly, inquisitive young daughter first enthusiastically started grammar school many years ago. Back then, the fact that she would be graduating from high school with the class … More From Baby Steps to College Prep (and everything in between)
“Death never takes the wise man by surprise, he is always ready to go.” -Jean de La Fontaine It seems almost everyone on the planet has been touched by the devastating news of the death of Kobe Bryant, his young daughter Gianna and the passengers that accompanied them on their ill-fated Sunday morning helicopter ride … More Kobe Bryant and Expecting the Unexpected
“There is no greater power on this earth than story” -Libba Bray There is in fact a story behind why I have not posted anything to Off My List the past several months- assuming that my few yet cherished readers actually noticed this. A little drum roll please: it’s because I was busy finishing the … More From Off My List: Here’s The Story
“The world’s too small for walls” -unknown; etched on the Berlin Wall Good Lord it’s already spring and embarrassingly enough, I have not yet finished blogging about our wintertime trip to Germany. As some of you may be aware, after the first of this year I unknowingly dropped into kind of a dark hole that … More From Off My List: A Rewind- The Wall and It’s Fall, Berlin Continued
“True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.” -Albert Einsten Feeling refreshed after having slept surprisingly well on our first night in our centrally located Berlin AirBNB, we woke early to grey skies. I put together a German style breakfast of brötchen in our tiny kitchen (warm rolls, pretzels and cold … More From Off My List: Exploring Art in Berlin