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What I learned in London--during the 2012 Olympics

Lessons learned during London’s 2012 Olympics were varied and scattershot.  But as always, educational. Two young men in red flag Canadian tee shirts were pushing a bin full to bursting with packaged snack foods. They stopped at the pedestrian crossing light. Chatting them up, we learned these are the party nibbles for the Canadian athletes.... Read more »

The Accidental Yank at the Olympic Opening

The Accidental Yank at the Olympic Opening
Cubs or White Sox? It’s all the same to me I’m an atypical Chicagoan. Though I live a short 7-minute walk from Soldier Field, I’ve never gone to a game there, or frankly even wanted to in the iconic stadium. I plead overload. On a high school drill team in Houston TX in the straight-laced... Read more »

London Olympics Part 1--The Whoops

You know that moment before you host a party. That last minute moment when your guests are due, will they come—and you over think it all.  Do we have enough food and drink? And what about the ice given the refrigerator’s wonky automatic ice maker is dead? Well, sitting under an always grey (English spelling)... Read more »
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    Candace Drimmer

    I was an accidental expatriate; love and marriage led me to it. One day I was a bandy-legged kid sitting atop my dogwood tree looking out of my small backyard world in 1950s New Jersey, wanting to move somewhere--anywhere, different. Next thing I knew my father had accepted a job in Houston TX. I was ecstatic, it was a foreign land in 1961 America. After high school graduation, my parents’ gave me a matched set of fawn-colored hardsided American Tourister luggage. Taking the hint, I went to college; well four colleges in five years--it was the 60s after all. Meeting a young hirsute anti-war, soon-to-be-Peace Corps volunteer, I fell in love. After finishing up college coursework for my degree, but before I even walking a graduation stage, I grabbed the paper airline ticket my boyfriend had sent me, my brand-new passport, and was off to the airport and Lima, Peru.

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