Archive for May 2016

Remembering A Cousin I Never Knew on Memorial Day

Remembering A Cousin I Never Knew on Memorial Day
A version of this post was first published on Memorial Day 2016. His name was Robert Eugene Enright. He was a farmer who grew up in Madison County, Iowa. Robert was my mother’s cousin. My grandfather’s only nephew. I never knew him. My cousin Mary, who is now in her 80s, told me that her... Read more »

A Finnish Author and Independent Documentary Filmmaker Talks About Finland's Unspoiled Nature and Free Access to its Exceptional Public Education

A Finnish Author and Independent Documentary Filmmaker Talks About Finland's Unspoiled Nature and Free Access to its Exceptional Public Education
What I know of Finland brings to mind gleaming lakes, staggering northern lights displays, the forests of fairytales, saunas, reindeers, Santa Claus, and the music of Finnish composer Jean (Johan Julius Christian) Sibelius. In my opinion, The Sibelius Violin Concerto, is one of the most beautiful pieces of music in the world. What I didn’t know... Read more »

My Trip to the Icelandic Phallological Museum (Otherwise Known As the Penis Museum)

My Trip to the Icelandic Phallological Museum (Otherwise Known As the Penis Museum)
(This is the fourth installment in the 9 Days in Iceland series)  No trip to Iceland is complete without a trip to its most unique museum: The Icelandic Phallological Museum. Or as most people call it, The Penis Museum. The museum lies just off the main shopping drag in downtown Reykjavik. For 1,250 Icelandic kronurs,... Read more »
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Finding Peace and Inspiration with a World of Writers at The 2016 Iceland Writers Retreat.

Finding Peace and Inspiration with a World of Writers at The 2016 Iceland Writers Retreat.
(This is the third installment in the 9 Days in Iceland series. All photos by Roman Gerasymenko/Iceland Writers Retreat. Used with permission.) They came from all over the world. More than 100 writers, from Malta, Singapore, Australia, Finland, Canada, South Africa, the United States, and many parts of Europe. Writers looking for inspiration. Peace. Connections. This... Read more »

9 Days in Iceland: The Sky

9 Days in Iceland: The Sky
(This is the second installment in this series)  It is impossible to ignore. There is so much of it. Unobstructed. Always changing. Wherever I went in Iceland I was aware of it. The sheltering sky. The angry sky. The welcoming sky. Hovering over me, it reminded me of my smallness. Encouraged me to consider my... Read more »

9 Days in Iceland: Land of Storytellers

9 Days in Iceland: Land of Storytellers
This is the first post in my 9 Days in Iceland series. Separate from the posts of other countries, the goal of this series is to share my thoughts, impressions, and memories of my third trip to Iceland where I attended my first Iceland Writers Retreat.  Iceland: Land of Storytellers  I have a special connection... Read more »
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