Tag: WWII

For My Father and All Veterans, I Will Never Forget

For My Father and All Veterans, I Will Never Forget
Armed with a camera and a 45 handgun, my father fought fascism in the most unlikely of places: Iceland. His repair ship, Vulcan, dodged Nazi U-boats on the North Atlantic as it churned through the black-green waves of an angry sea. Nestled in convoy, Vulcan housed a photo lab, carpentry, and machine shop. Possessed the... Read more »

To the Man in the White House: Follow the CEOS. Go Home.

To the Man in the White House: Follow the CEOS. Go Home.
This blog was created to bring people from around the world together. To honor our differences, celebrate our commonalities. It has been difficult for me to do that these days. I never meant for this to be a platform for discussing political views. But in order for interviewees to trust me, trust that I will... Read more »

Life in Venezuela: How One Man Looks to the Sky to Keep His Mind off the Crisis

Life in Venezuela: How One Man Looks to the Sky to Keep His Mind off the Crisis
Venezuela is having a very bad year. Although possessing one of the richest oil reserves in the world, Venezuela is in financial crisis. The country is so broken by unemployment, many Venezuelans have turned to jobs they never imagined, like panning for black market gold in the jungle mines where malaria is rampant. Food shortages are... Read more »
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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 »

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 »

Rockall: 45 Days on the Most Desolate Place on Earth

Rockall: 45 Days on the Most Desolate Place on Earth
Normally, I only use first names here. Not today. Nick Hancock, English Adventurer of the Year 2015, is the famed resident of a strange rock island in the North Atlantic: Rockall. In 2014, Nick lived inside a small pod tethered to Rockall for 45 days. A world record, making him the island’s longest sole human... Read more »
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What Not to Say in French After Picking Protected Wildflowers in Switzerland

What Not to Say in French After Picking Protected Wildflowers in Switzerland
It’s been an exciting week. I’ve contacted a pastor in Macedonia, a young man in Thailand, and a British adventurer who spent 45 days on a rock in the middle of the North Atlantic. I am so grateful to all of them. Our conversations remind me that no matter where we live we are more... Read more »

France: Le Colonel and Me

France: Le Colonel and Me
Three men are responsible for supporting and inspiring me to write this blog: Steve, my husband; Graham, my son; and a 90-year-old Frenchman named Paul Fossat. Eleven years ago this spring, my husband joined an online game site called It’s Your Turn (IYT). From the very beginning, Paul stood out above the others. Steve and Paul... Read more »

Iceland: Winter is Coming

Iceland: Winter is Coming
  It was eight degrees in Chicago when I started writing this post. How appropriate to be writing of Iceland. Winter is coming. A Special Connection  My love affair with Iceland started long before the popularity of Game of Thrones. It is a very personal connection. I have my father to thank for that. During WWII,... Read more »
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Wales: Near Chepstow Castle on the Wye River

Wales: Near Chepstow Castle on the Wye River
In 2008, I attended a conference in Iceland titled The Arctic Convoys: A Lifeline Across the Atlantic. I came because my father was a Navy photomate in Iceland during WWII and a number of his photos were on display. At the time, I was finishing up a novel inspired by my father’s experiences in Iceland... Read more »