Romantic Rhine!

Yes, the love of my life took me there. Years ago, after seeing the ads on Downton Abbey, I mentioned to Steve (husband) that I would like to do a Viking River Cruise. So what happens? We take a Viking River Cruise. Is he the best or what? On June 29 we settled into the…

The Respite I Owe You

Welcome to a new day! The news would have us believe that the world is on fire and there is terror and despair in every corner. This is not true. It has never been true. The world is a wonderful, beautiful place, and there are far more good people than bad. I sat in the…

Respite- It’s bigger than you think.

So my blog’s raison d’etre is to offer “respite to weary souls.”  I claim “it is no small thing.”  Let me offer proof: The things of respite–art, music, theater, writing, all forms of entertainment–remind us of why we do everything else.  Art-the beauty of creation; music-lifting the soul toward heaven, whatever music speaks to you;…

European Holiday, Part 3: Florence

As dazzled as I was by the contents of in the Vatican museum, I  didn’t truly realize how much I love art until we got to Florence.  There, thanks to the Accademia, where the famous statue of David is housed, and the Uffizi Gallery, where there is everything else, I discovered that I could spend hours and…