Him

He grew up under the last remnants of Communism – red neck scarf and in formation bootleg movies from the West the permeation of grey. The son of an engineer, who wanted to be a professional violinist, and an ophthalmologist. The grandson of an army general, who was in charge of a smattering of spa towns, and an opera singer. I remember the first time I saw him, as he entered my classroom, tardy and with earbuds. His smile, his eyes. How little I knew then. We became the best […]

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This is Me

Like most of you, I am a huge fan of the television show, This is Us. And last night’s episode was no exception, so if you have not yet seen it, consider this your spoiler alert. As per usual, I DVR’d the episode so that I could watch it today by myself with no risk of distraction or disruption. And as per usual, I had tissues ready because I have yet to make it through an episode without demonstrable tears. As I watched the episode unfold, especially the character of […]

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So, Unemployed Then.

“So, are you employed?” “Yes. I work about 60 hours a week. I teach my eldest daughter 5th grade, and I am her full-time nurse. I train our service dog. I run a household of four. I am a contracted writer and an amateur painter. I also volunteer my time for a couple of non-profit organizations on an ongoing basis.” Long, drawn out pause. “So, you are unemployed then.” Last night, our family attended my husband’s work holiday party. I appreciate that his company allowed for it to be a […]

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To My Husband.

We met across the ocean. Under the shadow of a beautiful Bohemian cathedral, cobblestone streets, medieval architecture, and the best beer in the world – we fell in love. And it was the controversial type of love, as I was his teacher and he was a student in my conversation class. Upon completion of my job, we were both surprised to discover that “my best friend is in love with me!”   We came back to the States – an international couple trying to fit into the box of “Carrie’s […]

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Do All Things With Love.

If you were to ask what her secret was to her phenomenal cooking, her response would inevitably be::   “I cook each and every thing with Love.”   Babička Eva grew up in the beautiful agrarian town of Opočno, in Moravia, near to the Polish border. Her parents built the very house she lived in with her husband, Stanislav.     As the wife of a former decorated army general, and the director over all of the spa towns throughout the Czech Republic, Babička Eva was well known for her talent in […]

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