Home for the Holidays

To celebrate the holidays, I returned to the U.S. for one week, which I spent in its entirety with my family at our farm near Augusta, Georgia. At this stage in life, family reunions always are bittersweet: the grandkids no longer are kids, and my parents are so fragile that I never know if this…

Moldova

For my last weekend before Christmas break, I visited Chișinău, the capital of Moldova. My interest in this country stems from its relationship with Romania, with which it shares both language and history, and from the fact (?) that it usually is reported as the poorest European country. For much of my life, I knew Moldova (aka Moldavia)…

Reconvening

The U.S. Fulbrighters reconvened in Bucharest for two days, December 8-9. The purpose was touch base with each other and to let the Commission know what we had done during our first two months in Romania. We each spoke for about five minutes and, overall, were quite impressed with how much had been accomplished in such…

Wanderlust

My sister Linda, who now lives and teaches in Albania, once explained to me that there are two types of people: small world people and big world people. The smalls are content to live and remain in a particular place (be it a locality, state, or perhaps region), while the bigs must go beyond and experience more of the…