Climate Change is global and local…

I find it strangely ironic that as I travel north to Belgium for the third weekend of the Citizens Climate Assembly, Justin is being deployed with Team Rubicon to South Carolina to help clear flood damage. For those who don’t live in the States – the state of South Carolina experienced unprecedented rains earlier this month resulting in…

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September in Clermont-Ferrand

I’ve always loved the month of September. Not only is it my “bert-day” month but its the first month of fall (at least in northern hemisphere). It always makes me think of the movie You’ve Got Mail. In some of their first correspondence, Tom Hank’s character talks about loving New York in the fall. I think…

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Our Makeshift Triathlon

In January 2013 I decided to participate in my second sprint triathlon. I signed-up for a tri at the local YMCA scheduled for early June 2013 and put together a manageable 6 month training schedule. I wish I could tell you that I was successful at keeping to that schedule but the truth is-I did…

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Easter Sunday- a mixture of joy and disappointment

  My good friend Jordi was in town this weekend and this morning, Easter Sunday, we walked down the street to the Catholic Church. My heart was filled with trepidation, and excitement as I walked through the large wooden doors into the decorated sanctuary. Growing up as a Lutheran, I’ve often found Catholic churches distracting…

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If at first you don’t succeed…try try again

Dear World, It’s been years since I wrote an entry in this blog.  There was always something so impersonal about blogging to me.  I never got used to the feeling that I never really knew who was reading my blog, or how my blog would be turned against me in the future.  So I continued…

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ABC’s and 123’s

Hello all, Today I am finishing my first two weeks of class as an English teacher and I am also starting my 13 day vacation! I’ve just counted the weeks between each vacation and I won’t spend more than 6 and a half weeks without at least one weeks vacation…rough life huh? If you are…

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fresh squeezed orange juice anyone??

While I am waiting to sign a contract for my new house in Martinique (so excited!!) I am still living with Maxence. She has been incredible with me, answering my questions and making me feel at home, but most importantly, Maxence is a great cook! She has been teaching me all new recipes from Martinique….

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when life gives you lemons

You try and make lemonade…well at least that’s what I am trying to do.   Today was my first full day in Martinique. The view from my window is incredible! I can see a little bit of the ocean but mostly its just this vast terrain of house and green covered hills leading all the…

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