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Water Under The Bridge

Posted on December 23, 2015

Ever feel like the New Year requires a little water-under-the-bridge motto to get it started in the right direction? Vinita and I began our collaboration in 2012 and quickly produced a book together, and then…..and then it’s nearly 2016 and the new book is still not out…..and then more phone calls to the publisher…..and then wanting to move on…and then the cannot-let-go mood comes over us and we plot and plan some more about a possible release. A release from worry would be a great New Year’s Resolution but is that realistic? A book release would be fantastic but in the meantime, learning to let go and welcoming in the new, even be it old-new, is also a blessing. Season’s Greetings to all you…

Emergency God Street

Posted on August 7, 2015

In 2001 I moved to Gouda. “”Gouda?”  Dutch people asked me, turning up their noses. I had lived all over the world, and I wanted to avoid ending my life in a modern suburb near Rotterdam. We bought a small house on the Lange Noodgodsstraat. ““It’s funny to see you living here.”” Visiting friends said. The house, a former shop, stood in the city center on the so-called “”Emergency God Street, the Long One as Opposed to the Short One”” along with a few other former shops one of which had been a milliner’’s store. The milliner’’s store had not changed; the milliner had drifted into a retirement home but the store was still represented by a few dusty hats and a soft hued,…