Icelandic Christmas

Last month, I gave a talk about an Icelandic Christmas at our church’s “Christmas Around the World” event.and thought to share one more post about a country I really enjoyed visiting! Iceland is really pronounced, (deeper 1st syllable) “EEs-land.” (All the pronunciations in this article are my clumsy attempts to say it as well as […]

White Linen Night in the Heights

This past weekend, we attended White Linen Night in the Heights. It has been a popular event in Houston for the past 11 years, but this was our first time. The lively affair started when a couple of transplants from New Orleans suggested it to generate more interest in businesses along 19th street in the […]

Do You Like Chinese Dumplings?

Well, I DO!!! Growing up, my mother would make dishes from “the old country”. One of my favorites is Fahn-Soa Tay. It is also my daughter’s favorite dumpling. My mother-in-law had many friends who would make delicacies such as those dumplings and doong (like a Chinese rice tamale) and share them with her. In turn, she […]

Traveling Through Texas?

Christmas and the first day of 2015 have passed, but many travelers are still navigating the roads home. If you’re passing through Texas, I have three suggestions: Really Clean Restrooms! If you see a Buc-ee’s, pull over for clean, clean restrooms that are open 24/7 all year round! I know what I’m  getting when we spot […]

February 2014 Nicaragua!

The present situation regarding Central American children seeking refuge in the United States is disturbing. There are strong, emotional pros and cons on both sides of the issue. I won’t go there. I just want you to know the beauty I saw there earlier this year. In 1524, the Spaniards established two settlements in what is […]