It’s Day 5 of our new life in Essen, Germany. We’ve unpacked, put the stuff in our six suitcases away, and are slowly and steadily settling into our temporary apartment. Leaving the known and familiar to plunge into a country and a life where there are so many unknowns is both challenging and exciting. The…

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Golden Gate Bridge

It’s exactly one week since we arrived in sunny San Francisco. A blur of a week because we’ve been apartment-hunting, car-shopping, and getting our bearings. I’m figuring out the Muni (tram) and ferry transits and it’s been an interesting experience after living in suburban Chicago and driving everywhere. This is change we chose. Even though…

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Grief does change shape

In the early weeks and months after my mother died, I felt like I was walking around without skin. Everything hurt. The pain of loss was excruciating. I felt confused, disoriented, and ungrounded.  It was the first time in life that I felt totally alone. Not just because my mother had died, but because I…

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April 24, 2018 was a milestone date for me and my family. We arrived in the U.S. on that date, ten years ago, carrying six suitcases and hearts full of dreams. I was planning to find a position to teach ESL. My daughter was getting ready to step into an American high school. My husband…

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