Tag Archives: Italy

Introducing Finn!

Last April, just before his college graduation, my son’s little red Honda Civic gave up the ghost.  It was sad.  I had a lot of prayer invested in that little car.  After graduation practice we went to the garage where … Continue reading

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Running Streak Update: 300 Days and Counting

The 300th day of my running streak came on our last morning in Rome.  I ran a mile around the parking lot of our hotel before boarding the bus for the airport.  Running daily in Italy was the biggest challenge … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Aging and Stuff

My youngest child, my baby boy, is entering the last exam week of his college career.  My middle child turned 30 this week, which means that more than half of my children have  entered “real adulthood,” and today my oldest … Continue reading

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Fitbit Update: September

I know I need to find another way to begin my monthly updates, but honestly time passes so quickly that I find it hard to catch my breath.  All I can think about is how unbelievable it is that the … Continue reading

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Lessons from Florence

Almost ten years ago, in the spring of 2005, I rode on a bus into Florence, Italy for the first time.  I was completely exhausted.  My first flight over the Atlantic had ended in Frankfurt, Germany many hours before our … Continue reading

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Fitbit Update: August

It’s a good thing I’ve been practicing intervals, because August began at a walking pace, became a jog, and ended with a sprint to the finish.  I was able to keep up an average of eight miles per day on … Continue reading

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Fitbit Update: May

Wow, what a month!  With Senior Thesis, Amy’s graduation and party, exams, and speaking at graduation all happening one right on the heels of the other, I’ve had to learn to fit my running into the schedule.  That meant getting … Continue reading

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Tripping on Basil

Sometimes I long for Italy in a way I cannot explain, so this is what I do: I go out onto my deck and pick a sprig of basil.  Crushing it in my hand, I hold it close to my … Continue reading

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Brown’s Inferno; He’s No Dante, But It’ll Do

I took the last two days “off” and read something just for fun and entertainment: Inferno by Dan Brown.  I was interested for two reasons.  First, I love Dante. Second, Florence is one of my favorite places in the whole … Continue reading

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Conviction or Opinion?

“People in those old times had convictions; we moderns only have opinions.  And it needs more than a mere opinion to erect a Gothic cathedral.”  Heinrich Heine The first time I went to Italy with my students was in 2005. … Continue reading

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