When your son moves to Spain to start his first real job, what should a parent do? Send a four-leafed clover emoji?
I couldn't help getting a little teary this week when I read his message. It was from Bruce, and he thought this quote from Thoreau might resonate. “Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you. But if you turn your attention to other things, it will come… Continue reading Monday Morning Musing #32 – Happiness is like a butterfly…
"Write about the journey," Terry Anne advised. “There are so many journeys,” I mused unenthusiastically. It was my turn to write today’s Monday Morning Musing and, like her, the week before, I was out of inspiration. “My journey as a writer? My journey through grief? My expat journey? My getting old journey?” Frankly, her suggestion didn’t help.
On this Monday morning, I muse from a charming Tuscan courtyard. A setting, where terracotta pots are stuffed with crimson geraniums, delicate hydrangea and ripening limes. A place where the morning sun glints on ochre stone walls, on tall Venetian shutters and on bunches and bunches of plump grapes. Their wayward tendrills float down from… Continue reading Monday Morning Musing #16 – Return to a Writer’s Retreat in Tuscany
I regularly count my lucky stars. Living in The Hague as I do, I am reminded daily of how incredibly fortunate I am to live in a place of great beauty. The architecture, the canals, the pavement cafés, the cobbled streets, the plethora of parks, the beach, the sea… all this on my doorstep. I… Continue reading Monday Morning Musings #7 – The Writer’s Soul