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I’ve been thinking about my mother. No surprise there. Today is Mother’s Day in the US. I’ve been thinking about her, looking back on her presence in my life. When I was a little girl, and a teen, then in college. When I began to make my way in this world. First job, then another, […]

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Today, the day after Koninginnedag (Queen’s Day), I thought it might be fun to do a little ‘before’ and ‘after’. As I’ve mentioned before, I live around the corner from the Frederik Hendriklaan. The ‘Fred’ as it’s lovingly referred to, is a stretch of several blocks of the greatest mix of everyday and unusual stores, […]

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[Credit: Miguel Cruz, http://travel.u.nu] Well, for those of you up early, you’ll notice that you’re receiving a second post today. That’s right, I’ve been a busy little beaver. Just tap-tap-tapping the keyboard of my laptop to bring you more fun and merriment. If truth be known, I have two reasons for this second post: 1) […]

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Two days ago I wrote on the Honesty of Ego, based on Niamh Ni Bhroin’s recent post in which she interviews Ego. Yesterday I took a well-earned rest from blogging and all manner of work. I enjoyed an absolutely wonderful day with my brother and his family who are visiting from the US. Het was mijn […]

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  I realize that I am a day late, since yesterday was April Fool’s Day. But being of the ‘better late than never’ tribe, I wanted to share my most vivid April Fool’s Day memory. Why? Because it’s seared in my brain. No, it’s not the time Husband and I hosted a party. A fun, […]

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Every once and awhile, you hear something that seems to stick in your mind. It might have been something said in earnest, or merely in passing.  Perhaps you overheard it.  But it lodges in the back of your mind and stays. Tumbles around and around like a load of clothes in the washer. You know it […]

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You’re probably blinking and rubbing your eyes, wondering if you’ve read the post title correctly. Surely Yours Truly isn’t so daft as to write a Christmas-related post. What with the new year begun and all. Well, the title is correct and you’re wrong. I am that daft. And absent-minded as well, it seems. Back in […]

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Taking a bit of a break (on adventure). Here´s a clue – we will eat 12 grapes at midnight. Here´s wishing you a happy new year! Out with the old and in with the new in 2011! Back soon…

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May there be joy in your heart, calm in your soul, soft words upon your lips, purpose in your actions, kindness towards others and peace on earth. Enjoy the day, the season, the spirit. Merry Christmas!

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Oh it’s getting to be that time… You know, the time when the list of things still to do is greater than the amount of time in which to do them. Despite my best efforts to ’embrace simplicity’ and pare down the list, it remains steadfastly robust. And it needs to stop. Now. I just don’t […]

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How often are we reminded that, at the heart of virtually every endeavor, it is the little things that matter? It’s all in the details. Grandiose ideas are intriguing, but if they can’t deliver it leaves you wanting. I wrote last month in a post here about one such Dutch amenity that I love. Last […]

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Last year was our first Christmas in Nederland. As such, it was important to me to try to instill some normalcy in what had essentially been an unremitting onslaught of change in the six months since we’d arrived. And the six months prior to our arrival as well. We’d almost become ‘changed-0ut’. Now we can […]

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I’ve been a bit busy and fell behind on the Reverb10 challenge. Rather than beat myself up over this, I’m going to hit two in one post. They don’t have much in common, so this might be interesting. Prompt 9* was from a personal favorite of mine, Shauna Reid (love both of herblogs What’s New Pussycat […]

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The Oliebollen are here! The Oliebollen are here! Those incredibly delicious, Dutch fried doughnuts dipped in powdered sugar. Eaten fresh and hot, they are amazing. Little Oliebollen stands pop up on street corners this time of year, beckoning with Christmas cheer. Wonderful plain or with apples or raisins or other fruits and fillings. A-maz-ing. I’m […]

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Europe is experiencing a cold front. I’m from the snow belt of northeastern US, so trust me, I know cold. Here in the Netherlands our highs (ha!) are in the 20s, much colder at night. And our heat is on the blink. Not good. Not good at all… While I sit here saying Heat Repairman […]

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Today is Thanksgiving in the US (and Canada), and we are celebrating here. It is a holiday of family and friends coming together to enjoy each other’s company and to give thanks for our blessings. Traditional foods include roast turkey, stuffing (aka dressing if baked outside the bird), mashed potatoes and gravy, and pumpkin pie. […]

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If you didn’t happen to see it, my last post talked about how we expats can be some serious pumpkin junkies.  And while I have solved the pumpkin/pumpkin pie spice dilemma, finding the requisite turkey is an entirely different matter. What I have learned is that I cannot just waltz down to my local Albert Heijn grocery store and pick […]

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‘You know you’re an expat when you win two cans of pumpkin and you are excited!’, a friend posted yesterday on Facebook. And you know what? She is exactly right. Her post triggered an avalanche of responses from kindred spirits. Comments flew back and forth about the paucity of pumpkin, what we’d make with it, where […]

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Since I’m going to be sharing tidbits and stories that occasionally involve our family, it only seems right that I introduce everyone upfront. You already know we’re Americans living in Den Haag. Here’s a little more to whet the appetite. Yours Truly (that would be me) is a writer, wife, mother and jack of all trades. The […]

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