Category: a woman’s strength

Setting Down Roots

Where is home? This is a question that has haunted me since 1973 and I still have no answer. I know what my passport says, and I know what my school records prove, but what is home? Where is home? For those of us who grew up as privileged expat children moving from one country

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Necessity Breeds Trust

< p style=”text-align:justify;”>How much do you trust those you love?  There probably as many answers to this questions as there are people on this planet. I’m not even going to attempt to define love in this case, because that is a matter for philosophers. Suffice it to say that in my book, love is unconditional,

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“A journey can become a sacred thing”

We are all travellers in one way or another, each journey varying according to the stages in life. I travel several roads simultaneously, which makes me a constant life traveller, some paths more painful than others, none of them a holiday, but a journey nevertheless. “Every time you leave home  another road takes you  into

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Strength Of Walking Alone

I was going through my photography archives and found a photograph that made me stop and think about my life and self. I grew up in a luxurious expat world, an ocean of endless possibilities where I never had to clean up after myself because the household staff would take care of that. Nevermind if

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Post-Mother’s Day Thoughts

Ever since my mother passed away in 2016 I have struggled with any family-related holidays and activities. Christmas, Easter and all the events that she took great pains to make special for me as a child are emotional torture. Even though I was an only child growing up in countries where we had no relatives

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Covering The Distances By Bus

The first half of 2018 is almost over and it has been a period of change and upheaval for me – so what else is new! My battle with depression continues, and although I have made significant progress on several levels, I remain fragile for the most part. Each day is an uphill struggle, and

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Champagne Trails: Adventures With The Locksmith

I started writing out a very different blog the other day to celebrate my first year of having moved into my apartment. It has been 12 months of challenges while undergoing a major learning curve, and there is still so much to learn. Champagne, my ever-faithful feline companion, has been with me through it all,

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Commuter Adventures and Adventurous Commuters

The Berliner bus drivers have the worst reputation in Germany, and it is really no surprise at all, once you begin to deal with them on a regular basis. Up until two weeks ago, the bus was my primary mode of transportation to work, but the bad tempered drivers and overcrowded vehicles during rush hour

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Living With Three (rescue) Cats…

… teaches me a whole new level of patience; … forces me to learn another language: what is the difference between meow, meeeeoooooow and maaaaraaaouw? … made me take a good look at my apartment – and turn everything upside-down to accommodate the cats, myself, the additional scratching posts and toilets, and still have an

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