Browsing All Posts published on »February, 2016«

Joan Larsen on Getting Older… and Becoming the President of Our Country

February 29, 2016


By Joan Larsen   You know . . . while we don’t like to admit it, I think we all – well, once we are 55 or so – think about age more than a little.  There is so much emphasis on youth now  (way too much if truth be told) and most of us […]

Joan Larsen Walks on the Wild Side… The World’s Most Spectacular Footbridges

February 24, 2016


by Joan Larsen First things first:  nobody has fallen off this scary looking bridge.  .  . and it is the only way to get to the other side as you are here to climb Mt. Nimbus – that gorgeous peak rising like a point just ahead.  The Canadian Rockies – in the western part of […]

Amy Berman, Thriving for More Than 5 Years With Terminal Cancer

February 22, 2016


It has been more than five years since Amy Berman was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer, which is always fatal.  Even with aggressive treatment, only 11%-20% of patients make it as far as she has.  But Amy did not opt for aggressive treatment; quite the opposite.   As she wrote just this past November, “… […]

Joan Larsen’s Secret Wonders: The Lofty World Above Zermatt

February 17, 2016


By Joan Larsen Is it really possible to fall in love with a mountainous landscape so incredibly beautiful, with people so wonderfully warm and caring that we found ourselves pulled into this world – the wondrous world of Switzerland and Zermatt – again and again throughout our married lives? After a lifetime of travel, we […]

Can We Just Get Back to Smiling Normally for Pictures?

February 15, 2016


Lila is swamped with a consulting project, believe it or not.  Meanwhile, enjoy this repeat rant from February of 2014! Is personal dignity in photographs mortally wounded?  First it was the weird fake gang-like hand signs (or signs that have crass sexual meanings); then it was the ridiculous kissy-face expression which has spawned numerous references […]

Joan Larsen’s Quest for the World’s Most Remote Islands: Close Calls on Sub-Antarctic Enderby

February 10, 2016


By Joan Larsen   Lying between New Zealand and Antarctica, a series of rugged and remote islands sit like silent sentinels in the harshest seas on Earth, those of the Great Southern Ocean.  Centuries ago, people gave up trying to live on them, surrendering them to their animal counterparts who learned to survive on them.  […]

On the Death of Beautiful Handwriting

February 8, 2016


Handwriting is made beautiful by who the writers are to us:  parents, lovers, ancestors.  It is a very real, personal, physical link across miles and across generations.  The death of cursive handwriting deprives us of more than we realize. Just recently, a cousin asked for the family to correspond with her adult son, who was […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel Stories: Cavorting With Hippos in Africa

February 3, 2016


By Joan Larsen By the time our very small plane had landed on a remote airstrip in the African country of Botswana, I felt I had researched every bird and animal we even had a sliver of a chance of seeing. However, it always seemed that the zoo hippos, heads peeking out of water, had […]

Beware the Machine-Compiled Dictionary

February 1, 2016


Yes, I am talking about YOU,! Language is a tricky thing.  Some years ago, I stood in a bookstore alongside my Russian friend.  We spotted some pretty well-respected brand-name dictionaries of slang and idioms for the Russian language.  As a student of the language, I was immediately interested.  I pulled on off the shelf, […]