Browsing All Posts published on »March, 2016«

Joan Larsen’s Incredible Adventure: Caught in a Country’s Revolution

March 30, 2016


By Joan Larsen   Looking back – not that far back really – I must have felt as we all do as we look at life ahead:  someday, someday, I was going to capture my dream.   A life of travel back then was not in the cards. . . but once my little family was […]

Easter Pondering: I Don’t Understand God as Martyr

March 28, 2016


I readily confess that I am agnostic in the true Greek sense of the word, “not knowing.”  Thus I shall remain, I suspect, because I just can’t get my head around many articles of faith.  This, despite a Catholic-school upbringing and scholarly study of the Bible. With Easter just past, my mind once again ponders […]

The Gift of Nina

March 23, 2016


By Joan Larsen Death is a part of life.  We must accept that.  .  . and do.  We find that the joys jointly shared will become the emotions that will remain with us forever.  Nina remains in my heart.  . and always will. My thoughts leap out.  I find it rare to find a woman — […]

Easter Special: The Art of Ukrainian Pysanky

March 21, 2016


Tired of the same old boring Easter Eggs?  Check out the art of Ukrainian Pysanky at Ann Morasch’s site,  This is the best website I have yet seen explaining how to make these elaborate decorations, with a great FAQ section for all of your questions. Pysanky are not like our boring, yet generally edible, […]

Joan Larsen’s Hidden Secrets of Our World: Exploring Unknown Wonders In the Heart of Siberia’s North

March 16, 2016


By Joan Larsen A place so remote – in the very heart of Siberia – that only now have the first pictures – beyond beautiful – been shot.   So far, there has been no funding allotment to allow explorers to find their way in and explore these remarkable buttes (that you see above) on foot. […]

Lauriate Roly Remembers: They Laughed When I Sat Down to Play

March 14, 2016


I don’t know how I learned to play the piano. It’s such a ridiculous history that I’m having trouble writing about it.  But, ridiculous as it may be, I’m going to try to tell you, as clearly as I, in my senior of senior years, may relate the story and attempt to put all the fatuous […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: Secret Places in Our World… An Island Called Bird

March 9, 2016


By Joan Larsen A faraway island at the very bottom of the world –far off Antarctica – was destined to have a singular impact on my heart and mind forever.  On any map, it would remain a dot.  A small dot.  Eight of us bobbed in the sea in a small Zodiac raft as the sandy […]

Stupid Tuesday and the Voter’s Quandary

March 7, 2016


Hubby and Lila went to the polls on Super Tuesday.   It felt more like Stupid Tuesday. You know, during general elections, there is a scrum of activity that assaults your eyes and ears all the way up to the “no campaigning beyond this point” sign:   posters, campaign workers, pamphlets and last-second slogans urging you on […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: The Wonder of Journey’s End – Easter Island

March 2, 2016


By Joan Larsen A dream had played in my head since childhood.  Books of the time tantalized me with the stories of what I was soon to read was ‘the most isolated inhabited island on our earth.’   I knew even then that I must set foot on Easter Island.  But it was well over half […]