• Sacramento in Spring

    Spring in Sacramento is the perfect time to live here.  The weather has simply been divine.  Mid 70s, slight breeze, glorious sunshine with wispy clouds ever so often… Hopefully it will rain a bit more before the scortching summer heat arrives as we did not have a wet winter and everyone is worried we are going back into drought mode. …

  • Oregon Gardens

    A deep breath infuses my body with the rich perfumes of pine, fir, lush soil, cut grass, and blossoming plants.  Every time, it nearly knocks me over with its power.  The abundance of nature in all its glory is here in Oregon.  I love being here with my mom at her beautiful house just off the hustle and bustle of…

  • Coconut Oil Addiction

    I have become an addict.  I admit it, but I won’t be engaging in any 12 step programs.  I love my addiction and I keep learning more and more about how great it is.  As you know, I normally do not re-post articles on this blog, but today I came across this great run-down of what this seemingly wondrous oil…

  • Zuma Rock and So Much More

    Another great two weeks here in Abuja, Nigeria.  I continue to be so happy here.  The people, the students, my new colleagues… all just wonderful. Last weekend a few of us ventured out to the infamous Zuma Rock – a monolith protruding from the earth that is 2,400 feet high.  Stunning in its awesomeness. From different angles it has completely…

  • Spring Is Really Here

    A happy poem to welcome in Spring! It is also entered in Susanna Leonard Hill’s “In Just Spring” children’s story writing contest. I hope you enjoy. Spring Love All photos and the story by Gretchen Fogelstrom A bee buzzed by a flower one day, A sunny afternoon in the month of May. The flower winked once to catch his eye,…

  • Antsy for Spring

    Wherever you are in the world – is it Spring yet?  Here in Oregon, USA we just had three glorious days of gorgeous sunshine with yesterday hitting 60 degrees F.  We have heavy, thick clouds today, so thought I would reflect back on the happiness that was the last 3 days. I went for a walk yesterday and found that…