My Blog by Any Other Name

–Delana H. Stewart Today’s daily prompt, All About Me, motivates us to explain why we chose our blog’s title and what it means to us. It instantly made me think of the line from William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet: “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” My blog, by any other…

5 Things Not to do with Ground Cumin

Variety may be the spice of life, but here are 5 things not to do with ground cumin: 1. Don’t buy it in the same kind/brand of container that you buy your Ground Cinnamon! 2. Don’t keep it on the same shelf as you do your Ground Cinnamon. 3. Don’t attempt to use it first…

Less Traveled Road

One day during our years living in one of the most ecologically devastated cities of Central Asia, our landlord took us on a two to three hour car trip to visit his village. After the visit, he wanted us to see the hot springs and cold springs and waterfalls in the area. Upon parking the…

Hit the Bunny Trail

The sign read: Alligator and Snake Habitat Not long ago, my husband and I both hated running. We grew up not liking it and, as many others, found many “valid” excuses not to run. We are both fast walkers and really thought we could get adequate exercise just walking fast regularly. There is even a…

What is it?

You may not be able to tell from this angle, but this is actually an ancient toilet from first century Ephesus! The toilet room was a long row of toilets such as this one, with no dividers between. Yep, no privacy. Even more amazing is that it was NOT a squatty but an actual toilet.…

Eye on my blog

Through the years I’ve often heard my mom sing the song “His Eye is on the Sparrow,” –which according to Wikipedia was written in 1905 by lyricist Civilla D. Martin and composer Charles H. Gabriel. Here is my rendition of the chorus: I blog because I’m happy. I blog because I’m free. His eye is…

Veggie Toilets

Living overseas is an adventure. Bringing up children is always an adventure. But what happens when you put the two together? Learning to live in new cultures means new vocabulary words. We’ve seen and used many different types of toilets and bathrooms…everything from elaborate (another word for gaudy) thrones to out houses and chicken houses.…

Brain Freeze

While many of you are having major snow storms and would consider our temperatures a warm front, it has been getting cooler here the last few days. This morning we saw several people put on jackets as the temperature dipped to 53 F. I have heard that we might even see as low as 46F…

The Wrong Side of the Bed

I was just reading a blog about injuring oneself making a sandwich. He just thinks he has the corner on the market of weird injuries. When I went to the emergency room in Thailand, I wanted to be able to say, “My foot got run over by a motorcycle.” Or, “I stepped off the curb…

Express Yourself — Learn to Blog

One of my college-age sons thinks it is really cool that I have a blog. He brags about it to his friends. I actually have found blogging to be a fun and educational way to express myself. Some of my friends think I’m pretty techie, but I’m not…I just married a techie and gave birth…

Winter Wonderland

So, the snow hasn’t come to you and you got tired of making virtual snowmen? Ski slope’s too far away?  Try an indoor ski slope and snow park… There are the synthetic kinds like Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre in Lynchburg, Virginia, and real snow indoors like Ski Dubai.              …