Buying Local

I have never been very good at deciding what to cook based on what looks good (or has a good price!) in the supermarket. That requires a level of creativity, flexibility, and comfort with experimentation that I’m only just developing. No, I usually pick recipes and then send my husband to the store to get … Continue reading Buying Local

What is wisdom?

By chance, this question came up for me twice in one day, on the same day that I listened to an Inquiring Minds podcast episode about how language shapes thought. What is wisdom to you? And how does your language influence that understanding? The Oxford English Dictionary defines wisdom as “The quality of having experience, … Continue reading What is wisdom?

Where are you from?

It’s the middle of my work day, and the doorbell rings. Someone has come by from a local charity or other organization and wants a brief chat. I pause my work and open the door, smiling as I prepare myself for whatever it is they’d like to tell me about. Them: “Hello, I’m [Name] from … Continue reading Where are you from?

Life in the UK

We are nearing a big milestone in our life in the UK: As of this Saturday, we will have lived here for 5 years! The 5-year mark means that we can now apply for indefinite leave to remain, i.e. settlement or permanent residence. (The ability to settle in the UK depends on a number of factors, … Continue reading Life in the UK

Exploring the Unknown

Have you ever gone somewhere very familiar and suddenly discovered a part of it you never knew existed? I had that happen during my pilgrim walk around Bangor, when we discovered Ogwen Trail. And it happened again, later, during a walk toward Llandudno. It started when my parents and I decided we wanted to go … Continue reading Exploring the Unknown