An enduring friendship through FlagFriends

An email came from my Chinese friend, Liangying, Lia,  on 31 May 2017 saying: “We just want to tell you again that we really appreciate your kindness and help through this whole time.” My husband and I had planned to attend her and her American boyfriend, Max’s wedding  in California on July 7 that year, … Continue reading An enduring friendship through FlagFriends

An Ecuadorian street dog immigrates to the US

This is heaven. I get delicious food twice a day, my fur is washed and brushed regularly, fleas don’t bother me anymore. I have a comfy bed to relax in. Luckily,  I was quickly accepted by my landlady’s  old dog, Max. First he was skeptical  after having had to live with the lady's son in … Continue reading An Ecuadorian street dog immigrates to the US

American Rotary-exchange student in Finland in the mid-70s

"I loved geography and reading books about other countries. The first geography lesson in fourth grade magically opened the whole world to me", Cynthia Seelhammer tells me. She grew up in Minnesota as the oldest of six children.  "Sometime in the ‘70s I became aware that the Rotary Clubs had an international exchange program. I … Continue reading American Rotary-exchange student in Finland in the mid-70s