re·​nais·​sance | ren-uh–sahns, –zahns, –sahns, ren–uh-sahns, -zahns, -sahns the activity, spirit, or time of the great revival of art, literature, and learning in Europe beginningin the 14th century and extending to the 17th century, marking the transition from the medieval to the modern world. the forms and treatments in art used during this period. any similar revival in the world of art and learning. a renewal of life, vigor, interest, etc.; rebirth; revival. origin – French, from Middle French, rebirth, from Old French renaistre to be born again, from Latin renasci, from re- + nasci to be born synonyms – rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurgence, revitalization, revival, reawakening The thing about a renaissance is that you can’t force it. That’s the way it is with any … Continue reading Renaissance

Ciao! And ciao!

Goodbye, Europe! Hello, America! A lot has happened in the last few days, with plenty of goodbyes and hellos. On our last night in Rome, we walked to Orange Trees Garden (Savello Park) on Aventine Hill. All week, I’d looked across the river from our terrace to the umbrella pines on the top of that … Continue reading Ciao! And ciao!

Sunrise in Siena

Last night, I showed you pictures of our view of Siena at four different times of day – midday, sunset, dusk, and nighttime. Today, I get to show you one more, thanks to my old friend insomnia. Siena before sunrise! So stunning. I just didn’t feel sleepy last night at all, so I read until … Continue reading Sunrise in Siena

Ah, Firenze

We made it from Venice to Florence on Thursday and after a string of packing up and moving every other day (Strasbourg, Salzburg, Vienna, and Venice over the span of 8 days), we were delighted to settle into our apartment for a week here. We’re staying on the top floor of a 500 year-old building … Continue reading Ah, Firenze

Siamo qui in Italia

(And I slightly mangled the Italian in this video by doing some sort of melding of Spanish and Italian – “we are” is “siamo,” not “soimos.”) At any rate, after a not particularly restful night train trip from Vienna to Venice, we are here and loving life! Continue reading Siamo qui in Italia

Gute Nacht aus Österreich

We made it from Strasbourg to Salzburg last night, and it’s delightful here. We’re a step closer to getting some of our data/internet issues sorted out, which is also delightful. Some hilarious hijinks ensued along the way, which I’ll share later. For now, I just wanted to say hello from Austria. Hello! It’s so pretty … Continue reading Gute Nacht aus Österreich

Grace and Peace

This fierce, feisty, fun, fabulous woman is beloved church member Helen Louise. She died yesterday morning, peacefully and surrounded by family, after a long and difficult illness. She was a retired American Baptist pastor married to Dick (also a retired American Baptist pastor) for just shy of 60 years. She was a mother and a … Continue reading Grace and Peace