Category Archives: Honoring tradition

Family Traditions – 63 years at the lake near Boulder Junction WI

This year is the 63rd family reunion we’ve had at Fishtrap Lake. Not much changes over time up here. We still sit on the dock with our morning coffee, ride around the lake on my brother-in-law’s pontoon, and play Scrabble … Continue reading

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Remembering the recently dead with dancing at the Hongwanji Buddhist Temple

I am friends with several of the congregation at the Honoka‘a Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, mostly through the Mindfulness Meditation that they offer every Sunday afternoon. Last week I received my yearly invitation to join them in their Community Memorial Service … Continue reading

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Swords, El Greco and gold in Toledo, Spain

While in Madrid, we took a private tour to Toledo, our second outing with Luis. He picked us up at our flat, in an impeccably clean sedan with a baby seat in the back – usually mutually exclusive worlds. On … Continue reading

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Tavern-hopping for tapas in Madrid

I love to travel, and on occasion, I seek out a local person to show me his world. In Madrid, that person was Luis. While reviewing Trip Advisor’s “Top Things to Do in Madrid,” I saw a recommendation for Spanish … Continue reading

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Semana Santa processions in Marbella

After Barcelona, it is comforting to be in a small town once again. Marbella, on the Mediterranean Sea, was a village of 10,000 in the 1950s. Then the tourist/resort industry boomed and it is now 140,000 – still plenty small … Continue reading

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Firewater, witches, black pigs and bota swigging in La Alberca Spain

The pleasures of traveling include exposure to new foods, drinks, and customs. I had some exceptional opportunities in tiny La Alberca, Spain, and jumped at them. For example, one evening, we went to a celebration involving the making of a … Continue reading

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We eat some strange stuff

I’m on my annual trip to Boulder Junction, Wisconsin, for our family reunion. In the old days, 62 years ago, when it was my grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles and cousins, we didn’t call it a reunion because we all just … Continue reading

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