Witches’ Day

Every fairy story needs a forest.  It’s the untamed space, the protector of all possibilities and impossibilities.  In Bohemia you really can ride through the forest and happen upon a castle; in spring every forest is enchanted.  Birds, flowers, and … Continue reading

Dear America

At my first Toastmasters meeting a few weeks ago, I was asked to give an impromptu Table Topics speech as if addressing a personified version of my native country.  Sappy as it all sounds, I was surprised to find I … Continue reading


Chipmunks are widely recognized among Czech teens as “the Hollywood animal.” Nowhere to be found in the Czech Republic, and too ubiquitous in America to acquire much zoological or cultural significance, their only blitz onto the international scene has been … Continue reading