Category Archives: The personal development of Gina

I’ll Have to Consult the Family Tree But I Don’t Believe There’s Any Dutch In Me

Recently I’ve become aware of the word “gezelligheid.” Here’s what Wikipedia says about this fascinating, meaningful word: Gezelligheid (Dutch pronunciation: [ɣəˈzɛləɣɦɛit]) is a Dutch abstract noun (adjective form gezellig) which, depending on context, can be translated as convivial, cosy, fun, … Continue reading

Posted in The personal development of Gina | Leave a comment

Country Feelin’

Today we hit the open road, venturing into the part of Illinois known as “downstate.” It turns out, one must only travel an hour or so from the ‘burbs to discover farmland and rural surroundings as far as the eye … Continue reading

Posted in The personal development of Gina | 2 Comments

This is the Perfect Time to Panic!

Today I’d like to ponder the issue of panic. For my purposes here, I’m going to define panic as an emotional or physical reaction to severe anxiety or stress. When the emotional level rises past a certain point, something’s gotta … Continue reading

Posted in The personal development of Gina | Leave a comment

A Bounty of Beautiful Browns

Autumn is here and I always enjoy the changing colors of the season’s leaves. Golden yellow, brilliant red and vibrant orange…their earthy hues warm my heart and signify nature’s preparations for a long winter’s nap. Each year we particularly enjoy … Continue reading

Posted in The personal development of Gina | Leave a comment

I Saved A Life Today

The name tag from the blood donation center says that I saved a life today. I just felt like I stretched out in a reclining chair with a needle in my arm for 20 minutes, then enjoyed a complimentary bottle … Continue reading

Posted in The personal development of Gina | 3 Comments