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Movin’ on Up (Riga Style)

Movin’ on Up (Riga Style)

For anyone who reads this under the age of 40ish, watch this to get the title reference: The rest of you can watch it just to feel a dose of nostalgic inspiration. Rita, Max and I have moved. The process has been delightful and I love moving so much. Seriously though, is there anything worse …

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Rita and Jeff’s Wedding: 15 June 2019

Rita and Jeff’s Wedding: 15 June 2019

Our Wedding Just in case you weren’t sure or didn’t know, Rita Treija and I were married in a very discrete ceremony on the 15th of June 2019 at approximately 11:02 a.m. My cousin Ansis and his wife Monta were the witnesses. Our photographer, Didzis Grodzs, was also present documenting the entire pre- and post-ceremony …

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A Latvian Working Stiff

A Latvian Working Stiff

Darbu 25 August 2017 I am sitting in my old friend, the Beer House having a celebratory IPA and fish and chips while pondering my future here in Latvia. Today I signed a contract for a half-time teaching job at Gymnasium 2 in Riga, Latvia. Rita tells me it is where her heroine, Anna Bērzkalne …

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Latvia in Winter 2016: Epilogue

Latvia in Winter 2016: Epilogue

The Epilogue In some cases, this might be called the “What did we learn?” segment. I think epilogue is appropriate. I wrote most of this on the plane as I flew home next to a hyperactive little kid and a father trying his best to be patient. Writing was therapeutic. Now I’m editing listening to …

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Rundale Palace and Jelgava

Rundale Palace and Jelgava

Rundāle Pils January 5, 2017 After a nice miegs (sleep), I looked out the window to see that more snow had fallen, but it didn’t look too terrible (famous last words). I went down to the free breakfast, and it looked promising at first, but it was somehow lacking some of the basics. They had …

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Bauska Castle

Bauska Castle

Bauska Pils January 3, 2017 In my quest to see more of Latvia, I found myself embarking on a two day journey south of Riga the city of Bauska. My plan was to stay in a hotel in Bauska to see the famous and nearby Rundale Palace the next morning. The snow that had begun falling …

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Vitauts in Latvia 14: Smiltene

Vitauts in Latvia 14: Smiltene

Note: Okay, I finally got to it. If I hurry, I’ll still get four hours of sleep tonight before we fly back. But I can sleep on the plane, right? Enjoy…  Smiltene: Vitauts’ Home I know I’m not spelling this right, but I’ll correct it later. Dad lived on a farm for sixteen years and …

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Vitauts in Latvia 9: Abragciems

Vitauts in Latvia 9: Abragciems

Abragciems Abragciems is a tiny Latvian village on the coast of the Gulf of Riga which is part of the Baltic Sea. Many Latvians have summer homes across the coast. They finish work for the week, and then drive to their cottage on the seaside. Bruno and Maruta have just such a cottage, but it is …

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Vitauts Take 22: Gambling Part I, Mail Fraud.

Vitauts Take 22: Gambling Part I, Mail Fraud.

This is one of the harder posts to share with the world, but I think what I have to say on this issue is important. If to no one else, then to me. Vitauts has always liked games of chance. From an early age, I watched him play poker, solo, solitaire and many other games …

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NETA 2015: Nebraska Technology

NETA 2015: Nebraska Technology

NETA 2015 I (and 2000 of my closest friends) attended the annual Nebraska Education Technology Association conference which moved to the Century Link Arena in downtown Omaha this year. This year was special for me personally because it was the first year that the Nebraska Writing Project partnered with NETA. This meant that we had 3 …

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