Category: Philosophy

Travelogue of a Birthday Trip: In the Time of Covid 2021

Travelogue of a Birthday Trip: In the Time of Covid 2021

Because I am not much of a planner, and everything is closed, I wanted to do something different for Rita’s birthday this year. So I rented a car and said, “Let’s go wherever you want to go!” Because she is a planner, and always has good ideas, Rita found some really cool spots that I …

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Little Baby Lockdown: Covid Diaries

Little Baby Lockdown: Covid Diaries

For those of you who do not know, I live in Riga, Latvia and a few weeks ago, the government announced emergency measures were returning because Covid is on the rise. I have been shocked to see how quickly we went from almost 0 cases this summer to over a thousand cases a day with …

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Returning to America Part 1: Vitauts Grinvalds’ Memorial Service

Returning to America Part 1: Vitauts Grinvalds’ Memorial Service

I have been trying to write something about my trip back to the states after 4 years in Latvia. Rita and I did return for a short visit 3 years ago, but this was my first time back in what felt like a long, long time. I wasn’t sure what to write or how to …

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4 May: Day of the Restoration of Indepence of the Republic of Latvija

4 May: Day of the Restoration of Indepence of the Republic of Latvija

4 May I did a quick search on my site, and it seems that I have not written a post about the 4th of May, which is a cool, relatively new, holiday in Latvija. If I have written about it, and this feels like old news to you, I am so sorry. As most of …

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March: to Ainaži and Beyond

March: to Ainaži and Beyond

March 2021 March has always been my favorite month because it is my birth month along with the birth month of some of the best people I know. This year, it also coincides with my first year anniversary at my new job, and we are supposed to use our vacation days each year, but because …

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February Already?

February Already?

I am writing this just to prove that I am still here and I exist despite all the nasty rumors out there. It is officially the end of February here in Latvia, and there really is no end in sight to the Covid Crisis. We have been on somewhat of a lockdown for months. Winter …

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2020 Retrospective: Merry Christmas!

2020 Retrospective: Merry Christmas!

I saw a tweet this morning from my nephew, Chris, about how this will be the first Christmas without his grampa, my father, Vitauts. That struck me and inspired me to write a holiday note. I didn’t want to send an email and spam people on Christmas. I wanted more than a Facebook post, so …

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Līgo 2020: Lielvārde and Lāčplēsis

Līgo 2020: Lielvārde and Lāčplēsis

Last year, around this time, Rita and I were returning from our honeymoon in Italy. We spent a quiet Jāņi on June 23 in Vilnius, Lithuania waiting for our bus back to Riga. This year, I was happy to stay in Latvia for a more traditional and joyful celebration. Although with the current Covid situation, …

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Quarantine: One Month Later

Quarantine: One Month Later

Quarantine: One Month Later an Update   It is the middle of April, and as T. S. Eliot once wrote, “April is the cruelest month.” I am not sure what he had in mind when he wrote those incredibly accurate words, but April 2020 sure fits that bill. I do realize each and every day …

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Vitauts: Journey’s End

Vitauts: Journey’s End

Vitauts: Journey’s End When we decided to bring Vitauts to Latvia, we had no idea how long he would be staying here, but we knew it was his final destination. But knowing that doesn’t make the end much easier. According to him, my dad almost died several times in his youth. He had a fever …

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