About

Who am I? What can I tell you about myself that would invite you to come inside and turn the pages?

Born in one country, birthed my children in another, and enjoying my middle years in a third. Now I wonder where I belong, who my people are, and how I can reach them…

That was all I wrote on my About Me page when I first started my blog, but in the two years that I’ve been a blogger I’ve discovered something I never expected (and which I mentioned in my post 2012! Blogging awards and gifts for friends), my people are right here, a click away, on my computer screen.

Even though we’ve never met each other – heck I don’t even know all their names or what they look like – and some of these bloggers live so far away that it’s tomorrow evening in their homes while I’m still drinking my breakfast coffee today, there’s a genuine connection and friendship between us.

But that doesn’t tell you anything about me, does it?

Hello.

I work at an Art Museum in Southern California. When I started my blog I wanted to also share the “real world” exchanges and meetings at my cash register, where it’s so busy and more people seem to be speaking languages other than English, that on most days it feels as though I’m in the middle of the World’s Fair.

Have you ever seen someone signing a credit card in Japanese or Chinese? It’s beautiful to watch the letters being formed, but when I tell them their name looks so elegant, and lovely, they think I’m asking for their I.D, and show me their passports, which are also interesting.  Well to me anyway…

I also want to share something of what it’s like to keep moving countries.

When my cousin Sheila, who lives in Vancouver, told me she and her spouse have spent the past thirty New Years’ Eves with the same group of about a dozen friends I wasn’t sure I’d heard correctly. Thirty years?  My spouse and I have moved countries and cities too many times to be part of a circle like that.

Though Mr F and I have lived in Southern California for a decade

  • my family has emigrated every generation since my Nana-ji (grandfather) moved to India in 1885
  • my parents were born in different places, both beginning with “I”
  • my siblings, and our children live in four countries and twelve cities
  • I was born in a hot country
  • my children in one with snow and ice
  • I love the weather here in California – who doesn’t love 80 degree days January? – but it doesn’t feel like home.

I don’t know where my home is.

my green shoes

I eat all vegetables (though I don’t much care for cabbage, and cauliflower), my favorite fruits are mangoes and lychees (pronounced lee-chee), I love avocados, but I don’t like olives.

But you didn’t care to know all that did you?

I wear green shoes, my glasses are purple, but red has always been my favorite color.

When one of my blogging buddies asked in a post “Where is your happy place?” I could say without a moment’s hesitation that it’s when I’m out hiking, and especially if it’s a sunny day, and the hike takes me near water, flowers and trees… 

The photo below was taken on a nine mile hike in Mandeville Canyon in L.A.

view of Mandeville Canyon with the ocean in the distance

This hike, was in Cape Town.

Kirstenbosch Gardens in Cape Town

Oh, did I mention that I love traveling?

View of San Gimignano – and Tuscany – from the top of one of the towers. 

Cemetery in the south of England, with the ruin of Corfe Castle in the background

91 Responses to About

  1. Mark says:

    i wonder as i wander in this wondering wonderful world of revelations. and not by chance but by destiny’s delightful design i come across a flower in this bountiful garden of earthly delights.. although i have not seen this radiant beauty in quite sometime, her intoxicating scent lingers.. for a day, a week, a month, a year.. no.. for a lifetime. an ordinary rose smells as sweet called by any other name.. but a “wondering rose” imprints her beauty on each soul.. she indelibly touches…

  2. Dinah says:

    You’ve reached them. xxxooo

  3. Alan Goluboff says:

    Glad to see you’ve come north to visit your Mom. Hope you have a wonderful visit.

    Alan

  4. Carl Zittrer says:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/25/us/25farmers.html?hp

    I told Linda Goluboff that I working on a blog and she told me to look at yours which I’ve been admiring. I see you’ve written about the farmers market v film school in LA and thought you might like to see this NYT story. Enjoyed the etheree.

    Best, Carl

    • dearrosie says:

      Hey Carl thanks for writing to tell me you’d been here, and for the great NY times article on the Hollywood Farmers Market.
      I’m glad you enjoyed the Etheree – are you going to try one?

  5. Dear Rosie,
    I have enjoyed the view from your cash register. Thank you for visiting the other day. I found the story about Mrs. Duncan, Oprah’s 4th grade teacher.
    http://www.angelfire.com/ne/lliegirls/WINFREY.html Thank you for mentioning it and making me aware of it. I love these stories that inspire.

    • dearrosie says:

      Hi Georgette,
      Thank you for taking the time to leave me a comment.
      Even one good teacher can make all the difference to a child, as I’m sure you’re well aware. I’m glad I remembered correctly when I said that the teacher who impressed Oprah so much was from 3rd/4th grade.

      Thanks for the link to Oprah’s biography. I didn’t remember that she’s had such an awful childhood.

  6. sandypics says:

    hey rose,

    thank you so much for your compliment…a very happy new year…i have started mine on a very good note ..hope 2012 brings you whatever’s on your wish list:))

    peeped into your blog and yes i am a follower now:))

    have a great day…

    • dearrosie says:

      Hi Sandra
      I am delighted to welcome you to my blog, and am very happy to hear that you’re going to be following me.
      Glad to hear the new year started so well for you. I look forward to seeing more of your wonderful photos.

  7. shamasheikh says:

    Rosie, I am delighted to have discovered your blog thanks to AIT…I have read some of your posts, they are a joy…you write from the heart about many things close to mine…I look forward to reading more as also following you regularly…
    God Bless…

    • dearrosie says:

      Hi Sharma,
      It’s always a delightful pleasure for a blogger to hear that a stranger like yourself, who lives half way round the world, liked my posts. Thank you for writing. And my thanks to AIT for bringing you here.

      I went to your blog and you also write from the heart. I look forward to spending more time perusing your blog.

  8. I love this “About.” Full of life, love, of thoughts and journeyed past that somehow I can relate. You made me smile with the beautiful images and with your narration. 3 countries… Amazing with a story I’ve yet to discover in your posts… Can’t wait. Have a blessed day. Best wishes to you and your family…

    • dearrosie says:

      Good morning and welcome to my blog Island Traveler,
      Thank you for your very kind comment. I’m really glad to know you enjoyed reading it. You are the first person to wander in since I rewrote it.

  9. Val says:

    Great ‘about’ page, Rosie. I really like it! 🙂

  10. souldipper says:

    If I was a puppy, my tail would be wagging so much that my whole body would wriggle. How grand to see a photo of you and to read your delightful descriptions. You bring tears to my eyes?! I think it’s because this brings you a little closer, Rosie-me-darlin’. HOWEVER! You’ve just given me a whole lot of new questions! 😀 When you come to visit your cousin, I’m going to hope for a real visit! As I write this, there is an incredible aria being sung from some opera I cannot name and my chest is full! I cannot stop the tears. Blogging is full of surprises – just like you!

    • dearrosie says:

      Oh Amy thank you for your lovely comment 🙂 It humbles me to think of water filling your eyes after reading my story.

      You may have noticed the story of “ME” isn’t finished, that’s because I’m still an ongoing work of art, a flower which hasn’t properly opened.

      I hope it wont be too long before I’m sitting on your verandah sipping tea – with perhaps a bite of your delish sounding banana bread (aren’t I forward?) and while Opera arias are playing in the background I’ll happily answer all your questions…

  11. magsx2 says:

    Hi,
    A great about page, and I love the travel photos, very nice.

  12. Loved your new ‘about’ page! The pictures are gorgeous and so nice to read more about you. My ‘happy place’ would also be outside, sitting on the beach, feeling the breeze and hearing the surf.

    • dearrosie says:

      Hi Darla,
      I must say I find it very humbling that you are happy knowing more about me. Thank you. I’m glad you like my photos. (It wasn’t easy choosing just one from each holiday.)

      Now that I know we share the same happy place, I look forward to walking on the beach with you one day!

  13. Sybil says:

    Rosie, I’m amazed at the connections I have made in the Blog-o-sphere. Glad you’re one of them. Always enjoy hearing about your view of the world from your cash register.

    BTW — love that last cemetery shot !

    • dearrosie says:

      Hi Sybil,
      I’m also glad to have met you. Thank you for writing.

      I appreciate your complement on my cemetery shot. Thank you. After reading your post about the rule of thirds I looked at my photos and had no idea whether they’d pass that test. Did they?
      I have about half a dozen shots taken from the tower in San Gimignano and didn’t know which one to use…

  14. Arindam says:

    I am going to echo what Darla said; Loved your new about me page. The photographs are simply awesome.

  15. Priya says:

    “..my people are right here…” Thank you, Rosie. But have you also noticed that they’re here only because your home and hearth (and the cash register experiences) warm them in a way only your niche can?

    After reading this page, I knew I had to first go an get a nice cup of tea. I am back now.

    I’ve changed 8 schools, two colleges and countless places within India. I can relate to what you say about not knowing where ‘home’ is, or not having a close group of people to share celebrations with. At the same time, I’ve realised that this longing to belong helps me keep wanting to make connections wherever, whenever I can. I have ‘homes’ in so many places now, radiating from this temporary house I am sitting in. That’s a thing I can feel happy about.

    The green shoes look so comfortable and the colour is so gnome-like! I was made a gnome and sometimes a goblin in those fairytale shows we tiny children staged for our parents. I was the obvious choice because of the woolen caps I had that reminded every one of these mischief-makers. Now that I have begun rambling, let me tell you what happened once. I was a goblin trying to climb up the tower with Rapunzel’s hair. Her hair was fashioned cleverly out of a black dupatta (a long stole: black because the Rapunzel had black hair, not blonde). I was told by the ‘director’ numerous times before the play began to remember not to pull when I climbed. I didn’t remember! Poor R’s ‘hair’ fell off in front of our audience and I was never made a gnome or a goblin again. 😦

    Anyway, your shoes reminded me of good, happy times. I hope they do the same to you, too. Along with comfort, of course.

    I could go rambling, talking of everything I’ve seen and read here. But I know I must shut up.

    Keep writing. Keep looking radiant like you do in the picture.

  16. dearrosie says:

    Hi Priya,

    re your,
    “’I’ve changed 8 schools, two colleges and countless places within India.”
    I can’t imagine what that’s like. My parents didn’t move us about like that. I went to one elementary school, one high school, and two universities. We lived in the same house from age 2 1/2 until I finished high school.

    I was interested to read that moving so much helped you make ‘connections’ wherever you are. I’m sure that’s why, even from this distance, you’re so friendly and thoughtful to your blogging buddies. 🙂

    Thank you for sharing your goblin and Rapunzel stories. You poor thing, I’m sure most kids would’ve forgotten not to pull… Why did you have special woolen caps? Did your Naniji knit them for you?

    The shoes are extremely comfortable – they have a good rubber sole and solid heel – both of which are essential for standing all day on hard floors and have seen many happy times. Plus, I must also mention that they are shoes that men always notice and when they say “Nice shoes” I know they mean it.

    Please keep rambling. I enjoy reading your stories…

  17. Dinah says:

    Wouldn’t it be great if everyone were to write an “About” page? “Who are you really, and what are you about?” You have answered this so beautifully, telling us that you are about the whole wide world, broadcast everywhere with seeds of gratitude. Thank you!!

  18. Hi Rosie, I mentioned that I like the new glimpse into you. I was also filled with a sense of wonder, on reading that your nana-ji lived in India, about your cousin with an Indian name. You have such a close connection to my country!

    You are so so blessed to know your happy place without a moment’s hesitation. Where was your last hike?

    • dearrosie says:

      Hi AIT
      oh boy I spelled your name correctly 🙂

      You’re correct that I have a close connection to your country. My mother, her siblings and her mother’s whole family were all born there.

      Mr F and I and our dog have been hiking every weekend for the past couple of months. Our hike last weekend was only about 4 miles but it was a steep climb and I wasn’t feeling very energetic that day. At one point as I huffed and puffed up the hill the dog impatiently barked at me to hurry up. Very funny…

  19. Nandini says:

    I truly loved reading your updated “about” page. Interesting and great!

    When I started my blog, I had just a few lines and that too very poorly written, unlike yours. 🙂 I believe, describing yourself in your own way can be interesting, as I can see in yours. 🙂

    Your green shoes are very pretty. I can see myself buying something similar, but may be in black so that I can wear them all the time and everywhere. 🙂

    Really liked your pictures as well – it is always good to see the other parts of the world which are in some way “non-tourist” locations. Thanks for sharing all that, Rosie. I don’t mind travelling but sometimes, I like to stay at one place, like I’m now. If I have to tell you about my past few years, in 2009 I was living at the south end of my country. Then a year later I shifted to a place in the west, stayed there for a while, and then after a year I came home to my parents who live in the North. All that for studies. And now, no idea where my job would take me. I’m waiting with curiosity. 🙂

    Thanks, Rosie. Good wishes to you. Keep smiling. 🙂

    • dearrosie says:

      Hello Nandini,
      I thank you for stopping by and leaving me such an encouraging comment. I also started my blog with just a few lines – the little quote at the top. Describing ourselves is not something we do every day, so I had to “step back to be able look in”…

      I’m honored when a photographer such as yourself likes my pictures. You’re very kind.

      I think it’s great that you’ve traveled so much in your beautiful country. After living in the south [you didn’t say but perhaps near the beach], [most probably] a big city in the west, and now up in the mountains, do you have a favorite area where you’d like to live or are you searching for the ideal job?

      • Nandini says:

        My favorite, hmmm, would be the mountains, of course. But no job prospects here, so I would have to choose some other place. Chandigarh (a U.T.) is my all time favorite. But I don’t know where I will get a good job. I’m hoping for the best, or at least for some good. Thanks, Rosie for replying. 🙂 Take care!

      • dearrosie says:

        Hi Nandini,
        I would also chose mountains if I had the choice. You’re lucky your parents live in such a beautiful part of the country…

        I googled “Chandigarh” and see its also in the north. What does U.T. stand for??

        What did you study? I send my good thoughts that you get a wonderful job in a nice location.

  20. shamasheikh says:

    I have so enjoyed the update on your About page Rosie…and so happy to know a little more about you! Thank you and God bless!

    I can empathize with what you write about moving around…my father was a diplomat and so the world was our home growing up…across cities and continents…I was born in Moscow, which is unusual for a Pakistani :)…and always provides interesting episodes at Airports!

    However, one thing I was always sure about was where I wanted ‘home’ to be…I feel blessed that I am where I always wanted to be and it is happily…Home! But as you so rightly point out…home is more than just a physical abode…home is also where we can say…my people are right here!

    May you always be blessed in Happy places…

    • dearrosie says:

      Hello Shama
      Thanks for your lovely comment. Your story is fascinating – not many Pakistani’s can say they’re born in Moscow. I can just imagine the comments you must get at airports.

      You’re fortunate that in spite of all the countries your family lived in, you always knew where your “home” was, and that when you finally got there, your people were there too.

  21. Hi Rosie,

    What a beautiful “About” page — I love it! So sweet and full of so many fun facts about you. I think it’s great that you like hiking. For our family, it’s one of the best activities we’ve found. Something everyone enjoys, and even if you hit some of the same trails, it’s still different every time.

    And wow, you have moved a lot! Our family never moved at all when I was growing up. It wasn’t until I left for college and began my career years that I really travelled. I got to see parts of this country that I never would have otherwise, for my job, but I was always homesick! I’m a homebody, and work best when I have deep roots. I don’t like to travel — but on the flip side — there are SO many places in the world that I want to see. Perhaps when the kids are older we’ll head overseas somewhere and have the adventure of our lives.

    That’s one reason I blog, actually. So that I can learn about new places and new people and new points of view. Your blog is so unique, and fills that space for me so well. You not only write about yourself and your own history, but you write about the people who pass through your museum. Fascinating.

    And another reason I’ve enjoyed blogging so much is because now I know the term “blogging buddy!” 🙂 And I am proud to call you one of mine. A friend I may never meet in person, but a friend just the same. Congratulations on your two year anniversary, and best wishes for many more! –Melissa

    • dearrosie says:

      Hi Melissa,
      Thank you for your lovely comment. I’m honored and proud to be your blogging buddy. I had no idea before I became a blogger that I’d make so many wonderful friends. I feel so rich.

      I think you’re teaching your kids something “more valuable than gold” when you show them how to enjoy the great outdoors by going out and hiking.

      We also didn’t move around the world during my childhood. My parents moved their growing family to the “big” house when I was two-and-a-half and we stayed there until I finished high school.

      This is a huge country, it sounds as though you’re you’ve seen more of it than most of us. As for seeing the rest of the world, perhaps you’ll travel one day when your kids are grown, or you can enjoy it vicariously through your blogging buddies vacations. I promise I’ll share all my trips with you.

  22. Shruti Trivedi says:

    hey! nice to meet you!
    you got a nice blog here!

  23. Shruti Trivedi says:

    PS-you might also like to have a look at my blog on shrutitrivedi.wordpress.com.

  24. Mule Springs says:

    Hello– thanks for visiting my blog. I clicked on your link based on some comments you made at Reggie’s SA blog. I like the idea of your blog– little moments in time based on your observations at the museum. Clever.

    Happy Spring, Sher

    • dearrosie says:

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving me a message Sher. I read a few posts of your blog. I enjoyed hearing your stories about life on the farm. You’re a very good writer. I can’t believe how much snow and ice you had last month. I hope the birds survived the ice storm.

  25. You are a very happy and positive person! Your glow permeates each word, and those people at the cashier’s counter have a walking ambassador of goodwill to enhance the quality of their day!
    I hope that you find that place that feels like home. For now, Ecuador fits for me, but who knows what’s waiting in my future?!!!
    Thanks for sharing your life with the world!
    Z

    • dearrosie says:

      Thank you for leaving me such a beautiful message Lisa. It fills my cup to over-flowing to know that someone all the way in Ecuador is feeling my love.

      I hope it doesn’t take too long for me to find that place that feels like home. I’m interested to know whether Ecuador feels like home to you, or is it just another stepping stone on your travels?

  26. Home is where we are happiest the most. Where we feel most loved. a place where we around people who inspires us everyday. people who make us smile and gives us a reason to wake up glowing, hopeful, optimistic. I saw myself in your story. The longings, the search, the hopes and dreams. Somewhere around the world, someone walks with you. Thanks for sharing this blog. Truly an inspiration to all of us. Best wishes to you and your family.

    • dearrosie says:

      Thank you for visiting and for your kind remarks IT. It made me feel less lonely to know that you saw yourself in my story. It’s true that all of us immigrants no matter where we come from in the world, which language we speak or whether we pray in a temple, a church or a mosque, on a Saturday or a Sunday, all brought similar hopes, dreams, and longings when we arrived in this country.
      I wish you a wonderful weekend with your lovely family.

  27. hey amiga
    with each day i am a little stronger; the doctor diagnosed, ‘asthma’ which certainly is better than pneumonia. i am still quite exhausted each day – constant cough cough cough -gasp- coughing will do that.

    as we approach that mystical approach of the equinox, lesley has kicked off the ‘wear white for peace’ … i’m not sure if you subscribe to her blog or not, but since you volunteered to do the same…. here’s her post:
    (thanks again, lesley!) http://inspirationimport.wordpress.com/2012/09/18/wear-white-after-labour-day-unity-for-peace-21-sept/

    z

    • dearrosie says:

      Hi amiga
      Muchas gracias for the reminder and the link to Lesley’s blog re the “wear white for peace” day on Friday.
      Very sorry to hear you have asthma but I’m sure you’re feeling better now that you know what’s wrong with you. Hope you soon get the coughing under control.

      (I corrected the error)

  28. oops – blame the fever – i meant equinox! would you correct my error please?!!! z

  29. Just read your ‘about’ – what a diverse and colourful history of travel and belonging! I also love being outside and seeing all the wonderful creation happening all over the world. I do not have much open space for hiking in my immediate home area but my husband and I travel around the UK lots to find it. Thanks for my follow and I look forward to your posts too.

    • dearrosie says:

      Thank you for popping over and leaving a message Laura. Much appreciated.

      There are so many wonderful places to hike in England and even though they may not be in your immediate home area I imagine they aren’t too far.

      I assumed you’d already moved to Sierra Leone, but now I understand you’re going to live there next September.

  30. Julianne says:

    your thoughts and musings are a delight to read, I’m glad I found you – I’ll be back!

    • dearrosie says:

      Hi Julianne,
      It’s always such a pleasure to welcome a new friend to my blog. 🙂

      I visited your blog. I hadn’t thought of it, but it’s so true that
      “When a child is born, a mother is born also.”
      I also think your labor and birth pictures are beautiful. I’ll be spreading the word about you.

      • Julianne says:

        Dear Rosie, thanks so much for your visit and support. I’ve only just created the site, so more artwork will be constantly uploaded. I do hope to touch people with my work. Again, thank you and I shall spread the word about you too – people need to see what wonderful musings you write about, and you write so well! X

      • dearrosie says:

        Good luck Julianne. I’m sure you’re going to be successful with your pictures.

  31. Doris says:

    I glad you like Lisa’s post, I am following love everything about this blog, and totally envy you working in a Museum.

    Doris

    • dearrosie says:

      Ola bienvenida Doris. Thank you for your lovely comment.
      You wrote a beautiful tribute to Lisa, and you’ve reminded me that a post on the museum is way overdue 🙂

  32. Jenn says:

    your delightful blog has been nominate for an award 🙂 brightest blessings always 🙂
    http://the-serenity-space.com/2012/12/26/thankfulness/

  33. dogear6 says:

    I can identify with the moving. I’ve never lived outside the country, but my husband and I have lived around the country, on both sides of the Mississippi River. I wrote about my experiences at:

    http://livingtheseasons.com/2011/08/26/home-is-where-we-are/

    I really liked your About Me page and getting to know you better!

    Nancy

    • dearrosie says:

      Hi Nancy
      Always a pleasure to welcome someone new to my blog. Thank you for taking the time to introduce yourself.

      Thanks for the link to your post. I haven’t counted how many homes we’ve had but I agree with you that those of us who move a lot learn that all it takes to make a strange place into a home is hanging our pictures on the wall our comfy chair in front of the TV and the dogs cozy on our laps.

  34. Your life has taken you to places many dream of! Sounds like everywhere you go is home. Home is where your heart is … and that seems like everywhere for you! Hiking is beautiful and tranquil. A place to find peace in the world.

    It’s great to have 80 degree weather in January, but how hot are the summers? LA is gorgeous, and close to ocean, mountains, and so much more. You life seems to be filled with relatives all over the world. Keep traveling, enjoy the ride, life is too short. Take care and stay safe.

    • dearrosie says:

      Hi BISR,
      I have been lucky that all my travels have been with Mr F so home is where we hang our coats.
      Do you go hiking? It gives me enormous pleasure to simply walk along a path with no expectations other than to fill my lungs with fresh air, and enjoy the scenery.
      What kind of summers do we have here? If you live in Santa Monica the summer temps very rarely go above 90, but if you live in the San Fernando Valley the summer temps are often over 100 degrees.
      Thanks for your lovely comment.

  35. Sartenada says:

    I think that working at an Art Museum, must be ideal workplace!

    • dearrosie says:

      Hi Satenada, I feel very fortunate to work in the cultural environment of the museum and the bonus is I get to meet people from all over the world. Thanks for commenting.

  36. Dear Rosie,
    A photograph on your blog was sent to me here in Victoria BC CANADA. I believe taken in South Africa? Johannesburg possibly?

    It is a quotation of mine written and used in lectures from many years ago while I was chasing about the world as a photojournalist. Yet never in South Africa. And that makes it an even greater mistery? The photograph in question is of a “stone or a bronze tablet with the following quotation.”

    “When you photograph people in colour, you photograph their clothes! But when you photograph people in Black & White. You photograph their souls.”

    As we speak? Well write. There is a biography being published later this year, August or ealy September release covering my life as a photojournalist for over 60 years about the world.

    If possible and convenient in time. Might you send me any possible details you may have about the tablet? These will be passed onto the National Archives of Canada who have a personal collection of my photography in the number of 280,000 images. And our Nationl Galery have another 100,000. The largest collection by a single photographer in the history of Canada.

    It would be wonderful if you could fill in any possible information about this photo and the tablet.

    Thank you most kindly.
    Cheers,
    Dr. ted

    TEDGRANTPHOTO.COM
    tedgrant@shaw.ca
    Victoria BC Canada.

    • dearrosie says:

      Dear Dr Ted
      As I mentioned in my email to you, its an honor to “meet” you.

      Its astonishing that you were able to find your photo on my blog i.e. in this post
      https://rosannefreed.wordpress.com/2012/03/05/365-days-ago-we-were-in-south-africa/

      When I saw your beautiful quote I had no idea Ted Grant was a Canadian photojournalist. I just assumed you were a South African.

      I took the photo in a mall in Johannesburg, specifically:
      at the north entrance to “Woolworths” in the zone of Rosebank

      [Many thanks to Linda S for helping me to track down where I found the quote]

  37. Hi Rosie, I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award: http://catbirdinafrica.wordpress.com/2013/03/21/the-very-inspiring-blogger-award/

    I hope you’ll accept, but if you think it’s too much work, I certainly understand! 🙂

    • dearrosie says:

      Thank you very much Cathy. I am honored to be included among such a gathering of fine bloggers.

      Instead of writing up an acceptance post I’d like to invite all the other nominees to meet either in Oman, or here in California for glass of wine and good conversation….

  38. OH, we have so much in common, your life has been a thrill! Love your blog, Thailand has taught me so many life lessons, now I will pass it on, with my every step on the Camino….stay happy…Jim

  39. terrytrekker says:

    Fascinating life! You sound like a happy person! I like your travels! 🙂

  40. Prasad says:

    Your “about me”- it is indeed a revelation. Great work. i loved reading every bit of it.

  41. So great to meet up with you again, Rosie. 🙂

  42. dearrosie says:

    Hi Sylvia,
    How lovely to see you here and know you haven’t forgotten me.
    I love your new blog.

  43. koivis says:

    Greetings from Belgium, visti my weblog on: https://koivis.wordpress.com/

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