What We Mean When We Talk About Quality Of Life

Vienna, Austria is consistently rated among the cities with the highest quality of life. I agree with that evaluation. Here’s one example. I had some time on my hands early on a Saturday morning. I decided to visit a public park that I normally wouldn’t visit. Playground spaces always speak to me: How much room… Continue reading What We Mean When We Talk About Quality Of Life

Alpine Meditation

Vienna is the city. Austria, the country. This place. These places belong to who I am, who I am becoming.

This is where I have matured into adulthood. It is most likely where I will grow old.

This slideshow is a way for me to put myself in context for you and me. I see these places and I see myself but my challenge, alas, remains the capacity to see myself in these places and in turn, see these places -and their meanings – in me.

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“Hort” – Why Austrian After-School Care Rocks

In Austria, primary school (Volksschule) is a four year affair. Children are taught in grades one through four by the same homeroom teacher and the school day typically lasts four to five hours. When school ends at 12 or 1pm, students either go home or attend some form of after school care known as Hort.… Continue reading “Hort” – Why Austrian After-School Care Rocks

Vienna Gratitude

September 2015 will mark the 30th anniversary of my arrival in Austria. At the time I was planning on a semester. That semester extended to a year and after a few years of back and forth between the US and Vienna, I settled here in 1991. As a US Citizen and an African-American one at… Continue reading Vienna Gratitude