Book Signing Event

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The Lady of the Sea Book Signing Event Friday, May 11th at 6 pm Public Library Savica, Ljerke Šram 4, Zagreb Free public book signing event presenting the novel The Lady of the Sea by Branka Valcic. The Lady of the Sea is a story about an island, tradition, and the power of omens. It is a story about a young … Read More

Enjoying the Writing Process

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Croatian Adriatic Branka Valcic

Would you like to do what you love and share it with the world? If you love writing there is nothing stopping you from expressing yourself through a written word, and enjoying the writing process too. Yes, there are old beliefs, but let’s break out of a couple of them here and now. First, we don’t need to suffer to … Read More

Anyone Can Write – Start Today With a Word SUNSET

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Sun setting over islands on the Adriatic

In 1986 Natalie Goldberg’s book Writing Down the Bones was published making a bold statement that anyone who writes is a writer, thus challenging the paradigm that writing is for a chosen few. I love this, and actually firmly believe that anyone with a burning desire in their heart not only can write, but that they owe it to themselves … Read More

Sage and Lavender Are Amazing

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Sage, Croatian Adriatic

In the previous blog I wrote about several wonders of the Croatian Adriatic as captured by The Lady of the Sea novel. In this blog, I would like to focus on one of these wonders: Medicinal and culinary herbs. More specifically, I’d like to focus on two of my all time favorites, which also feature heavily in the novel: Sage … Read More

Falling In Love

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concrete trees

Three winters ago, I moved to Zagreb, the place in which I was born and lived the first two decades of my life. To make things, let’s say more interesting, I also moved to the same neighborhood I grew up in. Naturally, I felt like a total failure. Who lives in various places around the world for years and then … Read More

Cutting Through Illusions

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Beautiful things grow

For me, this is a time of change, of transformation into a woman I want to be. To get there, one of the things I have been doing is cleaning up my emotional closet. I blogged about my shame of being Croatian in my last blog (Shame), but this is not all that’s in that closet, of course. For weeks, … Read More

Shame

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Oratorio di Santa Cecilia

Last week, I traveled to Bologna. My husband was to attend a conference and Luka, my son, and I joined him with an intention to explore the city. I have never been to Bologna and was quite excited. I had no list of things to do while there, no plans, except to open myself up to the experience. The outer … Read More

Stop! Concussion!

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into water

I am whispering this blog into the voice recorder on my phone feeling very glamorous but also very mad because the unruly sentences don’t want to come out as they do out of a pen! Two weeks ago I had a concussion. The way I got it is ridiculous and I’d rather not talk about it, but the hell with … Read More

When Dog Rules

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Luna's Shangri La

When I said my dog wakes me up early (in the post Embracing All Moments) was I thinking as early as midnight? When one went to bed at 10:30 pm after a long day at sea, does midnight count as early or simply as NOT COOL? Yesterday, we anchored in a bay with beautiful sandy bottom that makes the sea … Read More