5 Most Romantic Getaway Ideas in Europe – Get Lost! In Love…

By Val Karren Every year in the midsummer week, I take my wife away on a romantic getaway to commemorate our wedding anniversary. While Europe has a long list of exciting destinations with fascinating history and inspiring works of art and architecture, they are also filled with lots and lots of people. Our modern, hyperconnected … More 5 Most Romantic Getaway Ideas in Europe – Get Lost! In Love…

Learning to Eat Like an Italian

By Val Karren As I prepared to start writing my second novel, I travelled to Sicily to listen to Italians speak Italian, with everything but their voices. I don’t speak Italian, (well at least not that fast), and so I listened and observed carefully while in those locations that I had selected for settings in … More Learning to Eat Like an Italian

Modern Memories in Kyiv, Ukraine

By Val Karren “Don’t throw the bread!” On most days I would support the argument that throwing bread is a bad thing. It could get dropped, land in the mud, and be wasted. On this day though, I wasn’t the one throwing the bread…I was the one catching it. It had been three days since … More Modern Memories in Kyiv, Ukraine

Local Flavors – Travel Through Taste

by Christine Karren One of the great joys of travelling is the exploration of other cultures by way of their food.  Countless cookbooks have been written detailing the culinary delights of various national kitchens, not the least of which was Julia Child’s The Joy of French Cooking, which influenced the world and even made its … More Local Flavors – Travel Through Taste

Love Thine Enemies

By Val Karren “Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy… ”  –St. Matthew 5:43 There is in each of us, no matter where we come from, a conditioning that we receive from our homelands. By the time we reach adulthood, this conditioning lies deep in … More Love Thine Enemies

Paraíso Perdido​

It’s been nearly ten years now since I started using. It was rather harmless at the start, and I can honestly tell you that when I started, I had planned to use it for only a few months. I could not have foreseen how quickly it got out of control. … More Paraíso Perdido​

‘The Deceit of Riches’ Now Available

Val Karren’s new thriller, The Deceit of Riches, is now available to order on Amazon at the following link: https://www.amazon.com/Deceit-Riches-Val-M-Karren-ebook/dp/B075VTKV4H/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1507029212&sr=8-1&keywords=the+deceit+of+riches After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 anything that wasn’t bolted to the floor was up for grabs. Oil fields, banks and military hardware were targeted for hostile take overs by tens of … More ‘The Deceit of Riches’ Now Available

The Day the Sky Fell In

by V M Karren The day the sky fell in, my wife stood alone in the kitchen and wept. While my wife wept alone in the kitchen, my two-year old son tinkered with a set of puzzles of a boat, a train, a race car and an airplane. While my son played happily and asked … More The Day the Sky Fell In

Yo Quiero Dos Coca Colas Por Favor

by Matthew Karren “Oh wow, yeah, those are really visible.” I rolled my sleeves back down. “How did you get those?” he asked. I explained that when you’re walking the pilgrimage, you try to stay out of the heat of the day. To do that, you wake up at 6 o’clock in the morning and … More Yo Quiero Dos Coca Colas Por Favor