Friday, July 19, 2013

Penner's Spotlight - Catherine Richmond - France

 Pens on a World Map
Penner’s Spotlight
Name: Catherine Richmond of Nebraska
Location: France, Switzerland & the Netherlands

Two summers ago, my husband taught a class in France. The only French word he knows is "fromage," and since man does not live by cheese alone, I had to go along. When the class finished, we visited friends in Switzerland and the Netherlands, and toured the house of impressionist painter Claude Monet - such beautiful gardens!

This Swiss garden has a view of the Alps.

The hedge protects this Netherlands garden from North Sea winds.

Monet painted his water lilies series here.

My husband says "fromage," but I say "chocolat!" Profiteroles from Paris.
Have you had your own experience in France, Switzerland or the Netherlands? Have you traveled overseas with a spouse or for work? Please share one of your experiences. We'd love to hear it. Join the conversation below.

Catherine Richmond was busy raising a family, working as an occupational therapist, and trying to remember where she hid the chocolate, when a song sparked a story within her. That story became Spring for Susannah and was shortly followed by Through Rushing Water

Catherine loves to hear from readers - and eat chocolate - at the Richmond Rabbit Ranch in Nebraska. For more about Richmond, visit her website at and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

Sophia Makinoff is certain that 1876 is the year that she’ll become the wife of a certain US Congressman, and happily plans her debut into the Capitol city. But when he proposes to her roommate instead, she signs up with the Board of Foreign Missions.
With dreams of a romantic posting to the Far East, Sophia is dismayed to find she’s being sent to the Ponca Indian Agency in remote Dakota Territory. How can she accomplish anything for God in this wilderness? But teaching the Ponca children provides her with a joy she has never known - and never expected - and ignites in her a passion for the people she’s sent to serve.
It’s a passion shared by the Agency carpenter, Willoughby Dunn, a man whose integrity and selflessness are unmatched. The Poncas are barely surviving. When U.S. policy decrees that they be uprooted from their homeland and marched hundreds of miles to bleak Indian Territory, Sophia and Will wade into rushing waters to fight for their friends, their love, and their destiny.

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