John and Marianne's Diaries

Updated February 14

We have been sending diaries to friends and family for over two decades. Here are links to the last few.

Feb 12-14, Ukiah, Boonville, Sonoma
Feb 10-11, East Brother Light Station
Feb 7-8, Art and Snow
Jan 20, Kids, Baseline, Nelcy

For more history, click "DIARIES" in the blue bar above. It is just a long list, but you can tell we've been at this for awhile. (In January, 2019, software obsolescence forced a re-write of this and many other pages. A cleaner style, I hope.)

TRAVEL in the blue menu links to country-by-country maps and lists of our travel to tourist destinations, such as churches, castles, squares,(Europe mostly) and national parks (America mostly).

MARIANNE ART links to Marianne's art site. A must-see.

Here are four specific areas describing our lives.


These are a half-dozens moments when our lives were turned, if not upside down, at least significantly off the existing course.

Move to Ukraine (1998)
"Big Road Trip" (2001-2002)
Move to Frankfurt (2002)
Move to Bavaria (2005)
Retire (2012)
Back in America (2013)
Magdalena In late 2018, we filmed Marianne's mother as she told the story of her early life, from birth in a small Hungarian town, through growing up in Budapest, and escaping to Vienna, Bavaria, and Texas at the end of World War II.
We called the series "Magdalena's Chapters."
Houses In the two decades of this diary, we have lived in a half-dozen homes, from an "interesting" temporary apartment in Kyiv, to a jewel box in Bavaria, to our current old house in Fresno.

This is a link to all our Christmases since 1998.