First Sunday in Advent, 2016 Dear Friends, We are writing this letter during a dangerous period, at least according to Brian. When he was a kid Brian heard, probably on NPR, that marriages were more successful when both halves of the couple were the same age. The first Sunday in Advent falls between Rich’s and Suzi’s birthdays, which are three weeks apart. Rich is now … Continue reading 2016 McClear Family Christmas Letter
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Kotor is a World Heritage Site. It is a walled city that had been part of the Venetian Republic, and then part of Austria until the end of the First World War when it became part of Yugoslavia, and then Montenegro. It is at the head of the Med’s longest and deepest fjord. IREX sponsored its summer journalism school in Kotor for 7 years … Continue reading Kotor
Sveti Stefan used to be a village. Under Tito it became an exclusive hotel hosting the likes of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, Princess Margaret and Robert McNamara. We first visited in 1972. We were allowed to wander the place for a fee, until the Burtons came “home” and we were shooed out. In the 1990s and up to 2004 we stayed here as … Continue reading Sveti Stefan
We lived in Podgorica for a year from Autumn 1999 to Autumn 2000. It was a pleasant enough town but the best part was living an hour from the coast and an hour from the mountains. Continue reading Podgorica
We first visited Montenegro in 1972. It turned we visited during the last small pox epidemic in Europe. We, and our rental car, were commandeered by the Public Health service to drive vaccine to a remote village in the lake Skadar area. We had a US Public Health Service doctor with us. We loved the country, but thought the capital, Titograd, as it was then … Continue reading Montenegro
On the menu above click on the topics or regions areas that interest you. The collapse of Communism in 1989 had a profound effect on our family’s life. In 1990 my wife, Suzi, and I took our sons Brian and Kevin to Prague to be a part of the final act of the Velvet Revolution, the elections that put a stamp on Czechoslovak democracy. … Continue reading Welcome! Come in and explore.
This is home, I am always happy to return. Continue reading Sitka