Category Archives: Life in Germany

Thanksgiving: A Day Like Any Other

When I heard the kids voices yesterday morning, it was 6:48. Like always. Our morning routine followed as every morning: get up and ready for the day; breakfast; snacks made and packed; a bit of piano practice; out the door … Continue reading

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Regaining Balance

Last Friday I was geared up to wish you all a happy Mother Language Day, as February 21st is International Mother Language Day, designated by UNESCO. The day has been observed since 2000 in the hopes of promoting “linguistic and … Continue reading

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Fill Up My Cup

Yesterday as I sat in the car with my family, I had one of those, what I like to call “overflowing”, moments. We had just left our friends with whom we had spent the weekend, and I was overwhelmed with … Continue reading

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A Tiny Bit

A riddle: What do a goose, paper lanterns and sweet yeast pretzels all have in common? If you’re German the answer should be obvious; if you’re North American you are probably shrugging your shoulders. The answer: St. Martin’s Day So … Continue reading

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Refor-what? or My True Feelings About Halloween

I’ll admit it: I pretend I’m not home on Halloween. You can call me a Halloween-Scrooge if you want (and some people have), but there are reasons for my darkened doorway. Halloween has never been a favorite time – the … Continue reading

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Out of the Chaos

My garden developed into a big disappointment this year. As always I was full of anticipation with the dark earth turned and ready for seeds to cover and protect, until each began its journey up and out. Our house was … Continue reading

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Replanted Part Two: Roots Remaining

When I was replanted to Germany, it did not come without a price, just as when a bush is replanted, it does not come without some risk to the plant’s health. The master gardener will mark with his shovel an … Continue reading

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