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A Family Reunification

Today is the 3rd of October, a German national holiday celebrating the country’s reunification in 1990. The pictures we’ve all seen of Germans tearing down the Berlin Wall or crying with joy as they easily cross over into then West … 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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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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Between Tatort and Bundeswahl

    My Sunday evenings are defined by a glass of red wine, in the winter a cozy fire and Tatort. For a long time I scoffed at the television show, wondering how it could possibly still be popular since 1970 … Continue reading

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Replanted: Coming Home to a Foreign Place

Germany has been calling to me my whole life. It began with the stories of my aunt and uncles who had spent a year or more of their lives there, learning the language and eating “good German food”. As a … Continue reading

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Hard Work Birthdays

Birthdays are hard work in Germany. Hard work? How can a birthday possibly be hard work? Given it has been a few years since I celebrated a birthday in the States, but I remember friends baking cakes, parents treating me … Continue reading

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With Conviction

As my friend said with conviction, “Being at home is the best place for me, and I am so glad that I can do it. It’s so important for me to be there for my family,” I noticed the hurt … Continue reading

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