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June 26, 2013

John F. Kennedy's prophetic words

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50 years ago today President John F. Kennedy spoke the words most widely recognized today as being German: "Ich bin ein Berliner." (more…)

September 24, 2012

I fly on the JU-52

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It took two years before I was able to do it, but I finally flew on the JU-52. (more…)

August 7, 2012

"The games must go on!"

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This post is not about the Olympics, but about Filipino resourcefulness in the ongoing flooding in the Philippine capital, Manila. (more…)

July 12, 2012

A pope for Protestants, too?

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Could the pope be the pope for Protestants, too, instead of just being the head of the Roman Catholic church? (more…)

May 8, 2012

Hail on the window

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One advantage of an attic flat is that your windows are at an angle so you can catch some hail. (more…)

May 1, 2012

German mating season 2012

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My amateur anthropological observation of young Germans led to additional insights this year on the customs of the native population in my vicinity. :-) (more…)

April 17, 2012

You didn't see that 40 years ago

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In contrast to America – and Switzerland – Germans did not tend to "fly the flag" when I first came to Germany 41 years ago. (more…)

April 12, 2012

A minor kitchen makeover

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When I got back to Germany last month, my refrigerator had given up the ghost. (more…)

March 31, 2012

Train nostalgia: TEE "Rheingold"

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As I waited for my train to Berlin this morning at Cologne's main station, a bit of train nostalgia rolled on the other side of the platform. (more…)

January 29, 2012

I could have gotten arrested for this

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Not today, of course, but 30 years ago. (more…)

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