Monthly Archives: November 2018

Hochberg I

My wife said she’s heard there was a ruined castle worth seeing near Emmendingen, about 45 minutes away by train. It was a sunny Sunday afternoon, and we be walking anyway. Why not walk in Emmendingen? It seems sometimes there is a ruined castle on every hill in Germany. The hill just outside Sulzburg, Castellberg, […]

More Christmas Market

A “picture is worth a thousand words” type of post today. Some more of the photos I took last Saturday at Freiburg’s Christmas market.  

That Time Again

With November ending, Advent and Christmas markets are in full swing throughout Europe. I guess it is the European version of Christmas shopping frenzy. Last year was the first time I had experienced this sort of thing, and I may have overdone it. I took in seven or eight markets – eventually realizing there’s not […]

The Last Hour

About two-thirds of the way through The Last Hour I began to wonder if anyone at the publishing house had bothered to read the book before accepting it for publication. I think it was the smugness that annoyed me more than anything. Amir Tsarfati is sure of his beliefs and his interpretation of Biblical prophecy. […]

Welcome to Monday

You may just be waking up and reading this. I’m a little confused as to what time it is. Watched the CFL championship game, the Grey Cup, which had a kickoff at just after 12:30 a.m. my time.  I tried to nap a little before the  game, but it wasn’t long enough to feel rested. […]

The Big Game

Last November, for the first time in years, I didn’t watch the Grey Cup game, the Canadian Football League championship. I decided the midnight start was a  bit too late given that I had to work in the morning. Tonight’s game is another midnight start (my time), but I will be watching. If I had […]

Evening Falls

I had a book review all ready to go for today, then yesterday evening I went out for a walk. That made me change my mind. I try to get some exercise in every day, which for me means a walk, either in the Black Forest or the vineyards near Sulzburg. Early to mid-afternoons seem […]

More of a Gray Friday

America is renowned for its cultural exports, whether they be Hollywood films, rock and roll or noir detwective novels. If it is popular in the US, it seems inevitable that it will reach the rest of the  world, sooner or later. That goes for the bad as well as the good. Like Black Friday. The […]

It’s Okay!

It’s okay to be depressed. It’s okay to have doubts. It’s okay to not be perfect. It’s okay to be distracted. It’s okay to not be okay.   I became a fan of Sheila Walsh back when she was a purple-haired New Wave singer back in 1981 when I saw her perform at the Greenbelt […]

A Simpler Time?

I remember the late 1960s and early 1970s almost as if they were yesterday. Those were my teen years. Life was good and exiting things were happening in something called the Jesus Movement. California, the epicentre of the movement, was a long way from Montreal and Ottawa, the places I spent those years. But we […]