Monthly Archives: March 2020

Out For A Walk

In these days of self-isolation, people in our area are still encouraged to get out for fresh air daily. All that is asked is that you stay at least two metres away from other people. Looking out at the vineyards of Castellberg from the Black Forest at the edge of Sulzburg, you can see that […]

What A Party!

Actually this isn’t intended (today anyway) as political or social commentary. It just seemed appropriate given that yesterday was my wife’s birthday, and I threw a surprise party for her. Given that gatherings of more than two people are not allowed in Germany in these days of pandemic and social distancing, it was a bit […]

Murder Most Foul

Somehow it works. The first new music from Bob Dylan in almost a decade is a 17-minute epic that you will want to listen to again and again, with new insights on each listen. “Murder Most Foul” is Dylan’s “American Pie.” Though Don Maclean’s romp through the sixties was lighthearted and fun, this is a […]

Been There, Done That

None of us were around the last time a major pandemic swept across the world. The COVID-19 crisis is not the first such bug, causing huge disruption to the nations of the world. In a way, isn’t  it rather comforting to know that our societies have gotten through this sort of thing before?  

A Peaceful Place

  In the vineyards above Laufen there is a small hut, a shack, built I suppose as a place for the workers to eat their lunch without the sun beating down on them. Inside are a couple of tables, with benches all around. Inside are also several hundred books. If you want one, feel free […]

Hoarding?

Maybe people haven’t been stocking up on toilet paper and pasta because they are afraid. Maybe this new art form is all the rage. I wish I was that creative.  

Not What You Were Expecting

I wrote an introduction to today’s post that developed a life of its own – you may see it tomorrow or the next day. It was too serious on a day I wanted to be funny, or as funny as I ever am. My plan was to write something that didn’t involve pandemics or politics, […]

Life Goes On

  While some days it seems like the world is falling apart, it really isn’t. “Social distancing” has become the norm in Sulzburg. I don’t know if businesses here are closed – there are so few, and the ones I know are “essential” services, such as the grocery store, bakery and pharmacy. Those are still […]

What Pandemic Rights?

What is the responsibility of the state to keep its citizens healthy? Who decides what is appropriate? Where I live you are no longer allowed to walk along the streets, unless you are going to the doctor or the grocery store.  Police or other officials can stop you and ask where you are going. There […]

A Unique Event

Today, the third Sunday before Easter is Weckensonntag in Sulzburg. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all events have been cancelled.  Which is a real shame, since this festival only happens once a year and only one place in the world. Now we have to wait until next year. And I missed it in 2019 because […]