Monthly Archives: June 2020

Isn’t Life Fun?

Today’s post has been hijacked by the IT people, who don’t share my opinion of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” I needed to install new software in order to take advantage of a new videoconferencing platform. I didn’t see anything wrong with the old one myself, but it was work-related, and I do […]

Peacock Time

Sunday afternoon we spent some time in the Kurpark in the nearby village of Bad Krozingen. It wasn’t what we had planned, but we ran into some neighbors on the bus who convinced us it would be worth the visit. It was. The park is more than 40 hectares, a mix of cultured and wild with […]

The Micro Church

When we first arrived in southern Germany we saw a number of small churches dotting the landscape. usually situated right beside some very large farm houses. Why would anyone build something like that? The friend who was driving us through the area explained that back when the weather was more extreme and roads less passable, […]

If I Complained, Would You Listen?

  Standing in my kitchen yesterday I felt like I was getting whiplash. My head was jerking back and forth, left and right as I was trying to track the fly I could hear buzzing but couldn’t see. I had the flyswatter in my hand, and before long I had dispatched four flies to meet […]

A Big Leap

Anyone who has taken the train from Freiburg to the resort town of Titisee knows the stag. As the train goes trough a gorge you suddenly see it on the crest of the cliff above, poised to jump. You want to take a picture of course, to share the sight with your friends. But  by […]

All In The Marketing

I needed new earbuds to use on my various devices. The ones I bought a few months back at a dollar store in Ottawa were showing signs of impending death. The still worked, or at least one ear did. And while no-one had complained about my microphone, my computer kept sending me messages that my […]

The Job Interview

I think this would be my worst nightmare!

Hanging In There

Real life isn’t quite like that of course. When you reach adulthood you quickly learn that the freedom you envisaged is much more restrictive than you expected it to be when you were a teenager. You can’t really do whatever you want. Those of us who have passed that initial threshold of adulthood are the […]

Long Memories

When you are from North America you have a different view of time than they do in Europe (and other places of the world also). Canada and the USA are young countries when it comes to recorded history, something that really hit home on Saturday. We were pulled off the road in Riedlingen, waiting for […]

Little Country Church

The third time the car broke down Saturday we pushed it off the road and into the laneway for the church in Riedlingen – a town I had driven through but never found any reason to stop. Older churches here come in two varieties: Catholic or what North Americans call Lutheran. Many of the Lutheran […]