Monthly Archives: February 2021

Replay: The Dark Church

Let’s take a trip back today, to when travel was something people did on a regular basis. Our destination is the Cappadocia region of Turkey and a cave they call the “dark church.” I shared this post with you for the first time in January 2015. They call it “the dark church” because it gets […]

Quarantine Nightmares

Was having an email discussion with a friend yesterday about COVID-19, pandemics, lockdowns, restrictions on rights and the necessity for quarantine. His idea was that quarantines help prevent the spread of COVID-19. I won’t reproduce our discussion, except to note that at one point he mentioned Typhoid Mary the American woman who infected dozens of […]

Buying Bitcoin

Have you got yours? People are making millions! Some are losing millions, but we don’t hear as much about that in the daily financial news. Cyrptocurrencies are the rage and everyone wants to invest. But do they understand what they are doing? A few years ago one Bitcoin would buy you a pizza. Now it […]

In The Stream

When I walk the trails around Sulzburg I am never quite sure in advance what I am going to see. Each day, it seems, my eyes are opened to something new. On Tuesday, for the first time, I realized that I had walked past many times past portions of the Berlin Wall, without realizing what […]

Walking Past History

How many times did I walk past without realizing what I was seeing? Twenty at least, maybe more, though these concrete slabs aren’t part of my usual daily walk. Yesterday my wife asked: “Do you know what those are?” I had to admit I didn’t.  There probably isn’t a German alive who would have said that. […]

Speak – or Remain Silent?

What do you do when you see an injustice? Do you publicize it? Attempt to correct it? Confront those responsible? What if in doing so you make the situation worse? What if innocent people are harmed by your corrective measures? For Canadian Parliamentarians this isn’t an academic question. On Monday they voted in favor of […]

Self Portrait

Summer is here. Well, not really, but it felt like it Sunday. It was 18 Celsius in the vineyards above Sulzburg.  It was warm and sunny, a great day for a socially distanced walk on the Castellberg. Especially when a bench beckoned in the sunshine, a perfect place for fresh apple crisp and coffee from […]

Rubbing It In

My Canadian friends are reminding me that Winter is nowhere near over. I read news reports of record low temperatures in Texas. Weather seems to be a topic of conversation everywhere. Most of the time the comments aren’t complimentary. Not wanting to make anyone envious (or maybe I do), it appears Winter is over where […]

Speaking Your Truth

You’ve heard people say it. You may even have agreed with it. “Speak your truth.” “I needed to speak my truth.” It is time to confess: I’m getting so tired of “truth.” I want to but all these truth-speakers a dictionary so they can look up the word. “your truth” just doesn’t exist. Neither does […]

A Matter of Perspective

I remember it as if it were yesterday, even though it was more than a decade ago. February 19, 2009. For some people it was a really big deal. Barack Obama was coming to Ottawa. Traditionally an American President’s first foreign visit has been to Canada. Donald Trump didn’t follow that, and who knows if […]