Monthly Archives: April 2021

Great View At The Top

Time to end the work week with a flashback, some thoughts forma 2015 trip to a most unlikely tourist destination: Iraq. This post was first published in December 2015. The Peshmerga guards ask if we would like some tea. I don’t drink hot drinks, but I know it would be culturally insensitive to refuse such […]

So How Many?

can you figure it out? How many lawyers does it take to change a lightbulb? Such number as may be deemed necessary to perform the stated task in a timely and efficient manner within the strictures of the following agreement: Whereas the party of the first part, also known as “The Lawyer,” and the party […]

What Are You Afraid Of?

I attached this image to a draft post a couple of months ago – then never finished the post. Last night I looked at it again, and today you get the picture but not the words that went with it. That is because the words really had nothing to do with the graphic. I have […]

Dreaming Of Athens

One day we will be able to travel again. Where do you want to go then? Athens is high on my list. I was there for half a day in 2019, which is definitely not long enough. I visited the Acropolis, Mars Hill and a museum. I figure I need another week, just to scratch […]

Starting With A Smile

I had a post ready to go for today, but it was about government ineptitude. I thought it was perhaps a little depressing, so we’ll save it for another day. The next option was a post about government censorship. I probably should get to that one soon – before they manage to censor it. But […]

Drawings On The Wall

The urge to draw pictures predates written language, as can be seen in cave drawings in Europe that the experts say date back thousands of years. So it is no surprise to discover that people used to draw on church walls too. Other than the odd mural, which usually isn’t in the sanctuary itself, I […]

Unintended Messaging

It wasn’t intentional – but those who read the message couldn’t have known that. Which means they either laughed or thought I was a dangerous idiot. When we first moved to Germany we had no vehicle. Which would not have been an issue of we had lived in a large city, but public transit in […]

Walking Along The Sulzbach

There’s a small stream, the Sulzbach, that runs through Sulzburg, coming out of the Black Forest on its way to the next town. Most of the time I don’t even think about it, though I walk by it daily. I doubt if a tourist has ever made the trek just to see this stream in […]

Uncomfortable Memories

I live in a town haunted by memories. That no-one talks about. At least to me. Sulzburg was once the center of Jewish culture in southern Germany. In the middle of the 19th century, a third of the town of 1,200 was Jewish. There was a synagogue, a rabbinical school, a choral society, a cemetery. […]

Doing The Traffic Math

Municipal politicians in Ottawa frequently complain that the provincial government in Toronto has no idea how to find Ottawa on a map. This week the province’s premier proved that in dramatic fashion. Rob Ford announced new COVID restriction measures, including checkpoints at provincial borders. No-one is allowed to enter the province without a good reason. […]