Category Religion

Black Forest Ramble – VIII

When we entered the Lebensweg above the Black Forest village of  St. Ulrich, we did so from behind the church from which the village takes its name. It was founded by St. Ulrich himself almost a thousand years ago, and the monastery he started is still attached to the church where he is buried. I […]


 I wrote a post for today about the Supreme Curt of Canada’s decision in the Trinity Western University case. It was written within minutes of the decision being rendered and I have decided that, unlike most of the things I put here, it should be edited before publication. I have followed the case for the […]

Black Forest Ramble – VII

My wife mentioned that the walk we were taking last Saturday above the village of St. Ulrich had a spiritual component, that it was kind of a mini-pilgrimage. I thought it might be like walking the stations of the cross, as many Roman Catholics do on Good Friday. I suppose that isn’t surprising – the […]

Black Forest Ramble – I

It was a beautiful Saturday, so I took the afternoon off work. It has been a while – it seems Saturdays there is always something that comes up that requires sitting at the computer or going out and doing something for someone. My wife said she had heard of a nice walk in the Black […]

Another Day, Another Holiday

Another day, another German holiday. Second of four this month. Does no-one have to work in this country? In Canada we seem to be able to count on a day off each month, more or less. Whatever date the holiday is supposed to be, we observe it on the nearest Monday. Here it seems the […]

What A Bargain!

Like anyone with an Amazon account, I get regular emails with items that are recommended for me based on my past purchases. All part of the “service” designed to part me from my hard-earned money. Offhand I don’t remember ever actually purchasing any of those recommended items, though I appreciate the suggestions. Yesterday’s though, from […]

Welcome to Walpurgis Night

Tonight there are Walpurgis Night celebrations throughout Germany, or at least in our area. I knew about May Day and that it was a big celebration, but had never heard of Walpurgis Night. Looking at the poster I thought it might be something akin to Fastnacht, which is held in February (and yes, I know […]