Category Religion

Johanneskirche, Britzingen

I try to keep my promises, even if it takes a while. Last July (I think it was) I promised you that at some point I would get inside the church in Britzingen that I had been told is one of the most beautiful in the region. Every time I was in the town, it […]

Fighting For Colmar – III

One aspect of the military cemetery in the hills above Colmar and Sigolsheim that I hadn’t considered before was just who fought in the Second World War battles to liberate France. I guess that is a bit of Canadian blindness on my part. Canadian war cemeteries, or at least the ones I have visited, have […]

Yesterday’s Post is Only A Day Late

(Time is running out. If you haven’t had a chance yet to answer my mini-survey about this blog, click here. It won’t take long, and your feedback will help me decide what I should be posting here.) My computer decided to cooperate for today. Mind you, I have forgotten what I planned to say yesterday, but […]

Welcome to 2019

This new year already doesn’t seem right somehow. I suppose I’ll get over that. Though after seeing the old year out and the new one in the same way for a quarter of a century, change is hard. Last night we didn’t count down to midnight with the same group of friends we have shared […]

Happy New Year!

No, I didn’t get it wrong. I know what day it is. Today is Christmas Day. Think about it though. Maybe December 25 should be the first day of the year. Certainly the birth of Christ was momentous enough, even if not recognized as such at the time. Most of the world divides their calendar […]

Christmas Eve 2018

The world pauses tonight, at least in theory. With bated breath we await the announcement of a miraculous birth, the Christ-child, the Prince of Peace. Every year we remember the world-shaking event. Occasionally I have detailed my struggles in learning German, but when I saw this picture I realized I had learned something. I understood […]

Advent Reflections

This post was first published December 19, 2015. I thought you might like to see it again. He looked round again and could hardly believe his eyes. There was the blue sky overhead, and grassy country spreading as far as he could see in every direction, and his new friends all round him, laughing. “It […]