Category Religion

Leonardo – Then and Now

  It is an iconic painting, Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper. You have probably seen it depicted hundreds of times. Today is Maundy Thursday, the day Christians remember the last meal Jesus had before his death, a seder meal as he celebrated Passover with his disciples. Leonardo’s painting celebrates that event, though I have always wondered […]

Murder Most Foul

Somehow it works. The first new music from Bob Dylan in almost a decade is a 17-minute epic that you will want to listen to again and again, with new insights on each listen. “Murder Most Foul” is Dylan’s “American Pie.” Though Don Maclean’s romp through the sixties was lighthearted and fun, this is a […]

More From University Church

Just a few pictures today from University Church, Freiburg. It was not as ornate as I had expected – but you can see the beauty in simplicity.

University Church

Wandering down the street in the university area of Freiburg, we ducked into the University Church, partly because there was a free organ recital. The church is a new building, relatively speaking, with construction having taken place between 1683 and 1701. Originally a Jesuit church, it has been under Freiburg University’s administration since the late […]

Playing With Fire

There were no demons in evidence, no people in animal costumes, no-one swearing allegiance to Satan on the hills above Sulzburg Saturday night. Which may explain why there were only about fifty people, mostly children, taking part in Scheibenfeuer. Google tells me that translates as “disc fire” – which really doesn’t explain anything. When I […]

Fastnacht 2020

The roads into Sulzburg are closed for the parade, but that doesn’t matter to me. I left early this morning, not wanting to be in town for Fastnacht. I’ll go back this evening when the fuss is over. I experienced Fastnacht during our first year here.  Given what I had heard about it, I felt […]


I don’t have time to binge-watch television. That explains why it took my wife and I almost two weeks to get through the ten episodes in the first season of the new Netflix series Messiah, which was released in January. It is a compelling drama that touches on so many aspects of contemporary society. A […]