Tag Archives: Religion

Science Meets Religion

When I first saw the t-shirt in a store window I knew I had to buy it. Of course it would be on a Sunday and the store was closed. For those who don’t speak German, the words are from of Genesis 1:3. And gott Sprach means “And God spoke.” Und es ward Licht is “and […]

Visions of Fastnacht

Today is the annual Fastnacht parade in Sulzburg. I won’t be watching. Whether I am even in town will depend on the weather forecast. My thought had been to avoid the festivities completely and take the train to Freiburg after church. There’s nothing open in Freiburg on Sundays, but I can at least wander through […]

The Easter Bunny Comes Early

My wife texted me shortly after she left for her walk to work. “We have a rabbit.” I knew she didn’t mean that we had acquired a bunny, I don’t want pets in our apartment, but rather that she had seen one. I didn’t find that surprising. Her walk takes her through the vineyards. I […]

Love and Denial

It seems a little strange that, due to the way the calendar works this year, today is not only Valentine’s Day, devoted to celebrating love, but Ash Wednesday, the day of fasting that opens the season of Lent. How are you supposed to celebrate the two together? Valentine’s Day is a big deal in North […]

Cultural Differences IX – Holidays

It was Friday night, getting late, and our hostess casually mentioned, “of course, tomorrow is a holiday.” Nobody told me. I knew Saturday was January 6. I knew in the church calendar that is Epiphany, the dated celebrated for the arrival of the Magi. But I’m from Canada; it never occurred to me that the […]

The Copyright Notice

It wasn’t a website I would have normally visited. Having seen it though, I feel an urge to discuss it. I’ve never bothered to discover what is considered proper etiquette for bloggers. When I started this project I wasn’t a regular blog reader, not even the posts from my friends, so I didn’t have much […]

Welcome to Fantasyland

Americans are crazy. Kurt Andersen should know; he’s one of them, though he insists he is sane. Don’t all crazy people say that? Fantasyland, which is published today, is a voyage through American history, a look at how American society reached the point where someone like Donald Trump could be elected as President of the […]