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An Alphabet of My Likes and Dislikes: “L”

This is a post belonging to a new blogging project — the title is pretty much self-explanatory, I think; the project’s introductory post can be found HERE.  Credit for the idea: BeetleyPete. As always, the only thing linking the two items mentioned in this post in my mind is that they both start with the […]

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An Alphabet of My Likes and Dislikes: “G”

This is a post belonging to a new blogging project — the title is pretty much self-explanatory, I think; the project’s introductory post can be found HERE.  Credit for the idea: BeetleyPete. As always, the only thing linking the two items mentioned in this post in my mind is that they both start with the […]

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Heinzelmännchen

24 Festive Tasks: Door 23 – Hogswatch, Task 2: A Cologne legend dating all the way back to the Middle Ages has it that once upon a time, there was a race of busy little household gnomes called Heinzelmännchen who would come at night and secretly do all your work: If there ever has been […]

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November Sunset

24 Festive Tasks: Door 6 – Veterans’ / Armistice Day, Task 4: The Forest of Compiègne, just outside Compiègne, France, is the site of the signing of the 1918 Armistice.  It was also the site of the signing by the French of a truce with the Germans following the German invasion in 1940. – Find […]

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November Sunrise

24 Festive Tasks: Door 6 – Veterans’ / Armistice Day, Task 1: Sunrise services are a staple of this holiday: Take a picture of the sunrise where you live and share it with us. I’m decidedly more of a night owl than a lark, but this past week was an exhibit of the kind of […]

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John Le Carré: A Small Town in Germany

This book is seriously odd — and it cut very close to home not merely geographically but also in terms of my own political formation.  Le Carré first takes eons to trot out his personal disappointment with having been posted to Bonn instead of a “sexier” capital (via the voices of the British diplomats and […]

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A Mother’s Day Memory

24 Festive Tasks: Door 11 – Russian Mother’s Day, Task 2: Do you have a favorite Mothers’ Day memory that you are happy to share?  Photos welcome but optional. I usually give my mom a bouquet of flowers and take her out for lunch or dinner on Mother’s Day.  One occasion I remember particularly well […]

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Glingleglingleglingle

24 Festive Tasks: Door 23 – Hogswatch, Task 1: Glingleglingleglingle – if you could wish any kind of god(dress) into existence, what would they be in charge of? Dusting? Weeding? We’re not aiming high here… tell us!   The Cologne “Heinzelmännchen” fountain: detail A Cologne legend dating all the way back to the Middle Ages […]

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Rhein in Flammen / The Rhine on Fire

24 Festive Tasks: Door 10 – Bon Om Touk, Task 2:  If you’ve ever attended a procession or an event involving festively decked out boats, post a picture and tell us about it. I’ve posted about this before: “Rhein in Flammen” (“The Rhine on Fire”, or “The Rhine up in Flames”) is an annual event […]

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The Rhine on Fire

       (Source) https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js “Rhein in Flammen” (“The Rhine on Fire”, or “The Rhine up in Flames”) is an annual event, inaugurated in the 1980s I think, linking the towns along the Rhine, all the way from Koblenz to Boon, by a chain of fireworks.   The whole thing gets kicked off in Koblenz as […]

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16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Final Tally

The Markers: Stack of Books: Books read       Red Bows and Ribbons: Other Tasks completed Joker cards used:   The Squares, Books and Other Tasks: Square 1: November 1st: All Saints Day / Día de los Muertos & Calan Gaeaf Book themes for Día de Muertos and All Saint’s Day: A book that […]

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16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Updates / Blackout

I’ve yet to read at least one book for some of the squares, but I’ve completed a minimum of either one book or one task for all of the squares, and in several cases, more.     The Markers: Stack of Books: Books read       Red Bows and Ribbons: Other Tasks completed   […]

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November 11 in the Rhine Valley — Yet Another Sort of Holiday … and Party! (Also: Task for Square 11 of the “16 Festive Tasks”: Soyal)

In the Rhine Valley, where I live, November 11 has yet another meaning, in addition to (and even more so than) the two holidays we included in the “16 Festive Tasks”: 11/11, 11:11 AM marks the opening of the carnival season, which ends roughly three months later on Ash Wednesday (this season: Feb. 14, 2018), […]

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16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 2 – Bon Om Touk

Tasks for Bon Om Touk: Post a picture from your most recent or favorite vacation on the sea (or a lake, river, or any other body of water larger than a puddle), or if you’re living on the sea or on a lake or a river, post a picture of your favorite spot on the […]

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