Tag Archives: Germany

Stations along my tea journey

I began drinking tea at some indefinable moment in my youth. Iced tea (unsweetened) was a staple beverage in our household, quite often made as “sun tea” in the warmer months by putting a 2 or 3 gallon glass jar … Continue reading

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Book Review: Grand Hotel

Grand Hotel Baum, Vicki New York Review Books, 2016 edition of 1930 translation of 1929 German original A classic of the time and place genre, Grand Hotel takes the space of a few days and follows a cast of exquisite … Continue reading

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Going Solar – Part 1: Background Information

When I was living in Germany in the early and mid 1990’s renewable energy was just beginning it’s rise into a commercially viable option, and the German economy was a guiding force in that direction. I specifically recall the enthusiasm … Continue reading

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Book Review – Entbloessung

Forty years or so after the story was written, “Entbloessung” by Tadeusz Rozewicz, read in an East German translation picked up for 1 Euro at a second-hand bookshop in Berlin, randomly picked out of a pile. Read over several days, … Continue reading

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Weight loss and gain – Tokyo vs. Tucson

A few days ago I put on a shirt that had fit me loosely in Japan and found it was a bit tight. My first thought was that it had gotten shrunk in the wash, but then I realized that … Continue reading

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Some uncoordinated ramblings on becoming illiterate

In the course of human development, I believe it is a fair assessment that we communicated with one another before we had anything called language. I further believe that written language developed from verbal origins and was a fairly late … Continue reading

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House Vines

One of the images which stays with me from my travels in Germany is the villages along the “German Wine Road” with their grapevines growing up the sides of houses and crossing roads and courtyards overhead. When I first saw … Continue reading

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