Monthly Archives: April 2016

Cobblestones and Rain

During my student days in Heidelberg, Germany, I recall taking public transportation to and from my student dormitory. This usually involved a combination of busses and trolleys. Walking was a big part of my student life there as well. Dressing … Continue reading

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German College Scholarships

This past week the German-American Society of Central New York awarded seven college scholarships to deserving high school seniors in Central New York. Three of those went to my former students:  Alexandra Herter, Joshua Moore and Alyssa Sherry.  I expect I … Continue reading

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After a long wait, spring weather pounced on us yesterday and beckoned me today for a walk in the park. It seems all the creatures, ducks, swans, birds and dogs along the trail were happy for sun and warmth.  I … Continue reading

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Forsooth, Still Winter!

Impatience surrounds us. For example, waiting for an elevator. There is always that person who, no matter if the button is lit up, will hit it again. Sometimes there are those who stare at the lit button and repeatedly hit … Continue reading

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April Fool’s Day

This year I phoned my friend in Germany, Hilde, to wish her a Happy Birthday on April 1. She was a second mother to our two children during my first Fulbright Year there. Every Thursday after teaching all morning, I … Continue reading

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