Category Archives: Fulbright Teacher Exchange

Happy Birthday, Dad!

  Our family celebrates birthdays with a cake and candles and a Happy Birthday song, even after our loved ones are no longer with us. Today’s post is a remembrance of my Dad and also my Mom for rearing me … Continue reading

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Berlin Revisited

Our second Fulbright Year in Berlin began in July 1994. The Berlin Wall was now down(1989) and Germany had reunited in 1990. When we moved into our apartment in the Prenzlauer Berg area of the former East Berlin, new surprises … Continue reading

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Education – Then and Now

The Principal of my mother’s high school in Massachusetts was also a teacher. What a novel idea for today’s schools. After being assigned a mandatory study hall in high school, my mother was dismayed until she discovered her Principal also … Continue reading

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How Learning German Changed My Life

What do you consider most important in your life? Looking back, was there a single turning point in your life which made you who you are today? Probably, like most of us, life’s most eventful moments come in a series … Continue reading

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Free German University Study for American Students

It’s that time of the year in our American school district for 6th graders and their parents to make decisions regarding which world language to study. I would like to offer reasons to study German. The emphasis these days is … Continue reading

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Our Lives Were Forever Changed

During the first Fulbright Teacher Exchange Year in 1990-91 when I taught English as a Second Language in Neresheim, our son, Thomas, turned seven in February. His younger sister, Emily, turned three at the beginning of the Fulbright year in … Continue reading

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1000 Pounds and 1000 Feet Tall

Language development in children has always intrigued me. When my two children were young and learning to talk, they each had distinctive words for milk. One would ask for “muck” and the other would ask for “moke” rhyming with poke. … Continue reading

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