Tag Archives: Fulbright Year

Kösingen, Germany: Oscar Mayer’s Village

During our first Fulbright year, our son’s first grade class made several class field trips  in picturesque Kösingen, Germany, home to Oscar Mayer before he came to the U.S. It was not unusual for them to walk one mile or … Continue reading

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Remembering Advent in a German Village

Today’s blog recalls an earlier era when our children were young and living in a magical German village during my first Fulbright year. They counted down the days until December 25 with Advent calendars and put a BIG shoe outside … Continue reading

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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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Advent in a German Village

  Advent in Germany A time of hope, anticipation. Crisp air outdoors. Candles, lights, wreaths abound. Advent calendars to count down. Small surprises, sweets behind the tiny doors. Shouts of glee at the prizes in little hands. Smells of fir … Continue reading

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Walk a Mile in my Birks

There is an ongoing joke in my family because I have worn Birkenstock sandals since my university days in Heidelberg, Germany. The joke goes that I am the only one my family knows who wears them year-round including during our … 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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