Tag Archives: Germany

Have Suitcase; Will Travel

They pack me full and sit on me to close. Then drive me to the airport and check me in. I am stuffed with beautiful clothes and shoes. I started my travels during my owner’s student days in Heidelberg. The … Continue reading

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What’s In A Name?

Turns out more than meets the eye. My Dad’s parents came to the US from Poland. My Dad researched his family history in Poland. Or was it Poland? Immigration papers listed the family as Austrians. Or were they? Maybe Prussians … Continue reading

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Recalling German Village Life in Advent

We lived in a magical German village called Schweindorf during my first Fulbright year. Our children counted down the days until December 25 using Advent calendars. They put a BIG shoe outside their door the evening of December 5 for … Continue reading

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A Letter of Gratitude to a Stranger

Tasked with writing a letter expressing gratitude to someone who changed their lives but whom they never thanked, my students had a project for Thanksgiving to write the letter of gratitude and to surprise the person they were thanking by … Continue reading

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Speaking of Bucket Lists

Our trip of a lifetime included a singing engagement in Prague, Czech Republic followed by visits to Helsinki, Finland and Vienna, Austria. Unplanned bonus: a brief layover in Frankfurt, Germany. The new place on our bucket lists was a visit … Continue reading

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Climb on the Buckboard!

Joining the ranks of Wild West cowboys we only knew from books, we moved from Massachusetts to Colorado as three young sisters with a fourth on the way. We donned Cowboy boots, hats, square dance skirts, and moccasins too. We … Continue reading

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11 Things To Achieve Greatness

Learn a foreign language early in life Live abroad (we chose Germany) or travel often Attend schools abroad (we chose Germany) Start music lessons as children Be a role model as a parent Learn compassion, understanding, respect Get a good … Continue reading

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Thank You, Mom!

Each April brings reminders of her. I was preparing for my second Fulbright teaching exchange to the former East Berlin. My mother died April 26, 1994, in Colorado so I flew out for the funeral and to help in close … Continue reading

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Better Late Than Never!

Mildly amused but not surprised, I read the translation of my English to German sentence for wearing braces on my teeth. Google  translate offered me a funny example for  “She wore braces on her teeth.”  It seemed pretty straight-forward to me, … Continue reading

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Social Graces

During my years in Germany, I learned about the social graces expected of me. I am speaking of the skills used to interact politely in social situations which include manners, etiquette, deportment, fashion and refinement. Basically, I discovered that being … Continue reading

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