Germans love putting on costumes, Painting faces, Drinking – (bigtime) And since Carnival, the “Fifth season” time when they usually do all this, starts on the eleventh of November. (Eleven, German ELF, is the short version of the slogan of the French revolution, egalite, liberte, fraternite,) with the formation of … Continue Reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Halloween in Gutenberg Land
Germans have a thing about bread. And proud they are of the fact. 365 kinds of bread, so goes the advertisement, one for each day. Every corner has a small bakery. Our little village has four. And they all survive. Hard rolls for breakfast, usually with cheese or luncheon meat. … Continue Reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Bread Rage
I got a call yesterday, “please call back to set up a time you could set a discussion on drugs.” What? Who? Me? Drugs? This was a pastor I have worked for a couple of times over the years- usually youth concerts, so I knew this discussion was going to … Continue Reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Are They REALLY Still Trying To Smoke Bananas?
My family once bought a rubber dinghy- White. Gigantic. A six seater. Called Moby Duck. Yes, I know- how original. What do you expect from a family of English teachers? (the truth is, after I took it out once, I wanted to call it Lassie, because it never wanted to … Continue Reading The Ornriest Bulk Buying Ever
What is it about bridges that we put them, especially the rickety ones, in every book or film we make? The Bridge of San Louis Rey, The Bridge over the River Kwai, A Bridge Too Far. Literature, and filmed literature, is full of it. And what about Indiana Jones? Rickety … Continue Reading And A Bridge Image Flows Through It
Germans, in their search for the perfect, ecological package, and please don’t get me wrong- there’s nothing wrong in what they are doing, but still- recently they have gone just a tiny bit too far- at least for my taste, and invented something that is slowly driving me up the … Continue Reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: All Hail Water Soluble Packaging
Sunday, as I have often written in past blogs, is a big deal here in Germany. For the early risers, for example, we have the possibility of running: (through the fields collecting things.) And in an area on the edge of the town, with nothing but cash crop fields behind … Continue Reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Sunday in Germany
I have a lot of web-footed friends in my life- first, and foremost, of course, being querquedula querquedula L, the wonderful cute waddling beasts that quack me up. (and leave a lot of duck surprise on the ground as they waddle their way to the pond in our area for … Continue Reading Be Kind To Your Web-footed Friends
You can learn a lot about yourself by analyzing what social media sends you in your daily feed. Take animals, for example. I must be seen by the people who do the sending as a serious sadist, for example- all the animal pictures I receive are injured animals. Or animals … Continue Reading What Social Media Can Tell You About Yourself
My first thought, when trying to explain this phrase to someone who speaks English well, but is not from the American South, was: of course: A banjo battle between the greats: Roy Clark and Buck Trent, Showing all the incredible skill and talent of a real artisan, And all … Continue Reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Pickin’ and Grinnin’
This is the year of cozy. At least if you live in a cave with no radio, tv, or internet. Not to mention running water. In the other world, with all those necessary, or not, things, we are being faced contstantly with controversy: the foremost of which is… yes…the political. … Continue Reading The Year of Cozy
Way back in the middle ages, debts in Germany were settled four times per year, According to the church calendar. And the last of these- St. Michael’s Mass Day, at the end of September- was important for two reasons. In the middle ages, and up to modern times, there is … Continue Reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Winter Coat Sunday
Yesterday I experienced something that very much surprised me: the Germans aren’t celebrating German unification day much any more. At least in our neck of the woods. To find out what is going on, I checked the German newspapers: Sure enough, every local newspaper had a picture of couples wrapped … Continue Reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: German Unification Day
And the theme for this week, dear Reader, is: Wickedness. To which my answer is: relative. There is a wonderful, and very complicated, and, in my humble opinion, not the thing you sing along to while doing the dishes, but still, fascinating, musical: Wicked. It is, so to speak, a … Continue Reading Wickedness- Is It Relative?
Ah yes. Poetry versus prose. The Queen of the literary competitions. But first: The basics. Poetry- contains: meter, rhyme, verse, theme Prose: character, setting, plot, point of view, theme, and mood. (I found this on a children’s lit page on the web- thank heavens) So, poetically speaking, here goes: “On … Continue Reading Poetry vs Prose: Hark, I Hear A Cosmic Overtone.
Sunday afternoon was unusual for us. An afternoon off, with absolutely nothing to do but drink good tea, and watch a film. Hoorah. And since we decided to stay in to do it, we pulled out a film we had been saving for just such an occasion, made some fast-made … Continue Reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Double Double Toil And Trouble