Monthly Archives: September 2014

A Paint-Covered Sportcoat Reflects Emerson Burkhart’s Artistic Technique

James Thurber, the Columbus native whose cartoons and short stories appeared in The New Yorker, commissioned an artist named Emerson Burkhart to paint a portrait of his mother, Mary Thurber, in 1951. She hated it. Mrs. Thurber’s portrait is one … Continue reading

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Stumble Upon Stolpersteine on the Sidewalks of Europe

Berlin, Germany is a city packed with memorable sights. From the gallery of the Bundestag’s imposing plenary chamber, I admired a large Bundestag eagle suspended over the podium and the “Reichstag Blue” seats on which Chancellor Angela Merkel and Bundestag … Continue reading

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Whether It’s Schnitzel, Sauerbraten, Bockwurst or Streuseltaler, German Food Is Delicious!

I traveled to the German states of Saxony and Thuringia for two reasons. One was to see its historical, musical and artistic attractions. The other was to indulge in the region’s legendary cuisine. The cuisine is legendary because it starts … Continue reading

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Why Did It Take Me 42 Years To Go To The Greek Festival? It’s All Greek to Me!

Until last Sunday, my exposure to Greece was limited to the spanakopita I took second helpings of in Sweet Briar College’s Prothro Dining Room, the iconic motifs decorating New York’s Anthora coffee cup, and my mother’s account of being in … Continue reading

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