Category Archives: Germany

O, du Schöne Frankenmuth!

What does a carving bench have to do with a gun, a wagon wheel, a wedding ring, an ox’s bladder, a fat sow, a tall man, a fir tree and a pile of manure? They’re all key words in the … Continue reading

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I Need To Turn That Golden Ring Three More Times

A perfect storm has been raging for so long that it’s hard to remember what smooth sailing is like. The backstory induces nightmares. Everything seems to have fallen victim to this unfortunate series of events. Imagination may predominate over reason, … Continue reading

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A Flying Writing On How The Crude Woodsman Spread His Words

Follow the Golden Rule. Love your neighbor. Show more empathy. Secure more funding for the humanities. Listen to more opera. These are some of the answers people gave when asked what change they would make to society today. The question … Continue reading

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Did You Find The Man Selling Ham?

January is limping along. The weather is unpredictable, time is passing slowly, and Spring is a long way off. Stuck in Columbus during this long, dreary season, I’m bored and restless for sights beyond the city limits. To hasten this … Continue reading

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What Monk Knew How To Use Words And Images To Sell His Brand?

For months, I’ve been anticipating the arrival of two tantalizing exhibitions at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York City. Word and Image: Martin Luther’s Reformation was one of them. My travels through Germany have taken me on a … Continue reading

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In Grandview Steht Ein Hofbräuhaus

“Guten Tag, Elizabeth!,” the subject line of an e-mail read. “Vielen Dank!,” I said to myself as I immediately accepted an invitation to attend AAA’s “Bavaria Night with Viking Cruises,” a festive affair at the Hofbräuhaus Columbus that featured a … Continue reading

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With A “Grüß Gott” From Bishop Campbell And A Schultüte, First Graders At St. Mary School Are Off To A Great Start

My first day of first grade in September 1975 was a special occasion, but it paled in comparison to what first graders at St. Mary School in German Village experienced on their first day of school. Students, teachers, parents, school and … Continue reading

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