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Saturday, December 24, 2022

Sunday, October 30, 2022

The Autumn Leaves ~

The leaves seem to be hanging on a little longer this year, just to give us some colorful cheer in these dreadful times. 

Sunday, September 11, 2022

The Extraordinary ~

We lost two great personages in one week:

Queen Elizabeth II

Mikhail Gorbachev

Monday, August 29, 2022

Sunday, July 17, 2022

A Nightly Visit ~

And there I was, in the old Bach choir again, not in the bass section but among the tenors now, singing away and reaching all the high notes.

Wednesday, July 06, 2022



  When at the altar, you walk differently.  

Saturday, June 18, 2022

Scarlett S. ~ Sadness for Our Region

Scarlett S.
 A girl hiking in the Black Forest who disappeared in October 2020 and, in spite of continued searching, has never been seen since. 

Friday, June 17, 2022

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Symbolism ~

How appropriate, that Putin used half of Hitler's swastika  Z as his war emblem.

Monday, May 16, 2022

Thursday, May 12, 2022

No Questions Asked ~

Down around the corner from where we live in Germany, a vacant house has been made available for Ukrainian refugees who arrived here with little more than their backpacks. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

How It is Done ~

 We stand by and watch Putin, singlehandedly, provoke World War III. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Looking the Other Way ~

We gave so little consideration to a bolder attempt to stop Putin. We spent years pleading with him and threatened with sanctions. He scoffed at them.

Monday, February 28, 2022

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky ~ Democracy

                                        Washington Post

“We are alone in defending our state. Who else wants to fight with us? Honestly, I don’t see anyone.”

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Holocaust Remembrance Day ~ 2022


Lovers, there is so much
You can do
By just holding one another
Tenderly this evening—
Like rounded basins
Holding water in fountains
Before the soft curling fall
From one basin to the other.

They are bounding
Up the stairs now,
Clamoring they enter.
Stand facing them.

A nod toward the door.
Grab them, herd them down
To the street,
Hurl them against the wall.
Two shots fired.
Jew, left printed on the wall
Where they fell.

Friday, January 21, 2022

Pope Benedict XVI ~

He thought that Holy Mother the Church was more important than the victims who were abused in it.

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Follow the Leader ~

Getty Images

They told us to look at Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch not wearing a mask, while all the other Justices are wearing theirs. 

Thursday, January 06, 2022

Sunday, December 19, 2021

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Sunday, October 31, 2021

We set the clocks back ~

We set the clocks back an hour last night and enjoyed the extra sleep, but the neighborhood dogs were up at their regular hour and were whining and barking for relief. 

Saturday, September 18, 2021

The Stolen Election ~

Trump taught us how to create reality just by saying, over and over again, that a thing exists.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Cutivated Discord ~

They say that the Reds and the Blues are moving to areas in the USA where they can live separated from one another. 

Thursday, September 09, 2021

Hunger for Mobility ~

Last Sunday, three lanes on the German Autobahn with back-to-back traffic for 100 miles, moving at 40 m.p.h.. No trucks allowed. 

Friday, August 06, 2021

Walk Along the Field ~

Today I saw a white and bluish field of daisies and cornflowers with a red poppy here and there, swaying in the breeze.

Monday, July 26, 2021

Looking Back ~

How obvious are the deficits of our enlightened, high-priced American education. Educated cavemen of conspiracies we are. 

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Morning Prayer ~

[My students liked this prayer before class:

Father, we thank Thee for the night,
And for the blessed morning light.
For rest and food, and loving care,
And all that makes the world so fair.
Help us to do the things we should,
To be to others, kind and good.
In all we do, in all we say,
To grow more loving every day.


Monday, June 07, 2021

The Catholic Church ~

Cardinal Reinhard Marx

Amid all the upheaval in the Catholic Church 
the most important German bishop offers his resignation to the Pope.

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

Getting Free ~

Learn to follow no one other than your own heart and your own reasoning. 

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Resilience ~

The little airplanes of the heart
with their brave little propellers
What can they do 
against the winds of darkness,
Even as butterflies are beaten back 
by hurricanes
yet do not die
They lie in wait wherever
they can hide and hang
their fine wings folded
and when the killer-wind dies
they flutter forth again
into the new-blown light
live as leaves

~ Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Monday, March 08, 2021

Auschwitz ~

Spring came.

The ice melted,

Flowers refused to show,

The birds skirted round.

from: The Auschwitz Poetry

Monday, March 01, 2021

The Right to Vote ~

The told us . .  that they were devising laws to deprive certain American citizens of their right to vote. 

Thursday, February 25, 2021

When Thinking about God ~

 Our conception of God is most likely connected with architecture, 
that constructs the illusion...
Gethsemani, Kentucky 

Saturday, February 13, 2021