On the 23rd of February 2016, my mother passed away. Exactly one month ago. Just in case the opportunity would have arisen at her funeral for a little speech (I held a speech at my grandmother's funeral), I sat down and jotted down a few words in honour of my mother. Today, I want to … Continue reading “I remember” – the speech I did not give
In the early hours of Saturday the 17th of March 2001, my family and I drove to Staten Island in New York to then take the Staten Island Ferry to Manhattan. This is a great way of accessing New York City, especially if you do not want to take your car into the city. Greeted … Continue reading Learning from a Saint
My memory is faulty. Some events that happened a very long time ago are very vivid. While others in a past less distant are only vaguely there or even completely gone. As it is carnival, I wanted to share some memories, only to realise that there are gaps. The first seven years of my life … Continue reading Faulty Memory
Who am I? I am a woman, a writer, a mother, a lover a daughter, a sister, a friend a blogger, a grandchild, a girl, a smileran optimist, a kid a researcher, a German, a thinker a dreamer, a doer a looser, a winner a grownup a political scientist, a Parisian an expat, a cousin, … Continue reading Who am I?
Yesterday (6th of January), was Epiphany or King's Day, Königstag in German. I had the pleasure of having Robin Rivera as my guest to share her memories and traditions regarding Epiphany. If you missed her beautiful post, the second of Discovering Traditions, then you can read that here. Today, I want to share my own memories of the Königstag. … Continue reading A Day For Kings
A German Christmas Most of my blog’s readers know this, I am German, but grew up in Germany the US and France. Still Christmas stayed a completely German affair. Not all parts of Germany are very Christmassy, nor are all Germans Christians. Still Christmas is important. Today, I want to share some of my traditions … Continue reading Advent Calendar Day 24: A German Christmas
Nikolaus I Still Believe! Saint Nicolaus Day has always been one of my favourite, favourite holidays! This means that I have books worth of memories that come with it, maybe not books, but I could do a several posts on the subject... Wow! What happened here? Outside of our apartment my tiny boots were overflowing … Continue reading Advent Calendar Day 6: Nikolaus I Still Believe!
Cherry Blossoms and Snowflakes When growing up my mother used to read an Advent Calendar book to my sister and myself. On the fourth of December it was the day the characters int he book found out about Saint Barbara. Since the 12th Century the 4th of December has been Saint Barbara day (in the … Continue reading Advent Calendar Day 4: Cherry Blossoms and Snowflakes
Opening the first door As far back as my memory reaches, there has been a nice Advent Calendar to make the wait before Christmas more bearable. When I was very young, my grandmother was the person who filled up the little bags of the handcrafted advent calendar, that had been used by her children in … Continue reading Advent Calendar Day 1: Opening the first door
Last week, I read the post The Thing All Women Do That You Don't Know About by Gretchen Kelly and an avalanche of memories came back. Not just this post triggered them, there is also the fact that recently I have been thinking a lot about teaching, good and bad methods, about teachers good and bad. So I … Continue reading Horrible Teachers No Girl Wants To Have