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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Good Morning Herford: Schöne Grüße Aus Pennsylvania

Working from a tablet is fun, but the photos are stuck in the cameras until I get back to home base. I had a great time at Mountain Sky, a music venue and Festplatz in my old neighborhood with my son, daughter, and grandson. My 50th Class Reunion was pleasant. I've had a few good walkabouts and I've learned to play some new videogames from my four year old teacher Gideon.

I'll touch base again after the next great adventure. Until then- keep Steinstrasse safe....

Friday, August 1, 2014

On the Road Again/No Guitar, Dog, or Pickup Truck

l'll be crossing the Atlantic again, flying West to the east coast of the USA.  l missed last year's pilgrimage because of schedule conflicts. This year's trip includes an added treat- my 50th Class Reunion!

A good prep for these things is Social Networking. Find 'em, learn'em, and know which coversations to avoid. After doing my research, food and weather appear to be the safest. I intend to eat a lot. If I keep my mouth full it'll be harder to stick my foot in it.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Jubilation on the Street: Deutschland 7-Brasil 1

I'm up late tonight.  I watched the most amazing football match with the folks at Giovanni's Mona Lisa.  This is the World Cup, 7-1 is unbelievable, and even more unbelievable in the semi-final.  The German offense was quick and clean and accurate and the defense was impenetrable.  The Street, the city, and the entire country is celebrating.  Tomorrow night, the Netherlands go against Argentina to determine the opposition and Sunday, we find out who the new Weltmeister is.  I'm rooting for my adoptive land.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

A Sunday Walk

The weather's been really nice here for the last week.  Not too hot, breezes, evening thunderstorms, good for daytime walking around.  Sundays are busy on the paths and trails in this part of the world, especially when the Sun is shining.  Today, the Sun was shining.

I met some people I know, and some I didn't. One married couple pointed me to a stream of ants going back and forth across the walking path.  We watched them together and chatted.  The wife had been born in Berlin and the family migrated down here in the final days of the Second World War to avoid the chaos.  The man survived the Russian liberation of Silesia.  We talked for almost half an hour.  It was pleasant.  And now,  I'm going to sleep.  I'll be back soon, with something to say and nothing to complain about.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Growth in the Gänsemarkt

Things are happening. June will bring the opening of two restaurants and an ice cream shop!
The Hollandschenke is relocating to the former Schwarzer Ritter with the same great food a beer garden!  Welcome "Leib und Seele".
An International menu is coming to the corner formerly occupied by Pinochio. Welcome "Babylon".
And finally, the Christian Bookstore will be an ice cream parlor.

Kudos to the city and the teams who are making my neighborhood a cooler place .

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Nothing to Report and Nothing to Complain About

It's been rainingI've got Gore-Tex. - the past few days. Steinstrasse has been gray and damp. I'm always grey, it comes with the turf, but I'm rarely damp, I've got Goretex.

I've been carving. Little people. Two and four inch people. I'm trying to capture the feel of Sunni painting in wood. When I've got enough then I'll try to arrange them like a Haiku. A sestina would be too much work.

Things come easier to the beginner's mind. I'Ve been practicing. Let it rain. My mind's got Gor-Tex.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Conversations on a Country Path (Apologies to Heidigger)

I used to walk here often
I was in love
She was not

Time has passed
On the edge of the mind 
I can still hear her breathing
along with thousands of other breaths

My cosmos
no longer bound by ego
allows me to go back

the path not chosen
the road less travelled
the mind less filled