Ritual dance of the compact cars

antlersLiebling and Chiquito live in a red brick apartment building in a complex of dozens like it, built in the 1930s at a time when not many people owned cars. The sidewalks are wide and the streets are narrow. I paced off the width of the their street, and it measured roughly 6 paces. My highly scientific calculations done with a sheet of A4 paper [More….]

Sunset over the fjord

800px-Kiel_Ellerbek_01The city of Kiel, our current residence, surrounds the end of a fjord–not the elaborate Norwegian kind (remember Slartibartfast’s pride in having created their lovely crinkly edges in Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy?), but a fjord nonetheless. Last evening we went down to the water’s edge in the village of Mönkeberg, to see what we could see.[More….]


junket bigI’m a lover of words, and am happy to find new ones to add to my stash, as well as opportunities to use unusual ones that I’ve had tucked away. As we are about to leave for Germany to visit my oldest daughter and her husband, I poked around in my word satchel to see if I had anything that might serve the purpose. I thought of “junket,” which seemed [More….]