The truth is, Oh Reader, that I am not a very resourceful person. Well, okay, in some ways I am. I am, for example, good at books. I like thinking of books, and Ideas in books, and ideas that connect to these ideas, and finding these ideas Elsewhere. And I’m not bad at thinking of … More Deconstruction

A Poem

Have you ever noticed what a young thing an airplane is?Yes, I know we began flying a hundred years ago,but age and years are not always the same.Surely you see how young they are: the way they crowd the tarmacadolescent in their idleness. Eager. Antsy. They trundle stiff-armed down the runway, ungainly and awkward,Gathering speed … More A Poem

St. Nikolai Church

In July 1943, the Allies bombed Hamburg in an air-raid that went on for days. Much of the city was destroyed, including the Gothic St. Nikolai Church. Only some of the exterior walls remain, and the church spire. We spent quite a long time here. The basement of the former building houses a museum with … More St. Nikolai Church

Images of Hamburg

We went for a walk around Hamburg todayand it was Very Very Cold. Here is a picture of the Hamburg rathaus, which means “government building,” or something similar. Which means that, directly translated, rat would mean governor, or politician, or something like that…. Hmmm. Here is the tower of St. Michael’s Church. It is far … More Images of Hamburg

A Grand Day Out

It was snowing when I woke up this morning, and it hasn’t stopped snowing since. Happily, this town– inded, this entire region– continues to function despite the snow. And so, at 12:05 I boarded a train in Hamburg, destined for Lubeck. I took this photo of the train station before we left. I thought the … More A Grand Day Out

Morning Meditation

“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.”  Psalm 19:14 I woke to a silent room this morning.  Bill had left at 5 a.m. to travel to his convention in Hanover, and I had slept on and on…. He will be … More Morning Meditation