It was comforting, when we were in Switzerland two weeks ago, to find that they hadn’t changed it much. The Alps, for example: still there. St. Gallen, the city housing Bill’s university and the reason for our being there in the first place: unchanged, so far as I could tell. And our little town, Speicher, … More Der Schweiz am Winter
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
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
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
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
Here are some things we saw in Hamburg today that we thought you’d like. The first is simply an advertisement in a coffee shop. As you know, saft is German for “juice.” But we didn’t want juice today, because we didn’t want to drink anything cold. In fact, as we walked around Hamburg, we found … More For William and Everett and Emma Grace
Okay. What’s the deal? This was clearly the spring for you tobe in Europe, Byron. Or maybe this trip was supposed to be your itinerary. Anyway, we visited this very famous church in Hamburg today, and look what we found posted outside!!! Maybe St. Matthew’s Passion is a favorite with the German-speaking world, too, huh?
St. Mary’s Church, across the street from the Buddenbrookhaus– some of the outside some of the inside….
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
“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