Just another peaceful day in Alsace-Lorraine

It’s early April in Alsace-Lorraine.  Magnolias are flush with blooms, fruit trees in bud, yellow dandelions and tiny white daisies blanket meadows.  The vines on the hills are still naked, exposing their gnarled canes, months away from bearing grapes.  Some fields lay fallow while the soil of others is plowed, heaped in long rows and prepared …

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Special Delivery: Tripping through Strasbourg and Alsace-Lorraine in Search of Storks.

The thing to do, when you want a brother or sister, is to place a sugar cube on a windowsill for the stork.  That was a common story told to children back when I was growing up in Germany.  It's what our Mom told my sister, Elfriede, when she longed for a little sister.  Countless …

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‘Tis the Season

Once again, 'tis the season. For going overboard, that is. Unofficially it began a few  months ago. Outside temperatures in our nation's steamy capital still had us sweating.  In some stores however, shopping meant going on polar expeditions within frigid and fanciful winter wonderlands while dressed ready to traipse through the tropics.   Frosty the Snow Man, determined to "... be back again someday" could not have …

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