May 2022

Half-timber Heaven

Dave and I love old houses; the older, the better. Our house in Germany was built in 1705. It began life as a single-story, and they added an upper floor in 1841. Over the centuries, it has been updated, but the original footprint and meter-thick walls are unchanged. It does have its quirks, which are […]

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Do you believe in dragons?

August 1431, a massive army assembles to defeat the rebel Bohemians. But blood and murder awaken a sleeping beast in a cave deep within the mountain. The dragon awakens from his centuries-long curse. The embodiment of evil, the fire-breathing fiend, cuts a swath through the peaceful countryside. There are only two ways to break the

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The English Game

This is a little different from my usual topics, but it still involves history. I confess I am a football fan or soccer, as it is called in the U.S. The sport is not one I was familiar with growing up, as I lived in the Midwest, and it was not something anyone played back

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May Day Celebrations

Sunday was the first of May, and our village returned to its annual May-Day festival after a two-year hiatus because of the pandemic. Situated on the square as we are, it was practically in our front yard. These days, it is full of beer and bratwurst, but there was dancing around the maypole in the

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