Cultural information


I have a confession to make. I live in Germany and have never been to Oktoberfest. Shocking, right? We moved here in 2019, and it was on my radar, but we didn’t make it that first year. I could make the case that it was shut down in 2020 and 2021 because of covid. True, …

Prost! Read More »

Very Superstitious!

Today, on the first of the month, I wondered where some of these traditions originated as I wished everyone a happy new month. The Greeks say Καλό μήνα (Kaló mína), which translates to a good month. But it should be the first thing you say that morning. Some British friends say  Rabbit Rabbit, or White …

Very Superstitious! Read More »

Roots in Bohemia

Several years ago, I took part in the National Geographic Genome Project. This study tracked migrations using DNA samples to compare to indigenous populations. Unlike the genealogical sites that compare submitted data to DNA, this looks at your ethnicity, not individual family members, and compares it to those populations. It was fun to participate and …

Roots in Bohemia Read More »

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 …

The English Game Read More »