Category: a woman’s strength

Champagne Trails: Adventures With The Locksmith

I started writing out a very different blog the other day to celebrate my first year of having moved into my apartment. It has been 12 months of challenges while undergoing a major learning curve, and there is still so much to learn. Champagne, my ever-faithful feline companion, has been with me through it all,

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Commuter Adventures and Adventurous Commuters

The Berliner bus drivers have the worst reputation in Germany, and it is really no surprise at all, once you begin to deal with them on a regular basis. Up until two weeks ago, the bus was my primary mode of transportation to work, but the bad tempered drivers and overcrowded vehicles during rush hour

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Living With Three (rescue) Cats…

… teaches me a whole new level of patience; … forces me to learn another language: what is the difference between meow, meeeeoooooow and maaaaraaaouw? … made me take a good look at my apartment – and turn everything upside-down to accommodate the cats, myself, the additional scratching posts and toilets, and still have an

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Being In Someone’s Life For a Reason, Season or a Lifetime

Today I borrow someone else’s words – not just because I am pressed for time, but because I had dinner with a very good friend last night, a woman of substance who lights up my life and gives me strength no matter how far apart we may live from each other geographically, or how long

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Shedding Layers

Spring has finally arrived in Berlin and seems to be making up for lost time. Well, for the last two days at least. The daffodils and tulips have exploded in bursts of colours all over the city, as have the crocuses and hyacinths. The flower shops are loaded with primroses and I spotted the first

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A Morning Offering

“I bless the night that nourished my heart To set the ghosts of longing free Into the flow and figure of dream That went to harvest from the dark Bread for the hunger no one sees. All that is eternal in me Welcomes the wonder of this day, The field of brightness it creates Offering

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Resurrection, Redemption, and a Year

I suppose I could have written a blog about April Fool’s Day or the disgusting Easter weather we have in Berlin today (rain and snow), or go all theologian and do an analysis of Easter in the modern world. Instead, today I will celebrate one year of living in Berlin. Last year I packed my

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Prayer and Contemplation on a Rainy Day

As I write this, everyone else in the house is fast asleep, well, perhaps with the exception of one cat. Otherwise, even the ducks and herons are silent this morning. The rain and gloomy clouds might have something to do with it, a perfectly dreary day. But there is something unbelievably comforting about having a

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Bridging the Gap: Liebesbrücke

Before you jump to conclusions, this has absolutely nothing to do with my Bridges of Berlin series! When I moved into my apartment last year I took over some of the existing furniture partly for convenience, so that I wouldn’t have to live in an empty place, eat on the floor or spend the night

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