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Losing a Language- How I Tried to Teach my Kids German, and Failed

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  German was my first language. ( In fact, I sometimes joke that I could be an ESL, English as a Second Language Student, and apply for benefits.) You see, even though I was born in California, my parents are German… and had just recently arrived in the country. It’s only logical that they spoke […]

D’lustig’n Wendlstoana Tanzgruppe- Keeping up Tradition with Dance

More Christmas Tablecloths than Tables… Mehr Tischdeckchen als Tische

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November is when I start cleaning the things I will need for the holidays. Glassware gets a polish, the “good dishes” get a wash, and the tablecloths all get checked for a touch-up iron. So, yesterday I went to the drawer were I keep the Weinachts Tisch Deckchen ( little table cloths) and I realized […]

Steinbach Company in Germany- Still Making Erzgebirge Magic for the World

German Charm Bracelet – My Collection of Shield Charms and More!

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/center> Some people collect spoons, other collect patches or post cards; still other people collect beer steins. I don’t know when it began, but somewhere in my childhood I started collecting Shield Charms for a German Charm bracelet. These special little charms are all painted with a place name, and then enameled. I fasten mine on […]

Water Castles or Wasserschlösser in the Münsterland

Sandwiches in Waxed Paper – My German School Lunch in an American Cafeteria

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  The school cafeteria in the 1970’s was one place where I always felt different from everyone else. Mom packed my school lunch for me almost every day, and I loved these lunches, but it’s amazing how different mine were from the kids around me. You see, although  I had a Scooby Doo lunchbox like […]

Lessons I Learned from My Oma… And Now I’m Sharing them with You