Lockdown week 5

This last week brought us Thanksgiving, a US holiday that has problematic beginnings but has become a day to eat and give thanks, while recognizing what has happened before us and educating ourselves. For this Thanksgiving, my dear friend who is part of our bubble and lives close and is German wanted to celebrate in…

Lockdown Lite Week 4

Today marks the beginning of lockdown lite week 4 in Berlin. This week the officials are supposed to gather again to talk about whether we stay in lockdown for longer. My hunch is that we will. Cases haven’t really gone down all that much. This week I have also been realizing more and more that…

While you were sleeping…

One of my favorite holiday movies is the movie, “While you were sleeping.” It is the story of Lucy who is without family while she lives in the bustling city of Chicago and works for public transit. One day, the man that she had been flirting with/secretly in love with but not really, was mugged…

Lockdown Lite Week 3

Today is Monday, the first day of the third week of Lockdown Lite in Germany. How are we coping? All weekend we snuggled in and made time for long walks, meditation, the first episode of the new season of the Crown, good food and of course our bubbles on Friday ritual for the pandemic. Lockdown…

Wise words from the 5yo

Saturdays are just about my favorite day of the week and not for the reason you might suspect. Yes, it is the weekend and the world gets a little more lax although not much about my Saturday changes from other days of my week under lockdown lite. I love that Ana gets to spend the…

The constant art of “Wait and See”

For the past couple of days I have been spending quite a bit of time dealing with German Bureaucracy and trying to look at future plans for the holidays. Both an arduous process right now. First German Bureaucracy… I think just about everyone knows that Ana and I are trying to get married in the…

Lanterns in the world

Yesterday was significant for a few reasons…. In the US it was Veteran’s Day. I have such mixed emotions about this day. My grandfather, my dad’s dad was a veteran. I never got to meet him. He passed when my dad was a preteen but I have heard stories about him all of my life….

Lockdown lite Week 2

At every corner on very busy marked streets, this painted reminder waits for us. Written in four languages, we are reminded that in order to walk along this place we must pull out a mask that we have hidden in our pockets at all times and put it on for everyone’s safety. In Ana’s and…

Lockdown Lite, 2nd time, day 1

Last night I had a hard time sleeping. I went to bed ok but woke up at 2am on the dot and tossed and turned and sat awake for a while. I stared up at the incredibly full moonlight through our window, thinking that perhaps this is what woke me. It was clear and bright….

All Saints

Today in the church world, we honor the Saints who have gone before us. In churches that I have served we typically light candles as we name those who have passed over the past year and then we invite members to come forward to light candles to remember saints in their lives. Sometimes we even…