On Turning 38

On the 15th of May I turned 38, fully into my late thirties.  38 seems solid. 38 seems like there is some experience and life behind it. 38 is in some ways not what I thought it would be and in some ways acknowledging I had no idea what it could be. 38 is a…

Realizing how much I know when I have a visitor…

My dear friend Betty is flying into Berlin today for a few days.  The minute I said that I was moving to Berlin she started planning a trip in May. It’s May!  She has been preparing and planning. If you know Betty, this is right on point for her. She is a planner and she…

Life of a dog mom in Berlin

Much of my day these days is taking care of these two interesting creatures.  They are like night and day in some ways and in others they are quite the pack for each other. They have really started to bond and follow each other around.  Here are some thoughts about life in Berlin with these…

The heartbeat

Our heartbeat is a magnificent thing.  We all have one.  It makes rhythm of our lives and connects us to something bigger, more universal, the earth and the smallest things, an even more basic level. Studies show that if you sing together, your heartbeat actually aligns with each other and parts of the music.  As…

Sunday morning in Berlin

Sunday mornings are weird mornings for me. For years and years, Sunday mornings were my big work mornings and this was after years and years of Sunday mornings being full of church things…as an intern, committee member, active youth, regular attender, etc.  Sunday mornings were about getting up and getting going. And when I was…

Fun with language

When I first moved to Berlin there were a few things that I heard that I thought were sweet but weren’t actually what was said. This happens a lot with non native speakers, right? I kept hearing from people, “Danke dir.”  Now if you know German you know that this is the informal version of…

The entwinement of life and death

In the midst of big grief in our family, yesterday joy and hope were born in the form of a new little one to add to the McHill clan. My new nephew, Owen Thomas McHill was born!!  Coming in hot at 7lbs 13 oz he came with cheeks and an excited big brother greeted him. …

May Day!

I can’t believe today is the first day of May. It seems unreal that we are already here.  Today is a national holiday in Germany and it is the German Labor Day.  I have been reading and listening about May day to see what is up today all over Berlin. Historically, this day was ripe…

The Persistence of Living Here

Yesterday I got to go back to the pottery studio where I took the wheel class to learn about glazing and glazed my pieces. I had been in Serbia for the glazing class with my other classmates.  As the owner of the studio said, “well, I guess consider it a lesson in patience.” We all…

The Window Tableau

We live in Berlin. We live in a neighborhood called Neukolln in Berlin.  We live in Weserkeiz in that neighborhood.  We live on a street called Innstrasse. In our building we live on the first floor (second floor to people from the US reading) and we live above a bar called Du Beast. In the…