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…

For my Grandma

Helen Thomas, known as Grandma passed last week and was laid to rest yesterday.  She was 98 years old. She was hilarious and brilliant.  She taught me about baking and life.  She was an average raiser, a tutor to the greats, a French major who came from a very English background…sorry Cornish…and proud of it. …

When I remember how hard it is to start something new

When I left Portland almost a year ago, I officially went on what the church calls “Voluntary leave of absence.”  This basically means that I am taking a break from working in the church world for a bit without losing my credentials, my retirement, my connection and am able to return to my career when…

Two years ago today….

Two years ago today I posted this picture on Facebook.  This picture was a really big deal of myself.  Just days before I had been talking to my chosen sister about how I didn’t think this picture was at all possible. You see, months before this picture was taken, my world completely fell apart and…

When riding the train through four countries….

…you really get to see the differences in how these countries do things, communicate, and the view. Yesterday morning, after visiting friends and family in Serbia for a week and then walking all over Budapest for just a couple of days, Ana and I gathered all of our things together and our husky dog, Pushkin…

Being fed

This morning, as I was sitting in Ana’s parents house, eating what could be my favorite Serbian food (even though I am told it is one of the most basic and everyday Serbian foods), I exclaimed to Ana, “I’m just going to claim it! I just really enjoy food wherever we go!” This amazing creation…