Category Archives: Books

Amarna

Once again I return to the blog after a long absence. I made a January resolution to get back to it, but here it is already the end of March. Well. Let’s pick up right where we are, and if … Continue reading

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Bookish

Edinburgh is a literary city. Maybe it’s the winters: we were here for a week in February 2012 and I’ll attest that the weather then was perfect for broody author types (and reader types too). It’s no wonder “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” … Continue reading

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The 1.6 days of Christmas

Last December I posted a Christmas tree retrospective. The 2013 entry in that lineup was our lavender bush, which I neglected to put back out on the porch before departing for our Berlin/Barcelona winter holiday family extravaganza. The housekeeper watered … Continue reading

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At least I’m consistent

I knew it would happen eventually when I saw it on a friend’s Facebook page. Now it’s already been a few weeks since a former NMHS colleague invited me to share my ten favorite books, and I’ve been tagged twice … Continue reading

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Cam ye o’er frae France?

Today Andreas and I had the very happy task of picking up our son Kosta at the Stornoway airport. Andreas hadn’t seen Kosta for more than two years; I saw him at Christmas, but that’s still too long ago in … Continue reading

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The island adventures begin

Our time in Scandinavia came to an end today with a short flight to Kirkwall, Orkney. This route makes for an easy transition between regions: Orkney was ruled by Norse kings until 1468 and there are still many cultural ties. … Continue reading

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The Sarajevo Haggadah

The what? I’ll admit, I had to look it up myself.  The Haggadah is the Jewish text that is read aloud at the Passover Seder table.  It tells the story of Exodus. The earliest copies still in existence are 14th century illuminated manuscripts.  … Continue reading

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First, let’s buy a load of books

Whenever I’m about to embark on a new project of any kind, my first impulse is to get on Amazon and buy a bunch of books about it.  Making tamales?  Raising chickens?  Shooting an animated movie? Moving to Syria? These … Continue reading

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