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Albion, Michigan
Former Assistant Professor of German with one husband, one new (older) house and four cats: George, Hans, Mietze and Sophie.
Interests: 18th, 19th and some 20th German literature and history, German language pedagogy, some German philosophy: Kant=yes, Hegel=not so much?, postmodernism, critical theory, books, movies, internet culture (blogs etc...), books, women in German salon culture, books? Novalis, Friedrich Schlegel,Bettine von Arnim, Karoline von Günderode, Clemens Brentano, Achim von Arnim, J.W.Goethe, Friedrich Schiller,Kleist, Kafka, Thomas Mann, Walter Benjamin, Gabriele Wohmann, Jane Austen, The Brontes, George Eliot, Christa Wolf, Irmtraud Morgner, German film, cats, web 2.0, blogs & blogging, good food and drink.
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Right here: Auspicious Alltag Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2010 at my virtual notebook Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2010 at my virtual notebook
I'm just trying out how to upload images to my blog--now that I just have a free one. Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2010 at my virtual notebook
Almost all of my “real life friends” are much less into social software than I am—and they are genuinely shy of interacting with others there. I am quite introverted, yet have come to enjoy the feedback I receive and also... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2010 at my virtual notebook
A quote from the Stephen Greenblatt's introduction to "Renaissance Self-Fashioning": "while,following the frequent injunctions to "fashion" children, midwives in the period (16th century) attempted to mold the skulls of the newborn into the proper shape." (p.2) I would like to find out more about this practice. Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2010 at my virtual notebook
Interesting article about an old chess set: really! NYTimes article on the Lewis ChessmenHere is the link to the museum exhibit: The Lewis Chessmen-unmasked Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2010 at my virtual notebook
A quote from said book, found on woods lot: BIRTH, n. The first and direst of all disasters. As to the nature of it there appears to be no uniformity. Castor and Pollux were born from the egg. Pallas came... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2010 at my virtual notebook
We might have to buy this book--our squirrels are very determined, but also quite entertaining. The other birds and chipmunks seemed to have made their peace with them too. We have a nice feeder set-up just outside our kitchen/breakfast table... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2010 at my virtual notebook
Bill and I finished watching the 1963 adaptation of Henry Fielding's Tom Jones last night, which stars a very young and supposedly rather handsome Albert Finney. I now want to watch the later BBC series of it and of course... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2010 at my virtual notebook
Here's a link to a short article describing the traditon of "Schultüten" in Germany: The Secret of the First-Grade Candy Cone Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2010 at my virtual notebook
These days I feel I have a lot to think about. I have just resigned from what would have been a "terminal year" of teaching after my position was cut under somewhat dubious circumstances, which has, of course, been a... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2010 at my virtual notebook
I recently (via blog favorite Accidental Mysteries) came across a wonderfully weird image of a so-called “Wolpertinger” (scroll down past the griffins, chimera and monkey), a mythical creature supposedly at home in the “alpine forests of Bavaria” --- here is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2010 at my virtual notebook
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Mar 15, 2010
What the German word for "magnetic resonance imaging/tomography (MRI)" is -- look no further: Kernspintomografie Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2010 at my virtual notebook
Finding myself in a Brechtian state of mind these days I stumbled via the AATG listserv (German teachers) across this great Tom Waits rendition of Brecht/Weil’s famous ditty: “Denn wovon lebt der Mensch” –What keeps mankind alive? Here are the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2010 at my virtual notebook
Originally submitted at The Citysafe 100 Travel Handbag is a fashionable and functional handbag with four anti-theft features and practical internal organization. Perfect for every day and travel use. It is a stylish, organized and roomy handbag with four... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2010 at my virtual notebook
"All I ask of you is one thing: please don't be cynical. I hate cynicism- it's my least favorite quality and it doesn't lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2010 at my virtual notebook
Even though I probably would never have one of these, there is a part of me that really likes THIS tree! Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2009 at my virtual notebook
Spontaneous generation that is.... Merian was very interested in the life-cycle of caterpillars & moths/butterlies, and so I'm pretty sure she wasn't a proponent of this, even thought there were still a lot of people around at that time who... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2009 at my virtual notebook
Because simply by typing into google the title of a 17th century compilation of artists, that contains the first biographical passages on Maria Sibylla Merian, I come across an online, searchable version of the entire book, that is part of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2009 at my virtual notebook
I may just have to get me one of those: fat cat ornaments Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2009 at my virtual notebook
Between now and December 20th (the day we leave for our 17 day trip to Germany) I must accomplish the following: finish a good first draft of the Merian article which is due January 15th review an article for publication... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2009 at my virtual notebook
I woke up hearing Obama on the radio saying: "As we all know, in India some of life's most treasured moments are often celebrated under the cover of a beautiful tent. It's a little like tonight. We have incredible food... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2009 at my virtual notebook
Nice entry on alchemy here. Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2009 at my virtual notebook
The above is a quote from today's poem at "Verse Daily" written by Allen Strous. Interesting to see the term "chapbook" being used nowadays to refer to printed collections of poems. And I cannot resist posting a link to the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2009 at my virtual notebook