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The Antiquarian Life: Frau K

It is time to write about Frau König. (Kindly note that all names and places have been changed) Several years ago my husband, a bookseller, got a telephone call from an elderly woman who lived in a nearby town. She … Continue reading

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Best of all creatures, faultless in spite of all her faults*

The philosopher and mathematician Bertrand Russell (1872–1970) said that “one of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid, and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision. We will … Continue reading

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Discovering Curt Bois

We happened to be surfing around TV stations this evening and stumbled over a 1980s comedy series called Kir Royale, which had been filmed in Munich. Tonight’s episode was “Adieu Claire”, about a fictitious famous composer named Friedrich Danziger, very … Continue reading

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These Interesting Times

Lately I have been affected by a certain variety of writer’s block. It goes like this: I get an idea, find a few nice pictures, write up a few paragraphs to go with the pictures, and then read about the … Continue reading

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From the Translation Desk*: Sütterlin

There are many subjects I avoid if I can. Most technical texts, for example, or medical ones. There are also certain types of formats I avoid, like excel files (they just don’t come up right on my little Mac screen). … Continue reading

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Reserving the Right to Change My Mind

Does anybody still read this blog? Six somewhat positively turbulent  months have gone by while I’ve taken the time to figure out where I’m headed and what I want to do with the rest of my life. I took on … Continue reading

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Götzens, Pfarrkirche Hl. Peter und Paul

A few years ago I came across a booklet with brief biographies of four local priests who had resisted the Nazis and were killed for it. While planning my recent visit to Axams, I realized that I would be very … Continue reading

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Forgotten Innsbruck: The Irrwurzel

Fellow-blogger Paschberg has posted the following 1966 article from Innsbruck’s local newspaper, about a mysterious root found in certain places  which, should you step on it, will send you wandering through the mountains, completely disoriented. Here is an English translation … Continue reading

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Forgotten Innsbruck: The Lake on the Hungerburg

There were so many excursions I wanted to take once the snows melted, and almost none of them were possible in the end for a variety of reasons. But before I leave for summer vacation I wanted to do this … Continue reading

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St. John’s Day,

or Johannistag as it’s called here — the day reserved to celebrate the feast day/ birthday of St. John the Baptist — falls on June 24th. In many European countries (Austria among them) this Catholic holiday (like so many others) … Continue reading

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