Category Archives: Europe

The Netherlands Welcomes Trump in His Own Words

This video is a brilliant example of satire: across cultures, across linguistic divides, and across political ideologies. I’m seriously impressed with the way the comedy was executed in a way that makes sense to both Dutch audiences and American audiences. The … Continue reading

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Establishing an Accurate Sense of Ohio

In Amsterdam, we got lots of visitors. They were prepared to be impressed. Inclined toward romanticism, if anything. Consequently, my inclination would be to show them “the real Amsterdam” that lay off the beaten path. I’d bring people along for … Continue reading

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What makes the Fall season so different between the Netherlands and the American Midwest?

The weather in northeast Ohio has been quite Amsterdammish this week. Cool, gray, drizzly conditions… a dimness to the natural light… a feeling that Sinterklaas is on his way… Such circumstances conjure up many memories for me: both positive and … Continue reading

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Welcome to Sweden – Farewell to Sweden

I love losers. Especially when it comes to television. One of my favorite programs of all time — a groundbreaking, critically-acclaimed comedy-drama series by Aaron Sorkin — was canceled after just two seasons. 45 episodes. Sorkin, of course, went on … Continue reading

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The Old Man and the Sea, and the Marathon, and the Church-Plant

I know I’m 64 years late to the party, but I just recently completed my first reading of Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea — and wow! What a book! I felt like it was particularly enjoyable and … Continue reading

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