Category Archives: Europe

Europe in Our Backyard

The word “Ding” was written in black Sharpie on a silver piece of duct tape. The tape stuck immediately above a doorbell. And the doorbell was installed immediately above the walk-up window to Marsha’s Diner. My kids and I were … Continue reading

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The Ungrateful Refugee

I just finished reading Dina Nayeri’s book, The Ungrateful Refugee. It was published around this time last year, and it’s been on my list for even longer than that. The subject matter — refugee resettlement in Europe and North America — is … Continue reading

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The Pressures and Peculiarities of COVID-19

One of the weirdest things about the last two months is the lack of reasonable, reliable information regarding COVID-19. This is partly because it’s a new virus that’s only recently been introduced to human experience, thus science is still catching … Continue reading

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Encouragement from a Holocaust Survivor

Corrie Ten Boom was living in Haarlem during the time that the Netherlands was occupied by Nazi Germany. Her family’s faith in Jesus Christ prompted them to provide a hiding place for Jews, as the military started to deport them … Continue reading

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