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Can you Speak Potato?

I was amused recently when I saw a video where a young man was asking passers-by “what language do they speak in Idaho?”. Being from Idaho I was somewhat offended, although unfortunately not altogether surprised at the answers. One young man said “European”, and the next young lady said “Potato”. I didn’t know potato was … Continue reading Can you Speak Potato?

German Ravensburger Puzzles

Last week I spent time exploring the board game industry and how Germany was a major player in the distribution and promotion of indoor entertainment. This week I’d like to extend that exploration to jigsaw puzzles and the Ravensburger contribution. Otto Robert Maier began his publishing business in 1883 but produced his first board game, … Continue reading German Ravensburger Puzzles

Board Games Kill Bored Times

This past week, my husband and I had a chance to visit some family we have not seen since before the pandemic. One evening, my brother-in-law pulled several boxes of board games from the closet for our entertainment. The game that was chosen was a German game called Karuba. The players imagine they are exploring … Continue reading Board Games Kill Bored Times

Chasing Waterfalls

I know there is a song telling listeners “Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls” but I think that might not be such a bad idea. It has been so hot this summer that a refreshing waterfall may be what we need to cool off before fall. This summer, our area has broken the previous records for the … Continue reading Chasing Waterfalls

Having a Wheel Fair Time

Tis the season for county and state fairs across the country. An attraction most commonly found at each accompanying amusement park is the imposing Ferris Wheel. Sitting on the highest arc reveals vistas unimagined on the ground. Slow enough for grandma to ride yet breathtaking enough for the younger set, especially if they want to … Continue reading Having a Wheel Fair Time

Water on Water

Summertime fun seeks out a refreshing water respite with temperatures towering in the 100s. If you are fortunate to live near a river, lake, or ocean where you can take a plunge when the sun zaps your energy, then the soothing water can wash over you for revival. Unfortunately, many do not have the luxury … Continue reading Water on Water


Why does it seem like most of the German words we hear in America sound  like someone just sneezed? I know the Germans are famous for compound words. String a list of words together that represent everything the item could be and you have a typical German word. A couple weeks ago, I was introduced … Continue reading Heilsgeschichte


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