Archive: July, 2013


Reflections From A Wittenberg Coffee Shop-Life-Style: Tidbits of Daily Life in Germany

Last night I went to my apartment and made dinner and then I went out for a bike ride.  It was a perfect Wittenberg evening and so I got on the Elbe Trail heading east with the intention of exploring the countryside.  I rode for an hour and a half and went through new neighborhoods, […]


Reflections From A Wittenberg Coffee Shop-Life-Style: Getting Around In Germany

One of the biggest changes for me in Germany is to live life without a car.  Like most Americans, I feel totally dependent upon a car, but, here, I don’t even think about it.  In fact, I am really happy to not need a car.  Yes, I am saying this in the summer which is […]


Reflections From A Wittenberg Coffee Shop-Life As It Is

Life in Wittenberg continues to be interesting.  Part of my ministry here is to be in an outreach mode with tourists and residents of Wittenberg.  I spend a great deal of time “on the street” meeting and interacting with people.  I am getting to know a number of Wittenberger’s and it is fun, later, when […]


Reflection From A Wittenberg Coffee House-Strolling Through The Gardens

I love gardens.  I used to love taking care of gardens but I absolutely burned out on the activity (at least for now).  Now, I like to walk through gardens.  I like to look at gardens.  I like to hear people talk about gardens.  I just don’t want to have my own garden at this […]


Reflections From A Wittenberg Coffee House: Thoughts Regarding Peaceful Days and the Quest for Peace

Reflections From A Wittenberg Coffee House:  THOUGHTS REGARDING PEACEFUL DAYS AND THE QUEST FOR PEACE It has been a good weekend.  Diane Greve, deaconess/pastor/colleague/friend, came down from Berlin on Saturday to see Wittenberg.  We had a nice day of walking around, eating, talking and enjoying ice cream.  It is always good to have visitors. We […]


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