Life on the Rhine

Deutsche Welle

If you take the DW bus line, or follow the DW road signs, it comes upon you like a whisper in darkness.  One moment you’re drowning the sound of noisy Mercedes, Audis, and VWs on Bonn’s busy Reutersstrasse, and the next moment you’re breezing under a canopy of helpful trees.  You can see the corner of a former government building.  But when Bonn lost its placing as Germany’s capitol, Deutsche Welle was drafted to fulfill the immense structure’s potential.

This is not London, but to tease the rest of this post I’ll borrow from Ed Murrow.  “This is Bonn, and there is ‘life’ going on.”

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Inside the Beltway

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If you’ve been biting your nails waiting for the next installment of “In Search of Blue Water,” please don’t worry–it’s coming.  And the pictures of sea lions and gratuitous sailing vessels will be worth your time.  For now though, I must talk about more recent events.

The Arthur Burns Fellowship has had  be tied up and tired for a couple of weeks now.  A whirlwind orientation in Washington D.C. brought an unbelieveable amount of context to heading abroad.  Speakers, bankers, politicians, lawyers, and regular ole journalists all piled into the German Marshall Fund to help 20 journalists find their way to being foreign correspondents.

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In Search of Blue Water: Part 1

The Open Road

Editor’s Note:  This is the first of three narrative accounts of a journey at sea.  More dispatches to land in the coming days.

It’s sometimes hard to swallow:  the stinging reality of things we can’t change.  As regular readers of this site know, my best friend Joe is heading to Iraq on a 1-year deployment.

I’ve known him for many years, since our days teaching at a Boy Scout camp in the Inland Northwest.  Joe taught lifesaving, and I taught rowing, but we both cherished sailing.  We were both introduced to harnessing wind by a laughing coworker pushing us into a small boat, alone.

Those coworkers are long gone, most never having sailed again.  Joe and I…are sailors.

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TG on Deutsche Welle

Shhh

The good folks at Deutsche Welle’s “Money Talks” ran my story about Southern Arizona foreign investment today.  To read the script, see pictures, and hear the story just click here.

Deutsche Welle is Germany’s national broadcaster, sending news from and about Deutschland to the far corners of the globe.  DW in Bonn, Germany will also be my home while I’m abroad for the Arthur Burns Fellowship.

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Money Talks

TG’s Foreign Investment Story on DW’s Web site

Deutsche Welle

When it’s 110…

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 It’s a reality you must face relatively quickly if you move to Arizona:  it’s hot.  I’ll subscribe to the common rebuttal now:  Yes, it’s a dry heat.  But that doesn’t negate the fact 10 minutes outside will dehydrate you, or 3 minutes in the sun will give you a nasty burn.

Most people know this, and that makes indoor activities all the more important.  Movie theaters, malls, pet stores, etc, all fill to the brim on warm Arizona days.  Another option for those who like to wager, is the casino.

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Thoughts on Time

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Written by Joe Trudeau
Time is an interesting concept. On the one hand, it’s finite: How long until this is over? Or when do we get to eat? Or even, how many days are left in the school year? On the theological hand, time is a contradiction: Our time is eternal and immeasurable due to our faith in the Lord of Hosts, and eternity.  But even with this belief that time is–in the grand scheme–insignificant, all of our days seem to be centered around the clock; beginning with the alarm in the morning, arrival at work, school bells when we were kids, lunch hour, meeting times, television show times, and even bed time. We can’t escape time.

I struggle with devoting mental energy to time when countless people through history have already done so, though to no sure conclusion. I can say for a fact, however, that I revere few things more than my reverence for time.

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