Melting Winter

Ducks
There is something soothing about the sound of running water.  As the elixir of life barrels over itself from mountains to sea the air inherits a freshness.  Luckily for us, bordering one side of our neighborhood is a small river.  A well-flowing creek keeps the water circulating in a near-by pond .  Ice still covers much of this tree-lined pond, but the ducks still find space to dunk their heads, and search for food.

To us, this bit of nature is a respite from a city’s chaos.  We have lived in Berlin, Munich, Phoenix..all cities with an abundance of movement and healthy populations.  Even our former neighborhood in Zurich was suburban but dense–a view of a tree was enough to be considered experiencing “nature.”  A meeting with a few (Swiss) neighbors yesterday gave glimpse at how our pond and river-rich neighborhood once was, before “change” moved in.

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German Language and Identity (auf Deutsch)

Darnell

Language is always a sticking point in the German immigration debate.  Many times politicians say immigrants need to learn better German, to fully integrate.  But not all foreigners are told this.  Entertainers, for example, seem to have a special status in German society, and imperfections are part of the charm.  This feature was produced in German for Westdeutscher Rundfunk.  Translation provided by Katie Ganzer.

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