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Living in Magnolia – 50 Years Ago June 13, 2017

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As many of my readers know, once upon a time I lived in Seattle – that was 50 years ago and I shared a house in Magnolia with 2 teachers, Jody and Mary Ann.  We were a companiable threesome for about 8 months from October 1959 – June 1960.  My sojurn in Seattle was part of the follow-on from that summer of 1959 after I had finished my Master’s Degree in Geography at Northwestern University in Evanston Illinois.  I was footloose and fancy free.  My “reward” for completing my degree was that 2 month trip to Europe – cycling in England and Scandinavia and then a 2nd month of travel.  In my case I teamed up with 2 others from the hostel group and we picked up a brandnew VW beetle in Geneva, and then headed south to explore Avignon and Arles and then Carcassonne, Andorra, Barcelona, Zaragotha, San Sebastian, the Loire…

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10 of the Best Poems about Houses and Homes June 11, 2017

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Interesting Literature

The best poems about home

Houses and homes are not featured so prominently in poetry as, say, fields, hedgerows, or the moon, but they’re obviously important in their lives, and many poets have sought to reflect our feelings about home, and our attitudes to houses of all kinds. Here are ten of the finest poems about houses and homes – from the humblest abodes to the stately homes of England.

Andrew Marvell, ‘Upon Appleton House’. The longest poem on this list is ‘Upon Appleton House’, which is an example of a ‘country house poem’. Marvell wrote the poem for Thomas Fairfax, the father of the girl he was tutoring in the early 1650s, just after the end of the English Civil War, and the poem reflects many of the contemporary political issues of the mid-seventeenth century. ‘Appleton House’ is the Nun Appleton estate belonging to Fairfax in…

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Qatar Crisis – MB’s trying to sort it out! June 8, 2017

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Here’s a take on the present Middle East crisis from an insider in Qatar.

HX Report

Followers will, no doubt, already be aware of the ‘Qatar Crisis’, to give the subject matter its Twitter hashtag handle. On Monday morning last, Egypt, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain broke off diplomatic relations with Qatar, along with some other Islamic power-houses such as Maldives and Libya Eastern Region. All flights between Qatar and ‘The Others’ were cancelled indefinitely on the following day with travel bans imposed on citizens. The land border with Saudi Arabia (the only land border that peninsular Qatar actually has) was closed with some red & white ‘danger’ tape and plastic bollards, like you see on construction sites back in Ireland. ‘Danger – Do Not Enter’ signs suddenly appeared all along the borderline. “WTF” shouted all the normal (powerless) citizens of the Arabian Gulf who, to a man and woman, hadn’t a clue what was going on.

And there you have it, dear followers. You are…

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Cologne: Its Jewish History and My Family Ties to the City

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Brotmanblog: A Family Journey

On our second day in Cologne we focused on its Jewish history. Back in December 2015, I had contacted Barbara Becker-Jakli to help me find where my great-great-uncle Jakob Schoenthal and his wife Charlotte Lilienfeld were buried in Cologne; Barbara had been extremely helpful, so a year later while planning our trip, I contacted her again, asking if she knew someone who would show us the cemetery and other Jewish sites in Cologne.

She recommended Aaron Knappstein, who worked with her at the National Socialism Documentation Center in Cologne. Aaron and I had been in touch numerous times for almost eight months before the trip, and as I wrote here, he had located documents about my Nussbaum ancestors that I had given up ever finding (and they did not even live in Cologne, but in Schopfloch) as well as birth records for four of the five children of…

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Back from the North

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The World according to Dina

Coming back from the beautiful barren North to the lush South was a culture shock at first. We utterly fell in love with the bleakness of the Scotland’s north coast and the Orkneys. Siri and Selma even wanted to stay there! But we also really liked the Outer Hebrides, where our journey started. We saw them as grand and sometimes even subarctic. And we didn’t try that much of the peaty whiskies that we couldn’t do quite some hiking in the mountains.

Von rauer Schönheit des Nordens zurück in den üppigen Süden zu fahren, war zunächst ein Kulturschock für uns. In die Kargheit der schottischen Nordküste und der Orkneys haben wir uns verliebt. Siri und Selma wollten gleich dort bleiben. Aber auch die Outer Hebrides, wo unsere Reise begann, fanden wir einfach großartig, geradezu subarktisch. Wir probierten nicht so viel leckeren torfigen Whisky, dass wir nicht auch einige Bergwanderungen unternehmen konnten.

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Current Reading – June 2017 June 6, 2017

IMG_3375  Non fiction – full of footnotes – fascinating reading!   Increasing my knowledge and understanding of the early settlers of Essex County Massachusetts.  And I’m finding a number of familiar names which I will follow up and see if they are actually my ancestors.


Seattle Now & Then: Sea View Hall June 4, 2017

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THEN: In 1954, the then 50-year-old Sea View Hall featured swinging, wooden “logoglyph”-style letters to proclaim its name, next to a large television antenna. (Photo from MOHAI, Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection, 1986.5.9199.1.)

NOW: Terry Mann, proprietor (with partner Glen Poor) of Sea View Hall, now an online short-term rental, displays a welcome sign made from beach wood by her daughter, Margie Almario, at West Seattle High School five years ago. (Photo by Clay Eals)

Back when the beaches of West Seattle offered a remote respite from the raucous rebuilding of downtown Seattle, an outpouring of tents, shacks, camps and cottages welcomed visitors for a salty stay. One of the sturdiest of these was in the neighborhood called South Alki, now more plainly Beach Drive. This unique structure was – and still is — called Sea View Hall.  It was not really a hall and didn’t sport a…

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