Feast of St. Nicholas with Recipes and Songs

Feast of St. Nicholas, Dec. 6th… Saint Nicholas has been for hundreds of years a popular saint in the East and in the West, greatly famed as a worker of miracles. There are many charming legends concerning him. One tells of an occasion in heaven when all the saints came together to talk and to […]

Feast of St. Nicholas with Recipes and Songs

Honoring St. Nicholas

St. Nicholas Day is celebrated worldwide on the anniversary of his death, December 6th. Raised as a devout Christian, the third-century saint dedicated his life to serving the sick and suffering. Later, he became part of the inspiration for the modern-day Santa Claus. Here are ten interesting facts about St. Nicholas: 1. Born in the […]

Honoring St. Nicholas

Germany plans to make vaccination compulsory for some jobs-draft

The incoming German government wants to make COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory from March 16 for people working in hospitals, nursing homes and other medical practices, according to a copy of draft legislation seen by Reuters. Germany has been reticent about making vaccines compulsory for fear of exacerbating a shortage of medical and nursing home staff, but […]

Germany plans to make vaccination compulsory for some jobs-draft

Gö Christmas Market 2021 – November 25 2021

March 2019 saw me in my new home city in Central Germany and two years on I am living in a time of a pandemic. I began writing these letters at the start of the pandemic in an attempt to understand Germany better and to get to grips with my relationship with the United Kingdom. […]

Gö Christmas Market 2021 – November 25 2021

Bob Dole Lived With a Disability for Decades. Here’s How It Shaped His Life and Legacy

Bob Dole was just 21 years old when he suffered the injuries that would change his life. In April 1945, while stationed in Italy during WWII, the young soldier was struck by enemy fire. As a result of his wounds, Dole was permanently left without feeling in his right hand and arm, which measured more…

Bob Dole Lived With a Disability for Decades. Here’s How It Shaped His Life and Legacy

He was the last WWII veteran who campaigned in the US Presidential Election when he ran in 1996. But his heroism and greatness came outside his career as a politician. May he rest in peace.

German fireworks-makers say ban due to COVID is catastrophic for industry

Germany’s decision to ban fireworks on New Year’s Eve for the second year in a row to avoid crowds in the pandemic is “catastrophic” for manufacturers and means the loss of 3,000 jobs, the fireworks-makers association said. Outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel and her successor Olaf Scholz agreed with leaders of Germany’s 16 states to bar […]

German fireworks-makers say ban due to COVID is catastrophic for industry

Already the company WECO is filing for bankruptcy and one of the fireworks manufacturers in Freiberg (Saxony) is shutting its doors after 323 years in the business. This could be the end of a tradition on New Years. But the beginning of something much better.