Vinterferie

Against all odds, our household has recovered enough from its recent bout with the Wuhan virus to be permitted a vacation. To ensure I get the maximum recharge value out of it, there will be no blogging from me during this vacation. (Persons planning to loot our house in our absence should note that we…

Stormy Weather

On Friday night the Danish national men’s team, strong favorites to win the European Championship, got knocked out of the semifinals by losing to Spain after having led for the first 45 minutes. On Saturday morning Herself and I went through the all-too-familiar ritual of queueing up at a test center for the obligatory four-days-after-near-contact…

Resolute

It’s the last day of the year. In a matter of mere hours, the annus horribilis 2021 will get packed away into the sealed box that is the past, and we’ll all advance, time zone by time zone, into the unwritten world of 2022. (Those of us who live according to Gregorian calendar, anyway. A…

“Now it’s Christmas again… and Christmas lasts through to Easter”

This is my nineteenth Christmas in Denmark, so the Danish Christmas traditions no longer trouble, discomfit, or surprise me. They’re the traditions my own children have grown up with; I’ve not only metabolized Danish Christmas internally, but helped advance it forward to a new generation. And yet it was never my intention to raise my…

In Memoriam

Note: This is a very personal post and therefore unlike my usual content.  It’s a memorial to my parents, both of whom died a few weeks apart in August.  It’s not a very good memorial because I don’t have much experience in the genre and hope not to gain much more.  It was simply something…

A Word of Explanation

Roughly one month ago, this blog went dark with no advance warning.  On August 15, I posted that the blog was down due to a family emergency. That emergency was a dire one: my mother had been hospitalized due to a serious deterioration in her health.  I flew out to Florida on August 11th to…