Historical Christmas Trees

Visiting the Ronald Reagan Library at my recent tour to California we entered a room with decorated Christmas trees. At first, I thought it had to do with White House Christmas trees but it appeared that they each symbolized a decade of the U.S. history. The Christmas tree was invented around the 1840s in Germany  I love history and found […]

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Deleting History

Quote from my blogger friend Paul Soren.   Please go to the post via the link above While I’m talking about commemorating things I want to refer to the growing debate about memorials to past historical events that some people want to pull down. I’m not in the business of re-writing history to suit current sensibilities. I know that someone’s hero […]

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A Patient Friendly New Hospital

A series of vignettes on a theme of hospitals Today we had “an open house” at our new hospital is being built a few kilometres from our house. The mid-west region of Denmark is gathering all of its wards and functions in one place on a field near a railway. After it was decided to build here a highway has […]

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George Whitfield

Few remember George Whitfield (1714-1770) but the expression “One Nation Under God” is his quote as he, as a young British preacher and missionary travelled from England to America in the 1740s. At the time sea travel across the Atlantic ocean was a long and dangerous trip in small boats. He wished to unite the new colonies and a huge […]

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A Special Second Hand Shop

  On our way to the ferry that takes us to Sweden from Frederikshavn in Northern Denmark we like to visit a special shop driven by an old woman in her eighties. The “antiques” she sells are put in neat order and arranged so that it’s like visiting a museum from our great grand mother’s time. Her white linen bedclothes […]

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Two Old Town Centers in Sweden

#2 in a series on tour in Sweden in May 2017 In Sweden, many houses are still made of wood and are seen everywhere in the landscape. Homes in different colours often with white framing. The gardens have lawns and a few bushes or trees. In Denmark, we have a tradition of hiding our brick houses behind hedges. In the 1960s […]

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