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bernadette-jansen-op-de-haar's picture
Mar.23.2014
Recently, I had to go to the pharmacy. There is always a bowl of liquorice on the counter. Customers are allowed to take a piece of liquorice. Most people do; after all, it’s free. I never take one; I’m in a pharmacy, people who go there are ill. Another phenomenon is the behaviour of the queue at...
bob-mustin's picture
Mar.21.2014
  With today's media having been gobbled up by bottom-line-must-be-in-the black types, it's hard for the book game to cultivate writers, and so we must do it ourselves. As I implied in this early post, writers have always found it hard to comment on their various societies,...
bruce-douglas-reeves's picture
Aug.06.2013
           “How could you stand it?” friends sometimes ask my wife.            “Didn’t it make you furious?”            “Is it ever going to change?”...
bernadette-moyer's picture
Feb.08.2013
Fasnacht (doughnut) Day By Bernadette A. Moyer Sometimes it is spelled “faschnacht” it is the English name for a fried donut and observed on Shrove Tuesday, the day before the Lenten season begins. Having grown up in the Northeast of Pennsylvania I was aware of and often celebrated Fasnacht day...
balthazar-rodrigue-nzomono-balenda's picture
Mar.08.2012
At this moment, I sometimes don’t understand Africa and our mentality. Before you come up with all sorts of comments against me, give me a chance to explain my case.  I guess it’s nothing new, may be it is for some of you, but what’s my point here? I cannot understand that we’re spending our...
bernadette-jansen-op-de-haar's picture
Oct.06.2011
I read this week that the Dutch are most worried about ‘the way in which we live together’. It also transpired that 55% of the Dutch think that people who smoke or drink should pay a higher health care premium. This makes me think about emigrating. What happens next provides rich pickings for an...
jolina-petersheim's picture
Jun.06.2011
Our plane, en route to JFK airport, lost its weather radar and had to make an emergency landing in Detroit. Though no oxygen masks were deployed from the ceiling and no cheery attendants herded us through the side exits like chattel, it was still unnerving. That night we stayed in a hotel, washed...
cheryl-l-snell's picture
May.17.2011
Mother turns ninety today. We are in the midst of a celebration with lots of gifts, flowers, cake and music. It's quite enough for her. Lucky for us (the multi-culti branch of the family) because a traditional Hindu birthday celebration certainly would have tired her out. The night before the big...
jolina-petersheim's picture
Apr.25.2011
The summer I was fourteen, I crossed into Central America using a fake ID. It wasn’t the birth date on the ID that was fake (in Mexico, if somebody wanted to get their lips on a non-virgin pina colada, they could've if they were still sucking a pacifier). No, what was fake was the ID itself....
bernadette-jansen-op-de-haar's picture
Feb.28.2011
Arnold Jansen op de Haar observes: Things expressed in English sound more dramatic than in Dutch. Ah, but this has a lot of consequences. For Richard Quest, economics reporter for CNN, each stock market downturn represents a Shakespearian tragedy. Generally, I perceive that the English are more...