Seventeen years ago I received the following message on “Pocketmail” (now an extinct email address using public telephones) from Guido Westerwelle (now deceased) the former leader of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) now led by Christian Lindner.

Sixteen years later, Angela Merkel is stepping down from the Chancellorship. Over the…

Shortly before starting my second winter season in Bavaria, a new coffee shop opened up, smack dab in the middle, of the village [pardon my Urban Dictionary English talk]. I can see the coffee shop right from my corner office window, a block away. It reminds me of the decade…

I began appreciating the hundreds of years that went into the making of our village in the State of Bavaria during the lockdowns of the Covid pandemic and restrictions on travelling. From my third-floor corner office window, I stared down at remnants of a wall and a moat surrounding the…

The German poet Heinrich Heine was quoted in the nineteenth century, “Our summer is just a winter painted green, even the sun has to wear a flannel jacket with us if it doesn’t want to catch a cold.”

I’ve been wearing an old moth-eaten Army-Navy sweater for months waiting for…

This past winter and spring seasons, Christl and I followed a white swan family, also called Mute Swans, through egg laying, to little cygnets, and on to full-grown adulthood. The cygnets then left their parents, as children are want to do, and mother and father swan went about their business…

I feel fortunate to record “bus street art” from my corner office window and then catch the buses at street level either at their terminus or on their scheduled routes for a better shot. We live in a village about 120 Kilometers from Munich and 610 Kilometers from Berlin. We…

On the day when I reached a century milestone, in my Medium story collection, I wrote: “There is no special significance to this record nor will it end my interest in recording observations and travels.” The same holds true for the second century milestone.

I quoted Margaret Attwood, a Canadian…

Michael Frankel

A snowbird from Bavaria

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