Letterwerks Sign City
 
"Where Fillmore County News Comes First"
Online Edition
Tuesday, September 27th, 2016
Volume ∞ Issue ∞
 
<< | < | 80 | 81 | 82 | 83 | 84 | > | >>

From two million to two


Fri, Nov 4th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Picture round-the clock public transportation, Arab-owned Internet cafés, Lippizaner horses clip-crossing the stonefilled walkway to their Sunday performance, and zither music a la The Third Man.

This is the city of two million I know. It was recently named the number one city in the world to live in and there is no doubt in my mind it deserves the ranking. I've made the trip numerous times - at least a dozen now-and the landscape of this age-old metropolis is ever-changing if at a slow, laid back pace.

Russians and Poles now drive the Mercedes-laden taxis and "local" tour guides are Hungarian, yet you can still grab a great cup of Joe at Café Hawelka, third generation owned, not by Arabs, but Austrians.

Vienna, Austria is my beloved city of two million. To get a sense of landscape and architecture, one best climb aboard a tram (Strassenbahn) and ride it to the end of the line. Biedermeier, Roccoco and Baroque styles are all at your window.

As fate would have it, though, after teaching Business English to eager young students at the University of Economics and Business Administration, I boarded a plane once again. Destination: a city of two. An adjustment, you ask? Imagine this.

Be it birds, deer, raccoon, or woodchucks literally scratching at my doorstep, it is wildlife and I that address each day now vs. millions of Hapsburg-era citizens drinking a Melange, Obermaier, or Achterl. Gone are the days of teaching to classes of 75 plus students, enjoying a plate-sized Wiener Schnitzel pounded so thin it resembles a crepe, and conversations in Austrian style German over politics and religion.

I've adjusted to this difference in landscape - in Austria overlooking a large courtyard, or hillside fortress depending on the day vs. a wide expanse of green, farm buildings and gravel roads. My preference is both as both have their positives and reasons to contemplate why life brings us to the place we're at in the moment. Why choose?

Language becomes more of a barrier where American English is widely spoken as this city of two, too, has its own foreign language: Gooby, Smokey, Shaggy, Snappy, Snake and Bepop. I struggle to follow along as relatives rattle along in their own kind of slang.

However, the tiger lilies are beginning to show, the grill's almost ready to go and the porch swing ever ready to enjoy a stateside cup of Joe. We've made the transition from two million to two - we're gratefu .....
[Read the Rest]

Harvest is a time of thanks

Fri, Oct 28th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

The first Thanksgiving Days were harvest festivals to thank God for plentiful crops and survival. For this reason the holiday still takes place late in the fall, after the crops have been harvested. On this day, people give thanks with feasting and ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Schools cannot do it alone

Fri, Oct 28th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Chatfield Elementary School Reading Specialist

The title of this letter is the name of a book by Jamie Vollmer, a self proclaimed critic of public education who also happened to be the key-note speaker at a conference I recently attended. Hi ..... 
[Read the Rest]

The Great Divide

Fri, Oct 21st, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Campaign season for both parties is definitely underway. It seems they start earlier every time around. Both sides will attempt to define the parameters of the race, but it appears the Democrats have the edge on taking the offensive. President Obama ..... 
[Read the Rest]

More important things to worry about than manmade climate change

Fri, Oct 14th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Two earthquakes and their tsunamis have caused upwards of 300,000 deaths over the last few years. Thus reminding us again that the world we live in is violent and dangerous. By the way, the USGS says that 39 states are in active seismic zones.
< ..... 
[Read the Rest]

One Moment Please... Opportunities to get involved

Fri, Oct 14th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Cell phone: 507-251-5297

As you navigate today's Journal, you'll notice an abundance of opportunities to get involved - literally something for everybody. Please consider this commentary sort of like one of the "choose your own adventure" bo ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Creating jobs v. creating wealth

Fri, Oct 7th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Unless you have been living in a cave the past few years, you know that our country has been in the midst of a giant recession. Unemployment hovers around 9.4 percent with 37 million on food stamps, and politicians ranting and raving to have the gov ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Campaigns to be flush despite weak economy

Fri, Sep 30th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Be prepared to be carpet bombed by political ads as never before leading up to the 2012 elections. There are estimates that from $6 to $8 billion will fuel campaigns, with over half of that money funding TV, radio ads, and to a lesser extent, print ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Lessons from 9/11

Fri, Sep 23rd, 2011
Posted in Commentary

It's been 10 years since 9/11, and we have learned countless lessons since then. Tom Ehrich is a writer, church consultant and Episcopal priest based in New York. He wrote of ten lessons that we should all keep in mind when the naysayers and critics ..... 
[Read the Rest]
<< | < | 80 | 81 | 82 | 83 | 84 | > | >>