World Cup Round of 16 Rooting Interests and Predictions


After an exciting round of group play, the knock-out rounds for the 2014 World Cup begin today.  Below I’ve listed the teams I’m rooting for and the teams I expect to win (not always the same) for each game. 28 June 2014 Brazil vs. Chile This is a tough call.  I have a soft spot…

Book Review: Doing Germany by Agnieszka Paletta


Author: Agnieszka Paletta Title: Doing Germany Publication Info: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2013) Summary/Review: This is a book I idly picked up from a Kindle sale, because I enjoyed travelling to Germany.  What a surprise that the author declares early on that she never had any interest in visiting German.  As a Polish-Canadian, moving back and forth between…

Book Review: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak


Author: Markus Zusak Title:  The Book Thief Publication Info:   [New York, N.Y.] : Listening Library, 2006. ISBN: 9780739348345 Summary/Review:  This novel balances the line between heartwarming and heartbreaking, inevitably falling to the later, but never without giving up hope.  Boldly, Zusak has the book narrated by Death who proves to be sympathetic to humanity and tired of…

Beer Review: Hofbräu Oktoberfest


Beer:  Hofbräu Oktoberfest Brewer: Staatliches Hofbräuhaus Source: 12 oz. bottle Rating: **** (8.0 of 10) Comments: A golden, bubbly beer with a thick head, this Oktoberfest special gives of a musty, yeasty and grassy aroma.  The taste is a smooth balance of grain and cream which is refreshing and light.  Some lacing appears on the…

Ach mein Gott!!


ALF was a popular TV show when I was a kid but I never watched because it looked stupid.  If only I had seen the show in German, things would have been different.

Book Review: Lee Miller’s War by Lee Miller, edited by Anthony Penrose


Lee Miller is a fascinating woman. She was a model and muse to photographers like Man Ray and took up surrealist photography herself among other talents. Following the Normandy invasion, Miller got herself credentialed as a war correspondent. She followed the progress of the American armed forces and the liberation of France, Luxembourg, and Germany…

Book Review: Billiards at Half-Past Nine by Heinrich Böll


Nobel Prize Laureate Heinrich Böll‘s novel Billiards at Half-Past Nine represents Germany for Around the World for a Good Book. The story focuses on three generations of a family of architects set on one day in 1958, but encompassing flashbacks to life during two World Wars and living under Kaiser, Fuhrer, and Democracy. The three…