Tag Archives: Tradition

Upholding the meaning of my first name

Swazi first names are drenched in meaning, telling a story about their family, birth, or hopes for the child. I have come to love this because American names sometimes come from relatives but usually come down to being liked by … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: Umhlanga

The Reed Dance, Swaziland’s most famous cultural event, is a week-long celebration of young females, called flowers. This year there were 98,000 participants, about 1/12 of the country’s population. Any female up to the age of about 22 can participate … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: Sangoma

Yesterday we visited the sangoma, a traditional health practitioner who works with herbs and consultations with the ancestors to provide advice and treatment to visitors. The sangoma danced for us to the tune of a single drum. His dance expressed … Continue reading

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Could you please spell Oktoberfest with a “K”?

I like reproductions of things to be true to the original. Books, movies, food, beer and even Oktoberfest. I have been there, which by no means makes me a foremost authority in any degree, but I know what it’s like … Continue reading

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Saturday Spotlight on Ohio: Hancock Historical Museum and the Back Street Festival

When I first started this blog I posted about places in Ohio I would like to visit. I have visited some of them since then, but there are still many places on my list. Now as my time here is … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo: German Easter decorations

A German Easter tradition is decorating trees with eggs. My parents and I were in Nürnberg a few days before Easter, which meant most establishments were closed. While walking around town in Albrecht-Dürer-Platz, there was a well decorated in Easter … Continue reading

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Scrapbook memories of my year in Salzburg

I spent a little over nine months in Salzburg, taking thousands of pictures from my travels as far west as Dublin and as far east as Romania and Greece and everywhere in between. After agonizing for a week or so … Continue reading

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