Trekking Around Titlis: Snowshoeing in Central Switzerland
After a solid hour of hoofing it across the alps, we arrive at Gasthaus Gerscnialp. Shivering slightly, we enter this quintessential Swiss guest house decked out with wooden beams, checkered curtains and naturally, a cuckoo clock, who quickly alerts us ...
March 23, 2015
Germany's Black Forest: a popular holiday destination
In the past five years, Black Forest has attracted more individual tourists from all around the world, including Switzerland. Lothar Burghardt, managing director of the local tourism sector told me that nearly half the tourists are German while the ...
March 14, 2015
Waukesha clock restorer crazy about cuckoos
Whether it's the 20 cuckoo clocks in his home or the hundreds he has built or collected or is currently repairing in his workshop, cuckoo calls are the sound track to Galinsky's life. Owner of the Duplainville Clock Co. located at his Waukesha home ...
December 27, 2014
Rising Franc Upends Daily Life in Swiss Borderlands
CAMPIONE D'ITALIA, Italy—Switzerland's decision last month to lift the cap on the franc sent the currency flying 40% against the euro and roiled financial markets world-wide. But for Enrico Lironi, the decision hit painfully close to home. The teacher ...
February 22, 2015
Switzerland Dismantles Cold War Explosive Network
Switzerland planned to dismantle the remaining components of its vast network of Cold War defenses by the end of 2014, including explosives stashed away on bridges and airstrips. The Swiss army had originally hoped to complete the task by the end of ...
January 2, 2015
Swiss Stop Radical Immigration Curbs, but Confrontation With EU Still Looms
ZURICH (Reuters) - The Swiss government avoided a new headache on Sunday when voters rejected a popular initiative to impose radical immigration curbs, but the result is unlikely to lend it any leverage in talks with the European Union related to ...
December 1, 2014
Author of thrillers found no Swiss cuckoo clocks
Bourget says that the Geneva setting was more a nod to the novel's Swiss origins than a condemnation of the city's business leaders. Important scenes in the novel are also based on lakeside houses owned by friends and the ski resort of Les Paccots ...
March 5, 2014
Based on the book of the same name by William Peter Blatty, which was published a few years before, the book sales soared along with the box office receipts. We can't kill evil in the true sense, for like in the Halloween movies, you think evil (Jason) is dead, but it isn't, it lives to come back at another time, and it lives within us, like a cold sore virus, waiting for an opportunity to manifest... Conquering our own worst characteristics can be very difficult, especially for some, and those characteristics are then available for exploitation (the Nazis almost made a science out of exploiting the awful side of human nature, and then whipping... But we have choices to make, and likely you all have seen the cartoon of a person with an angel on one shoulder and the devil or a demon on other, both talking into the person's ears to convince them to choose their desired course. John Steinbeck used the same sort of theme in his great book, "East of Eden," which was another good versus evil saga, but with the idea that humans "may" choose their own course. This idea of "choice" also shows that we can't have good without evil (see Word History, below). The story of "The Exorcist" revolves around a little girl, played by Linda Blair, living with her actress mother (played by Ellen Burstyn) in Washington, DC, while a movie is being filmed. They have a German couple (Swiss German.
Alchemy was the quest of some in the Middle Ages to turn lead or other so-called “base” metals into gold. A number of the alchemists were frauds, con men who used tricks to make gold appear in a bowl after what they called an “experimental demonstration. ” These same charlatans also claimed to hold the secret to immortality, how to turn a lowly human being into something glorious and eternal. Not all the alchemists were fakes, though, since Isaac Newton among others was included in their number. The subtraction of a certain number of neutrons and one proton from mercury, for example, yields gold ( Cosmos : 182). We may have little interest in turning our wrought iron furniture into golden thrones or stainless steel utensils into sterling... Do you wonder how so many became so inarticulate that they can’t have a conversation without the regular and thoughtless use of the most gutter-level profanity and don’t have a clue how to solve conflict without resorting to assault with fists and... Do you join me in wondering how our society came to be defined by greed, discourtesy, uncivil behavior, prejudice, self-absorption, and so many other base and vile instincts, even among those who are our leaders in government, church, education,...
My friend Eli is a tattoo artist (he did my Spock tattoo, and my Swiss Chalet cuckoo clock tattoo) and he recently posted a photo on his instagram of a tattoo he had drawn for someone who didn't show up for the appointment. I instantly fell in love with it and picked a day to go in, but then I had a hard time deciding what I wanted it to say in the heart. One, because I love Beyonce and that song is one of my favorites (you can see the video here ) and two as a kind of self love reminder to myself. I've struggled with self acceptance for a long time, and though I have made some real strides in the last few years, I always need a reminder to be kind to myself. I really love how this piece turned out. Over the years I've learned it's best to find an artist who you trust, give them a basic idea, and let them make something beautiful for you instead of having ever single detail picked out before you go in. It is kind of hard to tell in that photo... Now that leg looks a little busy (my big Audrey 2 piece is on that thigh) so I'll have to get something big on the other side to balance it out. He works at Safe House Tatto o and is really talented and fun to talk to. We actually talked a little too much and he had to bump the girls who were coming in after me. To get, you won't believe this, flawless tattoos. I can't wait to get something on the other one.