Tag Archives: The Netherlands

Hartjesdag Weekend

One of my Dutch Internet friends, Johan, yesterday, told me he planned to attend some Harjesdag Weekend parties. Of course, I wanted to know more. Although the Netherlands is a geographically small nation, the people have had an enormous impact … Continue reading

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Dutch American Friendship Day

I still fondly remember my solitary bicycle ride through the countryside south of Amsterdam, several years ago.  Perhaps it is because of the ordinariness of the day that I can easily visualize the sights and sensations of the place. I … Continue reading

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Bénélux?

In the mid-1980s, my new hobby was shortwave DXing, that is searching for and listening to distant stations within the shortwave radio bands. On a large world map, I’d mark the call letters with a red pen.  One of my … Continue reading

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January Ideas …Floral Friday

A brand new year calls for a brand new approach to my favorite hobby.  The first projects for the 2015 Floral Fridays are light and simple.  I brought out three containers with origins in different countries and made of different … Continue reading

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Mata Hari

The cartoon short, “Plane Daffy” exposed me to a twisted version of history. I was only ten-years-old, but I knew that particular Daffy Duck episode was World War Two propaganda. I later learned that the villainess of the story was a parody of Mata … Continue reading

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Huygens Finds Titan

Tick Tock Tick Tock Titan…  Alliteration is fun to use as a memory aid or just to bring a smile. In this case, the man who invented the mechanism for pendulum regulated time pieces is the same gentleman who discovered … Continue reading

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Dutch Treats …Floral Friday

Thinking back on some of my travels brings me joy when I remember the kind hearted friends I’ve made and the wonderful sights and culture of the places I’ve seen. This is even more poignant if you’ve only gotten a … Continue reading

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