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My Dream

When I was still in Austin, my working name for it was “Lindheimer Apothecary” but now I think of it as “Berlin Herb Studio”. It’s my dream for how I’d like to focus my life’s work. It’s based on a…

on migration

It’s not a writer’s block, so much as a writer’s blockade. I have tons of ideas, about so many things, I just can’t get to them until I get past this. Being an immigrant. How can I say anything unless…

worthy of respect: europe

An American friend was visiting Berlin last week and mentioned that he was having a hard time negotiating transactions, that his usual smiles and friendliness weren’t being rewarded the way they are in Austin. He was frustrated. He was confused.…

how to not mind the cold so much

18 winters in Austin, and I was moving to Berlin. “But how will you endure the winter?” everyone asked. Before Austin, I spent a traumatic winter in Minneapolis, the worst cold snap on record. For 3 weeks straight, the temperature…

the holiday season in Berlin

I’ve never been particularly Grinchy, but I’ve also never really gotten caught up in the winter holidays much, either. People kept telling me how much I was going to love the season in Berlin, though, and sure enough. I’m also…

my new books

This week I made it to Dussmann, an enormous book and music store here in Berlin. They have an entire English bookstore inside the larger store. I got both English and German versions of Maria Treben’s “Health from God’s Apothecary”.…

Berliner Medizinhistorisches Museum

Yesterday I went to the Berliner Medizinhistorisches Museum, at the Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin. (History of Medicine Museum at the Charity Medical School, Berlin.) When I first arrived I had a few extra minutes before I was to meet with my…

my local bio farmer’s market

Wow, I finally made it to the Kollwitzplatz Farmers Market, the oldest all-organic market in Berlin. I felt too shy about my German to talk to the large, hearty herbalist who was sharing shots of her homemade Schnapps with her…

Trip to an Herb Shop

Strolling down the lovely Kollwitzstrasse one evening, I thought perhaps I was seeing a mirage. Could it really be? An organic herb shop? Just a few short blocks from my flat? I returned during business hours and confirmed that it…