by Christine Karren With the arrival of the Corona virus on every continent of the world besides Antarctica, a lot of people are taking precautions. We started by washing our hands more carefully and frequently, and avoiding contact with possibly contaminated surfaces. Next we were buying out the stocks of hand sanitizers, toilet paper, and … More Canceling Travel Plans?
How do Europeans celebrate Christmas? In a variety of ways! Each country has its own fascinating traditions which have come down through the ages, bringing holiday cheer to young and old. Germans celebrate Christmas in a big way, and German Christmas Markets are an integral part of the German holiday traditions. Follow us through the … More Christmas in Aachen, Germany
We want to inspire you to leave the smart phone at home, turn off the GPS navigation system, stop checking for new Facebook posts and get out and enjoy the wonders of this world and experience your life by getting lost and then finding a new way home. Get outside your comfort zone by jumping … More Get Lost!
Great literature, as it becomes widely loved, captures the minds and hearts people to the degree that it becomes a part of them. And as it endures through time, its readers use every creative outlet to expand the story and own it. Such is the case with the literary classic, A Christmas Carol, by Charles … More ‘Caroling’ with Dickens
Maurice Le Coq is the unconventional chef you’ll encounter in V M Karren’s new book, The Plucked Hen. His obsessive attitude about his culinary creations, his choice of ingredients, and sense of public presence are truly unique, and he pays particular attention to quality. A chef like that would employ only the finest tools of … More The 10 Kitchen Essentials of a French Chef
A new work of cultural fiction from VM Karren, The Plucked Hen, will whet your appetite not only for travel to France, but make you hungry for the approaching holiday feasting! … More France: The Glorious and the Maddening
It’s October! This month, our ‘Travel Europe Through Books’ online book club will be traveling to Moscow by way of the popular novel, A Gentleman in Moscow (2016) by Amor Towles. A Metropolitan Novel The first stop on our trip to Russia is Moscow, and more specifically the Metropol Hotel, pictured above. Just across the … More Gentlemen in Moscow
Where’s the Witch? A witch, a boat, and a bicycle. What do they have in common? In V M Karren’s new book, The Witch of Drontenburg, they are all located in a small fishing village on the southern coast of the Netherlands. They are all part of a story about local superstition, growing up, and … More A Witch, a Boat, and a Bicycle
Do you have a favorite motto, phrase or mantra that keeps you positive or motivated? Maybe it’s something from a favorite book, or a quote from someone you admire. I have many of these: ‘Stay calm and carry on,’ ‘when the going gets tough, the tough get going,’ and of course, ‘when life gives you … More Luctor et Emergo
With the onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic, some of the details addressed in this article have been greatly modified. You can first read the original article below to get a frame of reference for a traditionally Dutch concept of space, then read the UPDATE at the end to find out how social space in the Netherlands has been affected by COVID-19. … More For Cultural Understanding: A Different Concept of Space
My complete story, Fate and Longing in Lisbon, is now available for your reading pleasure! As of today, May 29th, this Kindle ebook is ready for immediate download on Amazon. You can use your Kindle device or the FREE Kindle app on your phone, tablet, or computer to read it. Click below to order this short Portuguese-style romantic comedy for … More And it’s LIVE!
The fourth excerpt of Fate & Longing in Lisbon reveals a brewing conflict between the Law of Fate and Murphy’s Law. Our poor postman is caught in the middle. … More The Immutable Law of Murphy
Fate doesn’t know her own strength. One nudge from her well meaning elbow can land a blow to a fragile heart with the force of a wrecking ball. She has a habit of stepping in, uninvited, and carrying out renovation plans on content lives without consent and without reassurances that her victim will even like what she has in store. When Fate goes to work, most times she doesn’t have a blue print or a road map and works as precisely as a steamroller. … More Fate is a Wrecking ball