Category Archives: the Netherlands

WALKING THROUGH AMSTERDAM – 3


WALKING THROUGH AMSTERDAM – NOORD Travel with Air Canada Toronto-Amsterdam in luxury, courtesy my daughter. Public transit is fantastic in The Netherlands. Getting there, of course, meant flying. Once there, you can leave your car behind and use the public system. … Continue reading

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A WALK THROUGH AMSTERDAM 2


A WALK THROUGH AMSTERDAM 2: The Baarsjes and Admiralenbuurt. Two senior sisters who have not lived together for many decades do not always smoothly get along, so when I needed a break during my fortnight at my sister’s home, I had … Continue reading

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A WALK THROUGH OLD-WEST AMSTERDAM


A WALK THROUGH AMSTERDAM In my sister’s neighbourhood, things change all the time. I notice the difference between my visits to Amsterdam every two years, when my family gets together around the birthdate of my mother, who passed away more … Continue reading

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MY EXPERIMENT IN HIGH DENSITY LIVING


MY EXPERIMENT IN HIGH-DENSITY LIVING The trend for developers (also encouraged by town councils) is to build more high-density structures and encourage living inside city centres to accommodate the residential growth, instead of sprawling out into the suburbs. The benefits … Continue reading

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BECOMING A WRITER


BECOMING A WRITER       At eight I was a devout little girl who swallowed hook line and sinker what I was taught in my parents’ small congregation of ultra-Christians. By age 12 I had lost all belief in … Continue reading

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THE THREE SOCIAL TABOOS: Religion, Sex, Politics


THE THREE SOCIAL TABOOS: Religion, Sex, Politics (This is a post without photos. I don’t want to exploit the misery of others. No photo of this crying little girl in a red top and red shoes. Fox took the opportunity … Continue reading

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ON THE ELEVENTH DAY OF THE ELEVENTH MONTH


REMEMBERING ON THE ELEVENTH DAY OF THE ELEVENTH MONTH. My siblings on our memorial trip to Ommen — the place of my sister’s birth — and where MY family survived the war years (before I was born). The locals hold … Continue reading

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ARE THE DUTCH BECOMING COLOUR SENSITIVE?


ARE THE DUTCH BECOMING MORE COLOUR SENSITIVE? This is a post about the international links of the Netherlands and its jerk towards the right of the political spectrum, with uncharacteristic, overt racism expressed freely in the national discourse. WHOSE COUNTRY … Continue reading

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WHAT HAPPENED AFTER WORLD WAR II?


What happened after the war in the Netherlands? This is a primer on my next novel, called The Dutch Nazi Lover (in development). On April 30, 1945 Hitler committed suicide. On May 7, 1945 Germany surrendered to the allied forces. … Continue reading

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ECHO OF WAR


Canadian troops entering a small town, liberating the Netherlands (in Dalfsen) Seventy years after the end of World War II at the height of summer, the Van Noorden family got together on a typical Dutch day with rain drops and … Continue reading

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