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Earworm of the day: Let the River Run by Carly Simon

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

YouTube Preview ImageLet the River Run is an old favorite. I also love the movie from whose soundtrack it is, Working Girl. The song gets me into an upbeat mood, so it’s ideal for phases with lots of work (but a weekend on the horizon).

- Rike Horstmann

AAR Goes to the Movies: The Master

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

YouTube Preview ImageI wasn’t really too keen to watch The Master, but my husband persuaded me to come along as he’s a huge fan of P. T. Anderson, the film’s director. Well, it proved one of those films I was glad I’d seen, but which I probably won’t want to see again. (more…)

Welcome, spring!

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

002 (2)Since this has been the darkest winter in Central Europe for many, many years, I can’t wait till spring starts. It’s not the low temperatures or the regular sleet that bother me, it’s the lack of light. So you can imagine my delight when I discovered the first harbingers of spring next to my terrace today! Aren’t they pretty?

- Rike Horstmann

Watching the oldies: Hush … Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

YouTube Preview ImageLast weekend, for the first time ever I watched Hush … Hush, Sweet Charlotte (German title, incidentally: Lullaby for a Corpse). It’s a Southern Gothic story with quite a few horror elements, starring a fantastic Bette Davis and Olivia de Havilland. There’s Joseph Cotton in it, too, but sorry, completely overshadowed by the ladies. (more…)

Earworm of the day: Chile lindo by Omara Portuondo

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

YouTube Preview ImageI love Omara Portuondo’s CD Dos Gardenias, from which this version of Chile lindo is taken. My favorite song on it is actually Gracias a la vida, but as I was unable to find a decent-sounding version on YouTube, and Chile lindo comes a close second, here it is!

I understand very little Spanish, so I don’t understand the text. But I love the music, the voice and the rendering of the song.

What songs in the Spanish language do you like especially?

- Rike Horstmann

New Year’s resolutions

Friday, January 4th, 2013

In Germany, many people delight in making New Year’s resolutions and (at least) try to stick to them. Stopping to smoke, losing weight, or spending less are favorites. Do you do the same in your country? What are typical resolutions there?

I mostly tend to scoff at “big” New Year’s resolutions, but I like small ones. Here are mine for 2013:

  • Read more.
  • Spend just a little less time online (related to the one above).
  • Try out some new recipes for bread and winter vegetables (not at the same time – these just happen to be the fields I am interested in right now in the kitchen).
  • Deal with the huge heap of mending that has been assembling over the last months (possibly years).

What are your resolutions?

- Rike Horstmann

Christmas Tree Ornaments

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

006My mother collects Christmas tree ornaments. She puts about five ornaments on each single twig of the tree (I kid you not), and the overall effect is slightly overwhelming but very beautiful and festive. Over the years, I have been given a few ornaments for Christmas, so that my own tree looks quite nice, too. I don’t receive the very best ornaments, but sometimes she finds more than one of a sort at some flea market or Christmas fair, and then she passes it to me. Or I have liked one so very much that she found it in her heart to part with it. (She is a true collector, and doesn’t part with her treasures easily.) Here are some of my ornaments that I really like: (more…)

A Sweet, Sweet Holiday: Rike’s Coconut Cookies

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

004 (2)My coconut cookies are no long family tradition, but they are a rather recent addition to my baking repertoire. They were an instant hit with who have tried them, however, and they are ever so easy to make. So here they are. Have fun baking! (more…)

Earworm of the day: Calling on Mary by Aimee Mann

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

YouTube Preview ImageOnce December comes round, I take my Christmas CDs down from the shelves and delve in. One More Drifter in the Snow by Aimee Mann is a firm favorite, and I can listen to it for hours (preferably while baking cookies, but doing some other works is just fine as well). Calling on Mary is the last song on the CD, but there are many others on it that I really like.

What do you listen to just before Christmas?

- Rike Horstmann

Struck mute

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Each winter, I suffer from a cold or two, and just occasionally this results in me losing my voice for a week or so. It’s that time again, and here I am struck mute. I am still able to, but really should not, whisper, so I limit my verbal communication to a minimum. And even though I am used to this situation by now (having experienced it several times during the last 15 or so years), I still feel weird. (more…)