PESTICIDE in an Organic Garden

Where do you celebrate the publication of a book about organic farming in Bern?  On an organic farm, of course.  And if you want to party in the city so no one has to drive? Well, then you need a small organic farm—or, to be precise, an organic garden, ideally one that’s right in theContinue reading “PESTICIDE in an Organic Garden”

The End of the Ice Saints

Yesterday I planted a last batch of sweet alyssum on my balcony.  Every scrap of space in my pots and boxes is filled. From now until the end of October, I can sit back, water, and watch the flowers grow. Most of my flower-planting, however, I did off and on between May 7 and May 15,Continue reading “The End of the Ice Saints”

Pesticide Is Out

On Tuesday, April 19, between six and seven in the evening, Pesticide was officially introduced to the world at the Mysterious Bookshop on Warren Street in Manhattan. Thanks to Alison von Rosenvinge’s supportive and thoughtful questions, I had a chance to tell an audience of friends, family, and potential buyers all about my new book.Continue reading “Pesticide Is Out”

The Latest News on PESTICIDE!

Hello, dear friends, family, and blog-post followers. I’m in New York for my book launch, and lots has been happening. But first: you are invited to the launch of Pesticide at the Mysterious Book Shop, 58 Warren Street (near the World Trade Center) in downtown Manhattan. It’s on Tuesday, April 19 at 6-7 p.m. ThereContinue reading “The Latest News on PESTICIDE!”

Ukrainian Refugees in Switzerland

Guest Essay from The Local by Clare O’Dea Tomorrow I’m flying to the US for the first time since August 2019.  Thanks to Corona, I’ve been away longer than ever before. I’m very much looking forward to being back, mainly to see friends and family—and to hear American English around me—but also because I’m co-hostingContinue reading “Ukrainian Refugees in Switzerland”

The Happy Swiss

In a recent email, a friend shared the news that Switzerland has just come in fourth in a UN rating of the world’s happiest countries—something I didn’t know. So I decided to find out what this ranking means. If you follow my blog, you know how much I enjoy living in Switzerland and how attachedContinue reading “The Happy Swiss”

Gripped by a Great (Big) Book

The older I’ve grown, the more difficult I’ve found it to deal with long books. In my early twenties, I can remember reading T. H. White’s The Once and Future King from cover to cover (that’s 677 pages in my faded hardcover edition), and A. S. Byatt’s wonderful Possession was a bagatelle at 555 pagesContinue reading “Gripped by a Great (Big) Book”

Switzerland’s Golden Girls—and Boys

The Beijing Winter Games ended Sunday night, and just when you thought you wouldn’t have to hear the word “Olympics” again until July 2024, you’re confronted with a post about Swiss skiing medalists. And I can’t even ski! Ah, but I’m Swiss, which explains it all. Okay, I’m a double citizen, Swiss/US, but when itContinue reading “Switzerland’s Golden Girls—and Boys”

Take Me Out to the Race Track

I reread books. Although I know several people who can’t see the point of reading a novel a second time, I have favorite novels that I read not twice but over and over.  There are times, especially if my mind is crowded with to-do lists, when picking up a lighthearted book that I’ve read beforeContinue reading “Take Me Out to the Race Track”

Beauty in Black and White

It has been at least twenty-five years since I discovered a Swiss art-form called paper-cutting or Scherenschnitte. And now I’ve discovered a new Swiss paper-cutter, Marc Schweizer, who’s about to have a show of his work in the Alps. Although the Chinese had already been making paper-cuts for at least 1500 years, the craft didn’tContinue reading “Beauty in Black and White”