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On November 9, 1989, the government of East Germany told its citizens they could once again cross over the Berlin Wall freely and visit friends and relatives in West Germany and West Berlin. The Fall of the Berlin Wall, 1989. The photo shows a part of a public photo documentation wall at Former Check Point Charlie, Berlin. The photo documentation is permanently placed in the public. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) They pried away chunks of the Wall as part of the celebration and the government removed the rest of the Wall in 1990. It had been in place since August 13, 1961. In the summer of 1967, I traveled... (Read More ...)

Berlin Wall Comes Down. We are approaching the anniversary of the day the Berlin Wall came down, November 9, 1989. The Berlin Wall Comes Down, 1989. The photo shows a part of a public photo documentation wall at Former Check Point Charlie, Berlin. The photo documentation is permanently placed in the public. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) In August, 1967, I spent five days in Berlin, Germany. At the time, it was divided into East Berlin and West Berlin, with limited movement across the line. I spent most of my time in West Berlin, but took a one-day bus tour into East Berlin. Before we crossed the border... (Read More ...)

How Do You Inspire Your Grandchildren? When I was in elementary school, my grandmother started a bank account for me. It was dedicated to helping me go to Europe when I was old enough. East Germans drive their vehicles through Checkpoint Charlie as they take advantage of relaxed travel restrictions to visit West Germany. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I was nearly an adult before I found out I could have taken out the money at any time I wanted. Instead, I put most of my baby-sitting money in it from the age of 12 through high school. At 20, in 1967, I spent the summer in Europe using that bank account. I... (Read More ...)

President and Mrs. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas, Minutes Before He Was Assassinated, November 22, 1963 They Will Not Remember. We will not forget. Pam Loxley Drake, a blogger and a grandmother, was writing about reactions to the death of Osama bin Laden. Children, or grandchildren, under the age of 10, do not have the searing memory of towers collapsing that the rest of us have.  Where Were You When Kennedy Was Shot? Kennedy’s assassination. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination. The day the Space Shuttle fell out of the sky. The day the Berlin Wall came down. And, now, an end to the man who... (Read More ...)