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Joan Larsen Presents: The Most Magical Holiday Season

December 21, 2016

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by Joan Larsen The years spent in our lovely decorated home waiting for Santa to make his magical, glorious appearance are long past.  The close-knit family of our childhoods seem to have scattered in all directions now. Changes in tradition never seem to be easy.  But after more thought, more talk than you might believe, […]

In Honor of Oktoberfest: Trachtenmoden!

October 3, 2016

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This weekend marks the final days of Oktoberfest 2016.  Who hasn’t heard of this annual German festival, with its beer and bratwurst, its oom-pah bands and fest tents, its dirndl-clad women and lederhosen-clad men performing traditional Bavarian dances? When we were in Germany, we never did go to the “big Oktoberfest” in Munich.  What many folks […]

Joan Larsen Presents: The Most Magical Holiday Season

December 23, 2015

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by Joan Larsen The years spent in our lovely decorated home waiting for Santa to make his magical, glorious appearance are long past.  The close-knit family of our childhoods seem to have scattered in all directions now. Changes in tradition never seem to be easy.  But after more thought, more talk than you might believe, […]

Joan Larsen Encore: A Near Tragedy in the Austrian Tyrol

May 21, 2014

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By Joan Larsen I believe the story below should resonate with all of us who have children of our own.  We love our children beyond words, doing our own best to be sure that we, as parents, have done all we can – in the most caring way.  Now, our children in their early teens have already made […]

Joan Larsen Presents: The Most Magical Holiday Season

December 25, 2013

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by Joan Larsen The years spent in our lovely decorated home waiting for Santa to make his magical, glorious appearance are long past.  The close-knit family of our childhoods seem to have scattered in all directions now. Changes in tradition never seem to be easy.  But after more thought, more talk than you might believe, […]

In Honor of Oktoberfest: Trachtenmoden!

October 4, 2013

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This weekend marks the final days of this year’s Oktoberfest.  Who hasn’t heard of this annual German festival, with its beer and bratwurst, its oom-pah bands and fest tents, and dirndl-clad women and lederhosen-clad men performing traditional Bavarian dances? When we were in Germany, we never did go to the “big Oktoberfest” in Munich.  What […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel Stories: A Near Tragedy in the Austrian Tyrol

September 19, 2012

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By Joan Larsen A True Story The young boys – best friends – had reached almost the top of that mountain in Austria when Bill’s foot slipped and he plunged 200 feet down the rugged mountain side, landing on a small ledge.  From above, my son Steve saw no movement, received no response. What was […]