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“Lords Of Finance”

In 2010, “The Lords of Finance” by Liaquat Ahamed, a professional investment manager was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for History. A non-fiction account of “the bankers that broke the world,” this 505 page book takes a complicated topic – macro and microeconomics – and makes it easily understandable. Read more »


“In The Garden of Beasts”

Berlin has always captivated me because it was the first European city where I could see and feel the remnants from World War II and the Cold War.  The capital city isn’t known for its climate, especially in the winter when the weather can be harsh, the sky grey, and the days short but the weather is all but forgotten when walking through the streets because Berlin is really a dichotomy thanks to a series of events: World War II and the 28-year existence of the Berlin Wall which was torn down to the cheers of crowds in 1989. Read more »


“To End All Wars”

I don’t often read historical books on wars because even after 50 years on this earth, I still don’t really understand the aggression and find the detail on battles and strategic moves boring. But after reading the reviews of “To End All Wars” by Adam Hochschild, I thought the book worthy of reading. Read more »

Berlin, Germany With Kids

Berlin, Germany has more than 150 museums, some of which are truly amazing especially for children. In addition, Berlin has a variety of other sites that will interest and entertain your children including: Read more »

Getting to Know Berlin, Part 2

Berlin, the capital of Germany is the largest and most populous city in the country with a fascinating history and an abundance of sights. The “city of pieces” has been put back together over the last twenty years with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the redevelopment of Potsdamer Platz. Berlin has numerous neighborhoods but the central district called Mitte (pictured below center) has an abundance of impressive sights. All are within walking distance from each other and are part of Berlin’s significant cultural treasures. Read more »


Getting to Know Berlin, Germany

Berlin is the capital of Germany and the largest city in the country with nearly 3.5 million residents. Located in northeastern Germany, Berlin is truly unique and not just another city among cities.  Nearly destroyed by bombing during World War II and then divided by the Cold War until the Berlin Wall came down twenty-two years ago, Berlin appears to be a series of parts that make a whole but not like New York City where there are seamless changes from one neighborhood to the next.  No, Berlin is a city that seems to have been broken apart and put back together again and that is part of its charm. Read more »

Zyliss: The Swiss Queen of Gadgets

In my home, I am known as the “Gadget Queen” – a nickname that was given to me a few years back by a friend who noted that every time he and his family visited, I had a new gadget. He would barrel in the front door and before putting his suitcases down would say “so, what’s the new gadget this year?” Read more »