German Abbey Libraries

“A monastery without a library is like an army camp without an arsenal.�? ~Gottfried von Breteuil, around 1170

The Wiblingen Kloster (Abbey) is on the outskirts of the city of Ulm, Germany. Ulm is the birthplace of Albert Einstein. We live about an hour away and it’s beautiful to drive through the clean snow dusted countryside. During the winter, I often think about reading, so my inspiration for this trip was pure and simple: BOOKS.

The museum was modern and well-done and led us through a maze of rooms before we got to the actual library. It had to heat in the museum, but none in the library. No wonder the monks of old wore those heavy robes.

The library in this Abbey contains books so old they were made of wood and some were falling apart. I wish I could have climbed the stairs to the upper level, but that was a no-go.

This Abbey was founded in 1093 and was populated by Benedictine monks. It is nearly a thousand years old! I’m sure for many centuries it was a plain monastery until 1714 when it was renovated in the Baroque style that it is in currently. The library ceiling frescoes, painted by Januarius Zick, are considered some of the most important representations of this art form in the Württemberg region. Most monastery libraries held hymnbooks and a selection of other books.
When had a lovely elderly German man told us more history about the Abbey? The monks were driven out during the Napoleonic wars and Napoleon and his army used the abbey for quarters. They had an old uniform from that time and I foolishly forgot to take a picture. The abbey was also used to house soldiers during WW1 and later became a place to house misplaced people during WWII.

Next on the itinerary was the Bad Schussenried Abbey. This Abbey was in a quiet countryside near a quaint little village. Schussenried Monastery was founded in 1183 by Premonstratensian monks. This one is my favorite of the two as it was so light and a little larger than the former.

The books were not on display in this library, but behind the bookshelf, doors have hidden a collection that was, in its day, one of the most extensive. The architecture is a German Rococo. The ceiling painting was completed by Franz Georg Hermann in 1757 and depicts divine wisdom covering the Apocalypse, science, art, and technology.

The following are pictures of the museum and us having fun with the set of angel wings displayed.

We ended the day at the beautiful Wiblingen Monastery Church. The church boasts of owning a display that is said to have pieces of the original cross that Christ died on. It’s most likely a myth, but it’s an interesting idea.

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Gluten-Free for Health

Before gluten-free became a common term, our family was solid gluten-free for two years.  Now, many years later, for health reasons, we are gluten free again.  Sarah Chilton explains why this is becoming so common and why it is not a diet fad.

Enjoy reading her informative article today! Gluten-Free for Health.

“Have you ever considered going gluten-free, or at least cutting back on your gluten intake? I would like to give you a simple glimpse at how a seemingly “trendy” diet can actually bring great benefits to your health.

Many people in the world have sensitivities and intolerances to gluten. This is not just a fad or trendy thing. The symptoms and side effects can range from improper digestion and skin ailments to respiratory issues and infertility. Gluten is a protein composite which can be found in various wheat and other grass-based grains. The reason for the growing popularity in eliminating such an element of our diets could be due in part to the processes applied to our foods. The grains of today is not necessarily as healthy as the grains our great-grandparents ate years ago.

I have to tell you, part of my interest in gluten-free dietary exploration started because I have a few friends with Celiac Disease. To put it bluntly, anything with gluten can give them diarrhea. (Honestly, it is a lot more complicated than that, but for the sake of time, we will leave it at that). Not all gluten sensitivities are severe, but some could actually have symptoms that are worse. Since I love my friends, I decided to be a self-nominated tester of recipes whenever I came across something that proclaimed to be gluten-free, yet “tastes like the real thing.” I never really transitioned completely into a gluten-free diet for myself because I never really considered it a necessity.

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A Map In Search of Self

Sigh… Isn’t life hard sometimes?  This month our theme is self-esteem and you are going to just LOVE this article by Silipa Smith where she gives you the map to find yourself.

“Defining yourself just may be the hardest thing on this Map in Search of Self. Why? Because this is the part where you are uncovering yourself, digging around and searching for pieces of the puzzle that make you who you are. Do not rush this process, and do not take the answers you receive as being set in stone. Your life is a journey, and the person you are today will be different than who you were in the past, and who you may think you may be in the future.” (Silipa Smith)

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Eight Things That Are Not Your Self-esteem

“Mark Twain once said: ‘The worst loneliness is to not be comfortable with yourself.’ Mark Twain was spot on.” And Elizabeth Laumus really hits the nail on the head in her powerful article Eight Things that are Not Your Self-Esteem.  She also reminds us to question,

“We as a society are very confused about what constitutes self-esteem. We are inundated with messages and images on a daily basis that can confuse us if we do not remain strong in our core and recognize these messages for what they are: false.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, self-esteem is: ‘Favourable appreciation or opinion of oneself.’ That definition seems pretty clear so why do we become so confused about this? Why do we measure our self-worth in strange and false ways? Why do we focus on various numbers and digits to measure our self-esteem?”

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Teach Self Esteem to Your Daughters

I’m raising 8 girls (and 2 boys), so I’m living first hand the daily life with a houseful of estrogen.  Donna Bush has a lovely daughter and writes so well the important things to remember to do to teach our daughters how to have a healthy self-esteem. In her article, Teaching Self Esteem to your Daughters, she gives us six valuable tips that mothers around the globe are sure to be grateful for.

“It’s hard to be a girl. If you’ve got daughters, you’re probably well aware that the more things change, the more things stay the same. It’s likely that when you were growing up, you felt awkward and unsure. And today, your daughter is likely to feel that way, too. Self-esteem is something we need to teach, and more importantly, a model for our daughters to help them through their adolescent years, and beyond.We place a very high value on appearance in our society. As bodies change and hormones accelerate, girls can feel uncomfortable in their own skin. But if you wait until puberty arrives to start talking to your daughter about self-esteem, you’ve missed the boat.”

Blender Parsnip Soup

This past year we’ve been using parsnips in our diet more and more.  I was thrilled when Melissa Price shared this blender parsnip soup with us.   Read the recipe: Blender Parsnip Soup

“Smoothies and milkshakes are very popular during the spring and summer months but don’t hibernate your blender just because the weather is colder. For a new spin on how to use your blender while waiting for fresh fruits to come back into season, make some homemade soups. Blending soups make for a creamier and smoother soup texture, and an all-around comfort feel. Tomato, pea, and squash soups are simply made better in the blender. Try roasted parsnip soup to begin (what will be) a new love affair with blending for all seasons. Your blender will love you for it!”

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Putting Joy Back in the Kitchen

“I go through jolts of enthusiasm with periodic slumps of dismay when it comes to my kitchen. This isn’t because I don’t love the kitchen itself, but the things that take place in the kitchen often become boring chores. Getting out of this rut it not always as difficult as you might think, but it does involve a lot of mind over matter positive thoughts and work.” (Sarah Chilton)

Sarah Chilton shares three positive ways to bring back the joy of being in the kitchen and the importance of your role there. How to make it yours, ways to organize your tools, and meal plans. Enjoy reading her inspirational article today! Putting Joy Back in the Kitchen.

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Internet Threats And How They Work

Spending too much time on the internet is not really a good thing. But if you cannot help it or your work depends on it, you might as well learn how to be cautious. There are many internet threats if you just click the wrong link or visit the wrong website.

Sure, there are antivirus and anti-malware available for downloads. Even the free version ones are as effective as the other paid ones. But you should remember that no antivirus is perfect. Sadly, even the best malware-detecting app you have installed can be bypassed no matter how updated you make it.

Know the internet threats

Now, if by some bad luck your computer happens to get infected by a malware, you should at least learn what they can do to your operating system. Some malware does not just disable some of your computing abilities but also spy on you. So try to read as much as you can and learn if the one that got your computer is one of the lesser things you should worry about or the worst.

Internet Threats

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