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An Advent Surprise

And so it begins

When Damian started calling his siblings by name in spring, I made a recording for posterity just because it was so darn adorable. In the following months, his vocabulary expanded but the level of adorableness stayed consistently high so I kept recording. I thought about putting some clips online for people to hear but eventually just handled that idea like so many others in my life, which is to say that I put it on a list so that I could regularly feel vaguely guilty about not doing anything about it (hello inbox!). Months passed.

But as Advent approached, inspiration struck. As a special Advent gift to all of his fans across the world, I present Damian's Favorite Things, a 2014 Advent calendar and audiovisual journey through Damian's world. Each day from now until Christmas Eve, a new image and accompanying audio clip will be revealed. To hear the clip, just click on the image. For families with young kids and tablets, load up the page and let the kids tap around until you can't stand to hear Damian's voice anymore (impossible!).

I wish you all a blessed and peaceful Advent. Enjoy the calendar!

Damian's Favorite Things

November 30, 2014 | Comments (2)

All Souls'

Last weekend the kids and I took the number 71 tram out to the Wiener Zentralfriedhof for the first time. It's a beautiful place and I could have spent hours wandering around but unfortunately we arrived just an hour before closing and there were children to be chased around as well. We saw most of the famous composers' graves just off the main alley (Schubert, Beethoven, Strauss, Brahms) and then tried to visit the church, which was unfortunately closed. On the way out, we found Viktor Frankl's grave in the old Jewish cemetery and I was glad that we did. The simple, unadorned grave in the more densely wooded and slightly overgrown section of the cemetery left a much greater impression than the ornate graves on well-worn paths.

On the way to Frankl's grave, the stone pictured below caught my eye. The inscription reads "Work - Duty - Love" (Arbeit - Pflicht - Liebe).

Arbeit - Pflicht - Liebe
November 02, 2014