Monday, October 29, 2012


Once upon a time, I heard a nice presentation about how the academic disciplines build upon and are related to one another in a nice circular fashion - something like mathematics - physics - chemistry - biology - psychology - sociology - philosophy - mathematics.  So here are two great cartoons, stolen from Sans Science and xkcd:  [first one disappears on occasion, so go here for Academic Purity]

XKCd purity philosophy social science biology chemistry theoretical physics applied mathematics
Another Version - Obviously Done By A Mathematician

Here is another one from xkcd - tangential but way too true!

University Website

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


I set aside an entire post on the Belvedere - Vienna because it is probably my favorite among the many places we visited on our Educational Field Trip.  Do spend some time at the links given because I cannot begin to cover all of the great art housed at the Belvedere.  First, as you can see, it is a magnificent building, with two baroque palaces and lovely gardens. 
As we entered the grand foyer, there was a wedding couple being photographed at the top of these stairs - turns out that the Belvedere is open for wedding celebrations.  Pretty special place I would say!
Ceremonial room in the Belvedere

There are so many wonderful pieces of art at the Belvedere that it is nearly impossible to do justice to the collection - so I will simply post a few items that are among the hundreds by artists such as Klimt, Shiele, and others of the Viennese Secession, Schindler, Monet, Manet, Renoir, and Messerschmidt to name just a few, and the collections from the medieval to contemporary.  Again visit this link to get the feeling for the entirety of the collections.  So we will begin with possibly the most recognizable painting, The Kiss by Klimt.

The Belvedere collection of Gustav Klimt's work is the largest and demonstrates the breadth of his styles, going far beyond the style of The Kiss, Judith and Judith II -Salome.  Klimt's work can be seen at this Artsy site and at the  Virtual Klimt Museum.

Allee im Park von Schloss Kammer 1912

Lebensbaum II

The works of Egon Shiele are also very fascinating, and here are three of his paintings. {they seem to have disappeared}

Verleger Eduard Kosmack
Verleger Eduard Kosmack - 1910

Sonnenblumen I

Sonnenblumen I - 1911
Tod und Mädchen

Tod und Mädchen - 1915
Zweiter Schnabelkopf
Ein absichtlicher Schalksnarr
Here is Napoleon am Großen St. Bernhard by Jacques-Louis David - 1801
Napoleon am Großen St. Bernhard
And to close, a Vincent van Gogh - Ebene von Auvers - 1890
If you travel to Vienna, do not miss the Belvedere.


After partaking of our final breakfast at the Mercure, we all packed up and checked out, leaving our bags at the hotel for the day as we headed out to see more of Vienna.  Our morning was spent was spent touring the Stephansdome, Saint Stephan's Cathedral, Vienna's mother cathedral.  The group gathered for a photo at the Stephansplatz that is adjacent to the church and considered the center of Vienna.

After lunch, the group split in two, with one visiting the Albertina Museum and the other the Dritte Mann Museum.  I headed off solo to visit the Naturhistorisches Museum to assess its relevance to students in the program.  Briefly, it is an impressive facility with most of the typical displays found in museums of natural history, but with an exceptional collection of rocks, minerals and gems, an interesting display of dinosaurs, and a quite fascinating presentation of karst and karst water systems.  If you google karst water and click on images, you will see some amazing subterranean photos.

At the end of the day, we made the return trip to Moore Haus, tired but filled with memories.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


On Thursday, after another hearty breakfast, we headed to the Stift Kloster Neuberg, an Augustinian monastery dating back to the 12th century.  There are nice pictures and further information at the link provided above.  After the tour and perusing of the gift shop, we were able to sit on the balcony that is adjacent to the building shown below, and enjoy the sun of a lovely afternoon and the pleasant food served by the kloster cafe.  Naturally with all of that green grass, some of the students were soon engaged in frisbee and in the playground designed for smaller children - but alas, children will be children!!
After spending much of the afternoon partaking of the sun, food, views and great weather, we wended our way back to Vienna and the hotel.  Diagonal from the hotel was a Chinese restaurant that Sophie, a Chinese student in our program, recommended - so Herr D and I had dinner, and Dr. Lerner joined up for tea.  It was indeed a fine repast.
Friday morning - another nice breakfast and the departure for Scloss Schönbrunn - beautiful fountain castle - and the Imperial Palace "summer" home of the Habspurgs.  Visit the link for a nice tour.

After an interesting guided tour, we hopped back on the U-Bahn and headed to Station Kettenbrükengasse for lunch at the Naschmarkt - what a place!  Dozens of food stands and dozens of restaurants to choose from - one could truly nosh ones way through the Naschmarkt.  Some folks were interested in seafood, others Italian, otheres ....., but I chose a simple salad, knowing that my caloric intake in Vienna was exceeding my caloric output. 
After folks filled themselves, we headed back to the U Bahn for a trip to and tour of the Kapuzinergruft - The Imperial Crypt.  Does not sound too interesting, but it was indeed fascinating to see the accumulated burial sarcophagi of so many important historical figures - Habsburgs dating back to the 1600's.

After wandering the crypt, we broke into two groups and our group visited the Sigmund Freud House.  Not really much to show or to say other than the guided tour that we had made the visit very worthwhile.  One bit of trivia that I learned was that Freud smoked about 20 cigars a day, which pretty much explains his oral cancer!

The last stop for the day was the Belvedere Museum -  my favorite.  So that will be the tease for Wien Part 3, coming soon.

Monday, October 22, 2012


Russell Means passed away today, and to many Americans, the thought is Russell Who?  In the early 1970's our small group of young marrieds invited three members of the American Indian Movement to join us for an evening of conversation, and as I remember the three were Russell, Dennis Banks and Vernon Bellecourt.  We learned a lot that evening, but I had the distinct impression that they felt that young white folks could simply not understand their perspective and what they were trying to accomplish.  Over the years, I loosely kept track of Russell and AIM.  Many folks, including other first peoples groups, did not approve of the tactics of Russell and AIM, and there were even charges and counter charges of treachery and murder - see details at the AIM link.  Regardless, Russell has had a lasting impact on his community and the nation, although there is certainly a long way to go in transforming the conflict between the Native Americans and 'second peoples.'  Be sure to check out the link to his website and also read his obituary here. I would copy it, but there is a fairly stern warning at the end about copyright and republishing. {The New York Times does not have such a harsh rejoinder, so it is copied below}

From Russell's family:  October 22, 2012
Hello our relatives. Our dad and husband, now walks among our ancestors. He began his journey to the spirit world at 4:44 am, with the Morning Star, at his home and ranch in Porcupine. There will be four opportunities for the people to honor his life to be announced at a later date. Thank you for your prayers and continued support. We love you. As our dad and husband would always say, “May the Great Mystery continue to guide and protect the paths of you and your loved ones.”
The wife and children of Russell Means
444 Crazy Horse Drive
Pahin Sinte, Republic of Lakotah

October 22, 2012

Russell C. Means, the charismatic Oglala Sioux who helped revive the warrior image of the American Indian in the 1970s with guerrilla-tactic protests that called attention to the nation’s history of injustices against its indigenous peoples, died on Monday at his ranch in Porcupine, S.D., on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. He was 72.
The cause was esophageal cancer, which had spread recently to his tongue, lymph nodes and lungs, said Glenn Morris, Mr. Means’s legal representative. Told in the summer of 2011 that the cancer was inoperable, Mr. Means had already resolved to shun mainstream medical treatments in favor of herbal and other native remedies.
Strapping, and ruggedly handsome in buckskins, with a scarred face, piercing dark eyes and raven braids that dangled to the waist, Mr. Means was, by his own account, a magnet for trouble — addicted to drugs and alcohol in his early years and later arrested repeatedly in violent clashes with rivals and the law. He was tried for abetting a murder, shot several times, stabbed once and imprisoned for a year for rioting.
He styled himself a throwback to ancestors who resisted the westward expansion of the American frontier. With theatrical protests that brought national attention to poverty and discrimination suffered by his people, he became arguably the nation’s best-known Indian since Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse.
But critics, including many Indians, called him a tireless self-promoter who capitalized on his angry-rebel notoriety by running quixotic races for the presidency and the governorship of New Mexico, by acting in dozens of movies — notably in a principal role in “The Last of the Mohicans” (1992) — and by writing and recording music commercially with Indian warrior and heritage themes
He rose to national attention as a leader of the American Indian Movement in 1970 by directing a band of Indian protesters who seized the Mayflower II ship replica at Plymouth, Mass., on Thanksgiving Day. The boisterous confrontation between Indians and costumed “Pilgrims” attracted network television coverage and made Mr. Means an overnight hero to dissident Indians and sympathetic whites.
Later, he orchestrated an Indian prayer vigil atop the federal monument of sculptured presidential heads at Mount Rushmore, S.D., to dramatize Lakota claims to Black Hills land. In 1972, he organized cross-country caravans converging on Washington to protest a century of broken treaties, and led an occupation of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. He also attacked the “Chief Wahoo” mascot of the Cleveland Indians baseball team, a toothy Indian caricature that he called racist and demeaning. It is still used.
And in a 1973 protest covered by the national news media for months, he led hundreds of Indians and white sympathizers in an occupation of Wounded Knee, S.D., site of the 1890 massacre of some 350 Lakota men, women and children in the last major conflict of the American Indian wars. The protesters demanded strict federal adherence to old Indian treaties, and an end to what they called corrupt tribal governments.
In the ensuing 71-day standoff with federal agents, thousands of shots were fired, two Indians were killed and an agent was paralyzed. Mr. Means and his fellow protest leader Dennis Banks were charged with assault, larceny and conspiracy. But after a long federal trial in Minnesota in 1974, with the defense raising current and historic Indian grievances, the case was dismissed by a judge for prosecutorial misconduct.
Mr. Means later faced other legal battles. In 1976, he was acquitted in a jury trial in Rapid City, S.D., of abetting a murder in a barroom brawl. Wanted on six warrants in two states, he was convicted of involvement in a 1974 riot during a clash between the police and Indian activists outside a Sioux Falls, S.D., courthouse. He served a year in a state prison, where he was stabbed by another inmate.
Mr. Means also survived several gunshots — one in the abdomen fired during a scuffle with an Indian Affairs police officer in North Dakota in 1975, one that grazed his forehead in what he called a drive-by assassination attempt on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota in 1975, and one in the chest fired by another would-be assassin on another South Dakota reservation in 1976.
Undeterred, he led a caravan of Sioux and Cheyenne into a gathering of 500 people commemorating the centennial of Gen. George Armstrong Custer’s last stand at Little Big Horn in Montana in 1876, the nation’s most famous defeat of the Indian wars. To pounding drums, Mr. Means and his followers mounted a speaker’s platform, joined hands and did a victory dance, sung in Sioux Lakota, titled “Custer Died for Your Sins.”
Russell Charles Means was born on the Pine Ridge reservation on Nov. 10, 1939, the oldest of four sons of Harold and Theodora Feather Means. The Anglo-Saxon surname was that of a great-grandfather. When he was 3, the family moved to the San Francisco Bay area, where his father, a welder and auto mechanic, worked in wartime shipyards.
Russell attended public schools in Vallejo and San Leandro High School, where he faced racial taunts, had poor grades and barely graduated in 1958. He drifted into delinquency, drugs, alcoholism and street fights. He also attended four colleges, including Arizona State at Tempe, but did not earn a degree. For much of the 1960s he rambled about the West, working as a janitor, printer, cowboy and dance instructor.
In 1969, he took a job with the Rosebud Sioux tribal council in South Dakota. Within months he moved to Cleveland and became founding director of a government-financed center helping Indians adapt to urban life. He also met Mr. Banks, who had recently co-founded the American Indian Movement. In 1970, Mr. Means became the movement’s national director, and over the next decade his actions made him a household name.
In 1985 and 1986, he went to Nicaragua to support indigenous Miskito Indians whose autonomy was threatened by the leftist Sandinista government. He reported Sandinista atrocities against the Indians and urged the Reagan administration to aid the victims. Millions in aid went to some anti-Sandinista groups, but a leader of the Miskito Indian rebels, Brooklyn Rivera, said his followers had not received any of that aid.
In 1987, Mr. Means ran for president. He sought the Libertarian Party nomination but lost to Ron Paul, a former and future congressman from Texas. In 2002, Mr. Means campaigned independently for the New Mexico governorship but was barred procedurally from the ballot.
Mr. Means retired from the American Indian Movement in 1988, but its leaders, with whom he had feuded for years, scoffed, saying he had “retired” six times previously. They generally disowned him and his work, calling him an opportunist out for political and financial gain. In 1989, he told Congress that there was “rampant graft and corruption” in tribal governments and federal programs assisting American Indians.
Mr. Means began his acting career in 1992 with “The Last of the Mohicans,” Michael Mann’s adaptation of the James Fenimore Cooper novel, in which he played Chingachgook opposite Daniel Day-Lewis and Madeleine Stowe. Over two decades he appeared in more than 30 films and television productions, including “Natural Born Killers” (1994) and “Pathfinder” (2007). He also recorded CDs, including “Electric Warrior: The Sound of Indian America” (1993), and wrote a memoir, “Where White Men Fear to Tread” (1995, with Marvin J. Wolf).
He was married and divorced four times and had nine children. He also adopted many others following Lakota tradition. His fifth marriage, to Pearl Daniels, was in 1999, and she survives him.
Mr. Means cut off his braids a few months before receiving his cancer diagnosis. It was, he said in an interview last October, a gesture of mourning for his people. In Lakota lore, he explained, the hair holds memories, and mourners often cut it to release those memories, and the people in them, to the spirit world.

Saturday, October 20, 2012


With a seminar title like that, one is likely to draw a crowd - and it did.  The full title of the presentation was "Is Obama the Antichrist?  The Rise of American Fundamentalist Anti-Liberalism" by Dr. Matthew A. Sutton, Professor of History at Washington State University.  Sutton is spending the year at University College Dublin as a Fulbright Scholar, and a part of his duties is to give seminars around Europe.  He spoke at the Heidelberg Center for American Studies and was introduced by Dr. Jan Stievermann who is part of the collaborative efforts of the HCA with the Pepperdine program in Heidelberg.

Matt started the seminar by answering the question re Obama - "No."  He went on to add that he believes today's fundamentalists/evangelicals see Obama as a sign, or precursor to the soon-to-come antichrist.  Matt gave a very thorough and engaging summary of the rise of fundamentalism, from the publication of The Fundamentals: A Testimony to the Truth to the changing nature of the relationship of fundamentalists with government.  Fundamentalists have always espoused a small government that does not interfere with their lives, and early on were very much committed to that principle, to the point of being considered un-American because of their lack of support for the First World War.  This changed by the time of the Second World War, and as they became more involved in both the political and cultural scenes, their zenith was the election of Ronald Reagan as President.  Reagan was a person who understood their theology, who apparently agreed with their world-view, and who certainly spoke their apocalyptic language, e.g. Russia being the evil empire.  Although they considered W their man in the White House, he did not live up to their expectations.  Naturally the election of Obama, who many fundamentalists believe is a foreign-born Muslim, signals another step toward the rapture, the end of the world battles, the Reign of Jesus, etc.  Paradoxically, they long for the return of Jesus but seem intent on crushing the very person who they believe is a sign of the coming tribulation.  Similarly, they are Zionists not because of their fondness of the Jews but because the re-gathering of the Jews in Israel fulfills the prophecies for the end times, in which of course they will all be slaughtered along with all other non-believers.

My perspective is that it is interesting to note that fundamentalists believe in small government for those outside the fold but want government on the side of those inside the fold.  They first were supportive of separation of church and state and now espouse basically a theocracy.  I asked Matt how the fundamentalists became anti-intellectual, anti-science and particularly anti-evolution, and his first response was that he did not really feel that they were anti-intellectual.  He said that over the decades, they had withdrawn from the public educational scene and became cloistered in their own educational system.  As Matt continued to develop his answer, he mentioned a colleague of his who was banished from the fundamentalist system because of his academic views on evangelicalism, and at that point Matt changed his answer to say that yes, they are anti-intellectual.  I later learned that his colleague is Randall Stephens who along with my friend Karl Giberson authored a book entitled "The Anointed - Evangelical Truth in a Secular Age."    I believe that this book and this unflattering assailing of fundamentalist in the New York Times [The Evangelical Rejection of Reason] are fundamental to the fact that they are both no longer affiliated with Eastern Nazarene College.

In case you are wondering how it is all going down:

Friday, October 19, 2012


Having spent nearly 20 years at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, it is still my 'home' institution even though I have warm feelings for other places such as Los Alamos and Pepperdine.  The campus Communique just published some pictures of Fall at UCCS, and they are so nice that I thought I should share.

Hard to beat.....


On Wednesday evening, we enjoyed a concert by The Heidelberg Philharmonic Orchestra at the Stadthalle.  The evening's program was:

Jean Sibelius - Finlandia − Symphonische Dichtung op.26
Edvard Grieg - Konzert für Klavier und Orchester a-Moll op.16
Carl Nielsen - Symphonie Nr.2 op.16 »Die vier Temperamente«

Klavier-  Lauma Skride
Musikalische Leitung -  Jorma Panula

I am familiar with the first two pieces but did not know the Nielson - it was quite nice.  The orchestra is very good, playing with both technical expertise and emotion.  The guest pianist for the Grieg piece was also competent and emotive.  The acoustics of the hall are very good and it was amazing how quiet the German folks are for such performances - they even held their coughs for the time between pieces!  The Grieg and Neilson are linked above, but because Finlandia is definitely a favorite, here are two videos - one orchestral and one vocal that uses the familiar melody from the latter part of the orchestral version.  Enjoy!

This is my song, oh God of all the nations,
a song of peace for lands afar and mine.
This is my home, the country where my heart is;
here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine;
but other hearts in other lands are beating
with hopes and dreams as true and high as mine.

My country's skies are bluer than the ocean,
and sunlight beams on clover leaf and pine.
But other lands have sunlight too and clover,
and skies are everywhere as blue as mine.
This is my song, thou God of all the nations;
a song of peace for their land and for mine.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


Early on the morning of Tuesday October 9, the 46 students, Herr Daugherty, Herr Lerner and I boarded the bus and headed to the Frankfurt Airport.  Our flight arrived in Vienna, Austria shortly after noon, on time.

The bus ride into the city was not too long, and included a loop around the "ring" or ringstraße.

We then wended our way the the Hotel Mercure, our home for the following four nights.  The Mercure was quite nice, fairly quiet, close to the Westbahnhof, and had a breakfast buffet that got the day started on the right foot!  Eggs, bacon, sausages, fruits, juices, breads, meats, cheeses, cereals, yogurt, and a couple of things that I could not identify.  
The Westbanhof is just around the corner from the Mercure, so all of our city explorations started here.  The bahnhof also has numerous shops and eating places including a McDonald's.  Each of us had a Wochenkarte - weekly pass - which made riding the public transportation very easy.  After getting settled in at the hotel, we headed to the Mozarthaus for a tour and then on to the Augustinerkeller for a nice schnitzel dinner.  Be sure to click on the Augustinerkeller link to view some great pictures of the restaurant, food, and hands of an incredible accordion player.
On Wednesday, after a hearty breakfast and lots of Viennese coffee, we headed to visit the Kunsthistorisches Museum and the Leopold Museum.  We split into two groups, and divided the morning and afternoon between the two museums.  There is abundant information about each museum at the links provided, and below are among my favorite pieces - a Bruegel (there are many) at the KHM and a Hokusai from the LM:

Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Children’s Games, 1560, oil on panel, 118 x 161 cm (Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria)
Katsushika Hokusai, Unter der Welle bei Kanagawa, aus der Serie: 36 Ansichten des Berges Fuji, um 1830 © Sammlung Leopold II
Everyone was on their own for dinner, and in the evening we gathered at the Hofburg for a Strauß and Mozart Concert.  Herr Daugherty has the Program Notes with information about the six guest vocalists, and I will add that information asap.
Hofburg Redoutensaal
The Program
Johann Strauss "Rosen aus dem Süden" (Roses from the South)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart "Nun vergiß‘ leises Flehen" / "The Marriage of Figaro"
Solist:  Oskar Hillebrandt
Wolfgang A. Mozart "Sagt holde Frauen" / " The Marriage of Figaro"
Solistin: Elena Suvorova

G. Puccini "O mio babbino caro"  "Gianni Schicci"
Solist:  Kayo Hashimoto

Giuseppe Verdi "E stravo"/La Traviata"
Solostin: Ella Tyran

Gaetano Donizetti "Der Liebestrank" (Elixir of Love) " Nemorino’s arie"
Solist:  Bohan Choe

Johann Strauss"Frühlingsstimmen Walzer" (Voices of Spring)
Solistin: Andrea Olah

Johann Strauss "Vergnügungszug" (Pleasure Train) (Polka Schnell)

Johann Strauss"Ich lade gern mir Gäste ein" (I Always Feel Beholden) / "Die Fledermaus"
Solistin:  Elena Suvorova 

Johann Strauss "Im Krapfenwaldl" – Polka

Johann Strauss Duet from "Wiener Blut"
Duett:  Andrea Olah, Oskar Hillebrandt

Johann Strauss "Tritsch-Tratsch" – Polka

Josef Strauss "Feuerfest" - Polka française

W.A. Mozart "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen" ( A girl or a woman) / "The Magic Flute"

W.A. Mozart "Papageno – Papagena"

Johann Strauss "Brüderlein-Schwesterlein"/"Die Fledermaus"
Solisten:  Alles

Johann Strauss "An der schönen blauen Donau" (Blue Danube)

Andrea Olah - Sopran
Ella Tyran - Sopran
Kayo Hashimoto - Sopran
Elena Suvorova - Mezzo-Supran
Bohan Choe - Tenor
Oskar Hillebrandt - Bariton

Monday, October 15, 2012


I am going to temporarily skip over the recent Educational Field Trip to Vienna [that will be a long one] and make a brief entry about the European Molecular Biology Laboratory [EMBL] located here in Heidelberg.  Some of you may know nothing about molecular biology but still recognize the unique principle building on the EMBL campus.

To see EMBL's location in relationship to Pepperdine's Moore Haus, look at the map here [satellite view] and follow the winding roads to the north and look for Johannes Hoops Weg.  Follow that all the way through the woods until the left turn on to Klingenteichstraß, which then crosses Neueschloßstraße/Graimbergweg where the Moore Haus is located.  I walked this route once and not counting the wrong turn, it takes about 1.5 hours, and I jogged it once in about 45 minutes.  That's each way.  Fortunately there are some bus routes that go there!
Utilizing the bus, I visited the labs today, for seminars on Aneuploidy in Cellular Adaptation, Drug Resistance and Cancer and Systems-Level Effects of Aneuploidy on Yeast Cell Biology and the Evolutionary Adaptation of Fungal Pathogens to Their Hosts.  I can provide links to the abstracts if you want more information :-)  Also happened to meet the fellow who runs the flow cytometry facility, Alexis Gonzalez who is Cuban.

Saturday, October 06, 2012


It has been a while since I posted some music for no particular reason other than I like the songs - so here are a couple.  Heads Up - The first has some powerful indictments of lying men, and the second video is a bit too 'mooshy' for me - but I like Chapman's version.  Thus - recommendation for both is just listen to the music :-)

They say a woman's a fool for weeping
A fool to break her own heart
But I can't hold the secret I'm keeping
I'm breaking apart

Can't seem to mind my own business
Whatever I try turns out wrong
I seem like my own false witness
And I can't go on

I cover my ears, I close my eyes
Still hear your voice and it's telling me lies
Telling me lies

You told me you needed my company
And I believed in your flattering ways
You told me you needed me forever
Nearly gave you the rest of my days

Should've seen you for what you are
Should never have come back for more
Should've locked up all my silver
Brought the key right to your door

I cover my ears, I close my eyes
Still hear your voice and it's telling me lies
Telling me lies

You don't know what a chance is
Until you have to seize one
You don't know what a man is
Until you have to please one

Don't put your life in the hands of a man
With a face for every season
Don't waste your time in the arms of a man
Who's no stranger to treason

I cover my ears, I close my eyes
Still hear your voice and it's telling me lies
Telling me lies

When the night has come and the land is dark
And the moon is the only light we see
No, I won't be afraid, oh, I won't be afraid
Just as long as you stand, stand by me
So darling, darling, stand by me, oh, stand by me
Oh, stand, stand by me, stand by me

If the sky that we look upon should tumble and fall
Or the mountain should crumble to the sea
I won't cry, I won't cry, no, I won't shed a tear
Just as long as you stand, stand by me
And darling, darling, stand by me
Darling, darling, stand by me
Whenever you're in trouble
Won't you stand by me, oh, stand by me

Wednesday, October 03, 2012


While visiting KenBob and Ann in Michigan, I saw an amazing TV ad by Geoffrey Fieger.   However, more than a trial lawyer who represented Jack Kevorkian, Fieger is an outspoken critic of right-wing nuts and blinkered Republicans, and apparently personally pays for his TV spots.  For more about Fieger, check out In My America.

Monday, October 01, 2012



The Haus at Graimbergweg 10 was built by Prof. Endermann
After World War I it was home to the Schmitthelm family
During World War II, the Haus was inhabited by families from nearby Mannheim who were displaced by the war.

After World War II, the Haus became the property of the United States Army. It was used by the CIC (a precursor to the CIA) for interrogations and to monitor Communist party activities.
Heidelberg, Germany was established as the first international "Year-In-Europe" program site at Pepperdine.  Students participating in the first two years of the program lived in hotels and pensions in the Alt Stadt (Old Town) of Heidelberg and attended classes at the Amerika Haus.


Pepperdine purchased a permanent site for the program under the leadership of J.C. Moore Jr.
In the fall the site was named Moore Haus after Mr. Moore, and the program moved into its present day location.
1980The "tower annex" was added to the house, allowing room for 6 additional students
In September Freunde von Heidelberg was establishedFreunde was set up to provide services to alumni and organize reunions in Germany, to provide historic restoration to the Moore Haus, and to support and encourage the current Pepperdine students spending the semesters in Germany.
In May, the 100 Year Anniversary Celebration at Moore Haus took place inviting past residents, faculty and friends back for the festivities

I will now make a confession - most of these photos were shamelessly copied from Steve Rouse's blog, taken when he was the Malibu campus faculty person in Heidelberg.

View From The Street - Many Steps!!

The Gate At The Street
Note all of the buckeyes on the landing!
Ohio-Native Rhonda would love it.

 Climbing The Stairs
And this would be after a long walk up the hill from town!

The Second-Level Landing

Second-Level Lobby
Stairs go up to student quarters and door is to stairway that goes down to first-level offices, kitchen and dining/study/lounge area

Another View Of The Second-Level Lobby
The door on far left leads into the library/computer room; the double doors in the middle lead into the reception room; the door on the right leads to the faculty apartment.

The Reception Room
For studying, piano and guitar playing, and gatherings such as house church.

The Reception Room

The Reception Room

Faculty Apartment
The kitchen is the first room after entering the apartment.  The bathroom is off of the kitchen, to the right of the sink.

Living Room
This is the second room, adjacent to the kitchen.

Living Room

Off of the living room, with windows facing toward the city.


Faculty Apartment Patio