Author: Don Clymer

Where Did My Valentine Go?

Typical village construction in the PalatinateIn September 1717, along with 362 others from the Palatinate in Germany, Valentine Clemmer arrived in Philadelphia. They came in three ships. Valentine brought his son Henrich with him along with...

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Misadventures in the Land of My Ancestors

The Village of Sankt Martin, Germany  “Where are you going?” snarled the woman at me in German. I jumped like being pursued by an angry dog. “This is private property,” she said. “You have no right to be here.”“We are tourists from the USA,” ...

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Hygge: Danish Delight

On Fridays Esther and I take care of our two sweet granddaughters. One is two years old and the other is one and a half. In spite of the fact that they are a joy to be with, after 9 grueling hours of watching them and trying to kee...

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A Meeting With the Bishops and Deacons

It was about 9:00 pm, when out of the blue I received a telephone call. “Hello, my name is (so and so) and I was told you were the contact person for Mennonite Central Committee (MCC),” said the person on the other end of the line. “We are f...

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