Wednesday, July 27, 2011


My daughter Amy lived in Germany for a year and a half about twenty years ago. Last week she had a phone call from her friend Jule (pronounced Yul-eh) who lives in Berlin, and who has visited Ocracoke several times. Jule explained that she had had an appointment at the hair salon, and had arrived early. She sat down to wait, and picked up the latest issue of "Brigitte," a popular weekly magazine.

She casually flipped through the magazine. Imagine her surprise when she saw a photo of Fiddler Dave on page 134! It was part of a seven page article about eastern North Carolina and Ocracoke.

Jule sent us copies of the magazine yesterday. The first paragraph of the article even referred to the author's & photographer's visit with our family on my pizer:

"Die kleinen Städte an der Atlantikküste North Carolinas sind gemütlich, die Inseln der davorliegenden Outer banks winzig und die Herzen der Bewohner XXL. Sie laden Fremde auf ihre Veranda ein, teilen mit ihnen Wein und Meerblick und dieses ganz besondere Südstaatengefühl."

My rough translation: The small towns on the Atlantic coast of North Carlonina are easy-going, the islands of the off-shore Outer Banks tiny, and the hearts of the inhabitants XXL. They invite stangers up on their porches, share with them wine, and a view of the ocean, and that extra-special Southern hospitality.

I haven't checked to see if the article is on line, but you could look for it yourself at

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is Lou Ann's story of the Night Blooming Cereus Cactus. You can read it here:


  1. debbie s.10:46 AM

    sehr gut! (very good!)

    meh- 6 years of german and thats the only thing I can think to say - anything else would be highly incorrect!! LOL

    see, you've reached worldwide fame!

    oh, i can also say this: hilfe hilfe den andeckerman sind nach mir!

    which would be (although in poor grammar) help help! the lizardmen are after me!

    i haven't really had the occasion to use it... but maybe someday! Gotta watch out for those lizardmen! :P

  2. Anonymous11:54 AM

    I always say-a little kindness goes a long way...sometimes much farther than we even realize.

  3. Anonymous5:38 PM

    It's truly a "small world afterall"....what a great thrill and surprise to find an article about O.I. featured in a German magazine.

    It just proves once again how special and unique our dear little island is.

    Good job translating the German, Philip!

  4. Anonymous6:50 PM

    Ach du lieber . . . easy for you to say!

  5. Anonymous11:58 AM

    I am still so excited about the article - and the coincidence, because I don't really ever read that magazine.... What fun, and how nicely written it is. The friends I shared the article with asked me "so why did you come back to Berlin after your vacation again....?" Hi to Amy, David and the others! Jule