A Life Fully Lived: Loving Hildegard

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AuthorHouse, Oct 26, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 428 pages
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A Life Fully Lived (Loving Hildegard) is the story of an immigrant family. Hildegard, a young university graduate, meets an architect from Germany. They both immigrate to Canada and start their life together as professionals in Vancouver, BC. They try to contribute creatively to their new environment.

Hildegard gives up her profession as a teacher and devotes her time and energy to her family bringing up three children in the turbulent sixties and seventies, the time of draft dodgers, hippies and Jesus people.

After the children left home and she withdrew from her church, Hildegard goes through a period of self evaluation. Searching in feminism, mythology and spirituality she finds her identity as a woman with new visions and responsibilities.

Exploring new territories, she discovers a way to express herself in art

She is drawn to a Mennonite fellowship where she feels valued and accepted and to which she can contribute creatively.

She and her husband share enjoyable and adventurous retirement activities, exploring the beauty and diversity of this world.

At the age of seventy-three, Hildegard is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, unexpectedly for her and as a shock for her family. Her tranquil preparation for dying is moving and amazing for doctors and all those who knew her.

A Life Fully lived, Loving Hildegard, is written by Hildegard's husband in memory of her.

 

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Contents

In Memoriam
1
Meeting Hildegard
3
Leaving Germany
9
New Beginning in Canada
13
Starting our life together
18
Our first employment in Canada
25
Changing Careers
29
Second Thoughts about Canada
33
Metamorphosis
173
New Challenges
182
Exchange teaching
187
Visiting Italy
195
Bielefeld our new home
199
Holiday in Greece and elsewhere
207
More adventures in Europe
219
Retirement
237

Becoming Canadian Mennonites
38
Preserving our heritage
40
Building a new Church
46
For the Love of Music
48
Our first home
52
Searching for new ways
64
OurHauskreis
66
Revisiting Germany
75
Family Activities
82
Getting involved
91
Spiritual Renewal Jesus People
97
Retracing our roots
102
Leaving Sherbrooke
126
St Margarets
130
A place of refuge
138
Challenges in growing up
151
Our new house
165
Closing the circle
240
Early retirement activities
246
The empty nest
260
Oh Canada our home and native land
269
Family events and surprises
293
Meeting relatives and inlaws
299
Becoming grandparents
317
New Discoveries
330
The new Millennium
346
Returning to herFathers House
365
Our last journey
374
The final story
385
Aus Hildegards Liebes Briefen
400
Excerpts from letters of appreciation and sympathy from friends of Hildegard during her illness and at her memorial service
407
Leaving My Fathers House One Womans Journey
409
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About the author (2010)

biography1953 born in Cappel/Lippstadt, Germany since 1995 teaching assignments in Germany, France, Finland, Thailand and England 1997 Research Fellow in Interactive Arts (Media Events), Manchester Metropolitan University1997-2000 work and development of the new phonetic art course of study at Hull College of Art and Design2004-2007 AHRC-Research Fellow at University of Salford, Englandlives and works in Todmorden, England, and in Bielefeld, Germany

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