President Bush is in East Germany visiting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) ahead of the upcoming G-8 summit. I lived in East Germany for two years, including nearly a year in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, where President Bush is visiting Merkel in her native region of Germany. He is visiting Rostock, Stralsund, Heiligendammer Seebad, and Trinwillershagen. I have spent considerable time in Rostock and Stralsund but have not been to Heiligendammer Seebad or Trinwillershagen.
We welcomed a new addition to our family on Saturday, July 8. Katherine Sarah Fowles was born at 7:05 a.m. and weighed 6 lbs. 10 oz. She had been so active in the womb that the umbilical cord was wrapped around her body, circling her neck (!) and wrapped in an "x" across her chest. But she was happy and healthy and mother and daughter are doing wonderfully.