My Original Face: My Personal Zen Koan

On this date in 1883, my baby Grandma Hoffmann (then Louise Frederika Wilhelmina Strieter!) boarded a ship along with her widowed mother, headed for Chicago via Castle Gardens in NYC — there being no Ellis Island yet. They came from a tiny medieval village called Affalterbach in Schwabenland, (near Stuttgart, Germany); their Christianity was still heavily laden with Norse tree worship.

What did my face look like on that day??

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