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My Bad! Language Barrier

For those who don’t know, I’m an American living in Germany; an expat who still hasn’t mastered the language…or in my case, still is juggling the articles, das, der, and die. Since living here, I’ve had a bad habit of saying, Ja (Yes) to everything people say. Occasionally I’ll let them know my German isn’t [...]

Ten Signs You’re Getting Old

1) You do a short low-impact cardio workout, and you’re unable to move for several days. Yes, this recent phenomenon happened to me. I thought about upping my game when it came to workouts because the weather has been so horrible. A 20-minute at-home workout sounded great to me. The next morning, it felt like [...]

Much To Learn About Our Ancestors

"In 1806, the Roman Empire was dissolved. The territories of southern and western Germany, most of them greatly enlarged by Napoleon, joined the CONFEDERATION OF THE RHINE in 1806." I’ve really been getting into genealogy and history. While looking into my own ancestors, I’ve also been watching a few shows regarding genealogy, history, and travel. [...]

Glass of Water

Stilled from inactivity,lying on the bed.A glass of water at my bedside,the only reminder             I wasn’t dead. Its grace in opposition with the person I once wasUnable to touch it,watch the wavelets dance aroundor feel droplets tickle my tongue. Alcohol, my foe,Seduced taste buds, numbed limbs,before I saw the headlights,            ultimately punishing my sins. [...]

First/Opening Lines of Fiction Novels

A Repost from 2016. The significance of first opening lines is crucial for fiction novels. As Stephen King has stated, “An opening line should invite the reader to begin the story. It should say: Listen. Come in here. You want to know about this…It's a quick introduction to the writer's style, another thing good first [...]