Tag Archives: Germany

11 Things To Achieve Greatness

Learn a foreign language early in life Live abroad (we chose Germany) or travel often Attend schools abroad (we chose Germany) Start music lessons as children Be a role model as a parent Learn compassion, understanding, respect Get a good … Continue reading

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Thank You, Mom!

Each April brings reminders of her. I was preparing for my second Fulbright teaching exchange to the former East Berlin. My mother died April 26, 1994, in Colorado so I flew out for the funeral and to help in close … Continue reading

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Better Late Than Never!

Mildly amused but not surprised, I read the translation of my English to German sentence for wearing braces on my teeth. Google  translate offered me a funny example for  “She wore braces on her teeth.”  It seemed pretty straight-forward to me, … Continue reading

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Social Graces

During my years in Germany, I learned about the social graces expected of me. I am speaking of the skills used to interact politely in social situations which include manners, etiquette, deportment, fashion and refinement. Basically, I discovered that being … Continue reading

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Walk a Mile in my Birks

There is an ongoing joke in my family because I have worn Birkenstock sandals since my university days in Heidelberg, Germany. The joke goes that I am the only one my family knows who wears them year-round including during our … Continue reading

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Appreciating a Different Pace of Life

My first trip to Germany was on a turboprop plane with Icelandic Airlines. Our layover to refuel was in Reykjavik, Iceland. The noise of the engines remained in my ears for a couple of days after I landed in Germany. … Continue reading

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How Family Encompasses All Humanity

Timeless family stories are documented everywhere. Our humanity unites us, and we are all more alike than we are different. Every time I travel to other countries, I am reminded of how family love unites and strengthens us. We all … Continue reading

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