When I think of wealth, a few things come to my mind. I envision fresh flowers in every room. Images of salt-water swimming pools and Spanish-style houses in the sun float through my brain. And I see berries. All kinds of berries.

berries

And since it is hella-hot out there for many of my friends both in Europe and State-side, I thought I would share with you a recipe I have translated and adapted from this German one.

Plus it’s summer, which means berries are in high-supply, so we don’t have to be wealthy to make this fantastic gluten-free dessert. [click to continue…]

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Summer Solstice Service

by Rebecca A. Watson on June 24, 2015

in Creative Writing, facade, Family, holidays, Recovery, Solstice

The rage of a much older woman smolders inside me — an anger so fierce it burned itself into my DNA.

And I’m going to process it. Deal with it.

Release it so this world is lighter for it. And I’m lighter too, my fire free to burn more brightly in my name.

fire

I wonder why my mother or father didn’t do this, but maybe they did what they could. Maybe each generation took a bite of this pie of fury, until finally it reached me with only a slice left. [click to continue…]

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Embracing the Expanse

by Rebecca A. Watson on June 15, 2015

in Creative Writing, escapism, perception, writing

For the past six years I have become obsessed with the notion of empty space. Some might call it a quest for simplicity, but my grandpa’s a farmer so I see it more as weeding fields, clearing plots.

farming

  • From two jobs to one, I created empty evenings.
  • From a one bedroom apartment to three suitcases, I moved into an empty bedroom.
  • From 20 cigarettes a day to none, my lungs breathed more empty air.
  • From monthly interactions with toxic people to rare sightings, I emptied drama from my present.
  • From English to German, I realized how empty my vocabulary was.
  • From bottles of wine to glasses of sparkling water, my body emptied of distraction and depression.
  • From full-time to part-time employment, from countless job opportunities to few, I starved my ego’s desire for notoriety, emptying me of expectation. To a point 😉
Basel

I still want to be a famous writer; it’s feels like what I was born to do.

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Content Living: A 5-Step Guide to Setting Priorities

to do journal priorities June 9, 2015

Last week I was able to spend time with friends I hadn’t seen in a while AND attend my first German wedding! It was awesome, and some of the traditions are very odd. Because I’ve been going for so long tho, I have spent the last few days in bed, sick as a dog. I […]

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33 Things I’ve Learned From Myself

typewriter May 26, 2015

When I first came to, or awakened and realized my alien nature, or became generally more self-aware, or whatever you want to call it, I started writing A LOT more. Before I was probably writing a few pages a month and after I was writing at least a few pages a week, if not more. […]

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5 Things a Trailing Spouse Needs to Thrive

our stuff packed up May 20, 2015

Last night I went to my first reading in Germany. In my attempt to be more of a writer, I’m doing things like submitting my work more often, leading a writers group and hanging out with authors. Cause, you know, that’s what I’ve read we expat authors do. The author? Brittani Sonnenberg. The book? Home […]

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How to Bloom

how to bloom May 12, 2015

What does a girl need to bloom? I’ve been asking myself this question lately, as it’s now May (!) and this year’s mission has been exactly that. I decided to look at it from a flower’s perspective, since when I think of bloom, I see petals outstretched and smell the sweetness only nature can produce. […]

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Polite Tragedy

woman looking down May 7, 2015

Cross to the other side of the street Decline help with heavy groceries Turn — walk the other way Chain the door when that voice in your gut roars. Like this:Like Loading…

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10 Animals Who Inspire You to Stretch

swan stretching May 4, 2015

I don’t like to stretch before I work out. I do it because I know I should, but I don’t enjoy it. Once in a while I do a P90X stretch routine though. It’s an hour of stretching, which seemed excessive to me at first, but every time I do it, I feel like a […]

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13 Great Quotes About Friendship

friends quotes April 30, 2015

It’s my good friend Amy’s birthday today, and since I can’t bake her a cake and have her over for coffee and knitting, I thought I’d put together some quotes about friendship. “A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently […]

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4 Myths About Germany

shopping with dog April 27, 2015

It never fails. Every time I talk to a friend back in the U.S. or we meet up with colleagues passing through from America, I hear some fantasy about Deutschland or the German people. Not that I blame them. I had a lot of these same ideas before I moved here as well. But now, […]

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