On Friday I was part of an amazing reading for the latest edition of the Freiburg Review. It was held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, and we traveled throughout the exhibition listening to different readers as we went.

I read in front of this amazing piece.

I read in front of this amazing piece.

And while I don’t think my reading was recorded, I will say that it was spectacular. The poem I read, Sîmir, is one of the most powerful things I have ever written, and to read it outloud was like an incantation. It didn’t hurt that it was also around the lunar eclipse time. [click to continue…]

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5 Reasons I Stopped Hating and Learned to Love E-Bikes

by Rebecca A. Watson on September 4, 2016

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After about six months of riding my bike to work 34 km every day(that’s 21 miles for you non-metric folks), my husband said to me, “Now, you’re a legit cyclist.” While I would say many of my friends would have called me that years ago, most of my friends don’t work in the bike industry, where the definition of a cyclist is much more rigid.

I have spent much of my adult life around people who had an inflexible view of who a cyclist was, from bike messengers without brakes (really?) to road cyclists who spend more on their bike than their car (really.) and mountain bikers who don’t get too riled up about anything except for maybe rude hikers.

Some of us can be real jerks ;)

Some of us can be real jerks ;)

It feels weird to suddenly belong to this group, mostly because I have been a point-A-to-B bike rider most of my life. Sure, I cycled across part of Finland once and rode to the French border to see the Tour de France come through a few years ago, but I have always been an amateur, a dabbler. But I do love riding – always have – so I’m wearing my badge with pride. [click to continue…]

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I was out late on a Saturday night last weekend and saw a group setting up lawn chairs for their sober night out. There is apparently a group here in Freiburg that encourages people who it is possible to have fun on the weekend without drinking.

If I am ever downtown again, I will get the group’s info, because before I could head over there, I got into a discussion about how AA turns people off because it is all about Christianity. While this might be true in some groups, I was lucky enough to get sober in Santa Cruz, where it takes all kinds. I even went to a pagan AA group.

dancing with trees

Because I worship trees, y’all.

But a higher power, or god or spirituality does play into the its message, and while AA might not be what I stuck with, spirituality certainly is a big part of why I got sober and why I stay lucid. I am over the moon to have been able to write about it awhile back on one of my favorite blogs, Mystic Medusa. If you get a chance, please head over and read The Non-Drinking Neptunian. [click to continue…]

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I hate this word: “Refugee”

omar n family July 18, 2016

Awhile back I wrote about how I was working on a project I am really excited about. I live next to a center for asylum seekers, and Germany has been in the news a lot throughout the last year for the number of people it’s accepted from war-torn countries. Why not interview some of these […]

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Four Questions to Ask to Awaken Your Intuition

meet your intuition July 10, 2016

“Intuition is seeing with the soul.” ~ Dean Koontz When I was a kid, I would stand in the shower in the morning and hear these voices in my head. They were quiet, slow, slurred, and they scared the shit out of me. I mean, people who heard voices were crazy, weren’t they? So I […]

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5 Tips for Staying Sober on a Business Trip

woman business trip June 19, 2016

Before I started my new job, I thought my advice for staying sober during vacation was enough for anyone looking to maintain a lucid outlook during a business trip. Sure, there were a few differences, the most notable being that you are there for work, rather than play, but wouldn’t that make it easier? Turns […]

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And all the things in between

ebike commute May 22, 2016

Things in my life have changed a lot in the last many years, and while Mystic Medusa has said that other people’s change is my stagnant, I am wondering when I will be satisfied with it all. And if I could ever be satisfied with something so normal as a job I don’t hate, which […]

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I’m Gonna be on the Radio!

reading change is easy May 3, 2016

A few weeks ago I had a reading for my book, and it went really well. It felt so natural, and helped me to know I am on the right track with this writing thing. Thanks to everyone who came and supported me. It was so much fun! Another cool thing I’m doing that anyone […]

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What Three Years Without Alcohol Gave Me

gift of sobriety April 17, 2016

I celebrated three years without alcohol last month. The date snuck up on me this year actually, which I guess is a good thing. I had other things I wanted to put energy into, but I certainly hadn’t forgot I wasn’t drinking. I had just come off my first business trip/press conference sober. Believe me, […]

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My Reading at the Carl-Schurz-Haus, or Handling an Attack of The FEAR

paint brushes empty April 10, 2016

It’s been a few months since my book came out, and sometimes I forget what a big deal that is for me. A dream of mine for years, it sometimes seems like I just wrote it, published it and then went about my merry way. Like there was no struggle. And like there still isn’t […]

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Work with Me: Transcriber Wanted — Post filled

April 4, 2016

The post has been filled.  Thank you to everyone who applied.    I have had this really rad idea for a new project — in fact, I already started. The problem is that since I’m now rocking a full-time gig, in a German office, where I (attempt to) speak German all day, I am struggling […]

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