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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A Trip to Bruges

bruges smallest bridge March 28, 2016

It’s been a bit insane lately, and I won’t bore you with details. Instead I’ll show you photos of an afternoon in Bruges I had all to myself before a work event. I know a lot of Americans might be nervous about coming to Europe, particularly Belgium, right now. But I disagree. It’s no more […]

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Before You Move to Canada …

shit happens small March 6, 2016

I read that after the results came in for Super Tuesday, that lovely event where the public weighs in on who it wants its presidential nominees to be, many people were thinking of moving to Canada. Apparently internet searches for how to move to Canada from the U.S. went up 1000%. And I get it. After […]

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Will the “Functioning” Alcoholics Please Stand Up?

alcoholics February 28, 2016

Earlier this week I attended a presentation in a series about spirituality – the spirituality in question on Tuesday was yoga, and the woman speaking (a friend of mine actually) was also a recovering alcoholic. Naturally her spirituality played into her recovery and her recovery allowed her to be more spiritual, so she spoke about […]

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23 Things to Ask Instead of “What Do You Do?”

conversations February 21, 2016

After reading something a few years back, I made up a rule for myself. Whenever I met someone new, I would try to ask five questions about them before I asked what they did for a living. Now, as easy as that might sound, it was actually harder than I thought it would be. It […]

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Will Germans Hate Hyphens?

typewriter February 14, 2016

As I wrote a few posts ago, I’ve started as the editor of a magazine in which I am the only native English speaker. This presents all sorts of challenges, and I thought I would start writing about them a bit. Disclaimer: I will be writing about grammar and language. This means I will inevitably […]

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Pros and Cons of Quitting Drinking

cristmas kitsch February 7, 2016

I used to keep a journal of my new years resolutions and goals for every year. And one year, along with the usual “drink less” or “care less about my drinking” or some form of not drinking resolution was a list of pros and cons of drinking. I am kind of stunned at how different […]

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