I dearly love Ira Glass’s work for This American Life. His story telling has compelled me listen to the same episodes of the show over and over again. The stories never get old to me because he tells them so well.
I think I’m an alright storyteller, but the thing is this: I have a good enough ear for good stories to know that my own are nowhere near as good as I want them to be. They’re nowhere near as good as they could be.
That’s why this two-minute clip from Ira Glass on Storytelling resonates with me. Are you a creator of something? Do you know enough about your field to know that your work isn’t there yet — but that it could be?
Check out this video clip. Ira might give you just the inspiration you need to keep moving forward when you feel like quitting — when you aren’t as good as you could be.
Frühlingsfest, or Spring Fest, is a lot like Octoberfest in Munich, but on a smaller scale. There’s a carnival with games, rides, and fest foods, and there are big beer tents that serve traditional German food and liter pours of beer. We had a midday reservation for ten people at the … Continue reading
I recently had the opportunity to guest post on the Automated Housing Referral Network (AHRN)’s blog. The series is seven posts long, and covers a variety of aspects of budgeting for your family’s PCS to Germany. I hope you’ll check out the entire series, but that you’ll also read, share, … Continue reading
Moving overseas with the military means that you have to consider things that aren’t part of a domestic PCS. Because OCONUS PCSs can get expensive, the Automated Housing Referral Network (AHRN) invited me to do a series of guest posts for their blog on budgeting for a PCS to Germany. The series broken out … Continue reading
Germany has been such a fascinating place to live during Lent and Easter. I’ve written already about many of the German Easter traditions (see bottom of this post for links), but today I want to talk about the German tradition of Easter bread wreaths. My research (and by “research”, I … Continue reading
Happy Easter from Germany! It’s Easter Sunday here in Bavaria, and we’ve had a weekend full of family, food, baking, and Easter egg-dying. Easter, and the renewal it represents, is my favorite part of the Christian calendar. Every year, I find myself thinking about how blessed I am by the … Continue reading
I love trying out new things, so Easter season at German bakeries is a time that’s ripe with opportunities to indulge my curiosity. Easter is an important time in German culture, both socially and spiritually. Schools take a week off, and many families take a long vacation the week of Easter. Of … Continue reading
One of the best things about blogging is meeting — and learning from other bloggers. Last weekend was my first bloggers’ meet-up in more than two years, and this wasn’t just any meet-up; it was a meet-up of American bloggers living halfway around the world in Bavarian Germany. Betsy (a.k.a. @JavaCupcake) … Continue reading
The seven-part series of posts I wrote for the Automated Housing Referral Network are gradually going live. Each week, AHRN publishes another post on their blog about how to budget for an overseas PCS in the military. The fourth post in the series is all about how to plan and budget … Continue reading
We spent a nice four-day weekend in Innsbruck, Austria with friends, recently. We wandered the Altstadt, had Nepali and Thai food, and enjoyed some sunshine. While the rest of the crew skied on Saturday, I took Small Shaw with me on a long run along the Inn River. It was … Continue reading
The seven-part series of posts I wrote for the Automated Housing Referral Network are gradually going live. Each week, AHRN publishes another post on their blog about how to budget for an overseas PCS in the military. The third post in the series is all about budgeting for European electricity … Continue reading
The seven-part series of posts I wrote for the Automated Housing Referral Network are gradually going live. Each week, AHRN publishes another post on their blog about how to budget for an overseas PCS in the military. The most recent post in the series is all about budgeting to bring … Continue reading
Last night, a fascinating job offer arrived in my inbox, uninvited. A startup founder in Berlin offered me a position doing something I’d be good at, at the intersection of technology, writing, and international business — three areas of distinct professional interest. The potential was inspiring, but when they found out … Continue reading
Germany is a country of festivals and markets, or (auf Duetsch) Feste und Märke. With each new season comes a new series of fests or markets to explore, and spring is no exception. Once Fasching is behind them, Germans spend their weekends looking ahead to spring — and more specifically, to Easter — … Continue reading