Put yourself out there

September 1st, 2015
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I still remember watching our coach tally the votes that the other seniors and I had cast for president of our  high school speech and debate team over a decade ago. I don’t remember what the club president’s roll involved, all I can recall is that I wanted to lead my team. I really wanted to lead my team.

My fingers were crossed under my desk. My backpack was limp by my side—the biggest assignment I had in those first days of school was to write and memorize the speech I wanted to compete with. I’d chosen (and really, this is probably no surprise to this online community) to compose a 10 minute speech about unsung heroes and their impact on our lives.

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A German word we need in English

June 23rd, 2015
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My toddler son, Niklas, is learning German words like “Elefant” and “Schuh.” They’re easier for him to grasp because he’s also attempting the English equivalents.

There is no translation for the German word I want to use, though.

“Gemütlichkeit.”

It sounds like a train chugging up a hill. Clickity clack, clickity clack. The meaning of the word, however, gives you the opposite feel. Gemütlichkeit is like the word cozy, but it goes a dozen step further. Snuggling under a blanket while you sit in a camping chair by the campfire is cozy. Gemütlichkeit is surrounding yourself with close friends, a bottle of beer, s’mores, and lots of happy stories and jokes while you snuggle in your blanket by the campfire.

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Beauty in interrupting your daily routine

April 20th, 2015
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Stand near an elementary school’s doors just as class gets out. Don’t stand too close–you’re likely to get trampled! Kids are dashing to the swing set, the waiting school bus, the soccer field, their moms’ cars, or no where in particular. Coats are getting tugged. Backpacks are flung. Shouts. Squeals. Constant chatter. Just the thought of all that chaos makes me feel a little exhausted. You too?

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