Category Archives: Youth

Bewildered

The news reporter stopped me on a busy Berlin street and asked if I had seen her missing O-umlaut. I told her that my Umlaut detector was malfunctioning. Perhaps she should ask the police investigator across the street. I pointed … Continue reading

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Don’t Hold Back

Two of the biggest drawbacks to being shy are holding back and not being assertive. I was a painfully shy boy. Climbing out of the prison of shyness has been a lifelong process of not wanting to hold back on … Continue reading

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Grudges

One of my big personal flaws is the tendency to hold grudges. This is something that was ingrained as a child due to many reasons. For nearly as long, I’ve known intellectually that holding grudges is unhealthy and can keep … Continue reading

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Personal Transformation

During my period of grief over the death of my brother, I felt like a part of me had also died. As the grief blended into acceptance, I felt like another part of me was born. This realization opened my … Continue reading

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Put It Into Perspective

Jonathan asked about the qualities I admire in people. Did my early role models live up to them? Looking my friend in the eyes, I answered that it was a complicated question and to give me a few moments to … Continue reading

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A Close Shave

You may have noticed the title of today’s post and thought this little article might be about a narrow escape from a frightful situation. It isn’t. If you love animated short features like Nick Park’s series of theĀ “Wallace and Gromit” … Continue reading

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Peanut Buttery

The 20th U.S. President, James A. Garfield supposedly once said, “Man cannot live by bread alone; he must have peanut butter.” Yes, there was such a food back then. It can be argued that the ancient Aztecs and Incas were … Continue reading

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