Interkulturelle Frauen Gruppe?

A few years ago when I first came to Germany, I managed to either befriend or to at least become friendly acquaintances with another woman. She was the only person in my German lessons who had an even higher level of education than myself. Another lady was at about the same level.

She was encouraged to or manipulated into founding a women’s group to help try to make friends with some other women. It took a while for about a year and maybe as many as two it worked as a monthly gathering.

When she left the country a few of us agreed to keep it going but I don’t know if it has survived more than a year after she left.

This is my 4th Summer in Germany and I am finally not suprized by the weather.

Themed Blogging July 2014

Today’s blog post is personal.

Recently, I have read online that employers increasingly search the social media to learn more about candidates and how, due to this, people need to be more cautious about what they post. If you think about it, this is a bit like just switching the youth over from being cautious because the Internet is full of strangers to telling people to be careful because of – the attitudes of those who may have the power to pay them could adversely effect them if they are not careful.

How do I feel about this? I have mixed feelings. As a child and young woman I was adjusted to being reserved in most circumstances. During my 30s and 40s I have grown much more likely to relax and be a bit more open and relaxed with people I have not known for many years rather than only opening up to a rare, special person. I don’t feel it was always wrong to be reserved and cautious, but even at a workplace – for me, in a good job fit, I think I would not feel so constrained. To the extent that that is true, I feel that professional presentation and the matter of ordinary personal expression as a private person are not a big concern in a good job fit or where the organizational culture is well suited to me.

So far, I have worked in large companies, medium sized ones and small ones. I tended to feel as if the chief executives were so far removed as to seem like they were mere mythical beings who resided in a kind of fairy land populated by expensive sports cars, suits, with high quality but also very pricey wine and cigars. They weren’t anyone I would ever meet in person.

In stark contrast, in small businesses, I really liked knowing the head of the company directly and personally. In those situations, instead of any kind of “problems with authority”, I tended to just work by helping out someone I liked and respected who knew more about something and was better at getting money from other people than myself. The boss was someone who would help make sure I got financially included, instead of just left out. I was grateful for the protection and the help, because for some reason that is hard for me, even though I have many other skills and am willing to learn and have even more skills.

I have worked for myself sometimes. In some ways I make a good boss, but if you see the problem mentioned in the previous paragraph, I feel like that has been part of the problem as a boss. I feel like if I were better at being my own boss I would be better at making sure I get paid well. If I got paid well, I don’t think I would ever work for someone else’s company as an employee again. There may be a few exceptions, but in general, I would not need someone else to be my boss if I am good enough of a boss to make my company functional enough that I earn a decent living working for the customers.

Early Blogging

The Sun has passed it’s xenith and is waning again. Dawn arrived right around 4am. I know because for some reason I was already awake.

In yesterday’s blog I forgot to include the month of November in the USA as a highlight of the year, which it was, along with everything that I did share with you.

Perhaps someday the social conventions will change and people will write “I wrote you the other day” instead of writing “I told you the other day via text or Twitter or Facebook or Tumblr etc.” meaning it was in writing.

I have started a very small and totally informal but real volunteer project locally in an effort to do something for local Germans. It does not include me socially very much, but I have had 2 chats and 15 hellos as a direct consequence so far.

I did get out today, related to a work opp which I hope is for real, which sounds crazy but since coming to Germany I have received false offers of work multiple times – including from American companies who can hire me long distance but told me they hired me but then would not go through with the finalizations so that I could actually do the job. Yes, there is weird energy about this.

Themed Blogging?

Those of you most with me, in terms of following the blog have noticed that it has become inconsistent lately. There is a bit of a structural problem in that just a couple of months after I began getting it together for themed daily posting, to be a little more professional, I suddenly became less consistent. I don’t understand it either, but given what I have observed elsewhere, it may well be, my learning process.

Today has been a pretty good day for me. There is some hope of improvement in a couple of areas of my life, or relief from intensified difficulties that occurred starting in 2012. 2012 and 2013 were not total “wash outs” but instead of things continuing to improve after 2011 in many ways it really got worse. The high lights of 2012 from the perspective of 2014: A nonfiction booklet got published, I had time with my son in person on a daily and weekly basis; much of the time I had health insurance; my health was good most of the year; my German improved; I met a few people by teaching a little English.

The highlights of 2013 from halfway through 2014: I still got to have time with my son regularly; I finally re-wrote the first novel I ever wrote; I finally got my Germany based Intl. driving license; I was able to get enough help to not be forced out of the country for the 3rd year in a row; I found another alternative means of getting the novel that Alethia gave me a contract to publish but never released published after more editing and a new cover design, and a title change. My health was good.

Reminders and Rehashed Ideas

This is not simply another case of propaganda. People should also be aware that some people are allergic to marijuana, and that others suffer from paranoic feelings -certainly worsened wherever it is illegal.

Legalization with hopefully a 21 year old age of ‘legal recreational consumption’ would hopefully help protect consumers through the use of the same kinds of safety regulation standards found with other products.

Many home growers legitimately complain of having the government interfering and I don’t blame them if they want to just grow a few plants out back in the garden, but for industrial mass production, given the truth of the story at the top – the safety of regulating standards is highly appealing.

Another Thor’s Day – no “donner wetter” at the local level

Those living in the Western world or using the same calendar and so on, know today as Thursday. Some are aware that the days of the week, like many of the planets, in Eurocentric culture have been named after old gods.

Well, like most of you, I have also noticed that the subjective quality of life can change a lot. Various external and internal factors have been found to be influential so far. To those older than myself I am younger and to the many younger I am older. Everyone who has already been middle aged, has been through this part already, but they went through it with a different “Zeitgeist”.

As an aside, Zeitgeist is one of the few German words I learned outside of Germany in a special context. Like so many German words, when translated it becomes and entire phrase. Zeitgeist is simply the spirit of the times. The energy is pervasive, affects people individually and is somehow undeniable and ephemeral at the same time. Unlike many other German words, Zeitgeist is not a very long word.

Well, the times have changed and attitudes about the old gods are quite diverse. My personal opinion is that Thor is one of the most successful old gods, because he has had the comic book for decades and now, in the 21st century, the movies have spread a bastardized version of some of the stories. The basic nature of the main deities in the films was presented relatively accurately.

The simple version is that Thor is the big powerful good white guy. He is honest and really warm hearted with plenty of compassion and strong enough to “make NO mean something when confronted by the bad guys”. We had no thunder where I am today.