Writing Day 2013

Well, hello to all of you who read this, whether die hard regulars or those who visit the odd post here or there. 

Today, is one of those days when I finally worked more on a novel project based in an idea that has been brewing since I was a very young woman. 

The local weather was above freezing.  During these next six weeks here in Northern Germany we will be passing through the tail end of the ‘dark half of the year’ and moving back into ‘the light half of the year’.  I have been through this very many times compared to those my age who have lived here the whole time, but I think I feel it as much as the plants do, which is a lot. 

Dailiness

Wherever one goes in life, it seems to me, that it can be wondrous or dreary.  The same place can be good or bad, depending on numerous factors.  Way back in the 1980s I saw a movie in which one of characters said, “Wherever you go; there you are.”  I believe the film was Buckaroo Banzai.  I think that makes an important point.  That granted, having met a number of people during my life, a lot of people have reported that an individual tends to do better in a location which is well suited to that person.  Some countryside folk move to cities.  Now and then, a person changes nations.  In many cases, a slightly different neighborhood in the same town can provide the solution. 

Preferences can relate to matters of climate, or work opportunities, education or lifestyle – one may well feel most comfortable being ‘normal’ or ‘the odd one’ depending on how one is. 

Everyone knows this, but somehow people can lose perspective.  Perspective loss can happen to anyone, but what triggers it varies.  Luckily, even though it can be lost, proper perspective regarding any situation can often be regained.

Food for thought for today, by the author of:  http://www.amazon.com/Five-Big-Questions-Life-answer/dp/1617208647/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1361999714&sr=1-1&keywords=Five+Big+Questions+in+Life

Failure

This message follows 2 previous attempts to provide material for a blog post.  Given the choice, today I chose daily activities.  Right now, the focus is on failure.  The reason for that is the information covered in the first sentence. 

I don’t have anything wildly exciting to report today, but what I am willing to share is that I have working more on writing nonfiction than fiction recently although I still do both.

Cosmetics

Like most women and most theatre people and ….some of the lads in certain kinds of rock bands, I know a little about using cosmetics.  Also like the majority of people, I do not know that much about them.  I learned most of what I know about it during middle school – when I actually went to a private school.  A lot of the time I went to a public school. 

One of the discoveries I made that freaked me out a bit was when I found that there is a brand of cosmetics called philosophy.  A warning to women: while I am in favor of there being women in the philosophical tradition, sometimes the openings occur when there is even less money in it than there was before, and despite the pervasive importance of philosophy, there is often not much money in it.  Every few decades there are a lot of job openings in it, and nowadays in Asia it is growing in popularity as school curriculum. 

If you are a teenager you love may be interested in philosophy, please click on the link for an introductory booklet designed to cover some serious ground in short order.  By a lady who hoped to teach a lot more than the 30 students she has had so far.  http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Five+Big+Questions+in+Life

Foreign Deities *This is a copy of a comment to another person’s blog

I met Hanuman in England. I was a bit puzzled about how this Hindu deity was making my acquaintance. Being a Christian tradition bound person…I found it ok in most ways but also felt puzzled regarding what this means about ‘the truth about what deity really is or are’. From my spiritual tradition, there is only one deity. ….I studied a lot and ended up re-interpreting this to mean that there is only one divine essence but it can emanate and manifest into multiple forms…I find it challenging to not be tricked into either hypocrisy or religious intolerance. Being a Northern human (a ‘white person’) there are some deities from the genetic ancestors and the local and ethnic cultures. Nevertheless, somehow I met and befriended Hanuman. When I suffer from the illogic of it and the religious tension I came up with a joke…for instance,…as a Christian in India, one might say, “My God is from out of town!” I have never seen a Hanuman temple until I saw your post but was a little surprised because I already knew all the stories your refer to in the post – I learned them in England in the 1990s.

Stereotypes: Germany & the USA etc

Recently I Facebooked a little bit about stereotypes.  I did have some stereotypes about Germans.  I assume that the Germans probably had some about Americans.  Most stereotypes have a grain of truth but do not apply thoroughly to the whole of a culture or people. 

Of course, the scary evil dark side of the Germans is the old 20th century WW stuff: dangerous people shouting a harsh sounding language…and something about NaZis and Jew genocide.  That’s the worst of it.

The less bad but still pretty bad?  No sense of humor, and they try to take all of Europe whenever they find the strength for it.  Still, that same rough language: one that doesn’t sound nice.  They believe in working all the time and are fanatical about punctuality to the point of being ‘politically dangerous’. 

The medium level stereotypes which are a little weird but not depressing or aggravating:  They work all the time.  They over engineer everything.  They are fanatics about detail.  Thorough to the point of a fault.  Weird language with grammar so complex, most of them can’t speak it properly – even with a good education.  For example: one of the few people who could actually use German correctly in the whole of the 19th century was GWF Hegel and almost no one can understand him, partly because he’s brilliant but partly because he made use of the ins and outs of high German grammar. 

They did not take naturally to democracy, and even 1300 years after the arrival of the Christian (and Jewish) message, they still doubt it and either ignore it as if they have lost interest or act like they’re still kicking the tyres – so to speak, to see if they want it. 

Here’s another stereotype of Germans:  this one is Southern: leather trousers in the Alps and yodelling…some lady with the tops of her breasts overflowing her blouse – even though she is at work, and BEER BEER BEER. 

How the ‘they work all the time’ and ‘BEER BEER BEER’ both happen…well…they’re a bit crazy.

Every culture is a bit insane, …I think most countries and cultures have a lot of sanity, but certain forms of dysfunction which are unique to the culture. 

I don’t know that much about stereotypes of Americans.  I heard that Americans are rumored to live on fast food and that back around 1970 some people thought all the Americans were rich, which wasn’t ever the truth, but we do try.  I heard that the English told their young “Don’t go to America; you will get shot.”  That’s really what it’s like there…so, apparently everyone has a gun and is trigger happy.

I had the feeling that in some nations, the Americans might all be believed to be whores.

Stereotypes of Americans abroad:  I think the one I most expect is the loud working class couple who forces American cash on the foreign waiters and only speak English.  If you don’t; it’s on you, not on the Americans. 

Vacation in the beautiful German countryside, and read an English book

Well, around here there are a few people who put together vacation locations.  That means there is the odd hotel, guest house, …they have these places called ‘Feierhaus’ here which I think means the same as what I am about to show you.

Photos and Description of the Verden vacation farmhouse rental

New apartment with balcony, 4 -. 5 people, large garden, free bikes

The in June 2011 asked NEW finished apartment is on the first floor of the farmhouse. It is accessable via an outside staircase with shared balcony. A new, fully-equipped kitchen with a cozy living area, a nice bathroom, a double bedroom and a bedroom (with double bed) in the loft part of the apartment. The large garden play areas are like a sandbox, swings and a playhouse for children. Happy children can get to play the hare. The apartment has one terrace with ample garden furniture, two sun loungers and a barbecue. Car – parking spaces are available. We have a sideline farming with animals such as pigs, turkeys, ducks, geese, chickens, guinea fowl and rabbits. These animals are all kept on pastures and just sleep in the barn. In the yard there is a small but successful farm shop selling our own products, such as meat and meat products from our animals, as well as liqueurs, brandies, Secco, wines, spices, vinegar and oils, pasta flour, etc. (Our guests get 10% on the range, but are no

 
While vacationing in Germany from an English speaking country, luxuriating in some ‘down time’ out of the rat race, you may want something to read.  For those of you who have Kindle ebook reading machines, and a taste for urban fiction – http://www.amazon.com/An-Adventure-in-Indianapolis-ebook/dp/B001F0QG7U.
 
If anyone over age 14 years really wants to have a good think about life, while on vacation, I highly recommend:  http://www.amazon.com/Five-Big-Questions-Life-answer/dp/1617208647/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1361353477&sr=1-1&keywords=Five+Big+Questions+in+Life

Today 19 February 2013

As usual, it is a quiet day in a Northwestern German village.  While out today, I saw 2 flocks of birds pass overhead.  I was not able to get an exact count, but after playing the freebie trial Luminosity online brain training games I knew it was good to ‘try’.  Nowadays, the official brain trainers admit that even a little thing like watching the birds and counting them or listening to the rustle of the wind in the breeze or the noises the neighbors are making are all actually healthy forms of mental stimulation. 

I don’t hear the same species of birds every day.  Some of my assumptions about why birds chirp have started to collapse under the weight of enough observation to realize that only some of it was the way that I had thought it was.  What really happened was that during the past 12 weeks one day while I was out, I noticed the birds chirping a lot in weather conditions which I had assumed would have shut them up, not made them chirp.  Well, I don’t understand what happened, but I really noticed it.  That was local creatures.

Yesterday I heard a rooster a few times, but today I did not.  I did see and hear a few large crows today, but the local pigeons had nothing to say.

Yes, there are pigeons as well as humans both out in the countryside and in the city.  They are also flexible that way.

I studied some German today, and more driving theory for Germany. 

Here’s a big tip…You have probably heard about the beer and the Autobahn.  The recommended speed for the Autobahn is actually about 80mph….which is at least less psychotic than I had feared the Germans are, as a people.