Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Long Time No Write

I started this blog in December with the intention of keeping friends and family updated with the goings-on in my life and to spotlight a bit of what it is like to live in Germany. I have fallen short of that. It is already March and I am just sitting down to write a post. Sometimes life just got in the way. Other times I was busy working on my other blogs. What other blogs? Well, in January author Fiona Robyn held a challenge called A River of Stones and I took part. The challenge: to notice one thing properly every day during January 2011 and write it down. These polished observations are called "stones" They can be just a sentence or a short paragraph. A haiku or poem. Whatever one wants. (A new blog was started to house my stones.) So, I know what you are thinking...why do it? As Fiona says, "Choosing something to write about every day will help you to connect to yourself, with others, and with the world. It will help you love everything you see--the light and the dark, the happy and the sad, the beautiful and the ugly." It's true. On a cold winter morning I found myself admiring the frost covered grass or the gently beauty of newborn pussy willow. Over 350 people across the world took part and a book has now been made with selected stones. One of mine is included and the book can be bought at

Of course, many other things happened in January---New Year's Eve and my 18th wedding anniversary, among other things. At the moment I can't remember all the events. And February brought birthdays, Fasching parades and Weiberfasching. It also marked the start of yet another blog which is more language/literary based. On my current post you can read about another wonderful event--the Lesewettbewerb in which Katarina took part.

Also, one of my pieces was featured on Writing in Wonderland. Check it out here.

I hope to add a post about Fasching in the next few days with some photographs. We currently have a week off from school so I figured there'd be time to get caught up...but you know how that goes. One just fills the time with extra tasks. So no promises on that. In the meantime I thought it best to at least write something here to let you all know I am still alive and intend to get back to this blog soon.

Now I am off to do one of those important 6 to 8 hour tasks...sleeping. Good night, everyone!