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Language and Comma Issues

Language and Comma Issues

23 Mar 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Andrew forwarded me this article and I had a ball! It is a really fun article about how the use or misuse of a certain comma could cost a company a lot of money. The story was published nationwide, but I really recommend reading this specific article because the author made a dry topic into a very fun story. Believe me, after this article you will never forget what an Oxford comma is and what it is good for.

language
American Way of Life

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Beware of Your Credit Score

20 Mar 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Beware of Your Credit Score This was something I was well aware of when I moved here: I needed to get a good credit score in order to become a fully valuable person in American society. If you have a bad credit score banks won’t give you bank accounts, credit cards, or loans in case...

credit score,credit card
money

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Maine is Famous for its Artists

17 Mar 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Maine is Famous for its Artists And I decided to become one of them! (Well - just kidding)

Art
Maine

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Working in Retirement

14 Mar 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Working in Retirement I wrote in my  August 2016 post about my 74 year old friend who was desperately looking for a job. A couple months ago she found  two part-time jobs: one for the weekends and the other one for the weekdays. Now she works 36 hours over  six days a week.

retirement
work

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Americans and Their Flag

9 Mar 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Americans and Their Flag Last week I visited a class that was organized by the Maine Department of Labor. I sat there listening to what the instructor had to say about the duties of safety officers. Suddenly I noticed that I had been staring at the American flag for at least ten minutes.

American flag
American Way of Life

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Living in America: A Dream, Indeed!

3 Mar 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Living in America: A Dream, Indeed! I didn’t move to the US because I believed that I could live my dream here. I was happy and quite content in Germany – I had my friends, good jobs, the safety I so much cherished and my family.

American Dream,dreams come true
American Way of Life

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Dance 'till You Drop

28 Feb 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Dance 'till You Drop There is this funny bar in Portland: Bubba’s Sulky Lounge. The first thing you notice when you enter is the original decor. Someone must have raided all of Maine’s antique shops in order to get the very unique and sometimes very funny stuff that you find in this dance bar.

age,disco
American Way of Life

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No Country for Foreigners?

24 Feb 2017 Karina S. Henkel

No Country for Foreigners? It was a bit unsettling for me when Donald Trump’s executive order to temporarily ban people from seven countries from the US went public. At first, even green card holders were denied entry into the US.. Up until that day I felt pretty safe with my green card.

foreigners
Politics

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Finally Among Rude People Again!

21 Feb 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Finally Among Rude People Again! I have a friend who lives in Connecticut now. But we met in Maine six years ago when we both moved in August, 2011 from Germany to the US. She is a green card winner from The American Dream and connected me with this great company.

Boston

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Working in my Pajamas

18 Feb 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Working in my Pajamas This is so awesome! We had a big snow storm here. This time it didn’t hit us on a weekend, but on a Monday. Yes, that always means a lot of snow blowing and shoveling (no matter which day of the week the snow storm comes) but that also means...

snow storm
work

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The German Way to Comment on Games

12 Feb 2017 Karina S. Henkel

The German Way to Comment on Games I never noticed it until Andrew showed me a video on YouTube. He and all his friends thought it was hilarious, but I couldn’t see what was so funny about it until he explained it to me.

New England Patriots,Miami Dolphins,american football
sports

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