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Our Trip to Montreal

Our Trip to Montreal

21 Apr 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Maine is close to Canada. I think I have mentioned that once or twice before, usually in connection with the weather because I want people to understand what our winters look like.

trip, Canada, Montreal

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There is an Easter also for me

17 Apr 2017 Karina S. Henkel

There is an Easter also for me Two years ago, my first blog post was about Easter in Maine. I can’t believe that I have been writing this blog for two years now. And I still have things to talk about. I just don’t seem to run out of ideas.

easter
Holidays

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Taxo-O-Mania

14 Apr 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Taxo-O-Mania Everybody has to file taxes by mid-April. The deadline is usually April 15th. That sometimes varies, because April 15th can fall on a weekend. But what doesn’t change is that if you don’t file your taxes by then you have to pay a penalty to the IRS.

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Inheriting in America

11 Apr 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Inheriting in America As foreigners we have to be a little bit more careful about paying taxes than US citizens. Maybe we have money on foreign tax accounts or we inherit something from our family back home. The IRS, the American tax revenue service, has some weird rules that apply to those cases.

inherit,inheriting
money

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A Curious Definition of Job Security

7 Apr 2017 Karina S. Henkel

A Curious Definition of Job Security What is job security? And what does it mean in America?

job security,money
work

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Squeaky Voices

3 Apr 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Squeaky Voices Every language has its own sound. You can recognize which language a person speaks even if you can’t understand a single word, just by hearing the sound of the voices and seeing the body language. I personally see the differences of languages especially in women.

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Boys Scouts are not What I Expected

30 Mar 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Boys Scouts are not What I  Expected Today, when I did my weekly grocery shopping, I saw them again. A group of girls were sitting outside the grocery store (in this frickin’ cold) behind a table shouting at every passing customer that they have cookies to sell.

scouts
American Way of Life

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How to Find Support as a Newcomer

27 Mar 2017 Karina S. Henkel

How to Find Support as a Newcomer A couple of months after I moved to Maine I found a German-American group that met regularly on a bi-weekly basis in a restaurant. I can’t tell you how good it was to meet this crowd.

support,immigration
help

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Language and Comma Issues

23 Mar 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Language and Comma Issues 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...

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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