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Summer – The Time for Yard Sales

Summer – The Time for Yard Sales

18 Aug 2017 Karina S. Henkel

I  get all excited whenever I see a self-painted sign hung up on a tree, saying that there is a yard sale (or garage sale) nearby. I am so happy when I have time to stop by these funny sales. But every time I see a sign like that and I can’t go there, I am deeply disappointed.

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Living on Disability

14 Aug 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Living on Disability Coming from a country with a strong health care system and Social Security, I was quite worried about what would happen to me if I shouldn’t find a job in the US. And even worse: what would happen if I couldn’t find a job and Andrew would lose his ?...

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The American Way to go for a Walk?

11 Aug 2017 Karina S. Henkel

The American Way to go for a Walk? It was a beautiful evening after work. My friend called me and wanted to meet with me. I said, “Do you know what? We live in this gorgeous area and I spend most of my time either in the office or at home.

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Working in August

8 Aug 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Working in August People don’t get much vacation here - at least not according to my definition. But there seems to be a tendency for most people to take their meager vacation days in August and December. Right now, at work, I keep getting out-of-office-messages and my email box generally is refreshingly empty...

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Driver’s License at Sixteen

3 Aug 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Driver’s License at Sixteen Oh, when I moved here, I was terrified to see all these kids driving a car. Boys that looked as if they were only twelve years old were passing me on the highway, and I watched them, horrified, driving their cars, convinced that they would cause an accident any minute.

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How the Government Shutdown in Maine Affected My Vacation

31 Jul 2017 Karina S. Henkel

How the Government Shutdown in Maine Affected My Vacation Andrew works for the State of Maine. It’s a great job with interesting people. To work with and for politicians, though, has its own challenges. Politicians are their own class of people and the dynamics of politics influence not only its employees’ work life, but also their private life.

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Politics

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Bathing Suits in Paris

27 Jul 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Bathing Suits in Paris When I visited the beaches in Maine for the first time, I was a little bit surprised by what men were wearing when they went into the ocean to swim. Women wore bathing suits and bikinis, but to me it looked as if the men went fully dressed into the water.

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Entering the US from an Islamic Country

24 Jul 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Entering the US from an Islamic Country It’s just something you should be aware of when you travel into the US now. The US government has installed new safety regulations for travelers. And some of these rules state that every traveler, entering the US from an Islamic country, has to go through more security checks.

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Explaining America to Family and Friends

17 Jul 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Explaining America to Family and Friends It’s impossible. There are so many pictures, prejudices, and information (false and correct) floating around that there is no way that I could ever explain what and how America is. And for some people it is also hard to grasp how different America and the Americans are depending on the...

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Different Countries – And not so Different Insects

13 Jul 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Different Countries – And not so Different Insects In the US there are a couple of corners where you can find insects and animals that are truly dangerous for humans. Poisonous snakes, alligators, biting and stinging bugs are not rare in the warmer areas of the US. And let’s not talk about other dangers like earthquakes, volcanoes, and cyclones.

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Go Figure: Prejudices are Stupid

10 Jul 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Go Figure: Prejudices are Stupid 30 years ago I had a few bad experiences with a certain airline. They were unreliable and chaotic – and these words are, in my opinion, still a very nice way to describe what I thought about them back then.

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