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Another Year is Over

Another Year is Over

1 Jan 2018 Karina S. Henkel

I have to admit it: Once a year, on January 1st, I lay tarot cards - just for fun – and just for me. It’s my little tradition. Before I lay my cards, I read what I had noted the year before and compare my notes to what actually happened over the past twelve months.  It doesn’t really matter whether the cards were right or wrong. It’s just a little game I play. But I have been doing this now for more than twenty years, and for more than ten years I haven’t had a bad deck once. I do this for fun, but also because I like to remember what has happened in the past year and I want to think about what I want to accomplish in the next year.

New Year

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No Christmas Because of Winter Weather?

29 Dec 2017 Karina S. Henkel

No Christmas Because of Winter Weather? Every child loves it and even many adults want it: a white Christmas. As a child I was always disappointed when there was no snow on Christmas Eve, because that’s the only way a real Christmas was supposed to look.

Christmas,winter,snow
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Americans are Superficial

25 Dec 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Americans are Superficial I have another blog and wrote a post years ago about the common prejudice that Americans are superficial. To make a long story short: they are not! But I still get comments on that post from Germans who are convinced that Americans are not able to connect honestly with others.

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Marital Issues?

23 Dec 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Marital Issues? One day, Andrew looked at me and said, “You don’t think I am funny!” I was a little bit surprised to hear that. We have fun together, we laugh about stuff, but would I have specifically called him a riot or a party clown? Not really.

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But I Love the Grand Canyon

20 Dec 2017 Karina S. Henkel

But I Love the Grand Canyon After spending a day in Las Vegas I was looking forward to the bus tour to the Grand Canyon. The bus was supposed to drive by the Hoover Dam and bring us to the West Rim of the Grand Canyon.  I wanted to get out of the city and see...

Las Vegas,Grand Canyon,Hoover Dam

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You Hate Las Vegas

16 Dec 2017 Karina S. Henkel

You Hate Las Vegas After nine years Andrew can cross one thing off his bucket list: getting his wife to Las Vegas. For years he kept telling me what a fascinating city it is and how much fun it would be for us to go there and explore all the excitement this city offers.

Las Vegas,Grand Canyon,slot machines

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Christmas Is Coming

11 Dec 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Christmas Is Coming This is pretty much the only time in the year when I get a tiny little bit homesick.

Christmas eve
Holidays

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For Two Great Grooms

8 Dec 2017 Karina S. Henkel

For Two Great Grooms I was the maid of honor for my friend’s wedding in Connecticut. It was just great to meet her father for the first time and her mother again. And it was so good to meet my friend’s fiancé.

wedding,language
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The Search Begins

5 Dec 2017 Karina S. Henkel

The Search Begins Andrew and I have been talking about this for a couple of years now – we want a bigger house. Other couples of our age usually downsize in this phase of their life. Their kids are all grown up and going to college and the parents don’t need five bedrooms anymore.

2 bedroom,future home,house

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Squirrels, Chipmunks and other Neighbors

30 Nov 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Squirrels, Chipmunks and other Neighbors I just love watching all the animals that live in our neighborhood. I feed birds and squirrels on my porch, and every Mainer I tell about this is shocked - not about the birds, but about the fact that I feed squirrels.

skunks,squirrels,chipmunks

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Being Politically Correct is Hard for Me

28 Nov 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Being Politically Correct is Hard for Me Columbus Day is a national holiday, observed on the second Monday in October, which officially celebrates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas in 1492. This year several cities and towns in Maine changed the name from Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s day.

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