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Feeling Like Home

18 Sep 2017 Karina S. Henkel

The town I live in has a huge airport that originally belonged to a military base (people are still mourning that it got shut down in 2011 – it meant so much business and it really brought a lot of color and variety into town). Now we are a boring, cute little town with nothing special going on except for the annual arts fair and the Highlander Games.

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Surviving Hurricane Irma

12 Sep 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Surviving Hurricane Irma My husband is an idiot – but a nice one.

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Stinky - our new Neighbor

4 Sep 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Stinky - our new Neighbor Almost every week, my colleague Jenny entertains us with adorable and funny stories about deer strolling through her back yard, chipmunks playing on her porch, and turkeys knocking on her back door. Yes, seriously, there is apparently one turkey – there are many living close to her house – that...

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My Friend the Ex-Trucker

25 Aug 2017 Karina S. Henkel

My Friend the Ex-Trucker I talked about my friend last year in this post. I admire her so much. At 62 she decided to leave her job as an administrative assistant and to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a truck driver.

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Summer – The Time for Yard Sales

18 Aug 2017 Karina S. Henkel

Summer – The Time for Yard Sales 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.

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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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The Ashes of the Deceased

6 Jul 2017 Karina S. Henkel

The Ashes of the Deceased “Oh, my mother in law is in our basement for more than five years now,” said my colleague, Jenny, in the most casual tone. I had just entered the room and didn’t know what she and Kathy were talking about, but I was sure that Jenny and her husband lived...

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The Grill is Gone

12 Jun 2017 Karina S. Henkel

The Grill is Gone I am Andrew’s second wife. And he told me that when he moved out of the house that he and his first wife shared, all he took with him was his laptop and his grill.

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