Advice to Writers of Any Age

Many years ago in my early days of blogging, while out on a walk with my son, he made a comment at that time which left a big imprint. It was quite a learning experience, not only for me as a parent, but for my writing as well.

Now more than ten years later, he works as a professional writer in London, and he sent me this.

Years ago as a young man my mother asked me to help her with an entry for her blog by taking photos. Though I don’t remember it well, I for whatever reason was annoyed enough by her request to say ‘Das liest doch eh keiner’ (German for ‘nobody will read that anyways’). As callous as the statement was in hindsight, my mother later told me that my bit of blunt honesty made her less self-conscious and restrained when expressing herself online.

Given how much of our communication online these days is scrutinized and policed by other users, the unintended impact my words had are perhaps more relevant than ever. Too often are we afraid to express our true selves for fear of repercussion. Too often are we worried about what other people will think or say.

If we don’t express ourselves as we are, though, then how can we really hope to ‘know ourselves’ as old adage from the oracle at Delphi goes? The more our lips are sealed, the heavier the burden of truth lays on our shoulders. The truth shall set you free.

Write, then, as if nobody will read it.

Speak, then, as if nobody will listen.

Express yourself.

First Snow on the Faroe Islands in 2020

My friend Mariann, whom I had visited on the Faroe Islands in 2008, sent me this photo with the note attached ‘First snow this year’ on 19 November 2020.

I had visited the islands in May of 2008, but I imagine a visit in winter would be just as magical.

On a slightly different note: When I told students I’d be going to the Faroes (short for: Faroe Islands), they all heard Pharaohs. When I asked them to locate it on the map, the islands founds themselves in the weirdest locations. We had some fun with this geography lesson.

Happy New Year 2020

My new year started off by receiving this traditional Korean ‘Luck Pocket’ called Bokjumeoni (복주머니). There is no better way than starting it off with something so bright and promising.

Lucky Bag Korean style (복주머니)

Happy New Year to everyone out there!

Hard work puts you there where good luck can find you.

Lufthansa Possibly on Strike November 2019

If you are affected by the possible Lufthansa strike on 7 and 8 November 2019, or any future strikes, please refer to this website with your booking code.

https://www.lufthansa.com/us/en/flight-information

Korean Café Haeah in Oberursel

On 11 May 2019, Café Hae ah opened its doors in Oberursel. It is located in the Rosengärtchen shopping carree (next to the Korean supermarket Handok).

It is not only a café, but also more like a bistro serving a few lunches. We had Steak Pasta and Jeyuk Bokkeum (제육볶음), which is spicy fried pork.

Steak Pasta

Both dishes were really good, but the Steak Pasta really took me in. I’ll be back for more soon.

Service in Korea usually has to be super fast. Well, this one isn’t… yet.

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