Pumpkin Time!

Dear Reader, Not all hours are created equal. This week for me has been filled with work. Our team has a big project in December that we already must devote much of our attention to. Even this week, we met for a few hours on Sunday, because we just wouldn’t have had the time to […]

Feelings of Vorfreude

Dear Reader, You know that feeling of anxious excitement you get when you expect something good to happen like an upcoming vacation, first date, or special celebration? Well, the Germans have a word for this– “Vorfreude” or in English “anticipatory joy.” Looking forward to something and expecting it to turn out well can be such […]

When Dreams are a Wake-Up Call

Dear Reader, Did you know that ‘oneirology’ is the scientific study of dreams? While many people are interested in the meanings of dreams, these scientists study the correlation between brain functions and dreaming. My interest in dreams is superficial and not very scientific, however, I wanted to share a dream with you that I had. […]

The Loneliest Humans

Dear Reader, Today I finished watching the most depressing Christmas film of my existence. It is the end of October and out of respect for Halloween and Thanksgiving I try not to start celebrating the Christmas holiday until Black Friday. However, when I was looking for a movie to watch, this German film caught my […]

Displaced Enthusiasm

Dear Reader, Do you ever feel excited about an idea or the start of something new? I get that feeling all the time, but sometimes I feel that I do not always translate that energy into appropriate action. Here’s one example, one of my goals is to learn German. I was listening to a German-learning […]

Buyer’s Burden

Dear Reader, Since the beginning of October I have been seriously considering my Halloween costume. I know that this isn’t the best use of my time and energy, however, I love Halloween too much to not think about it for 31 days out of the year. In my preparations, I have unfortunately experienced strong feelings […]

Little Imaginary Lines

Dear Reader, If my existence could be traced on a map, I’m sure you would see large dots over my home and work and strong lines connecting the two. Then, if you squinted, I’m sure you would see fainter lines connecting me to some places I’m more likely to visit, like my favorite cafe or […]

Cinderella Syndrome

Dear Reader, All work and no play makes Jack a very dull boy. On the scale of work and life, this weekend for me was extraordinarily heavy on the work side. I am currently struggling with graduate school applications and have spent a large amount of time on formulating a research question. I have calculated […]

The Problem with Problems

Dear Reader,  Have you ever been stuck on a problem so challenging that you don’t even know where to begin? Well, I am. I am currently trying to write a research proposal for graduate school applications and it feels like everyone already took all the interesting research ideas. Where to start? Everytime I stumble upon […]

Hello, How May I Accommodate You Today?

Dear Reader, To what lengths will you go to avoid being rude? This might be an odd question, but seriously, think about some of the little things you have done to not be rude. Here are a few of my own examples: A man held the door open for me and I was rather far […]

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