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A Tale of Two Seeds

Posted: Monday, July 28th, 2008 @ 3:23 pm in Health, Language, Nutrition and Diet | No Comments »

My friend minkymomo raved about the nutritional qualities and general tastiness of pumpkin seeds. So I stopped at a well-stocked health food store and picked up a package of shelled pumpkin seeds. But they looked grey. So I put them back on the shelf. But she said I should get some. So I picked them […]


Posted: Thursday, February 14th, 2008 @ 4:13 pm in Expat, Nutrition and Diet | No Comments »

I recently found this ad in my local newspaper. It’s for a new restaurant called Megaschnitzel. It entices you with this promise: Offer: Whoever can eat the XXL-Hamburger/Cheeseburger in 50 minutes, gets it for free! XXL experience in food- and drink- related matters. Be one of the first! Book a reservation! Sigh. The Germans are […]

Misled and Deceived. By Cornflakes.

Posted: Sunday, January 27th, 2008 @ 10:05 pm in It's Different When I Do It, Nutrition and Diet | No Comments »

My friends Andreas and Eva recently gave me a book, Vorsicht Supermarkt! Wie wir verführt und betrogen werden (“Beware Supermarkets! How We are Misled and Deceived”). It is a wonderful tour through the various departments of a typical supermarket (the authors are describing German supermarkets but the descriptions sound just like the American ones I […]

The Weight

Posted: Friday, August 25th, 2006 @ 4:06 pm in Mind/Body | 3 Comments »

I hear many people talk about their battles with body fat as if an unpleasant guest has moved in and won’t move out. Or they’ve gotten rid of it and they’re hoping it won’t come back. This guest is known as “the weight”. “When I get the weight off…” “I’ve kept the weight off for […]

The Fantasy

Posted: Monday, July 3rd, 2006 @ 5:47 pm in Self-Image | No Comments »

Nothing can change the past. There is no time machine to take me back and allow me to change my childhood. No person can make up for what I lacked as a child. There is no Prince Charming to sweep me up on his white charger and take me off to a far better life.