About not following your passion

Todays assignment: Write about a dream or a goal that you failed to achieve. What went wrong? And how did the experience change you? In 1991 I had studied German and Chinese forever without really feeling passion for any of it. I also had discovered an unexpected passion for something totally different: pottery. Years before […]

Love it or get out!

Todays assignment: Describe a time when you pretended to be someone or something you’re not. “Who and what am I and why am I here?” are three of the main questions that have been asked throughout the history of men on planet earth, and for many of us it takes a large part of our […]

When I grow up I want to be …

Today’s assignment: Imagine what life would be like if you had the occupation you’d wanted as a child. The concept of girls learning a trade or even getting a longer education is fairly new in my family. As far as I know I was the first woman ever going to university. In my family women […]

The bookstores and libraries of my life

Today’s assignment: Write about a library or bookstore that has a special significance to you. Which authors did you discover there? Well, where to start? In my childhood in my little town in northern Germany, we had but one little shop where they sold books. I don’t remember much about it, because we barely ever […]

Most likely to succeed

Todays assignment: Write about your time at high school, about the class clown, the lunch lady, the most popular kid, the teacher who had an affair with one of his pupils or the person who was labeled Most likely to succeed.  Most likely to succeed. What does that mean? I mean, think about it. Is […]