Today’s writing prompt is the perfect excuse to revisit the post about my raft book collection.
I’m not big on collections. I used to be. I had all sorts of collections. If I saw something I liked, I would start a collection. Until I felt that I was surrounding myself with things just for the sake of surrounding myself with things, and I got rid of most of them. Continue reading
Posted in Books, Nature, Sports, Uncategorized, Vacations, Writing Prompt Responses
Tagged adventure stories, book collections, books, raft books, rafts, survival stories, writing prompt adrift
Yesterday I discussed Habitica, an app that I find not just helpful, but fun to use as an incentive to improve my mental and physical health. Today I’ll discuss the other three, as promised. Continue reading
Posted in Consumption, Healthcare, Sports
Tagged breathing apps, Calm, exercise apps, fitness apps, health apps, meditation, relaxation apps, sleep apps, sleep stories, Sworkit, wellness apps, workout apps, yoga apps, Yoga Studio
This is what I dreamed last night.
I was in a school gym, remembering how we would be made to run laps around a gym just like that in high school in the Netherlands. And I remembered that I could. I’d be tired, and I’d be protesting loudly like any self-respecting un-sporty teenage girl should, but that’s all. And I resented–in this dream–that I can’t run for two minutes now without having a gimpy knee for the next two weeks (this is real; I ran for two minutes last weekend, and now it hurts when I walk down steps). Continue reading
Posted in Dreams, Education, Emigration / Immigration, Healthcare, Holland, Politics, Society, Sports
Tagged America, American dream, conservatism, construction, dreams, Dutch, education, emigration, health, humor, immigration, opinion, politics, prudishness, sports
The other day I was talking with an elderly man while we were both waiting at the garage for our tires to be fixed. He told me his son is a football coach and a teacher—I don’t know what subject he teaches. He worked at a charter school for years until it went under recently. So a little while ago he worked as a substitute at a regular public school for a week. A public school here in Austin in what’s considered a good neighborhood, so it’s a reasonably well-rated school. Continue reading
Posted in High School, Sports, University
Tagged college football, Dutch P.E. teachers, education, football, high school football, opinion, Paterno, Sandusky, seksuele kindermishandeling, sexual child abuse, sport op Amerikaanse scholen, sport op Amerikaanse universiteiten, sports, sports in American schools
Maybe the biggest difference between the Dutch and the Americans is the American need for patriotic display. The only time the Dutch wave the national flag or play the national anthem (instrumentally–most people don’t know the lyrics past the first three lines) is during an international soccer game. Here in America you can’t turn your head without seeing some form of the red-white-and-blue spirit.
Posted in Politics, Society, Sports
Tagged American national anthem, Amerikaans nationalisme, Dutch national anthem, emigration, immigration, national identity, national pride, patriotism, vlaggengekte