About this Blog
Who Am I?
Favorite Books and Authors
Favorite Musical Artists
About this Blog
As a Missourian teaching English in Germany, I write about differences between USA and Germany. I also write about running and my successes in becoming more organized and productive (and the web apps/programs that help me).
Who Am I?
I am Linden. I am wife, I am sister, daughter, best friend, teacher, colleague, random smiler on the street. I am runner, I am running partner. I am friendly, lonely, loving; I am curious, energetic, dedicated, confused, and searching.
I always become deeply engaged in whatever I’m doing. I am learning to deal with my perfectionism. I doubt myself like you doubt yourself. I am growing. I welcome criticism because it helps me grow. I love Granny Smith, Elstar, and Jazz apples. I love ice cold water after brushing my teeth. I love light purple and I love bright blue skies with fluffy white clouds. I love walking in rain, hearing it, feeling it on my skin. I love laughing deep belly laughs inspired by something or nothing at all.
10 of My Favorite Books and Authors
The Bean Trees
Harry Potter (my favorites are The Prisoner of Azkaban and The Half-Blood Prince)
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
10 of My All-time Favorite Movies
10 Things I Hate About You
The Big Lebowski (All Things Considered interview The Dude)
Kill Bill Vol. 1 & Vol. 2
Kung Fu Hustle
Little Miss Sunshine
The Whole Nine Yards
10 of My Favorite Musical Artists
Silverchair (and the Dissociatives)
10ish of My Favorite Quotes
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. Maya Angelou
Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him. Maya Angelou
It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor. Seneca
Life, if well lived, is long enough. Seneca
Life is full of hard bits. But between the hard bits are the lovely bits. Lily in Eagle vs. Shark
Running is a big question mark that’s there each and every day. It asks you, “Are you going to be a wimp or are you going to be strong today?” Peter Maher, Canadian marathon runner, via Frayed Laces (I think)
To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift. Steve Prefontaine
Inigo Montoya: That Vizzini, he can fuss.
Fezzik: Fuss, fuss… I think he like to scream at us.
Inigo Montoya: Probably he means no harm.
Fezzik: He’s really very short on charm.
Inigo Montoya: You have a great gift for rhyme.
Fezzik: Yes, yes, some of the time.
Vizzini: Enough of that.
Inigo Montoya: Fezzik, are there rocks ahead?
Fezzik: If there are, we all be dead.
Vizzini: No more rhymes now, I mean it.
Fezzik: Anybody want a peanut?
From The Princess Bride
Linden: Do pineapples have vitamin C in them?
Moira: They taste of sunshine: they must have!
Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you. Carl Sandburg
The things that one most wants to do are the things that are probably most worth doing. Winifred Holtby
It’s wonderful what we can do if we’re always doing. George Washington
Winning is important to me, but what brings me real joy is the experience of being fully engaged in whatever I’m doing. Phil Jackson
Some people like my advice so much that they frame it upon the wall instead of using it. Gordon R. Dickson