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Who Am I?
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Favorite Quotes

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.

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10 of My Favorite Books and Authors

The Bean Trees
Harry Potter (my favorites are The Prisoner of Azkaban and The Half-Blood Prince)
Les Miserables
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings
Rebecca
Sula
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

Flannery O’Connor
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Mark Twain

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10 of My All-time Favorite Movies

10 Things I Hate About You
The Big Lebowski (All Things Considered interview The Dude)
Drowning Mona
Juno
Kill Bill Vol. 1 & Vol. 2
Kung Fu Hustle
Little Miss Sunshine
Napoleon Dynamite
Pulp Fiction
The Whole Nine Yards

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10 of My Favorite Musical Artists

Adele
The Beatles
Coldplay
Kanye West
Maynard Ferguson
Mozart
Mute Math
Paul McCartney
Silverchair (and the Dissociatives)
Vivaldi

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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


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