Thoughts

I’m not an American, but this is what I have to say about this:
I couldn’t be more against how the election went, and I retweeted a lot of things of people speaking out against the results and I have grieved on behalf of many American people.

But now, and it’s only a day later, I came to accept the results.

So I hope.

I hope that people don’t lash out at each other, no matter how different their opinions, but accept one other, spread understanding and love and support. I hope that the new president-elect will be a good president for men, women, Blacks, Whites, Asians, Hispanics, for people of every nationality, for Christians, Muslims, Jews, for people of every religion, for straight, gay, trans, bi people, for people of every sexual orientation, for the young and old, work workers as well as leaders. I hope future politics can be build on support of all people, can stick up for the rights of all people, and serve all people equally.

Needless to say, and yet I will say it once more, the elections did not go the way I hoped they would, and let me stress this again: I am not an American, and yet I feel so passionately about the results, and it affected me deeply. But if I can take the liberty to say this: Americans, do not despair. Fight for your rights, and freedoms, and liberties, and needs and wants and dreams. There are a great many people supporting you, in your own country and outside of it. Remember that while this was and is pretty bad, it is nothing that hadn’t been there before in similar shapes and forms. So embrace love, and support, and friendship and acceptance, and you will be fine. We all will be fine.

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Book Talk: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Hi people,

hope all of you have been coming along just great recently. I’m back from my vacation, tired as never and hiding away mostly somewhere with a cup of tea and a nice read. The last book I finished only this morning was Betty Smith’s masterly written A Tree Grows In Brooklyn.

Instead giving an old boring review, I want to share my favorite passages, or those who made me smile the most, or those who spoke to me in one way or another. Without much further ado, here are the ones that stayed with me the most:

“All of us are what we have to be and everyone lives the kind of life it’s in him to live” (102)

“A person who pulls himself uo from a low environment via the bootstrap route has two choices: Having risen about his environment, he can forget it; or, he can rise above it and never forget it and keep compassion and understanding in his heart for those he has left behind him in the cruel up-climb.” (147)

“The astonished cop looked up. She blew him a great kiss. For a split second, he thought it was some love-starved old-maid teacher gone crazy. Then his native masculine conceit assurred him that it was one of the younger teachers who had finally screwed up enough courage to make a passionate overture. He resonded to the occasion, blew her a return kiss with a ham-y fist, tipped his hat gallantly and sauntered off down his beat whistling “At the Devil’s Ball.” “Sure I’m a divil amongst the ladies,” he though. “I am that. And me with six kids at home.” (157)

About finding arrowheads: “The searched for half and hour and found none. Johnny recalled that as a boy he hadn’t found any either. […] Papa confessed that maybe it hadn’t been an Indian cemetery at all, maybe somebody had made up that story. Johnny was more than right because he had made up the whole story himself.” (172)

“It was a good thing that she got herself into this other school. It showed her that there were other worlds beside the world she had been born into and that these other world were not unattainable.” (176)

“It takes a ot of doing to die.” (220)

“It doesn’t take long to write things of which you know nothing. When you write of  actual things it takes longer, because you have to live them first.” (326)

“What had Granma Rommely said? “To look at everything always as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time: Thus is your time on earth filled with glory.” (476)

“But the tree hadn’t died…It hadn’t died.” (493)

Let me know what you think about the book (if you’ve read it), which of the quotes is the speaking to you the most, or just genereal thoughts you might want to get out there. Can’t wait to hear from you,

Love,
Debby

Edition used: Smith, Betty. A Tree Grows In Brooklyn. Harper Perennial, 2005.

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my summer in pictures

Hi guys!

I’ve seen a fair few pretty and beautiful things this summer, but here are just a couple I liked most. I don’t want ramble on, this post is all about visual impressions.
Enjoy!

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my favorite flowers = sunflowers

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fine, this last one might not be from this year, but it’s pretty and I don’t play by the rules

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my summer job

As I’ve mentioned briefly I’d been working at a lighting factory this year during the term break. I’d been there before two years ago, and I’d sworn I’d never be back. Guess that was then. Anyways, this year I was slightly more excited when I started there because the department were I’d be spending the next four weeks was called “New Technologies”, so I, blue-eyed as I am, thought I’d maybe even get to do something that would be slightly intersting. In reality, not so much.

Look, I’m a person who gets who gets bored quite quickly if there is nothing to do; so I might sometimes overexaggerate when it comes to how boring exactly something is. But you have got to believe me when I tell you that what I was doing in this factory, for four weeks, every single day the exact same thing.

Now, I don’t want to complain too much, because it was my free choice to go there, and despite knowing what’d be expecting me I did. But here is the one thing I do want to mention, which some of you might have experienced in one of their jobs before; and that is the feeling of a job not being rewarding in the slightest.
Obviously we all try to find a job we love, but sometimes we just wind up in a work situation that we are not only not very happy with, but wonder each day “What exactly am I even doing here?”
And that was the way it was for me every single day. In many respects I’ve still been lucky, because I knew that after four weeks I’d be gone, and I’d be back to doing things I enjoyed more, but let me tell you, those four weeks felt like the longest time.

So I guess the advice I’ve been trying to give by rambling on and on is that if you’re in a work – or really any – situation you’re (profoundly) unhappy with, change it. Easier said than done, sure, but if we don’t even try why do we then complain? Obviously everybody can complain as much as they want to, it’s a free country, but why waste time complaining when it could be invested into finding out what would make us happier and achieve it?

Over and out for today,

Debby

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favorite summer tunes

Please tell Rosie I ain’t gonna come back till September
’cause music is my best friend.

No, this is not one of them; I just found it to be a nice introduction to the post. Summer is generally pretty nice, you know late night iced-tea and s’mores grilling sessions on the balcony and all that kind of stuff; and what makes it even better is music (because, let’s face it, music makes everything a bit better (unless you’re one of those creepy people who don’t like music (in which case I don’t understand how you live but live and let live, right?))).

So without further ado, today I want to share my favorite summer tracks with you guys.

Here we go.

gnash – i hate you, i love you ft. olivia o’brien

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slightly depressing yet beautiful. I’ve been into his music massively recently, and there’s a couple favorites of his albums, but this one always makes the list when I’m choosing favorites.

Milow – Howling At The Moon

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the ice bear costume sold me. Also the lyrics, which hit my wanderlust core hard. Seriously, who doesn’t wanna see palaces in Versailles?

The Strumbellas – Spirits

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“Basically the song is about fighting your inner demons. Trying to change and become a better person in life. I write songs to reflect where I’m at in life, and this song is me saying to the world that I’m doing my absolute best right now to be a good person.” Enough said.

Mike Posner – I Took A Pill In Ibiza

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I’ve been missing this guy since Cooler Than Me, and thankfully he’s back. It might not be the best song I’ve ever heard, but it makes me turn up the volume and dance around the room when I hear it so I think it’s fair it’s made the list.

Coldplay – Up & Up

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This one’s been on the list since the Superbowl Halftime (I so do not understand how some people didn’t like it) and it’s probably gonna stay there for a good while, still. It’s got such a positive message and is just beautiful as a whole so Amen to that. (Also have you seen the video?!)

Last but not least:

Twently-One Pilotes – Stressed Out

Because no song ever grasped more accurately how I feel in this moment.

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If you’re feeling like it, let me know what your (summer) favorites are because there’s never enough music in my life!

Take care and speak soon, xx

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still alive – and back to blogging?

Aloha friends!

I’m not going to start this post with an apology, not as much because this is my blog, so I’m gonna do with it what the hell I want, but more because I don’t have a good one.

In case you haven’t noticed, it is Summer! (As a matter of fact summer is technically over, and in the Southern hemisphere it’s winter anyways, so what do I even want?) Happy (belated) summer (or winter) to y’all – hope you’re enjoying your breaks from school, uni, and work!

Since I haven’t been posting something since a freaking New Years post, it is definitely high time to get my ass up. There’s been a couple of things happening which would be worth to mention, for example, did I take my last university class. All there’s left now is two BA theses, which to write is a struggle I’ll address in another post (which hopefully will be posted soon). Another thing is the summer job I had during the last four weeks in a — sit down, this is too exciting and I don’t want you to faint — lamp factory! Yet another thing I could talk about for a bit is them Summer Blues which have been hitting me quite hard this year; yet again, this is a topic for another time than today. In other news, I’ve booked my next holiday, which, to be honest, is the most exciting thing I’ve done all year, so when that rolls around I’ll try to keep you updated on that (also since I decided I do not want to just travel as much as I can anymore, but also share bits and pieces of my travels with as many people as I can).

For now I think I’ll just be happy with posting this, which is in no way interesting, and I do not have the slightest idea why anyone ever would be interested in what I’m saying (or, more generally: why anybody is ever interested in what I have to say). Still, since I haven’t really been writing anything (except for uni) pretty much all year, I though this would be a gentle exercise to ease my back in and you guys and I can see together where this journey will take us (please stick with me!).

So all I have left to say for right now is that I’ll try really really hard to stick with posting something (more) regularly, and that I hope this post here did not scare you away forever (I sometimes write decent things!)

Stay fresh,
Debby

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The One 2016 Resolution

Hey Guys!

So, I’m quite excited because I set date and time for this post to be published, so we’ll see if/how that works!

But now to the actual topic: New Year’s Resolutions! YAY!

We all make them, hate them, break them. And hate ourselves because we broke them.

So this year, instead of deciding to give up on chocolate, I made one resolution. And this time I’m seriously planning on pulling it through.

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If I may give a piece of advice: Instead of making resolutions we won’t stick to, we should make realistic ones, and if it means to only chance a teeny tiny little thing we’re not happy with. So maybe plan on taking a different route to work only because you can’t stand one that one light that is always red.

The happiest and healthiest 2016 to you, speak next year & all the love,
Debby

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