Memoir

The Peaks and Valleys of Life

Life is filled with peaks and valleys. It is filled with ups and downs. Good times and bad times. Whether you are dealing with physical or mental pain, there are times when you can joke around and laugh despite everything, and there are times when you simply feel like crying and you just had enough …

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Be Prepared When Opportunity Knocks

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. – Winston Churchill Know what an opportunity looks like? Most people don’t. Opportunities often come and go without us knowing. The problem is, we don’t immediately see opportunities for what they are. There are no blatant signs telling us …

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Lessons Learned

After some 60 million died during WWII, did we really learn anything? Or have we already forgotten what we were supposed to learn? The young people nowadays cannot comprehend what it must be like living with fear, hunger, homelessness and poverty, and having no place to go to be safe. Yes, there are wars raging …

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My Mother’s Life

A photo of my mother with her five children My mother was a strong woman. There is no doubt about that. Looking back, I would often wonder how Mother managed to take care of me and my siblings. That was no easy task especially during the difficult times during and after World War II. She …

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When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade

Lemons are sour. It’s unpleasant just like the difficulties and adversities we face in life. So, what do you do when life gives you lemons? Make lemonade. The proverbial phrase “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” is used to encourage us to keep a positive attitude in the face of adversity. The lemons are …

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Overcoming Adversity

Photo taken from https://www.flickr.com/photos/pictoquotes/8698063754 “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” – Helen Keller Adversity is our greatest teacher in life. Adversity can teach us many things that they don’t teach in school. In fact, …

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The Feeling of Losing Your Home

My childhood home in Falkenau, Silesia, Germany How can someone handle the feeling of losing the home you grow up in? How will you feel if you lose the home where many of your most cherished memories took place? When you lose your home, it feels like you are losing someone you love. In a …

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