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T.I.L.T. #150 — It’s Time To Be Novel

I have written twenty-five T.I.L.T.s this year since I relaunched in February. Not every week like planned, but life has a way of getting in the way of my creative genius! Or maybe it was too many Martinis? Hmmm. Who knows. Who cares! At least I am writing somewhat regularly. And on that note, I hereby announce that I am going to write another novel! Ok, I know, the first novel I wrote last fall is still in its first draft awaiting a second draft, but why finish one project when you can start another? I mean, hey, everyone cooks new meals even though they have perfectly good leftovers in their fridge that should be eaten first, right? Humans like novelty. Hence time to write another novel! Why now? Well, there’s a fun contest called National Novel Writing Month (NANOWRIMO) where people all over the world try to write a novel of at least 50,000 words in 30 days in the month of November. The contest is against yourself and the clock using a social media platform website to connect wi...

3 MIN2015 OCT 18
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T.I.L.T. #150 — It’s Time To Be Novel

T.I.L.T. #149 — Made In Germany? Watch Out!

Uh oh, seems things were too good to be true in the good old Bundesrepublik. The Fatherland has been riding high the last few years, with the strongest economy in Europe, the best football team in the world, the moral high ground of leading the way by denouncing intolerance and welcoming refugees above and beyond all other western countries, and all the while having one of the greenest environmental and energy policies in the world. Wow! How on Earth do they do it? Simple: great PR and marketing to hide the fact that behind the scenes they lie, cheat, and steal! Yes, the deceitful, world-dominating Teutonic culture of everyone’s nightmares has risen from the ashes! Made in Germany über alles! Yes, in its drive to become the world’s largest automaker, ’DAS AUTO’ company of good old reliable Volkswagen, has thrown Germany into its biggest identity crisis in a long time. Apparently it’s really hard to build clean-burning diesel engines, which really shouldn’t be so surprising if...

5 MIN2015 OCT 4
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T.I.L.T. #149 — Made In Germany? Watch Out!

T.I.L.T. #148 — Trump Is German and His Mom Is An Immigrant

Red alert! Red Alert! Donald Trump is not an American! OK, so he was born in New York, but his mother is from Scotland and his grandparents are German! His family name was originally ‘Drumpf’ which for those of you who speak German sounds like a strange sock or a stupid smurf. What’s more, most of his multiple wives have also not been born on American soil but rather in exotic eastern Europe famous for super models and dare I say socialism! His first wife’s name was Ivana, which to me sounds a lot like Osama, or even worse, Obama! The horror, the horror! And this man wants to be President of the USA riding a platform of anti-immigrants and bigots who seem to think that if you’re Muslim or Mexican you’re a terrorist or rapist? Seriously, has anybody checked his birth certificate? Maybe he wasn’t born in New York at all but actually on a boat from backwards Europe! He actually lied about his heritage claiming his family was originally from Sweden. Apparently something is wrong ...

4 MIN2015 SEP 20
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T.I.L.T. #148 — Trump Is German and His Mom Is An Immigrant

T.I.L.T. #147 — Action Without Action

Let the floodgates open. Fireworks just went off outside my home. Or were they all just in my mind? The wind is blowing now, rustling and shaking the large trees outside my window. The active sounds of the Earth come and go but is the Earth actively doing anything? Or is it just, well, is? A booming voice flies across the sky, the announcer of a local football match at the sports fields across the street. I can’t hear the words, just the sounds of the announcement. But am I listening or do I just hear it? I’m trying to practice the age-old art of detachment. I have been so overloaded by the external world recently due to the intense hyperactivity of the last months of moving, traveling, setting up house, and working too many days in a row at my day job trying to survive the onslaught of a new semester, a new batch of students, my sixth new boss in the last year, and all the fun that comes with trying to explain everything again and again and again. My internal world has in turn be...

6 MIN2015 SEP 13
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T.I.L.T. #147 — Action Without Action

T.I.L.T. #146 — There’s No Place Like Home

Hello again, faithful T.I.L.T. fans, your intrepid author is back after a much-needed vacation and comfortably settling into his new home. The last weeks, months — year? — have been a whirlwind of activity of change, change, and more change. On the home front, it’s been a fun and fabulous first year of marriage, filled with domestic bliss and challenges as my professional world ended up in us moving our home front. See, we just moved onto the campus of the university I work at after a year in which I had six new bosses. To say that I really had no idea what the next day would bring would be putting mildly. Not that anyone ever does, but for way too long there was so much uncertainty about everything professionally that the home front and where it should be came a lot into question. I thought a lot about saying enough is enough and moving back to America. Something I think about more and more about in general since I have been an ex-pat now for over fifteen years. Will I ever live...

5 MIN2015 AUG 9
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T.I.L.T. #146 — There’s No Place Like Home

T.I.L.T. #145 — Don’t Forget To Pack Your Brain

Greetings from America, faithful readers and listeners. Sorry for the absence the last couple of weeks. I have a lot of excuses like the fact that I moved house and then went on holiday. But the real truth is that somewhere along the way, I lost my brain. Now how can you lose a brain, I hear you ask? Well, when moving or going on holiday, you have to pack and unpack countless boxes and bags and suitcases over and over again, and inevitably things get misplaced. But isn’t your brain inside your head? Well, most of the time I think it is, but it’s really hard to say since I’ve never actually seen it. But recently, I swear it seems to be missing, so I am hoping I find it in the next box I unpack. But how can you think without your brain? Who said I was thinking? I’d say the last few weeks have been more or less run on some sort of primal-auto-involuntary-pilot-system. My body has been going through all these motions from morning till night, hours and hours, day and days, and weeks ...

4 MIN2015 AUG 9
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T.I.L.T. #145 — Don’t Forget To Pack Your Brain

T.I.L.T. #144 — Happy Anno Uno!

Today is my one year wedding anniversary, which according to tradition is the ‘paper’ anniversary. To honor the occasion, I dedicate this week’s digital paper T.I.L.T. to my loving wife in the form of an old-fashioned poem. Happy Anno Uno! Has it really been a year, my dear? Are you weary of me yet? I bet some habits of mine do not age well like wine. Like farting or whining or too much criticizing, never realizing that life’s satisfying enough. Am I too tough on you? Too rough with you? Never get enough of you? I know I should learn to listen more. Don’t think I’m bored when I seem adrift. It’s just my poet’s mind riffing, lost in my own times and rhymes. Thinking of you, thinking of me, thinking of we. And when will baby make three? I love our love life, my loving wife. And I don’t mean the sex, which has always been exciting, exhilarating, existentializing. No, I mean love-the-emotional-verb life, where every day as husband and wife we go toe to toe betrothed and dance o...

2 MIN2015 JUN 14
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T.I.L.T. #144 — Happy Anno Uno!

T.I.L.T. #143 — Graduation Speeches Sans Jobs

We just celebrated the graduation of the Class of 2015 at Jacobs University. It’s the 8th class I’ve seen complete their studies. The 8th graduation ceremony I’ve helped produce. And the 8th time I’ve heard one graduation speech after another trying hard to entertain, enlighten, and inspire. Graduating from university marks the end of formal schooling for many people. From childhood to young adult, your main activity and occupation is to be a student. Then, after all those years of hard work a ceremony called graduation comes along and — voila! — you are deemed educated and no longer need to be a student. In theory you’re ready to take on the world and do whatever it is you are meant to do beyond being a student. For most it is a proud and exciting day. But for many, it is also quite terrifying. Every year I have a conversation with a student that goes something like this: ME: Congratulations! GRADUATE: Thanks! ME: So what are your plans? GRADUATE: I have no idea. ME: Oh, wel...

5 MIN2015 JUN 7
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T.I.L.T. #143 — Graduation Speeches Sans Jobs

T.I.L.T. #142 — Costume Changes

Last night I had the pleasure of watching my talented wife perform on stage in a play. She was playing a queen in a fairy tale. The role seemed to come naturally for her. This shouldn’t be surprising, though, since she is of course the Queen of our daily home life. Depending on the day, I get to be the King or the Fool. When she first walked on stage, I had a surprise moment of recognition as I admired her costume: she was wearing her wedding dress. Now before you imagine some large, lacy, puffed up, peacock-in-white like image, and wonder how that would possibly look on stage as a queen in a fairy tale, let me say my wife had a very simple wedding dress. Actually she had two simple wedding dresses since we had two weddings. Actually we had four weddings if you want to get technical. One in an amphitheater up on a mountain in Colorado dressed up like cowboys; one in a Romanian Orthodox church dressed up like good Christians; one in the local city hall of Bremen dressed up like law-...

5 MIN2015 MAY 31
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T.I.L.T. #142 — Costume Changes

T.I.L.T. #141 — Change Your Underwear

I’ve come to realize more and more lately that change, in its endless variety of forms, has always been a central theme in my life. I’ll bet its true for many people whether they realize it or not. Hence, I’ve decided to focus T.I.L.T. for the foreseeable future on the processes and challenges and rewards of change. Several of my recent T.I.L.T.s have actually been about change if anyone was paying attention. Not that I was, I was too busy changing! Looking back even further, the essence of T.I.L.T. has always been about change, about seeing things from a different perspective, be it living as an outsider in London or in Germany. Change is inherent in the word ’tilt’ which means to adjust in one way or another in comparison to the world around you, be it standing on a ship in a storm or wearing a new pair of shoes to a ball. Maintaining your equilibrium in body or mind, means to tilting and changing all the time. If you don’t, you’ll get seasick and be a lousy dancer. To mark...

5 MIN2015 MAY 24
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T.I.L.T. #141 — Change Your Underwear
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Latest Episodes

T.I.L.T. #150 — It’s Time To Be Novel

I have written twenty-five T.I.L.T.s this year since I relaunched in February. Not every week like planned, but life has a way of getting in the way of my creative genius! Or maybe it was too many Martinis? Hmmm. Who knows. Who cares! At least I am writing somewhat regularly. And on that note, I hereby announce that I am going to write another novel! Ok, I know, the first novel I wrote last fall is still in its first draft awaiting a second draft, but why finish one project when you can start another? I mean, hey, everyone cooks new meals even though they have perfectly good leftovers in their fridge that should be eaten first, right? Humans like novelty. Hence time to write another novel! Why now? Well, there’s a fun contest called National Novel Writing Month (NANOWRIMO) where people all over the world try to write a novel of at least 50,000 words in 30 days in the month of November. The contest is against yourself and the clock using a social media platform website to connect wi...

3 MIN2015 OCT 18
Comments
T.I.L.T. #150 — It’s Time To Be Novel

T.I.L.T. #149 — Made In Germany? Watch Out!

Uh oh, seems things were too good to be true in the good old Bundesrepublik. The Fatherland has been riding high the last few years, with the strongest economy in Europe, the best football team in the world, the moral high ground of leading the way by denouncing intolerance and welcoming refugees above and beyond all other western countries, and all the while having one of the greenest environmental and energy policies in the world. Wow! How on Earth do they do it? Simple: great PR and marketing to hide the fact that behind the scenes they lie, cheat, and steal! Yes, the deceitful, world-dominating Teutonic culture of everyone’s nightmares has risen from the ashes! Made in Germany über alles! Yes, in its drive to become the world’s largest automaker, ’DAS AUTO’ company of good old reliable Volkswagen, has thrown Germany into its biggest identity crisis in a long time. Apparently it’s really hard to build clean-burning diesel engines, which really shouldn’t be so surprising if...

5 MIN2015 OCT 4
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T.I.L.T. #149 — Made In Germany? Watch Out!

T.I.L.T. #148 — Trump Is German and His Mom Is An Immigrant

Red alert! Red Alert! Donald Trump is not an American! OK, so he was born in New York, but his mother is from Scotland and his grandparents are German! His family name was originally ‘Drumpf’ which for those of you who speak German sounds like a strange sock or a stupid smurf. What’s more, most of his multiple wives have also not been born on American soil but rather in exotic eastern Europe famous for super models and dare I say socialism! His first wife’s name was Ivana, which to me sounds a lot like Osama, or even worse, Obama! The horror, the horror! And this man wants to be President of the USA riding a platform of anti-immigrants and bigots who seem to think that if you’re Muslim or Mexican you’re a terrorist or rapist? Seriously, has anybody checked his birth certificate? Maybe he wasn’t born in New York at all but actually on a boat from backwards Europe! He actually lied about his heritage claiming his family was originally from Sweden. Apparently something is wrong ...

4 MIN2015 SEP 20
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T.I.L.T. #148 — Trump Is German and His Mom Is An Immigrant

T.I.L.T. #147 — Action Without Action

Let the floodgates open. Fireworks just went off outside my home. Or were they all just in my mind? The wind is blowing now, rustling and shaking the large trees outside my window. The active sounds of the Earth come and go but is the Earth actively doing anything? Or is it just, well, is? A booming voice flies across the sky, the announcer of a local football match at the sports fields across the street. I can’t hear the words, just the sounds of the announcement. But am I listening or do I just hear it? I’m trying to practice the age-old art of detachment. I have been so overloaded by the external world recently due to the intense hyperactivity of the last months of moving, traveling, setting up house, and working too many days in a row at my day job trying to survive the onslaught of a new semester, a new batch of students, my sixth new boss in the last year, and all the fun that comes with trying to explain everything again and again and again. My internal world has in turn be...

6 MIN2015 SEP 13
Comments
T.I.L.T. #147 — Action Without Action

T.I.L.T. #146 — There’s No Place Like Home

Hello again, faithful T.I.L.T. fans, your intrepid author is back after a much-needed vacation and comfortably settling into his new home. The last weeks, months — year? — have been a whirlwind of activity of change, change, and more change. On the home front, it’s been a fun and fabulous first year of marriage, filled with domestic bliss and challenges as my professional world ended up in us moving our home front. See, we just moved onto the campus of the university I work at after a year in which I had six new bosses. To say that I really had no idea what the next day would bring would be putting mildly. Not that anyone ever does, but for way too long there was so much uncertainty about everything professionally that the home front and where it should be came a lot into question. I thought a lot about saying enough is enough and moving back to America. Something I think about more and more about in general since I have been an ex-pat now for over fifteen years. Will I ever live...

5 MIN2015 AUG 9
Comments
T.I.L.T. #146 — There’s No Place Like Home

T.I.L.T. #145 — Don’t Forget To Pack Your Brain

Greetings from America, faithful readers and listeners. Sorry for the absence the last couple of weeks. I have a lot of excuses like the fact that I moved house and then went on holiday. But the real truth is that somewhere along the way, I lost my brain. Now how can you lose a brain, I hear you ask? Well, when moving or going on holiday, you have to pack and unpack countless boxes and bags and suitcases over and over again, and inevitably things get misplaced. But isn’t your brain inside your head? Well, most of the time I think it is, but it’s really hard to say since I’ve never actually seen it. But recently, I swear it seems to be missing, so I am hoping I find it in the next box I unpack. But how can you think without your brain? Who said I was thinking? I’d say the last few weeks have been more or less run on some sort of primal-auto-involuntary-pilot-system. My body has been going through all these motions from morning till night, hours and hours, day and days, and weeks ...

4 MIN2015 AUG 9
Comments
T.I.L.T. #145 — Don’t Forget To Pack Your Brain

T.I.L.T. #144 — Happy Anno Uno!

Today is my one year wedding anniversary, which according to tradition is the ‘paper’ anniversary. To honor the occasion, I dedicate this week’s digital paper T.I.L.T. to my loving wife in the form of an old-fashioned poem. Happy Anno Uno! Has it really been a year, my dear? Are you weary of me yet? I bet some habits of mine do not age well like wine. Like farting or whining or too much criticizing, never realizing that life’s satisfying enough. Am I too tough on you? Too rough with you? Never get enough of you? I know I should learn to listen more. Don’t think I’m bored when I seem adrift. It’s just my poet’s mind riffing, lost in my own times and rhymes. Thinking of you, thinking of me, thinking of we. And when will baby make three? I love our love life, my loving wife. And I don’t mean the sex, which has always been exciting, exhilarating, existentializing. No, I mean love-the-emotional-verb life, where every day as husband and wife we go toe to toe betrothed and dance o...

2 MIN2015 JUN 14
Comments
T.I.L.T. #144 — Happy Anno Uno!

T.I.L.T. #143 — Graduation Speeches Sans Jobs

We just celebrated the graduation of the Class of 2015 at Jacobs University. It’s the 8th class I’ve seen complete their studies. The 8th graduation ceremony I’ve helped produce. And the 8th time I’ve heard one graduation speech after another trying hard to entertain, enlighten, and inspire. Graduating from university marks the end of formal schooling for many people. From childhood to young adult, your main activity and occupation is to be a student. Then, after all those years of hard work a ceremony called graduation comes along and — voila! — you are deemed educated and no longer need to be a student. In theory you’re ready to take on the world and do whatever it is you are meant to do beyond being a student. For most it is a proud and exciting day. But for many, it is also quite terrifying. Every year I have a conversation with a student that goes something like this: ME: Congratulations! GRADUATE: Thanks! ME: So what are your plans? GRADUATE: I have no idea. ME: Oh, wel...

5 MIN2015 JUN 7
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T.I.L.T. #143 — Graduation Speeches Sans Jobs

T.I.L.T. #142 — Costume Changes

Last night I had the pleasure of watching my talented wife perform on stage in a play. She was playing a queen in a fairy tale. The role seemed to come naturally for her. This shouldn’t be surprising, though, since she is of course the Queen of our daily home life. Depending on the day, I get to be the King or the Fool. When she first walked on stage, I had a surprise moment of recognition as I admired her costume: she was wearing her wedding dress. Now before you imagine some large, lacy, puffed up, peacock-in-white like image, and wonder how that would possibly look on stage as a queen in a fairy tale, let me say my wife had a very simple wedding dress. Actually she had two simple wedding dresses since we had two weddings. Actually we had four weddings if you want to get technical. One in an amphitheater up on a mountain in Colorado dressed up like cowboys; one in a Romanian Orthodox church dressed up like good Christians; one in the local city hall of Bremen dressed up like law-...

5 MIN2015 MAY 31
Comments
T.I.L.T. #142 — Costume Changes

T.I.L.T. #141 — Change Your Underwear

I’ve come to realize more and more lately that change, in its endless variety of forms, has always been a central theme in my life. I’ll bet its true for many people whether they realize it or not. Hence, I’ve decided to focus T.I.L.T. for the foreseeable future on the processes and challenges and rewards of change. Several of my recent T.I.L.T.s have actually been about change if anyone was paying attention. Not that I was, I was too busy changing! Looking back even further, the essence of T.I.L.T. has always been about change, about seeing things from a different perspective, be it living as an outsider in London or in Germany. Change is inherent in the word ’tilt’ which means to adjust in one way or another in comparison to the world around you, be it standing on a ship in a storm or wearing a new pair of shoes to a ball. Maintaining your equilibrium in body or mind, means to tilting and changing all the time. If you don’t, you’ll get seasick and be a lousy dancer. To mark...

5 MIN2015 MAY 24
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T.I.L.T. #141 — Change Your Underwear
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