USEF Dressage Festival of Champions - Preview →
Addicting German Vocabulary Game →
Again, I must admit that I totally love all things German. As a foreign language teacher of German+Spanish I have to look at most activities through both lenses. However, due to the gross neglect of activities in German, I generally ignore Spanish. If I need it in Spanish, it exists. Unfair truth. But today, I discovered the most addicting game for reviewing, quizzing, or learning German...
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz: 100+ Fellow CEOs To... →
Starbucks Corp. (SBUX) Chief Executive Officer Howard Schultz said more than 100 business leaders have joined his pledge to boycott U.S. political campaign donations. AOL Inc. (AOL) CEO Tim Armstrong, J.C. Penney Co. CEO Myron Ullman, Whole Foods Market Inc. Co-CEO Walter Robb and others have agreed to accelerate hiring and halt campaign giving to incumbents in Washington until Congress finds a...
2011 World's Most Powerful Women - Forbes →
apsies: Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany Hillary Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil Indra Nooyi, Chief Executive, PepsiCo Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook Melinda Gates, Cofounder, Cochair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Sonia Gandhi, President, National Congress Party of India Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States Christine Lagarde,...
Survival German Activity
Last night as I drifted off to sleep my creative juices started flowing, and I couldn’t wait to get up this morning to share the idea! First off, I should admit that I am pretty critical of the way foreign language is taught in the United States. I look at students from other countries who are much younger than I, yet considerably more accomplished in their foreign language development and...
The Netherlands Bring Home the Gold →
At the European Dressage Championships held in Rotterdam, Great Britain last weekend, Adelinde Cornelissen and Parzival brought home the gold to The Netherlands with a score of 88.83%. Carl Hester took home the silver with his mount Uthopia and gained a wave of popularity in Great Britain. Sweden’s Patrick Kittel took bronze with Watermill Scandic.
Why Obama Can't Support A Real Jobs Program →
talkstraight: President Obama’s much-anticipated jobs speech will undoubtedly cover more of the same things that already haven’t worked. He will propose an infrastructure bank, extension of unemployment and food stamps, promotion of green jobs, more government-corporate partnerships, and a one-year extension of the payroll tax reduction. He’ll advocate a second stimulus. He may be flanked by his...
Deja Vu: Obama promised jobs plan after Martha's...
poorrichardsnews: What’s old is new again. from CNS News: President Barack Obama, in an Aug. 29, 2010 interview with NBC’s Brian Williams, said he would propose a plan for jobs and economic growth when he returned from his summer vacation, the same claim he made after returning from his vacation this year. read the rest We eagerly await what this year’s post-vacation jobs plan has in...
Results from CHIO Aachen 2011 →
An Easy Way to Sneak In Extra Vocabulary
Sara G. (a kindergarten teacher) uses this technique to change her seating arrangements: “One of my favorite and easiest things I do is change my table names constantly to go with what we’re learning. Some teachers tend to number their tables and not change it up, but I’ll do colors, shapes, money (penny, nickel, dime, quarter, dollar), animals, modes of transportation, etc. It keeps the...
Could Finland Inspire the US Education System? →
“Ninety-three percent of Finns graduate from academic or vocational high schools, 17.5 percentage points higher than the United States, and 66 percent go on to higher education, the highest rate in the European Union. Yet Finland spends about 30 percent less per student than the United States.” Read more:...
Obama Disapproval at an All Time High →
poorrichardsnews: Since the killing of Osama Bin Laden in May, Obama’s poll numbers have tanked and show no real signs of stopping. Gallup’s latest shows his disapproval at an all time high of 55%, nearly ten points higher than his average of 45.6%. Meanwhile, his approval has matched the previous all time…
Research on Education: Take 1
One notable part of the conversation today was my chat with the pastor’s twin daughters, who spent the last year in Florida as foreign exchange students. They had such an interesting perspective when comparing American and German high schools. In a nutshell they explained that German schools are very tough and the atmosphere is Student vs. Teacher. The teachers purposefully make tests very...
Chili in Germany
Today Alex and I went to our new German church. It’s a freie evangelische Gemeinde located just west of Oldenburg. It was home from the moment we stepped through the doors. This morning we woke up with full intent on catching an early bus to church. I mean, who wants to arrive late to church the first time you go? Well, despite catching a bus that would have gotten us there on time, we...
A La Dressage - Best Seller in Vechta →
The second best seller - a stallion by Totilas and Rohdiamant sounds like a dream!!! This auction happened about a half an hour from me just yesterday!
No Gold for Totilas with German Rider →
Oldenburg Mare Wins at Lamplight! →
On War, Obama Has Been Worse Than Bush →
hipsterlibertarian: Some excerpts: In ‘04, in the Chicago Tribune, Obama said, “There’s not much of a difference between my position on Iraq and George Bush’s position at this stage.” Throughout the years, he voted for war funding once he was senator, and he defended his votes. Presumably it would be wrong to defund an immoral war. And in 2008, Obama hailed the Iraq surge — a controversial...
Exploration & First Impressions
Our first day waking up in Oldenburg, Alex and I went exploring. We put on our best European-looking garb and headed to the Innenstadt. We found a great Buchladen full of children’s books, Bibles, calendars, novels, and postcards. Alex bought me a kiddy book on horses so that I could learn the lingo before visiting a dressage stable on Wednesday. The head trainer there, Viola, has...
Our journey across the ocean started pretty early on Tuesday - 6:30 to be exact. After packing all our last minute things we were out the door and on the highway before 7:30. We trekked all the way to O’Hare with time to spare. Alex and I checked our bags and got breakfast at the Starbucks just past security. After waiting at my gate (we had separate flights) for about an hour, it was about...
Within Germany Trips
I was so overly excited to talk about our monthly BIG trips, I almost completely forgot about the other trips we plan on taking. Our plan is to go somewhere just about every other weekend or so, therefore I’ve written a tentative itinerary of places within Germany to visit. We not hit them all, but at least we’ve got options. München - We’ve just go to go here for...
Top 10 Vacation Spots (Draft 2)
After some more research, I’ve started to change and narrow down the itinerary a little bit. I’ve also included some of the attractions that are major draws to the cities. Vienna, Austria - I know I’ve already been there, but I just have to see The Spanish Riding School do a performance. (offered winters only) I’m thinking we might spend a day in Salzburg too, because...
I am just absolutely convinced that the best formula for giving us peace and...– Ron Paul (via hipsterlibertarian)
Top 10 Places to Visit in Europe
Today I started brainstorming about the places Alex and I are going to visit while we’re in Europe. We’ve decided to go to 10 places - that’s one weekend trip a month. Well.. we could fit two in per month if they were closer destinations and we only needed to take the train. I’ve written this preliminary list and I need YOUR HELP!!! Suggest where you’ve gone, where we...
Medal Equestrian Foundation
As a freshman at Wheaton I asked my favourite professor to join me for Dine-With-A-Mind. During the conversation, he told me that if someone had given him a map of his life when he was a freshman, he would have denied it as his own. There would have been no way of recognizing the curvy and bumpy path as the one he would take all the way to professorship, let alone predicting that he even wanted to...
German Word of the Day →
Helpful, interesting, and challenging website that teaches you one useful German word a day. Has both a beginner and advanced option. Also has a cultural section. Get excited about visiting us!!