This article suggests seven reasons why reading is better than watching television. These reasons include using imagination, being actively involved, and thinking more.
2008 was a very challenging year. In this article, I recall starting a teaching position in a Thailand school. To keep my job, I had to do visa runs to Laos before securing a non-immigrant visa and work permit. I also remember a trip back to Wisconsin and buying a pickup truck.
1971 was a turning point in my life. After separating from Navy active duty, I had to decide between a career as a high school chemistry teacher or a Chinese linguist. Traveling to Taiwan, living at home, and advice from old college roommates played a big part in my key life decision.
From March through December 1970, I was attached to the Navy Security Group Activity and worked at the National Security Agency on Fort Meade. In this article, I recall my off-duty activities both on and off base. I especially remember Navy and civilian colleagues who made my assignment pleasant.
This article explains why you should learn languages on Memrise. After introducing Memrise, the author lists language courses being learned by millions of online users. From personal experience, he then shows how languages are learned on Memrise.
In this Pudd'nhead Wilson book review, I examine Mark Twain's depiction of life in a small Missouri town on the Mississippi River in the early 1800s. I also analyze Twain's use of humor and satire in confronting aristocracy, racism, slavery, and new technology.
This is a fascinating find of the early historical roots of my brother-in-law John Ackley. John has ancestors who served in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. He is also related to Sir Isaac Newton and has an ancestor who was the goddaughter of Queen Elizabeth I.
My mother was a significant role model in my life. I knew that I could always count on her unrequited love. Mom also taught me important things for life. What I learned from my mother is detailed in this article.
I have been retired from teaching since 2014. Before that time, I taught English as a foreign language to adults and children in Taiwan, the United States, and Thailand. Four things I miss the most about teaching are revealed in this article.
Laura Kuehn Bronenkant was my favorite paternal aunt. In this article, I review Aunt Laura's life from birth until death. I pay special attention to my memories of Laura as a boy and man.
In this article, I recall memories of listening to 1950s hit songs. In the early '50s, I remember the songs of Patti Page and Hank Williams. In the mid-50s, the music of Elvis Presley and Fats Domino excited me. Finally, in the late-50s I groove on Buddy Holly and other early rock 'n' rollers.
I have been a survivor throughout much of my life. This article gives examples of how a guardian angel and good fortune manifested by parents, friends, doctors, and employers have helped me survive difficult times.
Marie Antoinette Kuehn Hyland was one of my favorite paternal aunts. In this article, I first remember Marie's birth and early childhood in Door County, Wisconsin. After researching my aunt's life from 1923 to 1949, I personally recall her short marriage and remaining years as a widow until 2003.
In 1964, I attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison. In this article, I recall a very successful sophomore year second semester, and a challenging junior year first semester. I also remember my summer break at home.
Motivation is the key to being successful in life. In this article, the author first defines motivation and then introduces Maslow's hierarchy of needs. Next, based on experience, he gives examples of how people are motivated.
Richard Kuehn or Uncle Dick as I called him was my second favorite uncle. In this article, I explore Uncle Dick's early life and my memories of him from the early 1950s until 2003.
Unlike in high school, I had many friends in college. Some were dormitory roommates and friends. Others were fraternity brothers. Four are remembered in this article.
Learn a range of interesting and helpful facts about world languages in this article, including English, Tamil, and Chinese.
I have discovered eight genealogy findings since recently resuming my family research. They include interesting information about my parents, uncles, brother-in-law, grandmother, distant cousins, and ancestors.
This article introduces 15 customs every tourist or newcomer to Thailand should know. They include customs you should practice both in private and public settings.
As in most cultures, the people of Thailand have various superstitions. Some are rooted in Buddhism, while others are similar to Western superstitions. Read on to uncover 13 superstitious practices of the Thai.
Geography has many disciplines and is an essential subject for everyone to know. In this article, after defining geography and its disciplines, I suggest five reasons why geography is important to know.
Since 1959, I have used rotary, touchtone, cell, and smartphones in both the United States and Thailand. During this time, I have encountered many annoyances while on the phone and around people using one. In this article, I list my pet peeves while using the phone.
In this article, I remember my seven paternal great-uncles. Four were born in Germany and immigrated to America in 1882. Three were born in Wisconsin and all lived in Door County, Wisconsin. This is their story.
In this article, I recall life on a small Wisconsin farm from 1954 until 1957. Living conditions, daily farm chores, harvesting crops, and what I did for fun is vividly remembered.
In this article, I reflect with regret on nine wrong things I did when younger. They include drinking and smoking, taking advantage of my parents, not spending enough time with mom and dad, and not setting a good example for my children.
In November 2014, my wife, mother-in-law, and I visited Taiwan. Over five days, we rode planes, trains, and buses. Besides seeing my son in Taichung, we enjoyed the sights in the greater Taipei area.
This article explains why making merit is important for Buddhists. After defining Buddhism, Buddhist, and merit, the author gives examples of making merit. Finally, he shows how merit-making is important for the present and future lives of Buddhists.
In this article, I define hypertension and talk about the different types. I next point out how hypertension is diagnosed and the risk factors for getting it. Finally, the article explains why hypertension must be treated and how I received treatment.
Held yearly in November, Loy Krathong is one of the most important festivals in Thailand. After noting its history and origin, this article explains the meaning of Loy Krathong and how the festival is celebrated in Thailand.
Using your aptitudes is very important for success in life. This article first defines aptitudes, talents, and skills. It then shows how aptitudes are measured before explaining their importance for education and work.
In a high school valedictory speech, I exhorted my classmates to engage in lifelong learning. In this article, after stressing the importance of education and learning, I reflect on my post-high school learning experiences from 1962 through the present.
1963 was like riding a roller coaster. There were so many ups and downs in my life. As a college freshman and first-semester sophomore, I met both success and disappointment at school. Outside of school, I had to deal with my grandfather's death and parents' farm auction to get out of debt.
1960 was a special year for me. After overcoming difficulties at home and in school, I started to change from a boy to a young man. In this article, I recall significant personal events in 1960.
This is a brief history of Waterford, Wisconsin, from its founding in 1836 until 1965. In this article, I show how a settlement on the Fox River in southeastern Wisconsin developed from mills and blacksmith shops to a modern village by the1950s.
In the late-1940s, 50s, and early-60s, a close neighbor and later my sisters attended a two-room country school in the village of Honey Creek, Wisconsin. Based on the memories of Bonnie and my sister Patty, this article recalls the school, teachers, staff, classes, recess, and school activities.
This is a brief history of Honey Creek School from its founding in 1838 until closing in the mid-1960s. After describing the first school in 1838, I recall the stone school that was built in 1860. The brick school used from 1915 until the mid-1960s is then remembered in more detail.
This article recalls learning vernacular and written Chinese at the University of Wisconsin in Madison 1972-73. I vividly remember my classes, teachers, classmates, lodging, and extra-curricular activities.
Donna Schmidt Breu was one of my late mother's younger sisters. My memories of Aunt Donna start in 1950 and end in 2004 when my mother and I last visited her. Aunt Donna was one of my favorite aunts.
Learn three ways to type common math symbols on a Windows keyboard. One way is using the character map application program on your computer. Other ways are using shortcuts with alt-codes and features on Microsoft Word. All are described in this article.
I learned many useful things from my father while he was alive. In this article, I recall what dad taught me as a boy, youth, and man. This includes learning how to play baseball, drive a car, and do things by myself.
Paul lived in Alpha Chi Sigma professional chemistry college fraternity chapter houses in the 1960s and 1970s. This article recalls his residence at the Alpha chapter in Madison, Wisconsin, Alpha Beta chapter in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and a brief stay at the Sigma house in Berkeley, California.
Constance Jo or Connie is my youngest sister and sibling. Although there is a big age difference between us, Connie has played a big part in my life. In this article, I recall my best memories of Connie from childhood up until the present.
In April 2021, I had a big sebaceous cyst removed from my upper back area. In this article, I first explain what a sebaceous cyst is. I then explain my cyst's early growth, diagnosis, and final removal by a surgeon in Thailand.
Beatrice who is three years younger is my eldest sister. In this article, I first recall my memories of Bea when we lived in the city 1947-53. I then remember Bea when we were growing up on farms 1954-66. Finally, I reflect on my relationship with Bea and her family from 1971 through the present.
Veterans of the United States armed forces are eligible for U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs benefits. This article lists benefits and services that I have personally used or plan to use. It also notes the most commonly requested benefits and services.
This article recalls significant birthday celebrations. Highlighted are my 46th birthday bash in Taiwan, my 50th birthday in Philadelphia, and my 66th birthday party in Thailand. My birthday celebrations with family members are also described.
I dated on campus as an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin in Madison during the period 1962-1966. This article recalls my significant dates and some coeds who became sweethearts.
If you live outside the United States, it is necessary to file overseas medical claims with an insurance company. This article explains what is needed and how to file Blue Cross Blue Shield overseas medical claims.
I have one brother 13 years younger than me. When Philip was young, I never got to know him. Since 1971, however, we have started to interact as brothers. This article remembers the best times in my life with Philip.
The Racine County School of Agriculture and Domestic Economy history only spans 47 years. While in operation, this school provided vocational education in agriculture, homemaking, and business. I reflect on the early, middle, and late history of the ag school at Rochester, Wisconsin.
I attended Burlington High School in Wisconsin in the late 1950s and early 1960s. This article recalls my classes, classmates, teachers, and friends during my freshman year. I also remember being on the football team and other school activities
Money is the root of all kinds of evil. While making money a god and chasing after it, a lot of people engage in the evils of gambling, prostitution, corruption, economic oppression, business cheating, cheating on taxes, promoting vices, theft, and robbery. Each is described in this article,
Since living in northeastern Thailand, the author has planted and enjoyed several new and existing tropical fruit trees. In this article, Paul introduces his Marian plum, mangosteen, mango, and tamarind trees. He also highlights banana and papaya plants.
If you are curious what pay, benefits, and services a teaching contract in Thailand might include, take a look at this 2013–2014 example.
From 2008 until 2014, I taught EFL at a Thailand Catholic School. In addition to spending an average of 20 hours each week in the classroom, my teaching contract called for me to assist in several extracurricular activities. They included activities such as a Christmas Fair and an English camp.
I have witnessed failed intercultural marriages. These marriages were challenging due to such factors as language barriers, cultural differences, different expectations, and a clash of values. In this article, I argue that these factors and three others cause some intercultural marriages to fail.
During the 1950s and 60s, I lived on a farm near Burlington, Wisconsin with four siblings. Although our family was poor in the late 50s and up until the mid-60s, we still had wonderful Christmases. In this article, my younger sister and I reminisce about Christmases in the 1960s.
In the early 1970s, Paul was finishing a Taiwan tour in the Navy and returning to that island as a civilian. This article reflects on the Taipei Songshan International Airport and the U.S. military presence in Taipei. It also remembers trips to eastern Taiwan, cross-island, and down to the south.
In 2007, I taught English at a government high school in Samut Prakarn. This article explains why I taught English and how I got a teaching job in Thailand. It also recalls my school, classes, teaching colleagues, and students.
Any trip to Udon Thani is incomplete without seeing the Thai-Chinese Cultural Center. Located near the center of Udon City's nightlife, the Cultural Center has displays about the history of the Thai-Chinese community in Udon. It also has a small Chinese-style garden with a pond of colorful fish.
Although having many cousins, I have only known a few throughout my life. In this article, I reflect on cousins with whom I played as a child. I also note a few whom I still have a relationship with today.
Located on the banks of the Mekhong River in upper northeastern Thailand, Nong Khai is the gateway to Laos. This article introduces five Nong Khai tourist attractions, including temples, an Indo-China market, a river cruise, a crocodile farm, and a scenic view of the Mekhong from a skywalk.
Based on strategies used in learning foreign languages, this article proposes seven ways to become a much better listener. They include being familiar with the speaker and topics of discussion as well as taking notes and paying strict attention to the speaker.
The purpose and benefits of having a Thailand house registration book for foreigners, also referred to as Yellow Tabien Baan. Where and how to apply for this useful document.
In this article, I examine the advantages and disadvantages of renting versus owning real estate. Factors such as taxes, insurance, building equity, investment strategies, and personal freedom are discussed.
This is a travelogue of our trip to Phu Thap Boek Mountain in Phetchabun Province, Thailand. It describes my family's journey from Udonthani, our overnight stay, and a tour of the mountain top.
This is a mini autobiography in seven-year segments. Since 1958, I have experienced a seven-year itch not only in my marriages but also in working jobs. In this article, a decrease in happiness and satisfaction is reflected in seven-year periods.
Pop music has been a big part of my life. In this article, I reflect on seven songs that bring back vivid memories associated with different times.
Living in Toledo, Ohio, 1979-1980 was a transition period in my life. Having just returned from Taiwan, I worked as an ESL tutor and studied at the University of Toledo before getting a federal government job in Maryland.
I attended the University of Michigan graduate school in Ann Arbor 1966-1967. In this article, I recall my classes as a chemistry graduate school student. I also remember living in a professional chemistry fraternity and making friendships there.
When younger, I traveled a lot on interstate highways between Maryland and Wisconsin. Experiences on the Pennsylvania and Ohio Turnpikes are still vivid interstate travel memories of the 1980s.
As a septuagenarian, I have been living retired in Thailand since 2007. Previously enthusiastic about living overseas, I now argue in this article why you shouldn't retire abroad.
When younger, most people think that they are immortal. Bad habits picked up in youth can lead to serious health issues when older. Starting at an early age, this article suggests ways to improve physical and mental health to live a longer life.
In this article, I recall my experiences going to all-you-can-eat lunch and dinner buffets in the United States, Taiwan, and Thailand. Besides describing a typical U.S. dinner buffet, I describe Mongolian barbecue buffets in Taiwan, Japanese hot pot buffets in Thailand, and more.
I have had a series of long distance relationships in my life. Starting in high school, I established a penpal relationship that lasted 10 years. Relationships over distance with my two ex-wives are also noted in this article.
On February 24, 2020, I attended a Buddhist funeral and cremation ceremony near a village in Thailand. In this article, I recall where the deceased was kept after death, the funeral procession, and ceremony at the crematorium before cremation.
The Old Testament of the Bible is filled with many interesting and awesome stories. In their quest to take over and settle in God's promised land of Canaan, the Israelites had many battles. The Battle of Jericho, Samson and Delilah, and David and Goliath are described in this article.
I was diagnosed having an inguinal hernia at the age of 75. In this article, I describe the hernia and how it was found and diagnosed. My laparoscopic inguinal hernia surgery experience and recovery are also detailed.
In 1957, Charles and Dorothy Kuehn purchased a 117-acre farm just north of Honey Creek, Wisconsin. Dad and mom realized the American dream by first being able to own their own farm and then ultimately by being able to ship Grade A milk in the late 1970s. This is a modern history of our farm.
This is an account of our Wisconsin family farm history that dates back to 1839. It was originally settled with a land grant and then became known as the Blackburn farm in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In 1957, my parents bought the farm and it still belongs to the Kuehns.
This is a history of Honey Creek since its founding in 1837. From the 1840s until the 1930s, Honey Creek grew and developed into a vibrant village having stores, a bank, railroad depot, hotel, lumber mill, stockyards, school, and church. This story is relived here.
I have known my mother's younger sister Anna or Sissy all of my life. In this article, I recall Aunt Sissy as a very young boy, young man, in my middle-age, and in 2019. She has always been a kind, thoughtful, and very pleasant person.
After a divorce in July 1992, I became a single man again. I traveled, rebuilt my burnt-out house, and dated again. Then, in February 1993, I gave up my freedom after falling in love again.
In March 1984, life was good. We had recently moved into our purchased home and my wife had just become an American citizen. Furthermore, the government was sending us in the summer to Taiwan for one year. A month later, events started to occur which led to my unfortunate divorce in 1992.
When I got married in 1973, a future divorce in 1992 was inconceivable. This article first recalls a happy marriage in Taiwan in the 1970s. It then remembers challenges, frustrations, and success after moving to the United States and living in Toledo and Maryland during the period 1979-1983.
The Book of Genesis of the Bible details the creation of man and the world. It also gives a historical account of Adam and Eve's descendants from Cain and Able through Joseph the son of Jacob. In this article, I share six interesting things found in the Book of Genesis.
Knowing that everyone must die and everything is temporary, the real purpose of our lives should not be achieving success or getting rich. It also is not eating, drinking, and being merry. In preparing for life after death, our purpose of life should be to love and worship God and love one another
High school teachers inspired me to develop a love for foreign languages, mathematics, and science. They also taught me lessons useful for life. In this article, I recall six of my favorite teachers.
This article explains the nuts and bolts of renewing a Thai driver's license. Foreign residents will learn when, where, what, and how to renew their Thai license to drive in Thailand.
During the years 1958-1961, I played football on the Burlington Demons junior varsity and varsity teams. After learning the basics of blocking and tackling on the junior varsity, I started as left tackle on the varsity when I was a junior and senior.
Algebra is one of the most important subjects you will learn in school. Its applications will not only help you solve equations and word problems in class but also be of great use in daily life.
In my lifetime, I have visited countries in North America, East Asia, and Southeast Asia. Now retired, I still have states and countries on my bucket list to see.
Significant career changes in life caused me to drop out of school. In this article, I recall how the military draft during the Vietnam War, traveling to Taiwan, and accepting a job with the federal government were all catalysts in making me a three-time college dropout.
In this article, I reflect on meaningful memories of past Christmas. Relive my memories of Christmas as a boy, young man, father, and an older man. Read how I have played Santa Claus three times in my life.
My first semester away to college was an adjustment from home life to living on my own for the first time. It was also a big challenge attending a much bigger school and competing against kids smarter than me. In this article, I recall interesting things that happened in the fall of 1962.
It is very important to know how to use polite expressions in the native languages of the countries you visit. This article examines how to say "excuse me" and "I'm sorry" for travelers visiting East and Southeast Asian countries such as Japan, Korea, China, Thailand, and Malaysia.
Since the age of 55, I have had increasingly more blood tests. These tests have occurred in conjunction with hypertension, my prostate gland condition, and recent kidney operation. In this article, I explain what to expect from blood test results and how this will help you to live longer.
My father's older brother, Uncle Augie, was always my favorite uncle. In addition to sharing a passion for baseball, my uncle tried to teach me golf and enjoyed talking about the Milwaukee Braves. While living on the farm, I always looked forward to Uncle Augie's visits.
An abdominal ultrasound scan suggested by a doctor probably saved my life. In this article, after defining the meaning of ultrasound scan, I explain its purpose in medical diagnostics and some of the results the scan images can indicate.
During the 1950s, I never paid much attention to the news on television or in the paper. In 1957, there were, however, exciting and interesting things happening all around this 13-year-old. This article fondly recalls special events that occurred to my family and me.
Nostalgia is very prevalent among older people today. Nevertheless, any attempt to relive memories of our youth are doomed to failure. This article presents four reasons why you can't go home again as much as you sometimes desire.
This article attempts to understand the background of my paternal grandfather, Charles August Kuehn. From the beginning as a twin brother in a big German immigrant family in Milwaukee in 1885, I trace my grandfather's life as a boy and man in both Door County and the Greenfield area of Milwaukee.
Since August 2016, I have been building a family tree and trying to identify my ancestors who originated in Europe. Based on successes and failures, I suggest a number of tips for doing genealogy research.
My parents were two of the most generous people you could ever hope to meet. During their lives, mom and dad sacrificed so much for the well-being of me and four other siblings. This article recalls how generous my parents really were.
In June 2018, my Thai family and I had an enjoyable outing at a mountain reservoir lake in the Loei area of Thailand. For two or three fun-packed hours, we rented a bamboo raft that was towed to the middle of the lake.
One day after my wife and I purchased a new SUV in Thailand, we decided to get it blessed by a Buddhist monk. In this article, I explain why the vehicle was blessed and then describe the interesting ritual involved.
My great-grandma had a fascinating life which brought her from Austria to central Wisconsin. In this article, I first recall my little grandma's challenges before marriage and then examine her life as a mother and early widow.
Within a seven-month period, I had cataract surgery in both my right and left eyes. In this article, learn what a cataract is, how it is removed in surgery, and post-op care needed for your eyes.
In August 2014, our home in Thailand was blessed by nine Buddhist monks. After examining why homes are blessed, this article describes the ceremony conducted in the presence of family and friends.
In March 2018, I underwent a PET/CT whole body scan. In this article, learn what a PET/CT scan is, why it is used, how it is given, and what information its results can give doctors and patients.
My four uncles are remembered in this article. From my favorite Uncle Augie to mentally-challenged Uncle Leo, each has a special place in my heart as I share stories about them.
In 2018 and 2019, I made trips back to my home state of Wisconsin. This article suggests where you should go and what you would enjoy doing in America's Dairyland.
In February 2018, I traveled from Udon Thani City to the peak of Phu Bo Bit Mountain in Loei Province. Relive the experience of a senior citizen scaling a mountain peak 647 meters above sea level.
Udon Thani has many scenic and cultural tourist attractions. Here are two lesser-known sites in this Province near Udon City—the Sea of Red Lotuses and the Ho Chi Minh historical sites and museum.
To lead a happy, healthy, and successful life, it is necessary to be an optimist. In this article, I suggest six ways to be optimistic and think positively throughout your life.
How did people communicate before the telephone and Internet? 1950s communication devices were simple, inconvenient, and quite different from those we use today. This article explores the author's personal experiences of early telecommunications.
From October 2010 until March 2014, it was a struggle for me to keep an English teaching position at a private school in Bangkok. In this article, I relate the school's effort to terminate me.
This is my story of teaching English from 2007 until 2010 in Thailand. I relive my experiences of teaching in government and private schools in the Bangkok area.
In this article, I recall special times with mom and dad. My memories include family activities, summer visits back home to Wisconsin, and traveling together over the years.
Since 1999, I have had prostate problems leading to biopsies in 2000 and 2003. Based on personal experiences, this article details what to expect after having undergone a prostate biopsy.
During the 1957-58 school year, I was an eighth grader at Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic School in Waterford, Wisconsin. This article recalls my classes, classmates, and activities during the year.
In this article, I reflect on Navy boot camp training at Great Lakes, Illinois, in 1967. Besides acquiring basic Navy knowledge, I learned survival swimming, how to shoot a rifle, and how to fight fires.
In this article, I reflect on my Navy boot camp training at Great Lakes, Illinois, from June 15 through June 17 of 1967. It was a time of transitioning from civilian life to military navy life.
I attended a small village Catholic school in Wisconsin from 1954 until 1957. In this article, I recall memories of school, seventh-grade classmates and what some of them did after leaving school.
At the age of 65, I had internal and external hemorrhoids removed by surgery. This article first examines the nature of hemorrhoids and then details what to expect after hemorrhoid removal surgery.
At the beginning of the 2015 MLB season, the Milwaukee Brewers realized they had to rebuild to be competitive in the future. I reflect on the rebuild and Milwaukee's future in 2017 and years beyond.
I wasn't interested in reading books for pleasure until retirement in 2007. Based on my experiences, this article explains how to stimulate a greater interest in reading books for enjoyment.
I have been enjoying retirement since April of 2014. In this article, you will learn about my new freedoms and what I like about retirement. This includes being my own boss.
The 2016-2017 NBA season revealed both the strengths and weaknesses of the Milwaukee Bucks. This article suggests the personnel moves the Bucks should make for the 2017-2018 season and beyond.
Historical newspapers have been a great aid in my genealogy research. I have identified many cousins, great-uncles, great-aunts, and also discovered some very surprising news about my great-grandpa.
In this article, I share my experiences of learning spoken and written German first as a college undergraduate and lately by taking online courses.
My great-grandma Bertha Kuehn immigrated to the U.S. with five kids in 1882. Until her death in 1923, great-grandma lived a challenging and colorful life on the Door County Peninsula of Wisconsin.
Henry W Schmidt and Anna Waldvogel were 19th century immigrants who married in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and then settled in central Wisconsin. This is their story before and after marriage.
It is convenient and fun to learn languages online. In this article, I describe my experiences of learning and reviewing languages like Chinese Mandarin, Thai, and German on different sites.
No matter where you live today, most people will be able to find you using people search sites on the Web. In this hub, I list the popular people searching websites on line and what they provide.
I have always had a love for baseball. In this article, I relate how I started to play ball as a young boy, and how eventually I helped organize and play on a small village little league like team.
Doctor Pat or Patty has been one of my closest siblings. In this article, I follow my sister's life and highlight the best qualities of mom and dad which Pat has shown in her life.
During my years of flying since 1967, I have experienced occasional annoyance which has really tested my patience. This article relates my top pet peeves ranging from cancelled flights to turbulence.
My maternal grandma was one of the most caring persons you would want to meet. In this article, I remember her life, challenges, and the great joy that grandma gave to me as a young boy.
Any person with average intelligence can get straight A's in high school. In this article, I share my tips for doing so and becoming valedictorian of your graduating class.
In this article, I attempt to discover my paternal grandmother's past. Her life story begins in Austria and leads to a life in Pennsylvania coal country and Door County, Wisconsin, before marriage.
In 1958 my eight grade class made a weekend trip from Wisconsin to Washington DC. We toured the U.S. Capitol, White House, Mount Vernon and learned very much about United States history.
There are a number of good reasons for studying and learning a foreign language. Better communication with and knowledge of different cultures are important reasons for becoming multilingual.
With the aid of shared research from my first and second cousins and Ancestry.com records, I set off in search of my great-grandpa Kuehn. This hub details the findings for a German immigrant in 1881.
America won't be great again until it gets back to practicing things I learned when growing up in the 50s and early 60s. These include pride in being an American and a renewal of moral values.
A family budget can be balanced if you pay attention to cutting household expenses. This article suggests nine ways, such as do-it-yourself and shopping in thrift stores.
In this article, I recall my participation in United States Presidential elections during the period 1956-2020. Although a liberal Democrat in the early 60s, by 1980 I was a conservative Republican.
In this article, I reminisce about all of the part-time jobs I have had in my life. Many of my memories are about janitorial positions which I held for many years in the 1980s.
Based on more than 20 years of life overseas on Taiwan and in Thailand, I list in this article the main advantages and disadvantages of living outside the United States, especially when on your own.
Regular computer maintenance is a must for anyone spending time on a computer and the Internet. This articles presents tips on what you should be scanning for and resolving on a daily basis.
This article describes my experience of searching for ancestors in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland. It also lists some of my joys and sorrows in using online genealogy services.
After starting my ancestry research, I knew that I would find skeletons in the closet. Read about some of the interesting and perhaps unflattering things about my grandparents and great-grandparents.
Even though I wasn't that close to grandparents, I still have memories which I share in this hub. I also detail my plans to research my great grand-parents and roots in Germany and Austria.
After analyzing the Packers moves in the offseason, this hub evaluates Green Bay's offense, defense, and special teams for 2016, and speculates on whether the Packers can win their division.
There are many Buddhist and government public holidays in Thailand. Read about some of the long five-day weekend holidays that I have experienced while living in different parts of Thailand.
Proficiency in a foreign language is quickly lost if the language is not often used. Drawing on my experiences of learning Mandarin, Taiwanese, and Thai, I suggest ways to maintain language skills.
The future of our society rests upon conduct of youth. This hub suggests seven ways to impart moral values to children. Good role models in the home and society are emphasized throughout this hub.
In the late spring of 2016, I worked on my sister's dairy farm in Wisconsin. Read about my daily life of feeding, milking, cleaning up after, and caring for a herd of 70 head of cattle with my sister.
Have you ever wondered how to say thank you in more than your native language? This hub examines how to say thank you in 36 different languages which might be used in travel around the world.
This article focuses on my life in Maryland during the 1980s. I recall my residences, work, family life and travel throughout Maryland and the bordering states of Pennsylvania, Virginia, and New Jersey.
In the wake of increasing political correctness and affirmative action, the lives of most older white heterosexual males are not very pleasant. Read about a white heterosexual male's pet peeves .
The Milwaukee Bucks have been a major disappointment to fans and critics in the 2015-2016 season. This hub analyzes what has gone wrong with the Bucks and how Milwaukee can do better in the future.
"David Copperfield" is one of the most enjoyable novels I have ever read. Unusual characters and an interesting plot set in England at the beginning of the 19th century will captivate all readers.
This hub examines the six facets of understanding: being able to explain; being able to interpret; being able to apply; having a perspective; being able to empathize; and having self-knowledge.
The 1950s was a great time for a kid to be a Milwaukee Braves fan. How could you not delight watching all-stars like Warren Spahn, Eddie Matthews, and Hank Aaron at Milwaukee County Stadium or on TV!
The Taipei Metro or MRT is one of the better mass rapid transit systems in East Asia. This hub describes the MRT and then points out tourist sites near the subway stations on the five major lines.
"Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens traces the psychological and moral development of orphan Pip to maturity from the marshes of Kent to London during early 19th century Victorian England.
During most of the 1970s, I ran my own English teaching business in Taiwan. In this hub, I recall why and how I operated a very successful teaching service for primarily adults in Kaohsiung city.
The Milwaukee Bucks surprised many people by finishing the 2014-2015 season with a 41-41 record and trip to the playoffs. With the addition of Greg Monroe and Jabari Parker, the Bucks will be better.
I have held a number of jobs in my life from the lowest blue collar to white collar work. How I became a security guard and doing this work in Toledo, Ohio, in 1979 are highlighted in this hub.
I spent almost the first ten years of my life living in the city. In this article I recall my life in West Allis, Wisconsin, during the early 50s. I remember my apartment, school, and experiences.
I hope that my descendants and people in future generations will remember my legacy. This historical legacy will include my character, teaching and learning, federal government service, and writing.
I have attended Catholic Church services for many years. Although this has been a mostly enjoyable experience, I still have some pet peeves which I feel compelled to relate in this hub.
One of my passions in life has been learning foreign languages. Starting with Latin in high school, I have learned eight languages. Read about the languages I have learned and benefitted from.
Most of my hotels have provided great accommodations. However, there have been lemons. Based on hotel experiences of almost fifty years, I share with readers my top eleven hotel pet peeves.
Are you like me and arrive early to catch your departing flight? Based on personal experiences, read about my seven tips to enjoy yourself and kill time at airports before scheduled flights.
The Hong Kong MTR is one of the most profitable and efficient transportation systems in the world. This article is intended to help the new tourist to Hong Kong understand and better use the MTR.
Visiting Lantau Island near Hong Kong by sky, land, and sea was an unforgettable adventure. We took a cable ride up into the mountains, visited a fishing village, and hiked to a big Buddhist statue.
It is only natural to have a fear of major surgery. Based on my recent kidney operation, I suggest five ways of overcoming fear of operations. They include knowledge, trust, laughter, and optimism.
On March 25, 2015, doctors in Thailand found a large cancerous tumor on my left kidney. In this article, read about my kidney removal operation in 2015 and hospital recovery during the following days.
Most people don't want or enjoy getting old. It's a fact though that your body shows wear just like a machine over years of use. Read on for ten signs you are getting old which I have observed.
"Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott is one of the most enjoyable books I have ever read. In this American classic set during the 19th century, girls and women are made to think more highly of themselves.
The foreign English language teachers in Thailand are a blend of young and old male and female mostly from western countries. This hub examines the foreign English language teachers in Thailand.
English teaching in Thailand is much different from that of western countries. Based on my seven years of teaching in Bangkok, learn how to survive as a new foreign English teacher in Thailand.
This hub describes my good luck and fate in finding satisfying and meaningful jobs during my lifetime. Being in the right place at the right time has certainly worked to my advantage.
In part three of a series about my U.S. Navy memories, I recall my temporary additional duty to Kyushu, Japan, in 1969. Read and find out how I liked my job, living conditions, and off-duty liberty.
My Taiwan duty assignment during the period November 1968 until August 1969 was an exciting time in my life. It gave me an opportunity to visit an exotic land and meet a lot of interesting people.
I was in the U.S. Navy for almost four years during the late 60s. In this hub, I recall my basic training at Great Lakes and then specialized training at Monterey, California and San Angelo, Texas.
Interactions with aunts, uncles, and cousins are treasured when young. In this hub, I recall significant memories of seven aunts on both my father's and mother's side of the family.
I have learned a lot in life through trial and error outside of the classroom. In this hub, I share fifteen truisms learned in life which many people can readily relate to almost every day.
Retirement can be a time of bliss. For me, it has been a trying and disappointing time. Read what I don't like about retired life and why I dislike it.
The experiences of my wife and me in getting a driver's license in Thailand are detailed in this article. In getting a license, all that is needed is a lot of practice, perseverance, desire, and patience.
Have you ever wondered what the most popular Chinese surnames are? This hub lists the ten most common Chinese family names and cites examples of well-known Chinese having these surnames.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is an American classic. It is a masterful social commentary about a boy and his adventures along the Mississippi River in the early nineteenth century.
NBA teams and fans will take notice of the Milwaukee Bucks during the 2014-2015 season. Under coach Jason Kidd, the Bucks will be much more competitive and win at least 30 games.
This article details my experiences of writing on Bubblews.com, one of the newer increasingly popular social media blogging platforms. There were advantages and disadvantages which I relate.
I learned that it wasn't easy getting into medical school in the 1960s. A person has to have the smarts, aptitude, and persevering desire which everyone does not have to become a doctor.
Evaluating ESL speaking proficiency must be done more objectively than subjectively. After defining speaking proficiency, this hub introduces a rubric for effectively evaluating speaking proficiency.
Based on experiences studying Thai and living in Thailand, this hub suggests answers to the question of why I can't improve my Thai language proficiency and stagnate at the intermediate level.