Author Archives: Ben

Publish a fiction story online

The goal Publish a fiction story online. No need for marketing, but it must be officially published somewhere online (at this stage, probably on Smashwords).   Why I really enjoyed writing stories in primary school, but moved on to other … Continue reading

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Learn about Buddhism

The goal Learn a little more about Buddhism.   Why I read “The Art of Happiness” by the Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler in my teen years, and the ideas seemed sensible. Who doesn’t want to be happier, more compassionate … Continue reading

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Editing Wikipedia

The Goal Edit one or more articles on Wikipedia.   Why? I read a lot of Wikipedia articles, and feel like I should give back. Sometimes I see small grammar issues or typos in an otherwise good article, and I … Continue reading

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Renewed Body Plan

It’s been a little over 1 year and 9 months since my last post on this list item, but I have just started a 3-month effort. I’ve been conscripted into the Michelle Bridges 12-Week Body Transformation (12WBT) program, which should help … Continue reading

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German A1 Exam – Passed!

Today was the date of the German A1 exam, that we had rescheduled twice, and we passed! Despite the late night, early morning, train delays, and constantly forgetting that the exam was coming up. I think we survived through a … Continue reading

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Rescheduling German Exams

It’s been a very long time since my last post on the German list item! In the last few days before the exam, we became increasingly tired and sick due to lack of sleep, so we rescheduled the exam. Then rescheduled … Continue reading

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German A1 Exam – 5 days to go!

It’s been a little longer than planned since my last post, so now there are only another 5 days until the exam. I’m not excited or nervous yet, partly because we’ve been very sick and not getting much sleep. There … Continue reading

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German A1 Exam – 12 days to go

It hasn’t been long since my last post, but there’s not long until the exam. Only 12 days now! I’ve watched the example speaking section video on the Goethe Institut website, which helped me worry less. It’s always easier when … Continue reading

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German Conversational Fluency

The Goal Have a 30-minute conversation in German, with a native or near-native German speaker. Why? I like learning languages! Partly it’s the idea of speaking in a secret code, partly it’s because I like learning new things, and partly the … Continue reading

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Blog on hold

I just ticked off another list item, but unfortunately that will be the last post on this blog for a while. There’s more study to do over the next month or so, and then the baby will arrive somewhere between … Continue reading

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