Some good friends are in Weimar for the weekend, and they sent me this in the mail this morning.

While strolling around the Nationaltheater (national theater), they came across this famous quote by Oscar Wilde, glued onto the cobble stones, and then they thought of me.

Kopfsteinpflaster Weimar

Original quote: “I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.”

Yes, my friends, well, anybody, always see me carry my journal around. Not only when I’m traveling, but throughout any regular day.

I use it daily. I write first thing in the morning, while the coffee is still brewing. The journal holds my to-do list, any creative ideas, Chinese fortune cookie sayings find a home with a glue stick, and so much more. It’s a great organizer for loose notes as well.

When my children were younger, and dinner service at the restaurant took a bit too long (yes, we are in Germany), I asked them to draw something in it to pass the time. That will be a nice memory to look at someday.

I started journaling in 1992, when I lived in the U.S.A. In the past 24 years, I must have filled about 40 journals or more. The journals look more like a scrap book, because I add more life in form of tickets, photos, etc. to the covers too.

I find writing very soothing. I can have a thoughtful conversation with myself. Sometimes, I’m just happy to be home and ‘visit myself’, while everyone else is out.

Until now, I have used my journals only twice to do some research. One search was for information about Japan, and the other one was looking up a certain date.

So there really isn’t any further usage once I get past the writing. But writing helps me clear my mind, set goals, and stay organized.

Whether you are an expat experiencing a new culture, or a new mom wanting to leave a lasting memory for her child, or your spouse is too bored to listen. Writing is therapeutic.

Quote of the Day

Experience is the hardest kind of teacher. It gives you the test first and the lesson afterward.

– Oscar Wilde

paper balls

Quote of the Day

Education: [A process] which makes one rogue cleverer than another.

– Oscar Wilde –

Zitat der Woche

Ich bin durchaus nicht zynisch,
ich habe nur meine Erfahrungen,
was allerdings ungefähr auf dasselbe hinauskommt.

– Oscar Wilde –

Ein idealer Gatte: Komödie in vier Akten (Oscar Wilde) von

Die Komödie Ein idealer Gatte spielt gerade im English Theatre in Frankfurt. Mehr auf Englisch hier: An ideal husband.

An Ideal Husband at the English Theatre Frankfurt

Being a big fan of Oscar Wilde, I took the opportunity to see the preview showing of An Ideal Husband at the English Theatre in Frankfurt.

Quoted from the theatre’s flyer:

“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.” In Oscar Wilde’s play, a rising politician, Sir Robert Chiltern has the ideal career, the ideal wife and the ideal social ranking. But all of his eminence is suddenly endangered when the scheming and mysterious Mrs. Cheveley threatens to blackmail him and expose a youthful act of corruption.

As the lies, blackmail and incriminating documents come to light, it becomes clear that the man thought to be perfect is in fact flawed. Now, the man with all the flaws must do something right, and the question remains: what makes an ideal husband?

An Ideal Husband, a comedy of manners, starts playing today.

For performances between 27 Feb – 6 Mar 2010, you save 25% on your ticket (prices from € 21,00).

Call 069 – 242 316 – 20 or e-mail:

online booking: english theatre

Shows are Tuesday – Saturday 7:30 p.m. /  Sunday 6:00 p.m.

This show was good! We had some good laughs and I also thought its choreography was excellent.

Start your evening in Frankfurt with a good show and you might want to visit for more information on what to do after the show.

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