Author Archives: sarazaske

Germans extend tech help to refugees

If you are looking for good news about the refugee crisis, you can’t do much better than a story about ordinary people using their skills to help others.  I particularly enjoyed working on this article for and talking to the people involved in … Continue reading

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The non-pushy parent: how to be a German mum

I wrote another piece about my experiences as an American parent in Berlin. It appeared in The Times newspaper in the U.K. Here’s a short sample. (Sorry you have to go to The Times site to read the whole thing but … Continue reading

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How to Parent Like a German

Originally posted on TIME:
The first time I went to a playground in Berlin, I freaked. All the German parents were huddled together, drinking coffee, not paying attention to their children who were hanging off a wooden4 dragon 20 feet…

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Four great books for writers

In honor of my return to the blog, I’m putting a post for my fellow writers. Because that’s why I’ve been away. I’ve been writing the whole time, working on a new novel. I swear. Writers must read. It’s the … Continue reading

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A believable dystopia: review of Feed

Feed by M.T. Anderson If you found the Hunger Games and Divergent far-fetched (and they are), Feed shows a dystopian novel that seems possible. In Feed, everyone is hooked up to a network that tracks their interests and purchases. It also allows them to … Continue reading

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Four things Germans do better than Americans (or not)

As an American living in Berlin, I’ve noticed a few cultural differences. It’s clear that Germans do some things better than Americans: free preschool, public transportation, beer festivals. . . And some things Americans do better: fast Internet, customer service–oh and … Continue reading

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Worth the tears: review of A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness I don’t normally go for tear jerkers, but this one is well worth the crying. A Monster Calls is simply a stunning book. It doesn’t just aim for sadness; it tackles a difficult subject the death … Continue reading

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