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A Walk/Jog to Restart Running – Music by Aisles

A Walk/Jog to Restart Running and Slow My Raging Biologic Clock…..

So for the last six to eight months,particularly the last three months, I feel that my biological clock has been moving ahead a full speed. While I have been keeping up with my daily yoga and meditation, even including a couple of days a week with light weights. I have done little else right. I have run maybe five to six times this year and now that I haven’t been for my walks with Oliver, I have packed on several unwanted pounds!!

My diet hasn’t been too bad, but there have been a few too many late night cake snacks! So this week I need to start doing a little better!! First on the list of things to do is to start running again. I did just that this morning. Well, maybe not “just” that there was some walking mixed in, but at least I was out there doing it!!

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Deep Waters - The Lonely Heartstring Band

The Lonely Heartstring Band – Deep Waters

 Deep Waters a Strong Debut from The Lonely Heartstring Band

Among the albums that were released this Friday was Deep Waters the debut release on Rounder Records from the Boston-based band The Lonely Heartstring Band. Ken Irwin, a founder of Rounder Records, said

“The Lonely Heartstring Band is not only one of the most exciting bands musically we’ve heard in a while, but they combine artistry with a great attitude and commitment that makes them irresistible. Plus, they’ve just made an amazing record”

After listening to the album yesterday and today, I totally agree Deep Waters is a great album and these 2015 IBMA Momentum Award winners can flat-out bring it. Great pickin’ and singin’!  Four out the five members of the band met as students at the Berklee College of Music, which says volumes about their respective musical abilities in my eyes and ears. The band was founded in 2012 by Charles Clements (bass & vocals), George Clements (guitar & lead vocals), Gabe Hirshfeld (banjo), Patrick M’Gonigle (fiddle, vocals), and Matt Witler (mandolin). Since its founding the band has built a devoted following playing and headlining at major music festivals and historic venues from Western Canada to California, from Kentucky to New Hampshire.

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Let's Learn German book being used in my studies!

Renaissance Granddad Takes On German!!

The Tools I’m Using and an Attempt to Write some German!

Okay now for something just a little different! I confess that I am hopeless when it comes to English grammar. So for me learning German grammar is a real chore. What I have been doing is trying to use a lot of different books and approaches to learning the language. First I picked up two McGraw-Hill books at Barnes & Noble : German Vocabulary Drills and German Grammar Drills. The vocabulary book presents a ton of vocabulary. The vocabulary is grouped by topics like In the City, Clothing, Food and so forth. Each chapter has many exercises to work through. Additionally, I have another basic German textbook titled Foundation Course in German that presents the lessons in an interesting manner,

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Need to add Gottliebs to my fan chart!

John Sherrington Gottlieb?? Who Knew!

RGranddad Adds  New Cousins from the Gottlieb Family!

So the name John Sherrington Ashton has a nice British ring to it, don’t you think!  Well, it should my family immigrated from Lincolnshire, England in 1851. But how about the name John Sherrington Gottlieb!! Doesn’t quite have the same ring to it does it. But through the wonders of Ancestry and DNA testing.  I have discovered that he does have a branch on my family tree!

It all started the other day, when I noted a new extremely high 4th to 6th cousin match from a person with the user name of glgottlieb1. Looking at the name, my first thought was that he would have a German connection to my tree. So I was shocked, when I previewed his limited tree (10 people), and saw that the name we shared was ASHTON! His grandmother’s name was listed as Catherine Ashton. When I checked our shared locations I saw that his father, Lawrence Emil Gottlieb born on May 6, 1907, was born in Philadelphia!  When I found the family in the 1910 census, I saw that Mary was born in New Jersey as was her father and mother. She was 28 years old putting her birth around 1882. Emil was born in Illinois, and his parents in Denmark Additionally, all

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Dark Blue - Jim Rotondi

Dark Blue – Jim Rotondi

Dark Blue – Jim Rotondi– One of My Favorites of 2016!

One of the things that I’m learning, as I listen to more and more jazz is, if you want to make a stellar record you must be a master of your instrument and then surround yourself with great musicians and don’t be afraid to let everyone should their stuff! On his latest release Dark Blue, trumpeter Jim Rotondi does just that and the results? A stellar album!!

Once more I must confess that I had not heard of Jim Rotondi, until last week when I saw the album on the JazzWeek chart! This week the week of March 28th Dark Blue is number 6 and has the most reports! And well it should because it’s great!

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A Walk/Jog to Restart Running – Music by Aisles

Aisles - Hawaii
A Walk/Jog to Restart Running and Slow My Raging Biologic Clock…..

So for the last six to eight months,particularly the last three months, I feel that my biological clock has been moving ahead a full speed. While I have been keeping up with my daily yoga and meditation, even including a couple of days a week with light weights. I have done little else right. I have run maybe five to six times this year and now that I haven’t been for my walks with Oliver, I have packed on several unwanted pounds!!

My diet hasn’t been too bad, but there have been a few too many late night cake snacks! So this week I need to start doing a little better!! First on the list of things to do is to start running again. I did just that this morning. Well, maybe not “just” that there was some walking mixed in, but at least I was out there doing it!!

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The Lonely Heartstring Band – Deep Waters

Deep Waters - The Lonely Heartstring Band

 Deep Waters a Strong Debut from The Lonely Heartstring Band

Among the albums that were released this Friday was Deep Waters the debut release on Rounder Records from the Boston-based band The Lonely Heartstring Band. Ken Irwin, a founder of Rounder Records, said

“The Lonely Heartstring Band is not only one of the most exciting bands musically we’ve heard in a while, but they combine artistry with a great attitude and commitment that makes them irresistible. Plus, they’ve just made an amazing record”

After listening to the album yesterday and today, I totally agree Deep Waters is a great album and these 2015 IBMA Momentum Award winners can flat-out bring it. Great pickin’ and singin’!  Four out the five members of the band met as students at the Berklee College of Music, which says volumes about their respective musical abilities in my eyes and ears. The band was founded in 2012 by Charles Clements (bass & vocals), George Clements (guitar & lead vocals), Gabe Hirshfeld (banjo), Patrick M’Gonigle (fiddle, vocals), and Matt Witler (mandolin). Since its founding the band has built a devoted following playing and headlining at major music festivals and historic venues from Western Canada to California, from Kentucky to New Hampshire.

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A Foundation Course in German Starts Me on My Way!

Don’t Know Much about the German I Took – But I’m trying anew!!

So if you have been reading along you are probably thinking this guy doesn’t know much about the German language, Why did He start a webpage? And you know what you’d probably be 100% right. But that’s the point – the purpose of this blog is to chronicle my attempt to learn the German language. Over the years I have noticed that I have a lot more drive and determination to run now than I did back in my youth. If I put the effort into running then that I have over the last 20 years I would have been a hell of a lot better runner!!  It’s the same with German.I didn’t put much effort in learning the language back then, but I do want to put a lot in now!! Now there’s the added benefit that learning a new language provides those who may be a little older!! I am not saying the elderly, because I in no way feel elderly, except at the end of the day after babysitting Oliver all day!!

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Day Two – Another Boring Day – not with Zoe!

Zoe an Muttertag

Day Two – Work and Babysitting in German……

Today was just another day. The day’s summary in German follows. I have highlighted words I had to look up. I will list them at the end of the post.

Heute war ein Arbeitstag am Target. Ich gingen zu Arbeit am 7 uhr und ich hatte bis 12 uhr Arbeit. Ich dachte Ich war Kinderbetreung Zoe um 2.30 Uhr aber Es war um 1.30 Uhr! Also Ich ass zu Mittagessen schnell und habe es dort in der Zeit! Wir sassen mit Zoe bis 5 Uhr, wenn ihr Vater, unser Sohn Peter, nach Hause kam. Sie war sehr gut, wie immer!

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My Day in German 1 – A Backhoe in the Street

Hallo und herzlich willkommen zu meinem Tag in detscher Sprache. ich heiß Edward und ich lerne Deutsch. Ich mache diese website zu helfen mir lernen.

A month of so ago, I started learning to speak and read German again. I restarted for two reasons. First to help in my research of my German roots and secondly because dropping my second quarter of German class in college led to my not graduating from the University of Florida on time! So learning the language is to prove to myself that I can do it all be it 46 years later! I have already written about the materials that I have been using in my study of German. For me write now it seems that reading and writing my own sentences and little stories are working best for me. With that in mind  I have started this website. What I want to do in this website is to write little stories of my life with hopes that the writing will help me learn to language.As I move along I will try to expand what I write about as my vocabulary increases. Right now I am using a couple of translation apps and a dictionary to help me put together the stories. I also plan to continue to use the other resources i.e. textbooks and other books with stories in my studies.
So here is my first installment in Mein Tag in detscher Sprache……

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