• Books

    Favorite female characters in children books series

    Although I am an adult,I still love reading children and young adult fiction. I like the engaging plots and the likable characters. Especially female characters are often well written and inspiring. It makes me happy to see such strong female characters because they are good role models for little girls today. Here are some of my favorite female characters in children and young adult books series. Hermione Granger (Harry Potter) Hermione is smart, courageous and a great friend. I like the fact that she has such an important role in the Harry Potter series. And I like the fact that she is a bookworm. Bookworms are great. Hermione’s evolution in…

  • Creativity

    Things I love about Nanowrimo

    I will not be able to do Nanowrimo this year. Actually, I have not been able to do it for several years now. To do Nanowrimo, you really need to invest much time and with little children at home, this is not easy. However, I have fantastic memories of the times I won Nanowrimo. What is Nanowrimo? Nanowrimo, the National Novel Writing Month, is a challenge for which you are supposed to write a novel of at least 50.000 words in November. What I like about Nanowrimo The Nanowrimo website: a great design and a lot of fun. Statistics: on the Nanowrimo website, you can enter everyday your word count…

  • Creativity,  Uncategorized

    Coloring with water

    Lately, my youngest son has been coloring a lot with water. There are several products that enable little children to paint with just some water. This is of course great for parents because there is nothing to clean afterwards. Here are some of our favorite products. This post may contain affiliate links. See the Disclosures page for more information. Scales and Tails – Dinosaurs (Paint with water) This is a real little book. If you paint with water on the pictures, their colors appear. When the picture dries, it becomes white again and you can paint again and again. My son loves the dinosaurs in the book. Shells and Spells…

  • Uncategorized

    10 quotes about learning

    I wrote yesterday about reskilling und upskilling and it made me think about how important learning is. I made a list of 10 quotes about learning that I particularly like. 10 quotes about learning “In times of change learners inherit the earth; while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” Eric Hoffer “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” Mahatma Gandhi “He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.” Confucius “It is not knowledge, but the act of learning, not possession…

  • Learning

    Career advice: Upskilling and Reskilling

    Upskilling Upskilling can be defined as the process of improving workers’ skills. Reskilling Respelling can be defined as the process of learning new skills so you can do a different job or of training people to do a different job. Why are upskilling and reskilling today relevant in the corporate world? In 2020, 74% of CEOs are worried about the availability of key skills, after a study led by PricewaterhouseCoopers . Helping employees to upskill or reskill is a good way for company to close the skills gap in a company. This is also a good way to make employees happier, more motivated and more confident. This is also important…

  • Books,  STEM

    Data science reading list

    As I have completed some courses about data science in the last year, I would like to read some books on the subject. I checked on websites such as LinkedIn, Medium or towardsdatascience and I did a list of books I am interested in. This post may contain affiliate links. See the Disclosures page for more information. Data science reading list Python for Data Analysis (Wes McKinney): as I took a course about data analysis with python, this would be a good way to extend my knowledge on the topic. Ethics of Big Data (Kord Davis and Doug Patterson): this is a topic that is becoming more important everyday. Too…

  • Life and blog

    Music review: Grand Prix (Benjamin Biolay)

    Benjamin Biolay released his first album, Rose Kennedy, in 2001. He soon became one of the most known figure of the nouvelle chanson française, a musical genre that is inspired from singers such as Brel, Brassens or Edith Piaf but with a more soft pop music style. Benjamin Biolay has since written 11 further albums, the latest being Grand Prix that was released this year. He worked with famous singers like Vanessa Paradis or Keren Ann. He also worked as an actor. His ex wife Chiara Mastroianni, is an actress and the daughter of the very famous Catherine Deneuve. Although he was rapidly seen as one of the most gifted…

  • Life and blog

    10 quotes about gratitude

    I resumed working in home office after a week of holiday and I am already stressed… In such situations, it is helpful to think of things you are grateful for. While researching gratitude, I found some inspiring quotes and I set a list of my favorite quotes about gratitude Inspiring quotes about gratitude “For my part, I am almost contented just now, and very thankful. Gratitude is a divine emotion: it fills the heart, but not to bursting; it warms it, but not to fever.” Charlotte Bronte “Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” A.A Milne “Let…

  • Languages

    Politics and languages

    As the American election is approaching, you can find many articles about American politics in the French and German press. I thought it could be fun to list the words which have a totally different political meaning in America and in Western Europe. Red and Blue The colors of the political parties can vary from a country to another. In America, the Republican Party has the color red, whether the Democrat party has the color blue. The color red belongs in France to the communists and in Germany to the social democrats. The color blue belong in France to the right: light blue for the moderate conservatives and dark blue…

  • Books

    The Halloween Creatures Book Tag

    I do not really celebrate Halloween. I grew up in France, where it is not a major event and I now live in Germany where it is not very important either. However, when I read about the Halloween Creatures Book Tag, I thought it could be a lot of fun.  This post may contain affiliate links. See the Disclosures page for more information. Rules: Answer all prompts.Answer honestly.Tag 1-13 people.Link back to this post. ( For me it was the blog Lioness at Large)Remember to credit the creator. (Anthony @ Keep Reading Forward)<Have fun! WitchA Magical Character or Book. Circe by Madeline Miller. This is an excellent novel based on…