gah4Hello and Welcome!

Do come in, make yourself at home, and join the conversation, please. I like conversation, I like to connect, but I’m very introvert and sometimes just too shy to go and comment on your posts. That shouldn’t prevent you from commenting on mine if you find something you’d like to talk about. Let’s chat!

That said, you probably came to this page to find out about the Why, What, and Who of this blog, right?


I like to chat, but I often am very busy. I found that blogging regularly can be quite demanding on time and energy. And, over time, I found that I’m not really a blogger. I’m not comfortable sharing too many personal stories, I don’t have any special skills I want to share, I’m neither stylish nor special, and overall, my life is good, but too boring to write about. I do like to write though, and this blog has become my incentive to write regularly, especially by participating in the Friday Fictioneers group.


Most of the time, my posts will be informal and conversational. The blog contains flash fiction, some short stories, and a few personal posts, mostly about my pets. I used to go wild on MOOCs, Massive Open Online Courses, but as much fun as they are, I want to write more, therefore the courses are on hiatus for now. That may change…


I’m a “Jack of all trades and master of nothing” — interested in everything, but for most topics my knowledge isn’t as thorough as I would wish.

Gah or GaH or GaH Learner is my handle in the wild world of social networking since I am paranoid and don’t like to share my real name on the web other than for professional reasons. It is an abbreviation of my real name. My first name is Gabriele.Β  I’ve had an internet stalker once, and have no wish to repeat that experience.

I love to read, my favourite genres are Fantasy and Science Fiction, but I mostly read everything friends recommend. Sadly, there’s less and less time for reading. I love to visit museums, art, sculpture, history, natural history, you name it. I love science. I also dabble in drawing, crafting, anything creative except for music. I can’t hold a tune, don’t play any instruments and know little about music in general. But I like to listen. Depending on my mood, this would be Classical music or Rock music with a bit of Pop thrown in here or there. I don’t do genres, I go by what I like, which is mostly the music from my youth: the sixties and seventies — which shows my age.

All the header images come from Pixabay and are Creative Commons CC0.








54 thoughts on “About

  1. It’s very honorable that you continue to learn about things — wish more people felt that way. I, too, feel as though I’m a life-long learner, and proud of it! Learn on! πŸ™‚


  2. Thank you very much for following my blog! I wil try mybest not to disappoint you πŸ™‚
    i am looking forward on your comments and opinions!


    1. I don’t think there’ll be all that much commenting from me, but there’ll be faithful reading. I’m a bit shy and also not American, and the categorizing and giving everything a diagnosis and a name at the same time fascinates and horrifies me. I’m what you would call a yellow-bellied ( why? ) empath who can be cold, not overly tough, but getting through things. Your skeleton post made me laugh so hard, that could have been my SO and me, we’re both biologists ( not researching any more). Apart from that, I’m too fat, hate exercise, do Yoga ( at home), share your attitude towards chocolate and am just me with my story as you are you with yours. I’m looking forward to reading more from you.

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      1. You sound pretty awsome! I am not biologist yet but you never know what life brings πŸ˜‰
        And i love faithful readers. I am glad you grasped the meaning of the post perfectly

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    1. I really should edit my About page, thanks for dropping by and asking. πŸ™‚
      MOOCs are Massive Open Online Courses, they are hosted by universities and some organizations. *turning crystal ball on* I see a blog post coming… *turning crystal ball off*

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  3. Thanks for posting! I learned of the existence of MOOCS earlier this year, but don’t know much about them. I’m happy to find this info on your blog and hope to participate in a few MOOC some day. Perhaps Blogging101 counts as one?


    1. Blogging101 certainly is a good start. MOOCs can be great fun, demanding, sometimes extremely frustrating, and addictive. If you like to learn, it’s like a table full of goodies spread out in front of you. Just look around and try one that tickles your fancy.


  4. Hello gahlearner, thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my blog, having read your about page I find we have quite a bit in common, and I wish you success with your goal. I intend to explore your writing in more depth in the coming week.

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    1. Hello, thank you for dropping by and following. As you’ve probably seen, I’ve returned the favour. You are way ahead of me where writing, and blogging is concerned, I’m still discussing with myself why I’m doing this. I see myself as an somewhat advanced apprentice writer.


    1. Hi Ladylee, I just saw the pingback and was fumbling around with the approval (gotta look into this, I’ve been neglecting my settings). Thank you so much for nominating me. Of course I accept, I feel honoured. πŸ™‚ I’ll need a day or two to post, but I’ll have to show it off soon. πŸ˜€


  5. Very interesting about page. Thanks for your blog. I learned that our greatest weakness can become our greatest strength. Don’t be surprised if the weakness you mention here becomes your strongest point tomorrow; of course, if you decide to work on it.

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  6. Hi, our paths have crossed on Friday Fictioneers. I am also an introvert who is not very good at this blogging thing. I also feel I am not very good at commenting, so often I just resort to hitting the like button. I use a nome de plume as well. I’ve never had an internet stalker though, that sounds troubling. You have the same name as my dad! I haven’t met too many people with that name, but I am in America, where Gabriel is more common. I am not sure if you are male or female. Names are funny like that. In America my name is female, but in Italian it is a man’s name (I was named after my grandfather). Now I fear I am rambling and pretty much putting my foot in my mouth, which I am known to do. See – I said I wasn’t good at commenting. Let me stop.

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  7. I’m glad I stopped by. It’s nice to meet you, Gabriele. πŸ˜‰ I’m with Elephant in saying that you do quite well with English. I’ll bet hearing you speak is delightful. I took German for a year and did well with the accent because of my background with Yiddish (which I’m told is actually Low German) and Hebrew. The grammar was quite another story.

    Shalom, meine fruend. πŸ˜‰


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    1. Thank you for visiting, Rochelle. πŸ˜€ Yes, Yiddish sounds a lot like German although there are many strange words I can’t undrestand without looking them up. German grammar–hah. I don’t envy people who try to learn it, there isn’t much logic in there. My accent isn’t so strong when I have the opportunity to speak regularly but that’s not the case right now. And I have no dictionary when I speak, LOL. I don’t mind having an accent, it just shouln’t be so strong that people have trouble understanding.


      1. They can be fun to do, and I love to read what other people say about themselves too. This time I got organized with the list of possible nominees, though — made a spreadsheet I can use for future awards, and marked down everyone who said “no awards” on their site, or who I nominated for an award before and they never even replied. That way I don’t have to look everyone up all over again next time, and I can quickly see who I just gave the last award to. Whew, being organized, who knew it would be so helpful!

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  8. Hey there GAH! I found your blog today, and I’m nominating you for That’s So Jacob’s March Blog Madness! It’s simple: find five interesting blogs today, copy and paste this comment to theirs, and give them a follow! Have a great day and if you’re so inclined, kindly come visit me over at http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com. Have fun spreading the blog love this month!


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