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Did you win, Grandma??

After Short Track (speed skating) training on Saturday afternoons I generally stop by to visit little Emma, our now month-old granddaughter. Her four-year-old twin brothers are still young enough to be impressed by my skating outfit, especially my club jacket. … Continue reading

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Live creatively.

Its wings spread wide, the Merlin falcon soars easily, rising with the wind – there’s no effort in it from where I stand watching. My own body is so heavy today with a bad cold. I let it go, soar … Continue reading

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The world is not all lost!!

On a particularly dark day I posted a picture on Facebook, of myself last year in a green sunny Zambia, with the words “I wish I could be down there”. A Zambian friend promptly replied: “You won’t like it here … Continue reading

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Many women’s issues are universal!

It’s a small group of women that gathers every week or two in Schleitheim for English Conversation. We’re an interesting lot – a very sprightly elderly Irish woman, the Reformed Church pastor, a well-to-do woman who accompanied her husband on … Continue reading

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Hope is a sliver of light

That’s all it takes to drive away the power of the dark – a sliver of light on the horizon. I fear this time of year in Switzerland – sometimes days, weeks on end with little sun, lots of fog … Continue reading

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Burundi’s farmers cut from all-important agriculture information

Think of how you react when your internet connection is down for even half a day. What if it was down for a week, or a month? You depend on it for the information you need to do your job … Continue reading

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With a burst of song – come 2016!

I’ve never before heard so many people, at the end of a year, say – Good Riddance 2015! It can only get better. I hear it from my Zambian friends, battling with disease, drought, death and a struggling economy. I … Continue reading

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A mix of sun and cloud…

My hands warmed by my morning coffee, I stand on our balcony, this almost last day of the year 2015. Before me the smoke rises from the old houses of Schleitheim, as it has for a thousand years or more. … Continue reading

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“Laughter in the Shadows” – beware of where writing can take you!

When I started writing “Laughter in the Shadows” I didn’t know what could happen when you publish a book. In fact, already while writing and then when seeking publishers and all that that entails, I’ve often said I would never … Continue reading

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A Can of Corn

Originally posted on To Breathe is to Write:
I saw something on Facebook last night that got me a bit upset. Now, I know Facebook is good for that. Upsetting people. What I saw last night I took a bit…

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