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Surprised by Joy in the city – Belo/Mir

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ia2UBXjNzw Joy can come at the most unexpected moment. It can be there, right around the corner, in the middle of the city during the busy evening hours. Everyone is rushing – to get to the train on time, or … Continue reading

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Farming with horses – like our grandfathers did

There’s a strange absence of sound as the plow turns the golden oat stubble under. No roaring tractor motor to shut out the wind blowing steady this beautiful fall day. Bruce Coleman’s dog trots ahead of the team of horses … Continue reading

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Take Time to Live!

My brother-in-law, who travels regularly between continents for business, once told me that he thinks most clearly in the air between two worlds. I’m in that space right now. There’s something to his saying. Switzerland already feels far away, although … Continue reading

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Maybe I CAN do this! Becoming an Indie Author

It keeps me awake at night. It gives me a tummy ache. It’s true what they say – writing a book is the easy part. Marketing it, especially if you decide to self-publish, is where the real work starts. When … Continue reading

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Keep our country free!

Locker room conversation after sports training last week: “Would you take one of them in?” referring to refugees. “You bet. Then I’d shoot them, quarter them and sell their organs.” These are good Swiss citizens, middle-class businessmen. Conversation after a … Continue reading

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Hey, that’s a Canadian!

What is the Golden Gate bridge doing here, in the small Swiss village of Trasadingen? The bridge was the portal to the grape festival, with John Denver’s song “Country Roads, take me home” as the central theme. The ‘Wild West’ … Continue reading

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What pictures don’t say

I’m still on the Refugee thing. So are a lot of other people, I see. No wonder. The situation in Europe is getting worse by the day – both in the countries the refugees come from and the countries they … Continue reading

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The power of Story

A Facebook Friend recently posted this picture, with a few words of empathy and ‘ohnmacht’ (German for powerlessness). The response to the post was immense. Each morning we open the newspaper to more stories of refugees drowning in the Mediterranean … Continue reading

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French farmers dump manure on major throughways

Tuesday, July 21. The Pont de Normandie is a beautiful piece of engineering, and the main throughway from the port city of Le Havre southwards. It’s rush hour. We’re lucky, we’re on the northbound lane. Is that an accident ahead … Continue reading

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Refugees in Ventimiglia dampen my holiday mood

We’re in holiday mood, as are probably many others driving this freeway. The coastline of the Italian province of Liguria, next to the French border, is a continual range of rugged wild hills running to the sea. Fishing used to … Continue reading

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