#GoodNewsTuesday: Dozens of Bikers Visit the Lemonade Stand of the Girl Whose Mother Helped Them One Year Ago

(Maybe I need to listen to the wisdom of this nurse… I definitely needed a “Good News Story”)

Hello out there, how are you? I hope you are well and if not feel a mug of your favourite beverage coming your way. No matter how bad you feel currently: You will find a solution to your problem!!!!

Today I share a story from 2018/19. In September 2018 nurse Daryn Sturch helped bikers who were involved in an accident. A year later, her daughter had a lemonade stand, and they came along to make it an incredible experience.

The reason why I chose this story is what her mother said: My big takeaway is that I really want people to step back and understand that we can look differently, talk differently, dress differently, have different interests… but just because we are ‘different’ doesn’t mean that we don’t share the same core values,” Sturch said in a statement shared with Fox News. “It’s about respect, love, kindness, and the desire to serve others.”

We need so much more of this attitude!!!!!

Please follow the link underneath the video if it doesn’t play here on the blog

video source: RTV6 via YouTube

This post takes part in “Good News Tuesday” inspired by JoAnna on “Anything Possible”. I found this story over at the Good News Network. Please head over to both and find more uplifting news.

Happy Tuesday to you all despite everything!!!!!

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Come Away With Me to Latvia & Beating Cancer

Hello out there, dear people of the blogosphere. Have you missed me? I missed you but had to take it easy last week. However, I still kept sending out my blessings to you daily, and hope you and yours are well.

I am a little more than halfway through the first cycle of chemotherapy and am feeling much better than last week. After I got my non-lady-like side effects back under control I started to help a little in the garden and did some housework too. That seemed to have brought my energy levels back up, and prompted me to start blogging again.

Still, I can only do things for a short while and then have to rest. That is now fine by me. In the first week after chemo, I felt rather useless. Now I think, that’s just part of the parcel. I feel incredibly grateful for the NHS and its staff. They are doing an incredible job in these strange times and have been there for me whenever I needed them.

So far, my hair is still on my head. I have no mouth sores just my gums are sort of rough. I wash my mouth with a light salt solution a couple of times a day as I clean my teeth after pretty much every meal or snack I have. The inflammation that stopped me from starting chemotherapy in April is gone, but I am still taking antibiotics. So all in all I am grateful that there are not too many side effects (yet). More is for sure to come but I deal with it when it arrives.

So, shall we get away for a little to Latvia?

Latvia is the middle country of the three small countries on the Eastern side of the Baltic sea. It is bordered by Russia to the East, Estonia to the North and Lithuania in the South. According to Wikipedia, it has a very high standard of living and its governments take democracy seriously.

It was ruled by Russia, Sweden and Poland over many centuries but German aristocracy seemed to have executed the rule. In the late 1980s the so-called “Singing Revolution” gave way to the modern democratic state of Latvia. So strange I can’t remember hearing about it then. But I guess Germany was pretty occupied with its own throwing out of communist rule. I can remember though the human chains all along the little Baltic countries. Sigh. Where is all that hope gone from those days for a better world?

I’ve found you a couple of videos that give an overview of Latvia. If they do not play on the blog, follow the links underneath to their YouTube location.

Video credit: Mojo Travels via YouTube
Video credit: Deutsche Welle via YouTube
Video credit: BBC Travel Show via YouTube

The band I have chosen today is not entirely unknown to the West. Prata Vetra or BrainStorm as they are also known were the first Latvian band to take part in the Eurovision Song Contest. I think they did quite well. They also won some accolades at the MTV Music Awards and even played at Glastonbury some years ago.

The reason I chose them are the lyrics to this song:

Copy right: Brainstorm via YouTube

In the dawn/ Na Zare

via LyricsTranslate

No-no, I know already, I know that my youth is gone. Now I can only recall. And I remember: then, in youth, I didn’t feel happy. It seemed vice-versa: everything was difficult, they didn’t understand me, they didn’t hear me, but now I know that I was happy then and there. But I didn’t know it then. I wanted so much! I was waiting for something! And it seemed to me that I heard something calling me… The voices are calling me in the dawn! The voices are calling me in the dawn! What was I waiting for? I was waiting for the amazing destiny, unique life. I wanted to feel everything, to try everything as soon as possible. I could walk down the street, see my reflection in the shop-windows and hope that I would be loved anyway, that I am awaited for. Also I could dream till morning and feel tremblingly that it will happen soon, this morning, very soon… very soon… And there, in my youth, when I looked at the morning mist above the river while coming back home through the sleeping city, it seemed to me always, or more exactly, I was sure that they called just for me… just for me… The youth is gone… But life goes on… It gives us the happy moments, but sometimes tries to destroy us… Many-sided, many-faced life… Ten years later we’ll realize again that we were happy, but didn’t notice that… It’s necessary just to appreciate it here and now as it is… Life is a happiness itself..

This song just expresses so much of how I feel recently.

Find out more about Latvia on the Camels & Chocolate Blog. And Image Earth Travel offers some stunning photos not only from Riga.

Come Away With Me 2020 Musical Challenge Country for Monday May 25th, 2020

I am taking a rather random route around the world, but sometimes it makes sense. Next week we are going to visit the Netherlands. Find out about interesting musicians from the Netherlands on the Culture Trip Page: 10 Dutch Musicians You Should Be Listening to.

As for the suggestions to take part:

  1. Join in! No matter where, when and with what. You missed the first week? Don’t worry. Just jump in when it suits you.
  2. Send us the link! The ping-back option does not always work so please leave a link in the comments of the post on the day you take part. Or leave it at the “Come Away With Me 2020 FB page
  3. Tag your post either with ” Come Away With Me Musical Challenge”/ #CoAwWiMeMuCh” / “Come Away with Me 2020 Musical Challenge” o/“CoAwWiMe2020MuCh” / . You can also use these as hashtags for Twitter and other Social Networks to give your post more exposure. If you add #blog and #music with your hashtags it will get you more readers.
  4. No matter which music or country the prompt favours you create with it whatever you please. This is supposed to be a fun challenge and no chore.
  5. I post a prompt for the next week with every “Come Away With Me 2020 post” I write.
  6. If you like, use this picture for your readers to find the posts.
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Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.

Please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.

Thanks my dears, for staying with me until the end. I appreciate your presence. Please stay safe, stay kind and remember that you rock!

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Something Powerful For You

Hello out there, remember you rock!!!! Please never forget that you can manage anything life is throwing at you! Yes, you can!

I have allowed myself some downtime in the last couple of days. While I do not have massive side-effects (yet…), they are still taking their toll, and I have promised myself to rest when needed, no matter what blogging plans I have.

This morning though I was listening to a song that I love, that gives me hope and makes me cry every time 🙂

I believe besides Love Hope is the most powerful thing in the world and that is why I want to share this song with you today:

Woyaya – Wiyala

Please check out this incredible and versatile singer from Ghana which I discovered at the beginning of 2020.

Wiyaala on Wikipedia

Wiyaala’s Homepage

Wiyaala on Circumspecte

Lyrics

We are going
Heaven knows where we are going
But we know we will get there

We are going
Heaven knows where we are going
But we know we will get there

We will get there
Heaven knows how we will get there
We know we will

It will be hard we know
And the road will be muddy and rough
But we’ll get there
Heaven knows how we will get there
We know we will get there


We are going
Heaven knows where we are going
But we know we will get there

Woya ee woyaa yaa (repeat till fade)

Happy Tuesday despite everything!

Image of Little Mermaid sculpture in Copenhagen

Come Away with Me To Denmark and Beating Cancer

Hello out there, dear readers, how are you doing? Don’t worry if you aren’t coping that well. We all do at times. That is just the nature of life, I guess. But know you are in my thoughts and prayers and I believe you can manage anything life throws at you.

I have been a bit quiet in recent days and am behind my planned blogging but that is fine. On Monday 11th May 2020 I had my first chemotherapy session which was ok. For the first couple of days I felt well and kept doing what I had planned. But then I got some trouble a lady doesn’t speak of so I spare you the details.

Let’s say I wasn’t at my best and let myself rest and recover as much as I could. It’s hard. I never realised how much I need to learn to take good care of my body. So many things to think about when you have chemotherapy anyway as your immune system is stressed. In COVID-19 times it’s even worse. But the best husband and I decided to take care but not to overdo it.

The weather is beautiful, so I try to go outside daily and do a little gardening. Currently with a pair of gloves under the gardening gloves to avoid any cuts that might get inflamed. I love to pull out weeds with my bare hands to have the feel of the earth (unless its thistles or nettles) but don’t at the moment, and it feels slightly weird. But hey ho, here we go. It won’t be forever, and I will be able to get my hands dirty again.

Unfortunately, for you, my brain is a little boggled with all the chemicals in my body, and that is why today’s “Come Away With Me” is a bit boring. We are in Denmark, a place I have visited a couple of times and love, but that story will have to wait for another day.

The music I am sharing is an artist I have shared before, and I love her music. Her name is Agnes Obel, who creates very atmospheric and experimental pieces of music. I needed to get used to her style at first but am now a huge fan. This song is from her new album and is called “Broken Sleep,” which many of us might be experiencing at the moment.

copy right: Agnes Obel

And if you want to know something about travelling in Denmark please check out Cyranny’s blogs. They are a joy to read and gives you lots of insights into Danish life.

A Turtles Journey

Cyranny’s Cove

And if you rather like to see some videos about Denmark check these out:

video credit: Denmarkdotdk via YouTube
Video credit: Rick Steve via YouTube
Video Credit: BBC Travel Show via YouTube

Happy virtual travelling!!!!!

Image of Little Mermaid sculpture in Copenhagen
Image by Sharon Ang from Pixabay

Come Away With Me 2020 Musical Challenge Country for Monday May 25th, 2020

I am taking a rather random route around the world, but sometimes it makes sense. Next week we are going to visit Latvia. Find out about interesting musicians from Lativa on the LastFm page Latvia.

As for the suggestions to take part:

  1. Join in! No matter where, when and with what. You missed the first week? Don’t worry. Just jump in when it suits you.
  2. Send us the link! The ping-back option does not always work so please leave a link in the comments of the post on the day you take part. Or leave it at the “Come Away With Me 2020 FB page
  3. Tag your post either with ” Come Away With Me Musical Challenge”/ #CoAwWiMeMuCh” / “Come Away with Me 2020 Musical Challenge” o/“CoAwWiMe2020MuCh” / . You can also use these as hashtags for Twitter and other Social Networks to give your post more exposure. If you add #blog and #music with your hashtags it will get you more readers.
  4. No matter which music or country the prompt favours you create with it whatever you please. This is supposed to be a fun challenge and no chore.
  5. I post a prompt for the next week with every “Come Away With Me 2020 post” I write.
  6. If you like, use this picture for your readers to find the posts.
Come Away With Me 2020 Badge
Come Away With Me 2020 badge

Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.

Please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.

Thanks my dears, for staying with me until the end. I appreciate your presence. Please stay safe, stay kind and remember that you rock!

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#Poem on Friday: Bow in Gratitude

Happy Friday to you all. Let your day rock no matter the challenges. I believe you can manage anything thrown at you.

Sowing and planting

These hopes grow every day

Bow in gratitude

Just a short note to everybody. I could start chemotherapy on Monday. Thankfully, I am not bothered with many side-effects (yet) but am really really tired so everything is going on a slow burner.

Thank you so much for all your kind messages on social media and here in the comments. I appreciate them a lot and they help me keep up on everything. Yesterday I wrote a little about my experience on Carol Anne’s “Therapy Bits”: “Bee’s Poem of the Day: Breathe” Please pay her blog a visit. Thanks.

Happy Friday despite everything!

#ThrowbackThursday: On Enemies

​I posted this first in February 2017. It’s worth pondering:

Wise words from the Dalai Lama:

“If you can cultivate the right attitude, your enemies are your best spiritual teachers because their presence provides you with the opportunity to enhance and develop tolerance, patience and understanding.”

Description for visually impaired readers: close up of hand of stone buddha. A little snail house sits in the left hand

Book Review: Bump Time Meridian by Doug J Cooper

Bump Time MeridianBump Time Meridian by Doug J Cooper
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was kindly given a free ARC version of “Bump Time Meridian” in exchange for an honest review.

I was so looking forward to reading this book. Last year I stumbled over Doug J Cooper on Goodreads. He invited readers and bloggers to review the first book of his “Bump Time” trilogy, and on a whim, I signed up.

That was one of my best reading decisions ever. I so loved the first book. It ended with a huge cliff hanger, and I was so curious how it would go on. When I got Doug’s email asking for reviewers of the second book “Bump Time Meridian”, I could not resist. And again I was not disappointed.

I think the first book put more emphasis on the superpower AI that acts in the background, Diesels development and the relationship between Diesel and Leilah. This second book shows more about their daughter Rose and how a mission to save Leilah can go horribly wrong. It again ends with a great cliff hanger, and I can’t wait to read the last book in the series. It left me with so many questions that I can’t wait to have answered in the last book.

Admittedly, I needed a little to get back into the story and remember who was who and what exactly was going on. The chapter which gives a summary of book one plus an extra introduction to Rose and @Ciopova the AI helped a lot. It was great to see how the Leilahs and Roses of several timelines worked together to create a solution to Leilah’s future death. Like in the first book, I felt the female characters have as much importance as the male, which kept me reading the first book.

The new “badie” character Sparky Fontaine felt a little flat. But I might have missed some parts of his backstory as I was skipping some to get to the end faster. However, the idea that someone else picks up the advanced technology was subconsciously on my mind while reading the first book. So it was great to see it incorporated in the second.

It was also interesting to see that I wasn’t so much bothered about the power of AI in our lives as I was while reading the last book. Maybe I got more used to the idea of AI taking tasks in our lives over. I have to admit that I found the concept of household AI doing tasks for me very attractive.

The question that bothered me this time was the changing of the past. Most science fiction that worked with time travel warned its characters not to change anything as it would change the future in unforeseen ways. This series, however, plays with the idea of multiple timelines that have no impact on each other. So many more possibilities are there for the author to play with.

Dough J Cooper’s writing style doesn’t work with too many technical expressions. So it was easy to understand this fiction world full of AI and self-driving or -flying vehicles. The worlds in this series are also close enough to today’s reality.

Anybody who loves science fiction in connection with time travel will love this series as it plays with a different concept of time travel. I believe it is also an excellent entry book for someone who wants to find out if he or she likes science fiction

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Pangeia on #GoodNewsTuesday plus “Germlish” & other Creations

Hello out there. How are you doing? I hope you and yours are safe and well. And if you have a challenge to face, know you are in my thoughts and prayers. 

No, that is not just a platitude of mine. I send out a blessing for all my readers on all my blogs every day. It is my belief that I do not need to know you in person to be able to send supportive energy to you. And you do not need to be a believer in this sort of thing to benefit from it either. Doesn’t it make you feel better just to know that someone thinks of you daily? 

First of all, I want to give you a positive story today:

There is a bit of a cold spell going on in the UK and I think Canada as well. So today’s story still fits wonderfully. I’ve discovered the fashion brand Pangaia which developed winter coat fillers from wildflowers. How cool is that? So no more words from me watch this video and find out more (please follow the link underneath if it doesn’t play here on the blog)

video credit: Pangaia via YouTube

This post takes part in “Good News Tuesday” inspired by JoAnna on “Anything Possible”. I found this story over at the Good News Network. Please head over to both and find more uplifting news.

But I want to let you know a little more.

I’ve set myself a couple of challenges to get through cancer treatment. In the last couple of weeks, I let you know what I am up on all my blogs. From next week onwards I will add some membership only posts on “Buy Me A Coffee”.

I am going to give you an insight into my blogging day and teach you every day English or German hence “Germlish”. My mother tongue is German, but I also have a Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. I do not feel I fit into the “normal” English teaching jobs, so I decided to create my own way of teaching. 

This is not for people who want to use their language skills for school or university. This course is for those who wish to use their language skills for everyday use to speak to their friends on social media, for example. It will give you the basics and ideas and suggestions on where to get more information about more language teaching from. 

I am not quite sure how often, I will be able to do so depending on how my cancer treatment goes. My plan is to do a short daily post besides Sundays. Well, we’ll see how that goes. 

Wittgenstein Quote about language

And otherwise what have I been up to?

Last week I got invited by Dough J Cooper to review the second book in his “Bump Time” series. I read the first book last year and was totally hooked. Even though I felt I had enough on my plate, I decided to read and review his second book too and am so glad that I did. I wanted to know how Diesel and Leilah’s stories would progress. It was certainly worth the read. Find out what I thought about the book here on “The Bee Creates...”. And you can find out here what else I have planned to read this year. 

On “The Bee Writes…” I stepped back in time and published two book reviews from previous years. One was for Terry Brooks “The Morgawr”. The other for Mahtem Shifferaw’s poetry book “Fuchsia” which really impressed me. What genre’s do you prefer to read?

I took some time to update the layout on “Bee Wordless” on Blogger. The grey background brings out the photos much better. And the first page shows pictures with the post titles which I think fits much better for a photoblog. I love it, and I hope you enjoy it too. Find all the latest posts here

That is it from me for this week.

Have a lovely and creative week despite everything. I am looking forward to meeting you all!

Happy Tuesday to you all!!!!!

Image of Mountain landscape with quote By Francis of Assisi

Come Away With Me to the UK and Beating Cancer with Food

Hello out there. How are you today? I hope you and yours are well. It is my habit to pray for all my readers every morning, and even if you are not a spiritual person, please accept my good thoughts for you. I hope this encourages you to face the challenges that you are facing. Let’s rock this life!!!!

gif source: Giphy ~ South Park character in front of a red curtain, moving its arms up. White writing saying: “With tha said, let’s rock and roll.

So, the cancer journey update. Well, today isn’t an update as such. I am writing this post 1 1/2 weeks before it gets posted and I don’t know yet how everything turns out with chemo. Please stay tuned until next week when we know more.

Today, I share with you the food changes I have adopted to beat cancer. I am glad I didn’t have to change that much because we are Vegetarians, so one of the biggest culprits that support cancer cell growth is out of our diet anyway. Another one is refined sugars. These I substituted for honey, maple syrup, raisins and dried dates as soon as I was diagnosed in January.

It works very well, and I am surprised at how tasty it is. I am not sure if these natural sugars are harmful to you, too, when you have cancer. I knew though I wouldn’t manage only to eat raw veg to avoid anything bad for cancer growth. So a compromise it is. I have tried baking some biscuits with honey, but they are not the like “proper” biscuits. That is why I grab dried fruit or nuts when my sweet tooth needs feeding ;-).

Image of a pile of vegetables
Image by Foundry Co from Pixabay

Two other things that I cut out of my diet is alcohol and coffee. I never drank much of either anyway but I thought I don’t need to push my luck so that’s out in favour of plain water and herbal tea. I still drink black tea and at the moment lots of it. That might be counterintuitive because it includes caffein which is bad for cancers but hey: “Nobody’s perfect”.

One thing I want to add to my diet again is green tea. Green tea is known to help against the development of cancer cells. However, it is slightly more expensive than black tea and has sometimes made my stomach worse so I haven’t used it for a while. But I think I might go back to it soon.

These are my diet changes to beat cancer. Have you survived cancer and have changed your diet? If so, do you have any more suggestions on what I could change when it comes to food to beat the bugger 😉 ?

So here a video about food and cancer from the Mayo clinic just to give you some more ideas if you need them.

video credit: Mayo Clinic via YouTube

Now it’s time for my “beating cancer” project “Come Away With Me.” As many of you know, I would like to find a musician from every country on this lovely planet. Initially, I wanted to find musicians from countries that we usually do not listen to. However, I thought there are unknown musicians from our own countries, so I included them. This year it is mainly countries in Europe. But this project goes over about four years, as you can find out here on my page.

This week we are in the UK, and please forgive me that I am not writing much about it. I live there, you know :-). If you have questions, feel free to leave them in the comments, and I am happy to help. But I leave you with a video that shows you some of the most beautiful places in the UK.

video credit: Top10UK via YouTube

British musicians are known and loved around the world. They often top the charts in many countries, and that is why again I am not writing much about them.

However, there are incredibly creative new musicians developing in colleges and universities in the UK. One of which is my son from another mother who studies music in Brighton. He started to take his love for music seriously at the City College in Norwich, and it turned out that Norwich has a vibrant musical scene. So I share with you a short film by Francis Butler about new artists from Norwich and what difficulties they face. (No, son from another mother isn’t one of them 🙂 )

video credit: Francis Butler via YouTube

Now I am not sure about the copyright of the material used in this film that is why I share the Fair Use Disclaimer of the filmmaker Francis Butler:

Fair Use Disclaimer: Footage from the music videos for ‘Bag Of Cans – Houseproud’ and ‘The Neutrinos – One Way Kiss’ does not belong to me and was used solely for the purpose of this documentary. All rights go to Alfie Johnson/The Mill, Eugene Riecansky and the other original copyright holders as made clear throughout the video and in the credits. Whilst the above video may contain some copyrighted material not specifically authorised to be used by the copyright holders, I acknowledge this and believe it to be upheld by the fair use defence for the purposes of news reporting.

Come Away With Me 2020 Musical Challenge Country for Monday April 26th, 2020

I am taking a rather random route around the world, but sometimes it makes sense. Next week we are going to visit Denmark. Find out about interesting musicians from Denmark on the Culture Tip Page.

As for the suggestions to take part:

  1. Join in! No matter where, when and with what. You missed the first week? Don’t worry. Just jump in when it suits you.
  2. Send us the link! The ping-back option does not always work so please leave a link in the comments of the post on the day you take part. Or leave it at the “Come Away With Me 2020 FB page
  3. Tag your post either with ” Come Away With Me Musical Challenge”/ #CoAwWiMeMuCh” / “Come Away with Me 2020 Musical Challenge” o/“CoAwWiMe2020MuCh” / . You can also use these as hashtags for Twitter and other Social Networks to give your post more exposure. If you add #blog and #music with your hashtags it will get you more readers.
  4. No matter which music or country the prompt favours you create with it whatever you please. This is supposed to be a fun challenge and no chore.
  5. I post a prompt for the next week with every “Come Away With Me 2020 post” I write.
  6. If you like, use this picture for your readers to find the posts.
Come Away With Me 2020 Badge
Come Away With Me 2020 badge

Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.

Please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.

Thanks my dears, for staying with me until the end. I appreciate your presence. Please stay safe, stay kind and remember that you rock!

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