“Older Than Ten Thousand Years” by Rio Reiser sung by Xavier Naidoo

July 2020

Three years on and I have nothing to add/ Drei Jahre spaeter und ich muss nichts neues dazu sagen

July 2017/ Juli 2017

More important than ever/Wichtiger als jemals zuvor

I know we will fight,
I know we will win,
I know we will live
and we will love each other.
Planet Earth will belong to all of us
and all of us will have what we need.

And it will not be another 10000 years
because the time is ripe
And it will not be another 10000 years
because the time is ripe!

Rio Reiser a German musician and songwriter wrote this about 20 years ago. I think it is time to follow his vision!

….
Ich weiß, wir werden kämpfen,
ich weiß, wir werden siegen,
ich weiß, wir werden leben,
und wir werden uns lieben.
Der Planet Erde
wird uns allen gehören,
und jeder wird haben, was er braucht.

Es wird keine zehntausend Jahre mehr dauern,
denn die Zeit ist reif.
Und es wird keine zehntausend Jahre mehr dauern,
denn die Zeit ist reif.

Das hat Rio Reiser vor ca 20 Jahren geschrieben. Ich denke es ist Zeit dieser Vision zu folgen!

image of fig tree in desert landscape

The Fig Tree

A few years ago I was using a writing prompt for creative writing. I feel it’s time to resurrect it. I wrote this story several years ago.

I quote Kasey Mathews from the WANA group “Write to heal” for this writing prompt: 

“With paper and pen, or computer handy, lean back in your chair, or against the wall, or a sofa etc., close your eyes and imagine you are sitting under a large tree with your back resting against the trunk. On the other side of the tree, a Storyteller has come to sit down and also rest against the tree trunk. With eyes still closed, just listen. Wait for the storyteller to begin his or her story. When you hear it begin, simply write down all that you hear. “

This is what the storyteller is telling me today:

Today I guide you to a far-away land where a girl patiently waited for her mother to come home. She had gone to get water from the well a little away, but today she needed much longer than usual.

The girl was afraid as her father had died a few months ago. They were living on a little farmstead away from the hustle and bustle of the city that ruled over the land. The girl desperately wished for her mother to come home and make breakfast. But mother would not come.

image of fig tree in desert landscape
Image by Ben Kerckx from Pixabay

“Oh, what shall I do?” the girl asked the lonely fig tree they were nurturing carefully, giving it water every day. The little family’s farmstead was situated right in the middle of an approaching desert, and their only income was this fig tree and the goats which roamed the landscape for food. It was the girl’s task every evening to go and fetch the goats and bring them home to stay the night in the little barn her father had build.

The fig tree rustled its leaves and played with its fruit. After a little while, it whispered:” Give me some water, little one”. The girl who had waited under the tree for her mother looked up. “But I only have a little left and mother has not come home yet. I won’t have anything left if I give it to you and she won’t come back.” The fig tree considered this for a little while and then whispered again:” Give me some water, little one.”

The girl looked out over the deserted plain towards the city, which already gleamed in the morning sun. She turned her head a little and looked towards the oasis where her mother had gone to get water. The rocks strewn all over the plain shivered in the heat, and she could see a little point quivering in between.

“I have asked the fig tree for advice. It gave it to me, so I better follow it” the girl thought and went into the house to get the last drops of water in the jug. She carefully carried it outside the door and to the right where the fig tree grew on the wall. She gently poured out the last drops of water on the roots of the fig tree. “Thank you little one” the fig tree whispered.

fig tree leaves in front of blue sky
Image by Antal Bódi from Pixabay

The girl took the jug back into the kitchen and looked around. There were bread and butter and honey but nothing to drink left. “Oh, what shall I do?” she wondered again. But as she did not find an answer, she went back to sit under the fig tree.

The girl gazed over the plain, which quivered with heat. Her mother should be nearby now, but she wasn’t to be seen anywhere. The point the girl had seen before still was out there somewhere.

“Go and prepare some bread with butter and honey” the fig tree whispered suddenly. The girl looked up into the profoundly green leaves and saw the fig trees not yet ripe fruit dance. “I haven’t been taught how to prepare bread yet,” she said.

“Go and prepare some bread with butter and honey” the fig tree simply answered. “Oh, I am doomed!” the girl thought, but she got up and got back into their hut. “What if I drop the honey or butter? What if I cut the bread too thick or even cut myself?” the girl worried.

She stood in front of the table where bread, butter and honey waited. She stood and waited. But her mother did not come. “I have asked the fig tree for advice.” she thought. “It has given me more advice, so I better follow it.” She, therefore, went to the table, took the knife and cut three even pieces of bread. She laid them out on the big plate they only used for celebrations. Then she carefully spread some butter on them all and trickled some honey on each of them. She covered the plate carefully with a huge bowl to keep away the insects.

fig tree branches
Image by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay

But all this new work has made her thirsty. “Oh, I wish I would not have given the last drops of water to the fig tree.” She thought. “What shall I do?” But this time she did not wait for the fig tree to give advice. She went outside and caught one of her goats. It was the biggest one which gave the sweetest milk. So she took her back to the shed where the goats slept at night. She went back into the house and got the wonderfully decorated jug they only used for special occasions. Then she milked the goat and the sweetest milk the goat had ever given poured into the jug.

The girl was happy. “Mother will be pleased when she comes home and sees such a beautiful breakfast.” she thought when she took the jug back onto the table. She covered it carefully with a cloth to keep the insects away.

She went back outside to sit under the fig tree again. It rustled with its leaves gently and whispered:” Well done little one. See over there……” and one of its branches pointed towards the oasis where the girl could now see a camel approach with two women sitting on it.

“Oh dear,” the girl thought “strangers! And mother is not here! What shall I do?” She leaned a little closer to the fig tree to hide under its leaves. She watched the camel approach.

Camel and rider in desert
Image by Simon Matzinger from Pixabay

But the two women on the camel were not strangers. They were her mother and grandmother. How happy was the girl to see her family approach? She ran towards them and cried:” Oh, mother! Oh, grandmother! I am so glad to see you!”

Both women got off the camel, and the girl could see that it was carrying a much bigger skin filled with water than her mother usually brought home. They hugged the girl, and her mother said: “Let’s hurry in. It is getting hot, and I have not made breakfast yet. You and your grandmother are hungry!”

But the girl answered: “The fig tree told me to make bread with honey and I milked the goat, and everything is waiting on the table inside, but I had given it the last drops of water, and I am so thirsty”.

Mother and grandmother looked at each other and then hugged the girl. “You have done well. Here have some of the fresh water we have brought first and then let’s have the breakfast you have prepared” they said to her. They gave her to drink, and when she finished, she watered the fig tree again. “Thank you for your advice” she whispered, but the fig tree just rustled its leaves and played with its fruit.

blue sky with two fig tree branches
Image by Ulrike Leone from Pixabay

Please stay safe, stay kind and rock your life as good as you can 😊

Please stay a little longer and find my poetry posts on The Bee Creates… on Weebly. Thanks!

You are more into photography? Then please check out my photo posts on Bee Wordless on Blogger.

You can also find my photos on Dreamstime (affiliate link, you do not need to buy anything but if you do I get 10% from your purchase).

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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title picture: Bee's head with blue writing: Why I am fascinated by languages

Why I am fascinated by Languages

Hello, out there all you lovely people. What’s occurring? Nothing much here besides six new and ginger family members. We are definitely the majority now.

Becoming a TEFL teacher rekindled my love for languages

Two years ago, I did an online course to become an “English as a Foreign Language” teacher. It was great fun, but my dream to get employment online didn’t work out because most organisations prefer native speakers as teachers. It wouldn’t have been a problem if I had been willing to move abroad and teach in person. Nor if I’d be willing to teach self-employed. But I didn’t feel confident enough to do that.

However, it has increased my love for languages. Ever since that German children’s program called “Program With The Mouse” started with greetings in different languages and explained what it meant I had a thing for them. I begged my older cousins to teach me English expressions before I learned English in school.

Over the years, I started to learn many languages but never for long until Duolingo came along

Over the years, I started to learn several languages but never got very far. Then along came Duolingo. It’s a mobile app that teaches you languages just a couple of minutes a day. They claim you learn the whole language, but I don’t think so. You only acquire a language entirely if you use it daily. But I keep using them because their approach gives you a brilliant foundation to build on. I did their French course twice and am now working my way through Dutch.

image of water with Edison quote
my favourite quote by T. Edison: I have no failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t works.

Even though I don’t understand I love to listen to the sounds of other languages

I recently discovered Wiyaala, a singer from Ghana who sings in her native tongue as well as English. And even though I don’t understand what she is saying when she does not use English, I love to listen to the sound of her Sissala and Waala dialects. I find it absolutely fascinating how people developed different sounds/words for the same thing.

And there are so many languages out there. I have to admit I lost my interest in the Eurovision Song Contest once they decided everybody can sing in English. What fun is that? I loved it when it had to be in their native language. Yes, I didn’t understand a thing, but it was so cool to listen to how they sang and how it sounded. I am quite a geek, aren’t I?

Language and culture are connected

You somehow automatically learn a culture when you learn its language.

For example, the Inuit people have a ton of expressions for snow. They needed it to survive the northern winter. Or it rains twine in Germany but cats and dogs in Britain. And I think the word for “Good Morning” in Swahili actually means “I see you”. Isn’t it fascinating?

So a new language project was born

So I thought I go and discover a little more about different languages and while doing that learn a couple more. And maybe teach someone some more English. One of my ideas when considering teaching self-employed was to go along my day and “collect” words, expressions and sentences that I use daily and then work them into a blog post.

And guess what? Today I have started. My day begins with a more or less fresh “Good Morning!”. The languages I know or that I am interested in say it like this:

“Good Morning” in 12 different languages

(the links either lead to a YouTube video showing how it’s pronounced or to Google Translate where you can click on a sound-symbol, and it tells you the same)

German: Guten Morgen

French: Bonjour

Dutch: Goede Morgen

English: Good Morning

Spanish: Buenos Dias

Russian: Dobroye utro/Доброе утро

Chinese: Zǎoshang hǎo/早上好

Italian: Buongiorno

Esperanto: Bonan matenon

Hindi: shubh prabhaat/शुभ प्रभात

Zulu: Sawubona

Arabic: sabah alkhyr/صباح الخير

Swahili: Habari za asubuhi

Sorry for this geeky Bee but it’s so fascinating how different people say things. Or maybe my brain is boggled by chemotherapy???? ;-). Ok, one more for good measure:

Video credit: Babbel via YouTube

Looks like I am not the only one who is fascinated by languages. Please, check out Martha Kennedy’s Blogpost “Languages…

And with that I leave you to this Thursday:

Happy Thursday to you all despite everything! Please stay safe, stay kind and rock your languages as much as you can!


Please stay a little longer and find my poetry posts on The Bee Creates… on Weebly. Thanks!

You are more into photography? Then please check out my photo posts on Bee Wordless on Blogger.

You can also find my photos on Dreamstime (affiliate link, you do not need to buy anything but if you do I get 10% from your purchase)

Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me for cancer 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.

For Poets and Writers with a Blog ~ Ingermanson on Google Analytics

I shared this article first in August 2017. Many use Google Analytics successfully, but I have to admit I am not one of them. I guess Randy Ingermanson’s advice to read up on how to use it makes sense. Another point on my to-do-list 🙂

But feel free to make up your own mind.

Good Morning, Afternoon, Night (depending on where you are or when you read 🙂 ) Poets and Writers. Most of you have a blog and I believe that Randy Ingermansons suggestions about how to use Google Analytics could help you get more traffic.

This article is reprinted by permission of the author.
Award-winning novelist Randy Ingermanson, “the Snowflake Guy,” publishes the free monthly Advanced Fiction Writing E-zine, with more than 16,000 readers. If you want to learn the craft and marketing of fiction, AND make your writing more valuable to editors, AND have FUN doing it, visit www.AdvancedFictionWriting.com.
 

Marketing: Google Anaylitics

If you’ve got a web site then you need Google Analytics.

What’s Google Analytics? It’s a free tool created by Google that lets you track things that happen on your web site.

What kind of things can you track? Lots of things:

  • How many people visit your site.
  • How many pages they visit.
  • Which pages they visit.
  • How long they’re on your site.
  • How they got to your site.
  • Who sent them to your site.
  • Typical paths they take through your site.
  • Which pages they come in on.
  • Which pages they leave from.
  • How fast your pages load.
  • Which days of the week people visit most and least.
  • Tons more.

Installing Google Analytics

If you don’t have Google Analytics installed on your site, it’s easy to get it going. Here’s what you do:

  1. If you don’t have an account on Google, (a Gmail account or a Google Plus account or whatever), go to plus.google.com and sign up for one. It’s free and all you need is an email address.
  2. Once you have a Google account, go to analytics.google.com and sign in.
  3. Set up your account to track your web site. You can find directions here: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/1008015
  4. When you finish the above step, you’ll have a small piece of code that you’ll need to insert into every page on your web site. The exact way to do this depends on how your web site was created. If you use WordPress for your site, then you can install a plugin and paste in the code there. If you don’t know how to do this, ask your web developer to do it for you. (Usually, your web developer should have done all of the above when they created your site, but if they haven’t done it, they can do it now in very little time.)

Once Google Analytics is installed on your site, it begins tracking visits immediately. The code that you inserted in every page on your site will send messages to Google’s computers to track site visitors. You won’t ever get any personal information on who these visitors were. But you’ll get statistical information on them as a group.

Using Google Analytics

Google Analytics gives you enormous amounts of information on what’s happening on your web site. That can be overwhelming.

Every web site is different, so it’s impossible to give out advice that applies to everybody.

Instead, I’ll give you meta-advice—advice on how to make your own decisions on how to use Google Analytics.

  1. Schedule a regular time to visit Google Analytics to review your data. If you’re obsessive, this might be daily, but that really only makes sense if your web site is earning you thousands of dollars per month. Decide how often you should visit Google Analytics (weekly, monthly, quarterly, whatever) and then schedule it. Mark it in your trusted system—your calendar or whatever tool you use to organize your life.
  2. On your first visit, give yourself an hour to fiddle around with Google Analytics and see what’s available. You can’t really break anything, so try things and see what you can learn. Make a list of the things that seem relevant to you. If you have a blog, then you’re probably interested in knowing how many people actually read it. If you link out to your books on the online retailers, then you probably care about how many people click those links, and which ones they click.
  3. On each visit, the first thing you should do is set the date range that you want to see data for. I typically just want to know what happened in the past calendar month or in the past 30 days.
  4. Next, work through your list of data that you care about. Are things improving? Getting worse? Staying about the same? Do you see any crises? (For example, was your site down for an extended length of time that you didn’t even know about? Has your bounce rate zoomed up to 100 percent? Is it taking an unreasonable amount of time for your pages to load?)
  5. Think for a few seconds about what actions, if any, you should take, based on what you’ve just seen.

If you decide that you need to become a guru in using Google Analytics, there are courses and books you can buy that will teach you vastly more than I know. I have no particular recommendations, but you can easily find them with any search engine and make your own decision on what would work for you.

How I Use Google Analytics

You aren’t me, so the data I’m interested in is not necessarily the data you’re interested in. But for what it’s worth, here are some of the things I routinely look at in my regularly scheduled sessions on Google Analytics:

  • What is the total number of page views I’ve had in the last 30 days?
  • Which pages are getting the most page views? Any surprises here?
  • What is the bounce rate on these pages?
  • What is the average amount of time it takes for pages to load on my site?
  • Since I have an online store on my site, I measure the conversion rate of my sales pages. The conversion rate for a sales page is the percentage of page views that result in an actual sale. I also look at the total number of visits to the sales pages.

I typically get close to 100,000 page views on my site each month. That’s a fair bit of traffic for an author, and not all hosting companies can handle that much traffic at a decent price. Also, not all hosting companies can deflect attacks by hackers well. Google Analytics has been helpful to me in the past in making the decision to switch to a better host—faster and more impervious to denial-of-service attacks.

For what it’s worth, I now use WPEngine.com to host my web site. They’ve proven to be both fast and secure, but they’re not cheap for low-volume sites. I’ve been very happy since switching to them. (In case you’re wondering, I have no affiliate relationship with WPEngine. They don’t pay me a single dime to mention them here, and they have no idea that I’m doing so.)

Homework

I’ll repeat myself, because this is important. If you have a web site, then you need Google Analytics. If you don’t have it installed already, do so. If you aren’t using it yet, schedule it as part of your regular routine.

Knowledge is power. Google Analytics is free and easy to use and gives you extraordinary amounts of information. Have fun!

Do You Remember Malala?

Hello out there, all you lovely people. Please come in, have a seat, a cup of your favourite beverage and put your feet up. I hope you can relax a little in this world full of stressful information.

Cancer gives me a lot of time to think

I have my feet up a lot lately. Going through chemotherapy means my body needs to fight an onslaught of chemicals that are supposed to kill any cancer cells that might have spread.

However, they also attack healthy cells so my body has to heal continuously. And healing needs energy. Lots of it. But when you use the energy, you need to recover it too. That means resting a lot.

Recently I have started to keep media off when I rest. I try to become more mindful, so I just concentrate on my breathing. However, my mind hasn’t got the memo yet 😉 . It keeps thinking. And it keeps remembering.

I have time to remember all sorts

So I remember all sorts of things. How that cockerel where I used to live crowed continuously every morning from quarter to seven to quarter to eight. Or my grandmother’s hands. Or how the best husband (Jeremy Clarkson voice) in the world and I met. And I remember people.

One of them was Malala Yousafzai. Remember her?

Do you remember Malala Yousafzai?

She is the Afghan schoolgirl who got shot by a Taliban assassin on her school bus. Her family was lucky to escape to the UK, where Malala got treated and relearned everything from speech to walking.

She also got the chance to finish her education something the Taliban denied her. But she didn’t stop there. She didn’t sit back and thought: “Oh, I went through enough, I want a “normal” life now.” Nope, she made it her life’s mission to get every girl a school education. For that, she received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.

Have you ever listened to her Nobel Prize speech?

I guess we all know parts of that speech. Those that were chopped out for the news. I thought though it’s worth listening to the whole thing. Why? Because that young lady is amazing and her words need to be heard. And I also hink this is a very good news story.

video source: Malala Fund via YouTube

Please check out more Good News Tuesday posts

This post takes part in “Good News Tuesday” inspired by JoAnna on “Anything Possible”. Please head over to her and find more uplifting news or join us and share good news too.

And if you like dry humour and an American’s hilarious view of the UK check out Ellen’s blog “Notes from the UK” out. You can learn a lot there. Even things you didn’t need to know 😉

Happy Tuesday to you all despite everything! Please stay safe, stay kind and rock your world as much as you can!


Please stay a little longer and find my poetry posts on The Bee Creates… on Weebly. Thanks!

You are more into photography? Then please check out my photo posts on Bee Wordless on Blogger.

You can also find my photos on Dreamstime (affiliate link, you do not need to buy anything but if you do I get 10% from your purchase)

Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me for cancer 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.

image of mountain in clouds and quote by Confucius about travel

Come Away With Me to Slovakia & Beating Cancer

Hello out there, dear people of the blogosphere. How are you doing? I hope life is treating you well and if not know my thoughts and prayers go out to you daily no matter my situation.

I have learned three things in the 6 months since my diagnosis of cancer:

  1. Sometimes life sucks.
  2. Cancer certainly sucks.
  3. Cancer in the midst of a pandemic sucks even more.

Yes, that about sums up my mood. Guess what, even those who try to spread positivity have bad days. Or weeks. And no chemotherapy last week wasn’t that bad. Nor are the side-effects. No being sick this time, just swollen feet and a sunburn. Well, and feeling ill, but that goes by soon. And the tiredness and mind fogginess gets worse. Me not likey 😦 .

It makes writing something longer but still coherent a little tricky. So please bear with me when I cheat a little in some of my posts. I know, I know, I do not need to blog. No one forces me. But it keeps me going, peeps. It holds some normality in my life, and I do need that.

Ok, enough complained. Let’s get away to Slovakia and listen to some music:

According to Australian travel vloggers “Flying The Nest” Slovakia is surprisingly beautiful.

video credit: Flying the Nest via YouTube

I cannot vouch for it because I have never been there and I have not much knowledge about it either. So let’s see what Sebastian Ioan has to say about it:

Video Credit: Sebastian Ioan via YouTube

Slovakia Travel says about the country:

Slovakia is not one of the countries everybody’s been to. You will discover hundreds of unexpected curiosities and secrets in almost every village or a small town, in the mountains and valleys. It is Slovakia where you can feel as a real explorer who is always able to discover something new. Include Slovakia in your tourist routes.

Slovaks are emotional nation. We experience our joys, successes, disappointments and sorrows with emotions. We are sincere, friendly, open, hearty, generous, but also touchy. This is the way we differ from our neighbouring nations. But in the end, it is our heartiness and trustfulness that prevail. We are able to fully experience joys and concerns of our visitors and empathise with their feelings. We are a country of friends!

Folk crafts, costumes, music and dances in Slovakia are passed on from one generation to another.  There are different cultural traditions and folklore in every valley. Many folklore festivals and performances are held in Slovakia throughout a year. Slovak overtone flute called “fujara” as well as Music of Terchova were included in the UNESCO List of Intangible Heritage, the Radvan Fair and “gajdy” bagpipes are on the waiting list. 

Slovakia is a country of contrasts. It changes right in front of your eyes, yet everything and everywhere is nearby. It just takes a couple of hours to get from the Danubian Lowland to the Central European Highlands, still bodies of water are just at a stone’s throw from turbulent river rapids. You can get swiftly from urban agglomerations to secluded, romantic highway gateways with unspoiled nature.

Due to its geographical position, Slovakia’s always been an important trade and cultural intersection. In a relatively small area influences and remnants of western as well as eastern cultures or religions can be detected. In Slovakia you can find northern discipline along with southern temperament, and western rationality with eastern emotionality. It is reflected in eventfulness of everyday life.

Slovakia is a young, progressive country. During almost three decades of its existence we’ve gone through dynamic changes, new things emerge every day. We surprise the world by our advanced technical level which goes hand in hand with human touch. New companies are founded every day, new objects or city landmarks emerge, life conditions are improving, but we keep our traditional values as well.  This is Slovakia.

We can praise ourselves with skilful and resourceful people who have managed to succeed abroad, as well as with successful and innovative companies and projects which are respected by demanding international community. We are represented in science, culture and sports. World-changing inventions are associated with the names of Joseph Maximiliam Petzval (inventor of photographic objective lens), Jozef Murgaš (inventor of wireless telegraph), Jan Bahýľ (inventor of helicopter), Štefan Banič (invetor of a parachute), Aurel Stodola (founder of the theory of steam and gas turbines), Ivan Alexander Getting (inventor of GPS), and many others. In a field of culture we are famous for the founder of pop art, Andy Warhol, well-known are names and performances of tens of opera singers, painters, photographers and sportsmen. You can find successful Slovaks everywhere. 

Source: Slovakia Travel

That’s not bad for such a small country, is it?

Shall we see a little more of it?

Video credit: Hike The World via YouTube

Definitely worth a visit 🙂

And for the music?

I chose a lady called Zuzana Smatanova because one of the wikis said she sang in English too. Well, I could not find an English song of hers, but I like her style. I also did not manage to find much more information on her than what Wikipedia offers:

Zuzana Smatanová (born June 14, 1984 Súľov-Hradná, Slovakia) is a Slovak pop-rock singer. She sings in Slovak and in English, writing her own lyrics and music. She plays the piano, the flute and the guitar.

In 1998 she was accepted to Pedagogical and Social Academy in Turčianske Teplice, but was more attracted to writing music than to being a teacher

Let’s hear her then 🙂

Video credit: Zuzana Smatanova via YouTube

Lyrics translation via Google Translate:

The Only One

The only one and only one
I don’t promise you the arms of the stars
gold fish that fulfill your wishes
fast, to wait
I only have the palms that want to lead you
deep night and day
somewhere in real dreams

I don’t promise you more than I have
in the heart of the territory where we leave
grow love for us
I’ll make you feel like you’re not alone
the world around us suddenly disappears
and let the fire burn

We are the only one and the only one
on Earth alone and only for oneself
when the rooms of the house smell of you
then I experience everything again, again
the heart is the only sound
and only thanks to him can you hear them
that you are close…

I don’t promise you an air castle
I’ll give you a garden where you don’t need to
two chubby tree
I know you feel scared sometimes
I will do everything I can
that you will be with me and safe

I promise you no more than I know
in the house eternal spring and in the darkness
rooms smile and tea
I want you to know that I understand
if you start to feel distant in the distance
I will wait for you on the way back

We are the only one and the only one
on Earth alone and only for oneself
when the rooms of the house smell of you
then I experience everything again, again
the heart is the only sound
and only thanks to him can you hear them
that we are… the only one…

And where are we going next week?

Come Away With Me 2020 Musical Challenge Country for Monday, July 13th, 2020

I am taking a rather random route around the world, but sometimes it makes sense. Next week we move a little more south to Moldova. Please find Moldovan musicians here on the Last.FM 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
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  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.
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Please stay a little longer and find my poetry posts on The Bee Creates… on Weebly. Thanks!

You are more into photography? Then please check out my photo posts on Bee Wordless on Blogger.

You can also find my photos on Dreamstime (affiliate link, you do not need to buy anything but if you do I get 10% from your purchase).

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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It gets better on #SongLyricSunday

Hello out there, music lovers. How are you doing today? I am tired my dear readers. On Monday I had my third round of chemotherapy and the first week afterwards is always a bit of a struggle. Not too much but enough for me to take a break from blogging.

But guess what? WordPress is great and let’s us schedule posts and so I did 🙂

What’s up at Song Lyric Sunday today?

Jim’s Song Lyric Sunday challenged us to find a song for the topic “Best/Better/Good/Great”. And today I bring you to Marocco/ Essaouira at the Hotel Les Terrasses D’Essaouira where Andalucious played at the Essaouira Atlantic Andalusia Festival. I have discovered Andalucious via my virtual travels on “Come Away With Me” and I just love their music.

Andalucious are a Jewish ensemble that tries to bring back music that used to be performed by the Jewish community in North Africa. This music has mainly Marroccan and Algerian roots.

At the Essaouira Atlantic Andalusia Festival they recorded a song that encourages Jewish and Muslim people to see their similarities and not their reasons for war. I think that is a very good topic! This is what it says on YouTube about he following video:

We live in a camping car, fully equipped music recording studio, travel the world and record wonderful bands with a peaceful message 🙂 Hit the subscribe button for the latest videos & podcast and join us on our journey Discover new artists and music to make your day sweet ! ‘Andalucious’ Passionate masters on their instruments and great personalities makes a fantastic and honest musical mix with wonderful melodies, smart lyrics and catchy songs in various genres of North African music: Morrocan Andalusian music, Algerian Chaabi, Piyyutim and more We love to present you this great song that was recorded in Morocco Essaouira at the Hotel Les Terrasses D’Essaouira – Check out the lyrics and translations. The Universe connected us as we were looking for artists and they were looking for someone who can record them due their visit in Morocco to play concerts at the 15th Festival des Andalousies Atlantiques d’Essaouira 🙂 The setup was tight as we had only 40 min. for mic setup, soundcheck, put the cameras and record – what you have here is the first take and it was magic. We love to say thank you for this great experience and wish you all the best !!! The lyrics are wonderful !!! Each one is different but we are all equal and should spend our time to live in peace together 🙂 The Track was Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Adrian “Ady” Parzentny from Hit The Road Music Studio : A mobile record studio, traveling and recording artists all around the world !

Another reason why I chose this song is obvious. For the Muslim community Alah is great!

Please allow your listening habits be challenged with this long music piece. It’s a wonderful jam of brilliant musicians. Please feel free to follow the link underneath to it’s YouTube location and put on the subtitles for a translation of the lyrics. Thanks very much!

video credit: Andalucious via Hit the Road Studios via YouTube

Andalucious on Yabiladi: Andalucious, exploring roots through North African music

Andalucious singer Tamar Bloch on Haaretz: An Israeli Singer Taps Into Her Moroccan Roots – in Show of Defiance Against Hebrew

This post takes part in Jim’s Song Lyric Sunday. Please head over and find many exciting music posts and the suggestions on how to take part too.

Please also visit Tao Talk who often takes part in Song Lyric Sunday with many brilliant songs.


Happy Sunday to you all despite everything!



Please stay a little longer and find my poetry posts on The Bee Creates… on Weebly. Thanks!

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You can also find my photos on Dreamstime (affiliate link, you do not need to buy anything but if you do I get 10% from your purchase)

Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me for cancer 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.

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Why All Americans Should Care About ‘Environmental Racism’ | Video by NowThis

Hello out there all you lovely people. I hope you had a brilliant week despite everything. Please sit down, have a cup of your favourite beverage and relax a little.

But not too much please. We have work to do you know. All of us. But some are ahead of us and can explain what Environmental Justice means in their environment.

One of them is Sherri Mitchell, an Indigenous rights lawyer and activist who has fought for environmental justice for more than 25 years.

This is what she has to say:

video credit: Now This via YouTube

Please find out more about Sherri here on her page.

She works at the Land Peace Foundation

And you can find her books at Goodreads


Please also check out Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice‘s blog out for more information about Climate Justice.

Happy Saturday to you all despite everything!!!



Please stay a little longer and find my poetry posts on The Bee Creates… on Weebly. Thanks!

You are more into photography? Then please check out my photo posts on Bee Wordless on Blogger.

You can also find my photos on Dreamstime (affiliate link, you do not need to buy anything but if you do I get 10% from your purchase)

Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me for cancer 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.

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Reading Tip from the Past: Pasi Ilmari Jaaskelainen’s “The Rabbit Back Literature Society”

This is a slightly edited post from 2017. The book group I am referring to is not active anymore.

In May 2020 I introduced you to Mahtem Shifferaw’s poetry book “Fuchsia” which I was reading in connection with my Goodreads reading group “#supporttranslatedbooks”.  In August 2017 we read “The Rabbit Back Literature Society” by Pasi Ilmari Jaaskelainen in said group which I have retired a couple of years ago.

August author at “#supporttranslatedbooks”: Pasi Ilmari Jaaskelainen

When I chose the books for #supporttranslatedbooks” I had never heard of Pasi Ilmari Jaaskelainen. I usually try to find a couple of links about the book we are reading itself and the author too to give the members a little more insight if they feel like it.

However, I found it difficult to find information about him and only posted these two links:

Pasi Ilmaren Jaaskelainen’s Homepage
Pasi Ilmaren Jaaskelainen on “Words Without Borders

Even his Wikipedia page is only in Finnish, Swedish and French.

Portrait of Pasi Ilmari Jaaskelainen

According to most of the pages I was reading he is Finnlands best-kept literature secret, a lover of Vampires and Jeanne Moreau and he has three sons. Other than that he is a writer of sci-fi and fantasy stories and has won several Finnish writing awards.

Now that is certainly an author worth discovering.

The Book we are reading in August at “#supporttranslatedbooks”: The Rabbit Back Literature Society

I have bookmarked several links to lists with translated fiction and try to find authors that are from all over the world as a well as authors who are not so well-known. And another point is to choose books of diverse genres. At the beginning of the year, we read “Sophie’s World” a children’s book about philosophy, last month a poetry book and this month we are into mystery, fantasy and magical realism if we want to believe the Goodreads genres. And next month we are off to Japan.

And as to stay with Goodreads, here is the book’s blurb:

A highly contagious book virus, a literary society and a Snow Queen-like disappearing author ‘She came to realise that under one reality there’s always another. And another one under that.’ Only very special people are chosen by children’s author Laura White to join ‘The Society’, an elite group of writers in the small town of Rabbit Back. Now a tenth member has been selected: Ella, literature teacher and possessor of beautifully curving lips. But soon Ella discovers that the Society is not what it seems. What is its mysterious ritual, ‘The Game’? What explains the strange disappearance that occurs at Laura’s winter party, in a whirlwind of snow? Why are the words inside books starting to rearrange themselves? Was there once another tenth member, before her? Slowly, disturbing secrets that had been buried come to light… In this chilling, darkly funny novel, the uncanny brushes up against the everyday in the most beguiling and unexpected of ways. 

Now how can you resist a blurb like that? Well, I certainly cannot as I love mystery books that have a good touch of magical realism in it. Plus I am a fan of Scandinavian authors and can’t wait to start “The Rabbit Back Literature Society”. In fact, I have managed to read one page already ;-).

Find out more about “The Rabbit Back Literature Society”

“The Rabbit Back Literature Society”
in “Washington Independent Review of Books

“The Rabbit Back Literature Society” on Tor.com


Resources:

Pasi Ilmaren Jaaskelainen on “Goodreads

Pasi Ilmaren Jaaskelainen on Pushkin Press

“The Rabbit Back Literature Society” on Goodreads


That book was one of the best I’ve ever read. So if you are looking for a great check it out.

Happy Friday to you all despite everything.


Please stay a little longer and find my poetry posts on The Bee Creates… on Weebly. Thanks!

You are more into photography? Then please check out my photo posts on Bee Wordless on Blogger.

You can also find my photos on Dreamstime (affiliate link, you do not need to buy anything but if you do I get 10% from your purchase).

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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I am a reader & a writer/ Ich bin eine Leserin und eine Schreiberin


In May 2019 I re-posted an entry called “Maybe I am a reader and not a writer“. Today I want to re-post the follow-up post from 2017:

September 2017

I have started blogging more intensively again and even have written new blog posts. I still try to figure out that balance of family, life, reading and blogging but I believe I can answer that question now: I am a reader and a blogger. The writer is just part of it:

March 2012

Lately I have been visiting Inspired Kathy’s Blog “I am reader, not a writer” (not active since 2016 unfortunately) quite often. I love it because it has clear book reviews based on her thoughts and liking of a book. Nothing fancy written. She chose the name of her blog because she enjoys reading but not that much to write those fancy reviews.

Well, that name got stuck in my mind and popped up on a regular basis and so I gathered there is something in there to write for me:

I wrote it before that I have been getting my love for reading books back and I am writing some (very subjective) book reviews on this blog now.

The reason why I lost my love for reading for a while was, I tried/try to become a writer. Well, I guess I am one as I have always been writing diary, poems, letters, short stories, articles for little magazines ….. I just have not been published in a major way. That does not bother me a lot but I believe that the best way to learn how to write a novel is to read good ones and find out what you like about them.

And there it goes: I changed my reading habit from enjoying a good story, having a great time and being taken away to other worlds to examining characters, story lines, story worlds etc. I started to find more faults than enjoying a good story and in a way I gave up after a while.

Then I ended up on Goodreads and somehow I got that “enjoyment” of reading back and I just love it.  I found a balance between reading for joy and reading for learning and that is a great way of being a reader and a writer.


I now consider myself a blogger which includes both: being a reader and a writer.


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Im Mai 2019 habe ich einen Beitrag wieder veroeffentlicht, der “Vielleicht bin ich Leser und kein Autor” heisst. Heute moechte ich den Nachfolge Post von 2017 veroeffentlichen.

September 2017

 Ich habe wieder angefangen mehr zu bloggen und habe sogar ein paar neue Beitraege geschrieben. Ich versuche aber immernoch die Balance von Familie, Leben, Lesen und Bloggen zu finden aber ich denke ich kann die Frage jetzt beantworten: Ich bin eine Leserin und eine Bloggerin. Und Schreiberin ist ein Teil davon:

(Links in diesem Beitrag sind in englischer Sprache)

In letzter Zeit habe ich oft den Blog von Inspired Kathy (Inspirierte Kathy) besucht, der  “I am reader not a writer” (Ich bin eine Leserin keine Schreiberin/Leider ist dieser Blog seit 2016 nicht mehr aktiv) heisst. Ich liebe diesen Blog, da er klare Buchbesprechungen hat, die sich auf ihre Gedanken und ihre Vorlieben stuetzt und nichts extravagant Geschriebenes ist. Sie hat den Namen des Blogs so gewaehlt, da sie es liebt, zu lesen und nicht diese ausgefallene Buchbesprechungen zu schreiben.

Tja, dieser Titel kam mir andauernd in den Sinn und so habe ich mir gedacht, dass es da wohl etwas zu schreiben fuer mich gibt:

Ich habe es ja schon mal geschrieben, dass ich meine Liebe fuers Lesen in letzter Zeit wieder entdeckt habe und ich schreibe jetzt auch einige (sehr subjektive) Buchbesprechungen hier auf diesem Blog.

Der Grund warum ich meine Lust am Lesen verloren hatte, war eine Schreiberin zu werden. Tja, ich denke ich bin eine Schreiberin, da ich immer schon Tagebuch, Gedichte, Briefe, Kurzgeschichten, Artikel fuer kleine Magazine geschrieben habe. Ich bin nur noch nicht in grossem Stil veroeffentlicht worden. Das macht mir nicht wirklich etwas aus aber ich denke, man kann nur ein guter Autor werden, wenn man gute Geschichten liest, um herauszufinden, was man an ihnen mag.

Und so passierte es: Meine Lesegewohnheit hatte sich vom einfachen Geniesen eines guten Buches, von einer guten Zeit haben dabei und in andere Welten versetzt zu werden, zu Untersuchen von Charakteren, des Handlungstranges und des Settings gewandelt. Ich begann, mehr und mehr Fehler zu sehen anstatt eine gute Geschichte zu geniesen und irgendwann habe ich dann einfach aufgegeben.

Dann bin ich auf Goodreads gelandet und irgenwie habe ich das “Geniesen” am Lesen wiedergefunden. Und ich liebe es! Ich habe eine Balance zwischen den Geniesen und dem Untersuchen gefunden und ich denke, das ist eine grossartige Weise eine Leserin und eine Schreiberin zu sein.


Heute sehe ich mich als Bloggerin: Das beinhaltet Leserin und Autorin zu sein.