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

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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!


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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!!!



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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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This 15-year-old girl got a huge welcome after Cancer Treatment

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 of stressful information.

I wonder how Teenagers deal with Cancer

I have often wondered in the last couple of weeks how it would have been to have cancer much earlier than I do. My mother was nearly 35 when she passed away from cancer. My cousin was in her 20’s when she had cancer. And I see so many adverts for charities for children or teenagers with cancer.

Even though I feel like I am dealing ok with everything it does take its toll. Last week I had a bout of “I am sick and tired of being sick and tired” and “when can I be “normal” again?”.

I cannot imagine how difficult it is to deal with Cancer as a young person

I cannot imagine how difficult it must be when you are a teenager and all your peers and friends have the chance to party, to get on with school and to make plans for their future life but you can’t.

Cancer means a multitude of appointments. It involves managing side-effects of medication and different treatments and for many a stay in hospital. It means tiredness, sickness, and somehow, life is on hold.

This heroes welcome for 15-year old cancer survivor Courtney made me cry

As I know a little what it means, I found this story very touching. In fact, it made me cry because it was such a lovely gesture of this neighbourhood:

video credit: Guardian News via YouTube

A group of neighbours in Los Angeles threw a socially distanced welcome-home party for a teenager after she finished chemotherapy. Courtney Johnson, 15, was diagnosed with cancer in June and was receiving treatment at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The video was shared by her mother on social media” via Guardian US

Congratulations Courtney! You so deserve this heroes welcome!!!!

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.

The Affirmation Spot Blog does share JoAnna’s posts too and gives you some boost with positive affirmations. Please check it out for a huge smile.

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


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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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Worker Justice is Climate Justice

Hello out there, how are you? I hope you and yours are well and if not, that you get all the help, you need. My thoughts and prayers go out to you.

Today, I won’t be bothering you long. I just want to introduce you to two organisations in the US: Warehouseworkers for Justice and the Peoples Climate Movement. Together they created a short video explaining why workers justice and climate justice are connected.

Here is the video and you find the link to the organisations underneath the video.

video source: People’s Climate Movement via YouTube

Find out more about People’s Climate Movement here.

And about Warehouseworkers for Justice here.


Happy Saturday 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.


Let’s Plant More Trees

Hello everybody out there, how are you? Do you see a tree in your garden or neighbourhood? I very much hope so because to me trees mean life and happiness.

That is probably the reason why I like to share tree planting stories on Good News Tuesday. And guess what? You get another one today. One that you can give some money too if planting trees isn’t an option but you have a penny or two left over at the end of the month. But if you can’t do either don’t worry. There is an app for that LOL.

So, what am I talking about? Today I want to introduce you to the “Eden Reforestation Project,” which is the brainchild of Dr. Stephen Fitch. He worked in Ethiopia and saw how de-forestation brings down whole communities as they lose their livelihoods. His idea was to employ villagers to regrow their forests and thus stop poverty and climate change in one go.

To me, that shows that our forests are more than just assets to make furniture or give us fresh air. We are still part of the ecological system and growing a forest gives communities life and a future.

video credit: Eden Reforestation Project via YouTube

I grew up surrounded by a forest. Germany is known for its well-managed forests, and the one I knew then was a mixture of needle and leaf trees. Mostly beech trees. They even gave the area the name. I used to gaze over the forest in school and daydream. It had something magical about it.

Maybe that is why I feel so connected to trees and forests and why I understand why they mean more than just a tree side by side with another tree. Please, watch Eden Reforestation Projects first video where the difference between land with and without trees is shown starkly.

video credit: Eden Reforestation Project via YouTube

Isn’t it awsome?

So please if you can plant a tree in your back garden. If you can’t but have some money give to the Eden Reforestation Project. And if you can’t do that either consider Ecosia as your search engine as they are supporting tree planting projects with the income your search creates. Thanks!

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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Flip the Switch or Who says you need to be able to read and write to be a solar engineer?

Hello out there, dear people of the blogosphere. How are you doing? I am sending you good vibes and energy and if you want to a hug. You deserve it!

I had lots of headlines for today’s post:

“Solar Mamas ~ These grannies are awesome”

“This is why western countries lose their power!”

“#ClimateJusticeSaturday ~ Flip the Switch”

“A new way of doing business is possible”

All of them tell you what I think about the documentary I am sharing with you today. It is called “Flip the Switch” and tells the story of Solar Mamas. Solar Mamas are women from developing countries who are willing to go to India to be trained as solar engineers by Barefoot College.

Barefoot College was created in 1972 in rural India to train women and give them a better chance in life. They developed the Barefoot Solar Project, which trains women from all over the developing world to become solar engineers. They are enabled to install and maintain solar panels and lamps and in turn, will train ten more women to be able to bring electricity to their villages.

How awesome are these women? They leave their families in Mexico, Zanzibar and wherever they hear from Barefoot College to go to India for 6 months to be trained. But what amazed me too is the involvement of an international law firm called Hogan Lowells who support the project. Their business idea is that you win when you support communties around the world. And also that it is a duty of those better off to help those who aren’t.

And I can’t get rid of the feeling that western societies with their reluctance to support developing countries are losing their grip on their world power. Because where do citizens of developing countries look to when it comes to who they want to become? To Britain and the US, who are giving less and less or to China who build their streets and India who trains their women?

Ah, I stop my babble. Please have a look at this brilliant documentary and make up your own mind.

Video credit: Barefoot College via YouTube

Please find out more about Barefoot College on their page.

Hogan Lovells describes their social responsibility here.

TRP wrote an article about the Solar Mamas.

More about the Solar Mamas and the Barefoot College in The Hindu

And there is also a film about a Solar Mama from Jordan

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.

This Couple Nursed A Rainforest Back To Life

Hello out there all you lovely people. Please come in, have a seat, a cuppa and some fruit or yoghurt. Sorry, can’t offer any biscuits at the moment…

As I said in some previous posts I have cut out refined sugar from diet to beat cancer. There is not scientific proof yet that it makes any difference but from what I have read at Cancer Research a healthy diet helps to get through cancer treatment. I assume that side-effects of chemo aren’t that bad (yet) might have to do with me eating mostly fruit, veg, oats, yoghurt and a little bread and potatoes. So no bickies on my watch… well besides the oat cookies made with honey 😉 . And just in case you want to hear a different opinion on the “sugar & cancer” topic have a look here at Diabetes.co.uk.

And what does that have to do with a couple saving a rainforest? Nothing whatsoever my dear readers. I just got side tracked 🙂

It’s Tuesday and that means we share some good news. I was pondering today to share something positive every day but I know myself: I won’t keep it up so I better don’t go down that route.

So keep the “Good News Tuesday” up and visit the South of India where Pamela Gale Malhotra and her husband Anil started an animal sanctuary in the early 1990s’. It was only supposed to be 55 hectar of private forest land but has grown and now “covers hundreds of acres, with at least 300 acres being under the protection of SAI Sanctuary Trust, its positive influence being seen and felt in the National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries in the area including Brahmagiri, Nagarhole and Bandipur.” (source SAI homepage)

Their work has also grown all over the world “from the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific to the Rocky Mountains of North America, from the Himalayas in northern India to the Western Ghats in the south—to help restore balance among all species of Nature—including humankind.” (source SAI homepage). It was even dubbed “Noah’s Ark” by an Oxford professor.

It shows that healthy support for our environment can grow and work and to me these are the visionaries for a better future for all of us. I find that inspirational in these dire times. Please watch this short video and visit their page too to find out more about their work.

video source: Great Big Story via YouTube

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.

Happy Tuesday 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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Environmental Justice is all our responsibility #ClimateJusticeSaturday

Hello out there, how are you. Yes, I am asking again because I care. And even if you do not leave a comment and answer me, know that you are in my prayers (and thoughts if you do not care for prayers) daily.

In recent months we have been pre-occupied with the COVID-19 pandemic and now with the #BlackLivesMatter revolution. However, in my opinion, both come together in one big issue that we need to address rather yesterday than tomorrow.

The idea of climate- and environmental justice brings together issues of social justice, race and other problems we struggle with. Injustices of not getting a good education and following a good job, of racism, of workers rights will become even worse when resources become scarce because of climate change. But these issues also keep climate change going. We are thinking that because we have not enough money we cannot act climate-friendly while, in fact, most climate-friendly actions mean “less is more” and therefore cost less too.

That is the reason why I keep my #ClimateJusticeSaturday series going to educate myself and you about the issues and what we can do.

Today I have chosen a short documentary by Julian Kane who is a filmmaker. His mission are documentaries that inspire people. In 2016 they brought 24 leaders together to remind ourselves and each other that climate and environmental justice is all our responsibility. Please enjoy:

video credit: Julian Kane via YouTube

Happy Saturday 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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#ClimateJusticeSaturday ~ Climate Warriors ~ a Film

Hello out there, how are you all, you lovely people? I know we are facing a multitude of challenges currently, but let’s remember to stop now and then and think. To look behind the current and apparent problems towards the ultimate challenge for humankind.

Climate Crisis!

From the few sources that I have read ( European Bank: Spending to counteract coronavirus creates chance to “tilt to green”; Harvard. T.H. Than: Coronavirus and Climate Change, WHO: Climate change and human health – risks and responses. Summary. I gather that climate change increases the transmission of viruses and will cause epi- and pandemics more often.

In the last three months, we have seen how much havoc pandemics can cause. It’s not the economy that has been saving us in the previous three months. It is doctors, nurses, farmers, cleaners… who do. We have also seen that we can do a lot of things differently and that we might not need everything that we thought we might need.

There are solutions out there, and it is time for us to grab those solutions because it is we who do the change. Not politicians. Not corporations. Not banks. We!

On Thursday, I stumbled over a film called “Climate Warriors” by a German filmmaker. It was published in 2018 and gives thoughtful insight into the fight of several climate activists from Germany and the United States. It also gives knowledge about our current energy use and how we are misled by corporations and some politicians. This film shows some solutions, and as a plus, you see Arnold Schwarzenegger vs D. Trump on climate change. 🙂

This film is available on Amazon Prime for free, and you can buy it on YouTube. I could not find any other sources, but I am sure there are others too.

Here is a trailer to give you an idea.

video credit: Fechner MEDIA Production via YouTube

Happy Saturday to you all despite everything!

#ClimateJusticeSaturday ~ The Art of Re-Imagining Climate Justice

Hello out there, how are you? Are you feeling artistic? Or activistic? Is that a word? Well, I hope you feel good no matter what challenges you face because know what? You can do it!!!

Today I am taking a little different approach to the climate justice topic. In 2014 there has been a meeting of artists in Santa Barbara who creatively took on climate justice. This video shows the results. I hope it inspires you to make your own artwork or changes.

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

video resource: Summer Gray via YouTube

Happy Saturday to you all despite everything!!!!!