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!


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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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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!!!!!


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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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.

#GoodNewsTuesday: Coastal Dutch Farm grows Seaweed to filter pollution fromt their favourite beach.

Hello out there how are you? I hope your life grows organically despite everything and that nothing stands in your way. And if it does then know that you are bright and courageous enough to change what needs changing.

Someone who has changed something are today’s Dutch farmers in my Good News Story: Nikki and Sjoerd from Ijmuiden in the Netherlands liked their local beach. Unfortunately, it was often contaminated by debrit. They wondered what they could do to change that and figured out that planting seaweed is the answer. It doesn’t only clear the beach but also offers the basics for products which can make plastic obsolete. And guess what? Not only trees get rid of Co2. Seaweed does too.

So please head over to the “Good News Network” to find out more about Nikki, Sjoerd and the advantages of seaweed planting: Coastal Dutch Farm grows Seaweed to filter pollution fromt their favourite beach.

And watch this video to find out more. Please follow the link underneath the video if it doesn’t play here on the blog

video credit: ZeeWaar 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.

Finding Common Ground on #GoodNewsTuesday

Hello peeps, life is strange. That is one lesson I have learned in my nearly half a century of life.

While many take part in the social media black out to support black people in the US, I felt I need to share a black man’s mission that is controversial to say the least.

Today I want to share a TEDx talk by Daryl Davis. He is a jazz musician who played with Chuck Berry and other famous people. But the reason why he is controversial is his mission to find common ground with members of the KKK.

He has managed to bring some of the KKK members to leave the organisation with befriending them and finding common ground. It is utterly unimaginable to me how someone can have the strength to be so open-minded and curious to get close to people who are so hateful.

But I also believe that this is the only way to change any rift between humans. Please make up your own mind with my Good News Story for this week.

video credit: TEDxTalks 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!!!!!

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!

#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!!!!!

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!!!!!

Quote by T. Pratchett on living

Beating Cancer While Blogging and some Good News

Hello out there, how are you doing? I hope you and yours are well. I also hope you always have your favourite hot beverage to the rescue when life gets challenging. And a friend or family member too. 

For all those who don’t know me yet: In January, my doctors diagnosed me with cancer. I spent February and most of March at appointments to find out how bad and where it came from because it was “unsuspected” as they said. It turned out to be breast cancer (two tumours, one of which was the primary one). 

At the end of March, I was lucky to have an operation in which they took out both tumours, and my lymph nodes as five of them were affected. The fear is that the cancer has spread to other parts even though the hospital hasn’t found any other tumours yet. I should have started chemotherapy last week but could not because I developed an infection. I got antibiotics and see the doctors on Monday the 4th of May to find out if I can start or not. 

For a couple of months now, I am figuring out how I can beat cancer besides the treatment I get from the hospital. I assume that I have better chances if I do not give cancer too much attention, and do something I love to keep me occupied. And I love blogging. So I do it as much as I can.

You can see it on my “Bee Wordless” Blogger blog: Originally, I “just” wanted to do “Wordless Wednesday” posts. However, one of my missions is to spread some kindness, and one of my passions is photography. I try to take a daily photo and share it with family and friends on WhatsApp with a little message that I think of them. This habit made me think; I could do that on one of my blogs too. So I did, and you can find the latest here

Another one of my passions is poetry. In 2014 and 2015, I did a project to write a poem a day, and it somehow became a habit later on. I share some of them on a fellow bloggers blog (find them here on Carol Anne’s “Therapy Bits”), and they are popular. Which made me think: “Why shouldn’t I spread the joy further?” Again, so I did. Now, I am not superwoman and can write daily poetry posts on two blogs. That is why I re-purpose some on my Weebly blog “The Bee Creates“.

Come Away With Me 2020 Badge
Come Away With Me 2020 badge

But the project I am most excited about is “Come Away With Me” here on my WordPress blog. Over the years I have taken part in several music blog projects from “Song Lyric Sunday” to “Love Is In Da Blog“. While most bloggers shared the music they’ve always liked, I became bored and wanted to discover music from other countries. YouTube had suggested some exciting Scandinavian artists to me, which made me wonder what sort of music other countries are listening. So I started to blog about them last December on “Music Monday“. Later on, I re-named it “Come Away With Me Musical Challenge“. For the next couple of years, I am going to write about a musician from a different country every Monday. I’ll also share some video’s to get an idea about the country we visit. You can even take part with your blog if you like.

I am not sure, if all these creative endeavours will get me through cancer treatment, but I feel it is definitely better than feeling sorry for myself. One thing I do not want to miss either in my blogging is JoAnna’s Good News Tuesday. That is why I am going to share a Good News Story for the end of this blog post.

I am looking for alternative ways to support my cancer treatment and this story made me think a lot:

video credit: eCancer via YouTube

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

So, I let you go to whatever is up at your agenda. Take care of yourselves and be kind not only to others but also to yourself. Happy Tuesday despite everything.

#GoodNewsTuesday: Fido's Taphouse ~ Eat. Drink. Adopt

Hello, out there dear people of the blogosphere. How are you? I very much hope you and yours are well, and if not feel embraced by the universes love which I send you along.

If you are not so much a believer in the universes support then what about the love of man’s best friend? If you live in Portland you might have heard of Fido’s Taphouse where you can’t only eat and drink but also adopt a dog that they have rescued from California’s killing shelters.

I know we currently can’t go out anywhere but maybe you keep this one in mind for later? Because there is an extra room in the restaurants for the dogs and whoever wants to adopt has to wait for three days to sign the papers so the staff can make sure you really want the dog and didn’t just have an idea suggested by too much alcohol. Surely that must be a win-win for all?

Find out more in this small documentary by ladyChampionClara a student at the local college who directed it as her last project for the documentary class. Please follow the link underneath the video if it doesn’t play here on the blog.

video credit: ladychampionclara 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.

Today is just a short post. I had my first chemotherapy session yesterday and when I scheduled this post I didn’t know how this went. I’ll keep you updated in an extra post if I can write anything. Otherwise please bear with me. Thanks.

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