Happy Good News Tuesday to you All

Hi peeps, how are you doing? I hope life and this Tuesday is treating you well.
Before we begin I am sharing yesterday’s bi-lingual poem with you that I shared on my social  media:

This colour and buzzing
opens my heart.
Is there a future?
Diese Farbe und das Summen
oeffnen mein Herz.
Gibt es eine Zukunft?

differently coloured poppies but mainly Californian poppies

And then for good measure a quote that has become a motto of mine since I left my job last year. It’s also bi-lingual:

“Beginne, wo Du gerade bist. Benutze was Du hast. Tu was Du kannst”
Arthur Ashe Quotes
English translation of Arthur Ashe quote
Arthur Ashe on Brainy Quote

 

I hope this gives you a little motivation to deal with everything that today throws at you. No matter how far you have come and how you feel: You can do it. I believe in you.


And to keep the good vibes going here some good news too:

You might have figured by now that I’ve decided to become a rebel for life and have joined Extinction Rebellion to make a difference for our future generations. So far  my contribution is to write poetry about the climate crisis, the questions I ask in connection with it and the feelings that comes with it all. I’ve decided not to add any hashtags because I get more feedback and can start conversations this way. I still need to contact my mentor at Extinction Rebellion for the Extinction Rebellion University and I keep you updated on any progress.

One topic close to my heart is planting trees which would help to store a lot of the co2 we are currently letting escape into the atmosphere. A couple of weeks ago I introduced you to Ecosia the search engine that plants trees in this Good News Tuesday post.

Today I found another Good News story about trees. Apparently the Crowther Lab of ETH Zurich has published a study in the journal Science that shows that planting trees would be the most effective method to combat the climate crisis. It even figured out how many we need to plant and where the best places would be. Find out more in the following video or in this article by the Good News Network. If you can’t play the video in this post just follow the link underneath it and it will lead you to its YouTube location which also includes the text for visually impaired readers.


video credit: Whochit News via YouTube

Isn’t this brilliant? We all can do something to heal the climate even if it is just to search with Ecosia and let them plant the trees. So go on. Do it. You know you want to 🙂

And if you are in need for some more good news please head over to JoAnna’s Blog and find some more.


I am also still in the process of integrating old posts. Today’s “blast from the past” is a “SoCS” post from 2015.

I can’t believe I know Linda and her Stream of Consciousness Saturday for such a long time. Not that I am around much lately but I am in utter awe how she manages to keep it going. You rock, Linda!

March 2015

“Happy Birthday” SoCS!

I am glad we are acquainted and maybe we’ll become friends :-)!

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Stream
of Consciousness
on
Saturdays
not
only
free
but
deep
and
sometimes
a
little
funny
thank
you
Linda!
This poem takes part both in “SoCS” and “Love Is In Da Blog

Love & Rage my friends. Keep doing what you are doing and know you are in my thoughts and prayers!

SoCS names it

Linda’s prompt for tomorrow oh today is “names”.

I am writing this Friday evening and schedule it (hopefully really do it not like yesterdays prompt for #frapalymo which I just saved but never scheduled…. ups 🙂 ) so when you read this I’ll be throwing happy smiles at customers at the day job.

Probably won’t have the will to write anything after that so I have to do some planning and speeding ahead :-).

Ok, names. Well, the first thing that came to mind is the expression: “You name it”. I love that. It gives the reader or listener such freedom to put in place whatever they want. I quite often use it in my blogging and I believe there is no proper translation for that into German. Expressions both in English and German which can’t really be translated into the other language fascinate me.

Life’s not really that different no matter where we live. We want to be happy, have something to eat and a roof over our heads. If we are lucky we have a good job and some friends. That’s about it no matter where you live and what language you speak.

And still there are those little things that we say without thinking about it when we grow up with a language. What often makes someone who learns your mother tongue laugh, sounds perfectly serious to you. I often wonder why there are things that just cannot be said in another language.

I believe that language actually is a great part of who you are. Maybe you know the musical “My Fair Lady” which is an adaption of Georg Bernard Shaw’s play “Pygmalion“. A phonetics professor tries to teach a flower girl “good language” and make her appear like a princess at an ambassadors party. Well, of course, he falls in love with her but that’s another story :-).

She actually makes it and all at that party believe she is a princess. That just proves how much the way you speak, the way you use your language makes you who you are. So what if you are bi-lingual or are able to speak even more languages? How does that change you? Do you take on characteristics of the country the language is spoken in?

Who knows….

I believe I have changed since I am more proficient in English. My writing certainly has bloomed, something I never would have thought when I was in the country I was born in. Last week I wrote about the idea, that I was born ten years too late and in the wrong country. My relationship with the English language seems to prove that.

About two years before I started learning English at school I bugged my cousin to teach me English expressions and I was singing ” Lady Madonna” or “Let it Be” from the Beatles without a clue what I was singing about. I just loved the sound of the language. I was so eager to learn it. One of our neighbors was an English teacher who helped me with pen friends from England, India and the Caribic as soon as I started to learn the language. Writing was quite hard then because I had to look up pretty much every second word. Still, I loved it.

Well, just a little pondering about language and in a way “naming things” :-). I get tired now and have another early start tomorrow so I’ll leave you to your own pondering. Maybe the prompt for tomorrow’s #frapalymo poem is up as well. Then I can schedule that post too and have some “writing-free” time after work.

Hopefully I really schedule it and don’t just save……. *giggle*

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This post takes part in Linda’s wonderful “Stream of Consciousness Saturday” and somehow went a little astray…. so please head over and see what other have made from “names” 🙂

SoCS compliments…

or complements????

Is that a word in English? Who knows…..

Well, I know now as I just checked with Leo.

What you don’t know Leo?

It’s an online dictionary that translates German into different languages. I wouldn’t be the blogger I am without Leo :-).

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I like all of them:

the compliment

to compliment

the complement

and

to complement

They seem to me to be of French origin and no I am not going to research that now. My interest in languages is great but there are limits even to my curiosity :-).

By the way I could have known that “to complement” is a word in English as it is part of the prompt isn’t it? Well, maybe that bottle of Savanna Cidre (yes I agree with Stella Artois: C’est cidre not cider 😉 ) does have a little impact on my thinking skill.

But where was I?

Oh yes, compliment/complement! What I originally wanted to write before I went astray was: I do get compliments for my English from customers at work. They usually say things like: “Your English is brilliant. Not like my German” and then they start speaking in perfect German and I can’t answer because I am losing my mother tongue.

Well…. I am pondering that anyway. My mother tongue! Is it really German or is it English?

My theory?

I was born 10 years too late and in the wrong country. I actually should have been born in Great Britain sometime in 1960 but my soul didn’t really want to come back and go through all the sh.. again. I also suspect that the exploding atom bomb in 1945 in Japan muddled the time continuum up and confused most souls re-incarnations. So we are all not where we should be and that’s why there is so much violence, war and abuse in this time and age.

Not that I can change anything about that neither can I prove my theory. Never mind.

Did you know that I try to complement my blogs a little more? Uhm maybe more connect them than complement :-). This month I take part in @FrauPaulchen’s #frapalymo a German poetry project similar to “Poetry Month”.

Since years I translate her prompts as I write my poetry rather in English than in German. But as Blogger somehow isn’t as good at connecting bloggers as WordPress is, I have decided to do an extra post to let you know about the prompts on “The Bee Writes…”.

I will do other things like that too later on in the year but for now this must do. Supposedly I have bitten off more than I can chew: This month I will write the translation to the prompts from @FrauPaulchen and the English poem on “The Bee Writes…”. Then I do the German version of my poem on “Something Random Now And then” and the post here. Besides one of the other German participants agreed for me to translate her poems into English so that might be another post for “The Bee Writes…”. Do you think I am addicted to blogging?????? And do you think that’s a compliment or does complement anything?????

description for visually impaired readers: Silver Buddha Candle holder with tea light lit

This post takes part in Linda G. Hills wonderful “Stream of Consciousness Saturday“. Please head over and find more brilliant posts in the comments.

SoCS varies very ;-)

Another Saturday has come and I am glad that I only have to work four hours tomorrow. Then I have a weeks holiday and I clearly need it the way I lagged at work today. My poor co-worker got a lot to do but I guess it will be my turn as well one day. We are all just human.

I nearly decided not to write today but then I thought: “You only live once so better do what you enjoy no matter how tired” and I do enjoy blogging a lot. Even chose it as my “fun fact” on Thursday at the Union training course.

But how on earth do I get to vary or very Linda’s prompt for her Stream of Consciousness Saturday which I encourage you to visit and find more wonderful and creative and spooky and creepy and ….. posts in the comments.

Did I mention I am very tired (gosh I made it…. 😉 ). Well, seems to be my normal state of being anyway so I do not go further into that. Even though I could vary the post just for fun. Maybe about the different states of tiredness from just lightly yawning to falling asleep while reading?

I used to laugh about my grandmother who had her books quite often on her nose when sitting on the sofa and reading. A few years ago it happened to me for the first time (I had always said I could never fall asleep with a book in my hands but that was long before the Kindle 😉 ) and I send her a silent “sorry Oma” up to heaven.

It doesn’t happen very often though. Reading still keeps me rather awake then the other way round. Yawning I do a lot though: from poshly hidden behind my hand to a huge mouth open one in the morning before my cuppa….

Now I lost my train of thought somehow…..

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” or “Begin with the word ‘The’.”

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments, for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. Have fun!

SoCS down to a P

I’m blogging from my mobile today which usually doesn’t work very well. So I’m experimental down to a P.

This screen does what it wants and I already regret not having started the laptop. Never mind. I’ll manage properly somehow.

Was thinking about a post only with words starting with P but well it’s Saturday morning and I have to go to work soon so my creativity isn’t at it’s best.

Besides the sun is shining and the fairies are calling me to go outside. So I better listen ’cause this jumping-to-everywhere-screen drives me mad. Sorry….

 

This post takes part in Linda G Hills Stream of Consciousness Saturday (http://lindaghill.com/2015/04/17/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-april-1815/)

 

 

 

Toujours SoCS

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Linda went kind of French with this week’s prompt for SoCS. If you want to know what it is exactly and find more great posts in the comments, please have a look here.

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It is nice to just mutter along sometimes. Lately, I have started to mutter to myself in several languages just to keep my mind occupied and repeat what I have learned. I know now that I am not a “meisje” anymore and I love the sound of the word “manzana”. I also like “toujours” :-). Was thinking about one of those pages which give you a “mot du jour” but that might take it a little too far.

After adjourning from SoCS for a while I am back on this wonderful Stream of Consciousness journey and sometimes think this prompt and meme is a little like a journal. It can get very private and is often very touching to read. I wanted to become a journalist when I was younger. Maybe I should have gone that way but I believed I wouldn’t like the working hours. I preferred regularity.

Life though is a funny thing and strangely I have always worked flexible shift work which isn’t regular at all. I babble a little today, don’t I? Never mind. Maybe I need a little sojourn to a beautiful island with a lonely beach, a pina colada in my hands and the husband beside me.

Well, if only I wouldn’t need to fly for that. But what am I talking about? I am on an island. There are lonely beaches around here. I am sure I can manage to get a pina colada somewhere and the husband doesn’t need to work all the time. So long guys and gals and thanks for the prompt ;-).

I am off to find my happiness du jour ;-).

Description for visually impaired readers: Path on top of concrete seadefence in the other direction towards Walcott looks like in Shade because picture is taken towards the sun. You can see beach to the left and a little sea with sky and sun.

Meisje (Dutch) = girl

Manzana (Spanish) = apple

Jour (French) = day

toujours (French) = always

This post takes part in Linda G Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday and here are the rules:

Here are the rules:
1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.
2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.
3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” or “Begin with the word ‘The’.”
4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours. Your link will show up in my comments, for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top.
5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.
6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!
7. Have fun!

SoCS asks “Who am I?”

Selfie of Bee and SherkyWho am I?

This is a famous poem by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was a German pastor who worked against the Nazi’s. He was imprisoned in Berlin in 1943 and was hanged on April 9th 1945.

I read it first when I was a teenager and it has deeply influenced me. It lead to at least two or three poems where I expressed my questions about my identity. It has also influenced my idea about religion or more: spirituality: The idea that God/the Universe/the Life Force (however you want to call it) does know me and believes in me. And I always hoped to be able to be calm in diversity which I have not achieved….. yet :-).

It also seems to me a more important question today than ever before as we can take on so many persona’s using the internet. Many criticise that us on the internet means that we only show what we want to show and it would give a wrong impression.

I do not believe that though. I have met several people who are pretty good at it in face to face interactions. I believe those who are genuine as a person in real life will be genuine as internet users. Those who are not genuine in real life won’t be on the internet.

And I also believe that we recognise both. Our intuitions tell us exactly whom we are dealing with. We are just not used to believe in its messages as we are taught that only logic counts. And logic has lead me astray a few times…..

Well, so who am I? What do I stand for as I asked a few days ago on my other blog?

The older I get the more I believe that this is a question that cannot be answered with one sentence or one trait. We are a multitude of thoughts, experiences, heritage, emotions that play together in a complex way. We are a miracle who change daily and maybe we should not question ourselves too much.

Maybe we should just experience ourselves in this form and in this universe in all its glory and all its difficulties!

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This post takes part in Linda G. Hill’s wonderful “Stream of Consciousness Saturday”. Please head over to yesterdays

prompt for rules and more wonderful posts. Thanks!

A One-Liner Stream of Consciousness Saturday

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This line takes part in Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday. Please follow the link to find the prompt and other brilliant posts.

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Sorry, Linda but my poor mourning brain could only come up with this:

Pat put “Pit” her pet on the pot!

(no, this post has nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that both Terry Pratchett and his creation Death love/loved cats and I am obsessing a little on the topic of his departure from this life….. 🙂 )

A “Happy Birthday” from “Love Is In Da Blog” to “SoCS”

My Darlings,

the end is here 🙂 and I cannot thank you enough for your wonderful participation, your brilliant blog posts and just for sharing your creativity. I will write a conclusion tomorrow because today is dedicated to “Stream of Consciousness” and Linda’s “Stream of Consciousness Saturday” which had its first birthday yesterday. So please enjoy our combined prompt and link your posts both to “SoCS” and “Love Is In Da Blog”

Here is what Linda wrote:

“As a special feature for February’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday, The Bee and I have decided to collaborate! As you may know, on her site – Just Fooling Around with Bee – a month-long blog-hop is going on in recognition of Love, called “Love Is In Da Blog.” The week 4 prompt is Love in friendship. This, conveniently, ties in to my own special occasion this week.

This weekend, the Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt is one year old! Since its humble beginnings, starting with the rules, I have met SO many new bloggers who I now consider to be friends. And let me tell you, I appreciate each and every one of you! I’m so happy that my prompt has led many others to connect as well and I’m constantly amazed by the wonderful posts that have come out of this event. Thank you all so much for joining in over the past year!! Here’s to the next!!! 😀 Without further ado:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: acquaint and/or friend. Use one, use both, add prefixes or suffixes, but whatever you do, have fun!

After you’ve written your Saturday post tomorrow, please link it here at this week’s prompt page and check to make sure it’s here in the comments so others can find it and see your awesome Stream of Consciousness post. Anyone can join in! And don’t forget, as a special feature this month, you can also pingback to “Love Is In Da Blog”! Find the prompt here and get the badge: https://thebeewritesdownloads.wordpress.com/2015/02/22/love-is-in-da-blog-february-ping-back-post-rulessuggestions-week-4/

Love Is In Da Blog

To make your post more visible, use the SoCS badge! Just paste it in your Saturday post so people browsing the reader will immediately know your post is stream of consciousness and/or pin it as a widget to your site to show you’re a participant. Wear it with pride!!

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Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” or “Begin with the word ‘The’.”

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments, for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. Have fun!”

Now my darlings: go, create and have lots of fun!

“Love Is In Da Blog” goes “SoCS”

My darlings, it is time again for some Stream of Consciousness writing and Linda and I have co-operated. And here is what came from it:

(first posted on Friday 20/2/15 on “Linda G. Hill ~ Life in Progress“)

“As a special feature for February’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday, The Bee and I have decided to collaborate! As you may know, on her site – Just Fooling Around with Bee – a month-long blog-hop is going on in recognition of Love, called “Love Is In Da Blog.” The week 3 prompt is Family Love. So as not to box in your Friday prompts too much, I’ve decided to play around with it a bit, while still keeping in the spirit of collaboration. Here we go:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “relative/relativity”. It can pertain to a person, a thing, a theory, or a concept. Play with it and have fun!

After you’ve written your Saturday post tomorrow, please link it here at this week’s prompt page and check to make sure it’s here in the comments so others can find it and see your awesome Stream of Consciousness post. Anyone can join in! And don’t forget, as a special feature this month, you can also ping back to “Love Is In Da Blog”! Find the prompt here and get the badge:

Love Is In Da Blog

To make your post more visible, use the SoCS badge! Just paste it in your Saturday post so people browsing the reader will immediately know your post is stream of consciousness and/or pin it as a widget to your site to show you’re a participant. Wear it with pride!!

socs-badge

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” or “Begin with the word ‘The’.”

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments, for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. Have fun!”

Yes my darlings: please go, create and have lots of fun and please also ping back to Linda’s post here