Empty shoes

A few years after getting ill, I discovered that I can write interesting stories about things that happen inside or close to my home. For instance about birds or cats visiting our garden (preferably not at the same time), books, music or even what we had for dinner. This time it is about my shoes, my empty shoes. Who needs shoes while lying on the sofa, anyway? Continue reading

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For sale: magic wand

I am offering my beautiful magic wand for sale. But before you get all excited: please, remember my failed attempt getting the gnomes to help me in the garden. The thing is utterly useless. Continue reading

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Lie to Me

Do you remember being fourteen years of age? I recall feeling lost at the time. Thankfully, there was Chris Isaak. Continue reading

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A tiny bit of brain-fog

We all have our brain-fog moments, whether we are ill or not. Apart from one disturbing incident where I couldn’t recall my own phone number, my brain-fog is fairly easy to live with. Continue reading

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The jackpot

We were thinking that catching mice – luring them into the trap with cheese and peanut butter – was the hardest part. As it turned out, we were rather naive. Continue reading

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70 – Delftse Hout

Delftse Hout

Sent by: Jonatan;
Location: Delftse Hout, the Netherlands;
Date: June 18, 2016.

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Chicken Mudita

Hello lovelies, thinking you are going to read an anecdote-like story with a yummy recipe – perhaps a spicy, Indian curry – with chicken? I am sorry to disappoint you, but there is no such thing. Continue reading

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Lazy gnomes

Spring is a wonderful season. It never ceases to amaze me that everything is coming back to live. A butterfly appears from nowhere, green stuff pops up from a dark and sullen ground, and then the bumblebees: don’t they make a lovely sound?
I know this is the real thing, but this season always feels a bit like magic. Continue reading

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Smile often and dream big

Not long ago, I sent a postcard to a friend for her 40th birthday. It said ‘a good life is when you smile often and dream BIG.’ It made me wonder about my own life. I can smile, but I do not know how to dream big. Continue reading

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Not playing by the rules

Perhaps it is because I am an art historian, but I feel the need to defend work made by Piet Mondriaan (1872-1944). Recently, a family member complained about the Dutch government paying 82 million guilders for his Victory Boogie Woogie (1942-1944), because a kid could do it.
I am an art teacher as well, so let me give it a go and try to explain some of the fundamentals regarding this legendary painter. Continue reading

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