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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Only human

I still struggle with many aspects of mindfulness, for instance trying to be in the moment, to stop worrying or stop the self-criticism. But there is that one aspect of mindfulness that is not that hard: imperfection. I am rather good at that. Continue reading

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A chicken for Easter

Did you enjoy Easter? Have you gone out hunting for eggs? We are not into that sort of festivities, but last year we had a chicken about 5 meters or yards up our tree, and a man in the garden. He was not even wearing a bunny suit.
No, I am not writing this after a liquid lunch – whether or not with eggs. This is what really happened… Continue reading

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No right or wrong, but inner calm.

Something is wrong. Something is definitely wrong. I am on the sofa again, like I have been for the best part of these past eleven years. This is not good. Continue reading

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The Greasy Spoon

Mice can have five or six litters a year, each with at least four babies, I read online. You might understand that I wanted to get rid of the mice in the attic.
Not that it had anything to do with my yarn being stashed there. I keep my yarn in plastic boxes, so I had no worries about the mice stealing my skeins to knit sweaters for all their kids to come. Continue reading

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The patter of tiny feet

On a Sunday afternoon my partner leaves to visit friends. I stay at home, but not alone as I was thinking. Continue reading

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A bag of equanimity, please

Life is full of uncertainties. And when being chronically ill, these uncertainties can be overwhelming, in my experience.
‘How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness’ by Toni Bernhard is a helpful and practical guide. I highlighted so much, I thought the e-reader was going to run out of ink. Continue reading

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Christmas everyday

Only a few days after I finished my my latest article about soap – in which I happened to mention the word ‘poo’, someone told me a funny story about poo. No worries, it is only about potty training. Did I ever tell you an indecent story? Continue reading

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