Month: May 2013

It is time for the weekly: shout-out #3

So by now you get the idea right? I try and make a weekly shout out about one of the fellow bloggers whom I notice are passing through my pages. So here is a link to Adventures in Southeast Asia a blog by Rachel Wingo who relocated herself to Cambodia for work in Phnom Penh. I will enjoy taking an occasional look on her blog to see what she has discovered and how her writing develops. Her blog is quite new still as she only just relocated a few months ago. But I love to hear about and from other women who don’t let anything hold them back and try out another way of life. If you are reading this and are over 30 then I would be particularly delighted to hear about your ‘not-standard-normal’ life. I am currently in a state of flux and have been uncertain which way to move forward for some time. I think it really helps to hear about other adults out there, who live unconventionally but don’t consider themselves drifters …

the power of sleep #1

The amazing power of sleeping enough hours and the right hours! I feel like a new human being! I didn’t even go to bed as early as perhaps I should, but the lights were out before midnight and I slept like a bear with many dreams flooding my night. The last dream was a bit stressful and the sound of my alarm clock became integrated into the dream, which is not the best thing really. But I got a full 9 hours of sleep, with a warm mostly asleep cuddle from the person I love at about 7.30 when we had both woken up from the natural light streaming into the bedroom. I fell asleep in his arms and that may have helped, too. When I did finally get up at 9.15am I felt like a whole new human being. Durianrider is definitely right when he says: “get off the internet and get to sleep & sleep as much as you need.” I know 9.15am is late to many, but sometimes you need to catch …

Cheating is not nice (hopeful but not blind)

We went to explore a monthly antique market in the heart of Padova on Prato de la Valle on sunday. After an enjoyable hour of browsing books and Asian artifacts (many not antique but moldy) I decided to buy a lovely pair of silver earrings. I haven’t spent anything on myself aside from food purchases for such a long time and I had really wanted to find a nice set of earrings while in Italy. SO I didn’t think too much when I was offered the items for €18. A few hours later I had already concluded that in all likelihood the earrings were not silver, nor the stone real. But what really got to me was when some of the ‘silver’ paint chipped off and revealed a black base that looked like plastic. We investigated closer and the earrings are so exceptionally cheap that I feel at once idiotic for not having noticed it and in equal measures saddened by people being such liars. They don’t know that I usually turn every penny around …

When life is full of human sized Dungballs .. (aka: What happened to purpose?)

Dungbeetle and Sisyphus / in the countryside / art / performance for film and passing audience 2008, a photo by Birgit Deubner on Flickr. .. When life is full of human sized Dungballs then you really know that it is time to work out a plan of action.. I am finding myself in a situation in life where everything could happen or nothing at all, and don’t you just love it when I am exceptionally abstract and … yes by now I would stop reading, too (I think). My life is so unbelievably improbable, so much the opposite of normal and while I think that I have an allergy to ‘normal’ this absence of it is making me feel like I am breaking out in a rash threatening to turn into elephantiasis (I enjoy exaggerations from time to time). What happened to knowing one’s purpose? My weeks and months are filled with research that lies around the place like a bunch of loose ended yarn after a pack of cats went wild on it.. I …

Yoga review: Ke Yoga

I just wanted to give you a quick review of the Yoga class that we attended yesterday after running into a Yoga teacher on one of the central streets in the old city of Padova, Italy. Laura was really friendly and let us know that the first lesson is free to attend. I like this as a bargain hunting human but a part of me thinks that the teacher’s time is valuable and I am not sure that free lessons are necessary. I think it is fair to pay any teacher for their time and experience.  In my mind this is also a way to show one’s appreciation and respect. But of course it helps us a lot if we get the chance to join a class for free. Class fees for two people can quickly rack up to a lot of money. About the class: Laura’s class is slow and gentle, it is up to the students to get the most ‘work’ out of it. The guidance is evenly paced and there is a …

The Kafkaesque life of conscientious consumers & small Farmers in America: Farmageddon

I thought you might be interested why the price of organic is so high and why it can be so hard to find natural food choices. I believe this is gong to be a growing problem. But we have a big choice here and it starts with our shopping carts. Farmageddon offers an insight into the problematics of the food safety rules generated in response to large scale industrial farming and then applied to small scale farming. This documentary might make you wonder what happened to rational thinking and measured responses. The small scale farms featured have experienced Kafkaesque Traumas at the hand of the American Department of Agriculture. Armed raids took place on small scale farms, with children present. The crimes: organic farming & raw milk production. Sheep were seized and killed for having mad cow disease, when no sheep has ever had mad cow disease. Certainly not an organic sheep that has been under a year long quarantine….

Making space in life and in one’s laptop…

my blog posts are a a little slow in materializing in part because my hard drive on my laptop is full, my ipad is full, my head is full and when everything is full to the brim there just isn’t the room to create anything. You probably know the feeling when you open the door to your bedroom and you hardly know where to begin tidying up; and at first the tidying up creates more mess and progress is slow. If you give up at that point then in all likelihood you will need to move house to every regain control (or buy a new laptop). But we can’t afford to move house all the time or keep spending our money on laptops, can we? Well even if we can, we should learn to create that elusive ‘sanctuary’ of clear mind and physical space in which we can get on with creating new things. I have just spent two hours attempting to back up photographs from iphoto to an external hard drive. The export keeps …

Missing India

India, a photo by Birgit Deubner on Flickr. I miss this crazy country. Whenever I think back to India I can’t arrive at one conclusion. Such a raw place. I think of it as honest in that all of life, its highs and lows, it’s hopes and despairs are out there to see. India doesn’t appear to hide much. Not a country now that I feel as safe in anymore (as a woman) as I would have done in years past, before the media finally paid attention to the plight of women. But I don’t think that India was safer then, but my own ignorance created illusions of safety. And we all know that illusion can create reality, too.

First Shout-out

Shoutout: I think it would be nice to make a weekly shout-out to bloggers whom I notice wandering through my blog pages. I will try and take a look at their pages and if something catches my eye then I will post a shout-out to them here, with an occasional review and always a link. So the first shout-out is to Lakshmi Loves to Shop. I was attracted to the blog because of it’s title and because of my own occasional magpie qualities (loving shiny things that glitter and glimmer) and of course because I have been to India and India is often on my thoughts. Such a complex place, beauty and brutal honesty with regards to revealing so many harsh aspects of life, poverty, cast systems, gender inequality that can manifest in cruel ways. But  India is more than I could possibly attempt to capture with a few lines in this blog. Take a look around Lakshmi Loves to Shop perhaps you will be inspired.

An Ode to Tumeric & Cinnamon

Sorry this is just a short one: I wanted to quickly share how incredibly much both tumeric and cinnamon seem to have helped me with my terrible joint inflammation on my left big toe joints. The pain was starting to spread and make me quite miserable when I remembered to add the anti-inflammatory tumeric to pretty much everything I ate. (I eat a lot of raw things and banana smoothies made with bananas and coconut milk. I don’t usually eat much wheat or processed foods. But had just emerged from a period of travel in which my food choices were limited, and it seemed to have set off the inflammations, which worryingly I think are a form of arthritis.). It took just a couple of days to make a difference. (I found it unexpectedly fast, too). Beware though: tumeric will stain your teeth, so brush extra carefully, extra properly. Both spices together seem to have made a huge difference to my wellbeing. I doubt that this was psychosomatic, I was too busy to think about …

Dreams for Change

If you want it, then I really firmly believe you have to start to dream it and believe it. Whatever it is. Your personal future, the future of the earth we live on, our collective future. A lot of what we take for granted makes actually not all that much sense. Take the value of a piece of paper for example, depending on what you print on it, its value can be none or great, the value is assigned by an accepted agreement to assign it value, one distant century in the past people may have called this an unlikely dreamt up idea. So go ahead, dream the change you want to see and share the dream. Just remember how women’s right to vote was once a dream, not even so very long ago. Or how flying was a dream and now we all do it (or could do it if we saved up and chose to do so.). Dream, go, dream and let’s save our world with some inspiration. What do you think about this?

10 minutes Yoga

I have been feeling a little low and sluggish in the past weeks. Things have been quite stressful and unsettling in life and it has distracted me from eating how I usually do and from moving my body enough. I have already gotten a grip again on my food and thought I share with you a regular yoga practice that you can follow along to as well. In case you are in a slump you probably already know that moving your body and eating vibrantly will help you get through this. And if you are feeling good: of course you can only gain and feel even better.. I found this video on Youtube and enjoyed the mini yoga stretching session. I feel much better and would like to really recommend that you give it a try. One word of caution is that the side position, where the yoga teacher rests on the side of her foot and on one palm: this is a bit much for a beginner. Play with it but be careful. The …