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Rattie Molly happily munches salad.

Rattie Molly happily munches salad.

 

Every rat loves salad!

 

Do your pet rat a favour and regularly feed them fresh greens.

 

Just like it’s healthy for us, it’s a healthy snack for ratties.

 

Some salads have little nutrition, for example iceberg salad, so it should always only be an addition to their staple food.

On the other hand it helps keeping ratties entertained who are on a diet.

Salad is also a great source of water and keeps pet rats hydrated on hot days.

 

Many supermarkets allow you to collect their greens and salad leftovers, which are a great treat for your ratties.

It’s a joy to watch them munching away on the salad leaves!

 

 

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Leckerer Zitronenkuchen

Leckerer Zitronenkuchen

 

Zutaten:

250 g Mehl

250 g Butter

250 g Zucker

5 Eier

1 Zitrone: geriebene Schale + Saft

1 Teelöffel Backpulver

 

Alle Zutaten zusammenmischen, in eine gebutterte Kastenform geben und bei 180 °C für 1 Stunde backen.

 

 

Yummy lemon cake

Yummy lemon cake

 

Ingredients:

250 g flour

250 g butter

250 g sugar

5 eggs

1 lemon: grated skin + juice

1 teaspoon baking powder

 

Mix all ingredients, pour into a buttered baking tin and bake at 180 °C for 1 hour.

 

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Puppy Bliss: The joys of having puppies

Cutie pie Hutch looks like he's sticking out his tongue.

Cutie pie Hutch looks like he’s sticking out his tongue.

The funny moments puppies bring into our lives: Here rescue puppy Hutch looks like he’s sticking out his tongue. ♥

Follow SA Rescue Puppies!

#AdoptDontShop

 

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Sommerpause für den Tatort: Warum eigentlich?

Sommerpause für den Tatort: Warum eigentlich?

 

Ich hab jetzt mal in der Fernsehzeitung geguckt:

Ich schaue ja nur den Tatort, sonst kann man sich ja nichts mehr im Fernsehen angucken.

Und da gibt es jetzt nur noch Wiederholungen! Die habe ich ja alle schon gesehen!

 

Läuft denn nichts anderes?

 

Sonst kommt ja jetzt nur Fußball wegen dieser FIFA WM!

Da gibt’s also den ganzen Sommer über gar nichts mehr zu gucken für mich!

Und das geht 10 Wochen lang so. Wie lange sollen die Leute denn in den Urlaub fahren?

Also dann möchte ich so eine Sommerpause auch für meine GEZ Gebühren!

 

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Facebook asks me to review my data settings a good 3 weeks late.

Facebook asks me to review my data settings a good 3 weeks late.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is applicable from  25th May 2018, but Facebook only asks me to review their data settings on 17th June 2018.

Interesting, especially as WordPress managed to not only inform its users ahead of time, but even offers GDPR compliant functionality automatically.

And it gets even more interesting, as it’s only possible to continue using Facebook when accepting the updated terms.

Note the trigger for checking updates, which is however empty of numbers:

Without accepting the updated terms I can no longer use Facebook.

Without accepting the new terms I can no longer use Facebook.

Well, let’s just sum this up as Facebook being fashionably late. 😮

 

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RattieSitting always confronts you with the unexpected:

What do I find as I clean the rattie cage? My nail file! 😮

 

One of the reasons why you must always keep your home ratproof and how pet rats force you to be neat and tidy.

It also shows that you need to empty out your rat cage carefully, you never know what you might find in the depths of the rattie den!

 

This time I’m caught by surprise that beautiful Skavin is also a #CleverRat and turns out to be a nail file thief!

#CleverRat: Skavin turns out to be a nail file thief! ;)

#CleverRat: Skavin turns out to be a nail file thief! Can you see the gnawing evidence? 😉

 

Understandably so: Rats’ teeth never stop growing, which causes them to brux and gives them the need to gnaw.

What better instrument to keep your ever growing teeth in check than a nail file!

I can imagine that simply carrying the nail file in their teeth gives every pet rat a tingle right up into their spine.

Clever little munchkins, these ratoos!

 

And while it might’ve been annoying not to have my nail file at hand, I can’t help but think that rats make great pets. 😊

 

Follow Rats Make Great Pets on Facebook and on Google+. 🙂

 

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The German team after winning the 2014 World Cup.

The German team after winning the 2014 World Cup.

 

As the current Football World Cup champion it’s of course understandable that Germans are once again in soccer fever.

Having hosted one of the most successful Football World Cups with Public Viewing and Fanfests all around it’s also to be expected that many Germans will watch the games in social gatherings.

 

What I didn’t know is that many weddings are simply ruined by the soccer fever Germans go through.

I’d think a wedding day is the most important day for the two people getting married, a holy union that all guests should be celebrating.

 

Well, not so in Germany: If the bride and groom dare to set their wedding on a date that an important soccer game takes place, it seems acceptable for the soccer fans within the wedding party to watch it.

Be it on their phone, tablet or whatever device they bring along, or the TV in the room next to the wedding festivities.

And it goes further: The wife and husband to be often need to contemplate arranging a monitor or screen to stream the game.

 

There are discussions in forums how to deal with the rudeness of wedding guests demanding to watch the game, going as far as tips as to when to wed and when not – all according to the FIFA Football World Cup schedule of course.

 

I too enjoy the Football World Cup. But if there’s a wedding, I attend the wedding. Soccer – how could it be more important than real life?

 

Very funny: The gate info for our flight is scheduled to get revealed 5 minutes before our gate officially closes.

Very funny: The gate info for our flight is scheduled to get revealed 5 minutes before our gate officially closes.

 

Our flight EZY2175 (U2 2175) was scheduled to depart at 16:05 on 12/06/2018. As every boarding pass clearly states, the gate closes half an hour earlier: At 15:35. Then how can it be that the actual gate info only gets revealed at 15:30?

On top of it, the clock on the flight information display was actually late, by about 3 minutes, as the metadata of my camera shows.

Still, the gate information was indeed published on time, at the correct time.

Not enough time however to make it to the gate in time.

This was of course not a problem, we even left the airport exactly on schedule.

But it’s pretty clear what would happen if this was the other way round. – If a passenger was late and didn’t make it to the gate before it closes

 

 

Life is crazy nowadays. The whole world is out of balance.

What people consume on the one side of the planet, people on the other side of the planet have to suffer for.

 

It’s terrible. But what can we do?

 

Well, we can stop consuming like there’s no tomorrow!

Who with their right mind can still buy Nestlé, H&M, or Bayer?

I always say: As long as there’s still one McDonald’s on this planet, there’s no future for humanity.

 

But it’s not all that doom and gloom.

We watched a great documentary the other day: Tomorrow.

Do you have Amazon Prime to watch it?

 

??? Of course do I also boycott an evil employer like Amazon!!!

 

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Yum: Roasted melon seeds!

Yum: Roasted melon seeds!

 

When enjoying a refreshing melon, we often disregard the most nutritious part of it: The seeds!

 

Just like pumpkin seeds they can be roasted for a delicious crunchy munchy snack. Be it WatermelonCantaloupe or Honeydew, melon seeds are hailed as a superfood with various healing properties.

 

Roasted Melon Seeds

Scoop out the seeds from your fresh melon.

Place them in the oven or in a pan on the stove and slowly dry roast them.

Add a bit of fat so they don’t burn.

But no spices are needed: The roasting turns the melon seeds into a tasty snack. Remaining melon caramelises and adds extra taste.

 

As the seeds get roasted whole including the shell, they are quite tough to chew. But for that they are quite filling and come with a high fibre content which aids your digestion.

 

I see triple: Who is who is who?

I see triple: Who is who is who?

 

As if it wasn’t enough to have Folly and Peanuts look the same, there’s of course still Folly’s sister Madness.

 

Can you tell the difference between these three?

Who is who is who?

 

Madness has dark socks, while Folly and Peanuts have white socks.

Peanuts has slightly darker ears than Folly.

 

But at first glance it’s close to impossible to tell them apart.

 

As long as they all get along, not a problem.

 

Only when it comes to going back home, it is of course paramount that we can identify the ratties properly.

 

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Combing through that mess while it's still wet? No way!

Combing through that mess while it’s still wet? No way!

 

I used to be very picky with my hair:

No colour and only the best hair care products would touch it.
From expensive shampoo to special conditioner to elaborate leave-in intensive hair treatment.

 

Then I became a hair model.

That meant lots of colour, from blonde to grey to brown to red, but still only the best colour care products for my hair.

 

Until I had enough. I lost all flexibility and flow of my hair, it was so damaged. My hair became unmanageable and it was time to leave it in peace for a while.

 

I decided nothing would touch my hair:

No colour, but also none of those manipulatively advertised beauty products.
I realised it was silly stripping my hair off all its natural oils and then replacing them with silicone and who knows what is in that mass produced big corporate’s merchandise.

 

After a long break from any treatment of my hair, I started with some colour again, but I still stay away from conventional beauty products.

 

So now I only use very mild non-foamy shampoos that have nothing but natural ingredients.

This of course left me with a dilemma:

Combing long hair that has not been treated with conditioner.
– An almost impossible feat.

 

However, there’s a trick that makes it much easier:

Don’t comb your hair while it’s wet.
Leave it to dry first.

 

Any knots or entanglements are so much easier to comb through when your hair is dry.
The hair also still straightens once it’s combed, mine doesn’t stay curly or frizzy just because I didn’t comb it right away.

 

When I didn’t use colour in my hair, it was so fine and straight, I sometimes didn’t comb it at all.
Then it just would fall in big strands with no risk of looking frizzy.

 

All this nonsense of hair care is overrated.

Sometimes leaving your hair natural can give you quite a cool look, you know: that ‘I just came from the beach’ or ‘I just fell out of bed’ look.
And it definitely makes you get to know your hair and yourself better. 🙂

 

At the dentist in South Africa: Here amalgam has long been passé.

At the dentist in South Africa: Here amalgam has long been passé.

 

I have good teeth. So I don’t have to go to the dentist that often.

However, it’s a good idea to go for a check-up on a regular basis.

 

Now I live in South Africa.

 

So I first had to learn about the public health system in this country, my new home to be.

 

There are public dental clinics in South Africa, which are free of charge.

 

Should special treatment be needed, a charge related to your income is raised. That is fair.

Of course there are negative aspects, too: Long queues. Just like in England with the NHS. Never look a gift horse…

 

The basic treatment at the public dentist is enough for my needs. Plus professional tooth cleaning and even fillings – all paid for by the government.

 

I have no cavities. But my molars were sealed back in Germany for prophylaxis, which started to be not so great, as it seems bacteria still made their way through to my teeth.

 

So we had to break open that sealant to check what was going on beneath it. Indeed: It was quite brittle and broke easily.

 

Now it was about sealing my teeth again.

 

Suddenly I had a horror scenario running through my head of getting my teeth filled with amalgam or something similarly terrible.

 

So I asked in a bit of a panic: “Sealing? With what?”

 

After which the dentist replied in a calming voice: “Ceramic of course. What else? Amalgam? Where in the world would you get that?”

 

Well, I thought to myself: In Germany.

 

Beim Zahnarzt in Südafrika: Hier ist Amalgam schon lange passé.

Beim Zahnarzt in Südafrika: Hier ist Amalgam schon lange passé.

 

Ich habe sehr gute Zähne. Muss also nicht oft zum Zahnarzt.

Aber es ist ja immer eine gute Idee, mal zum Check-up hinzugehen.

 

Jetzt lebe ich ja in Südafrika.

 

Und da musste ich mich erst einmal orientieren, wie nun in meiner neu erwählten Heimat das Gesundheitssystem funktioniert: Health System in South Africa.

 

Es gibt in Südafrika öffentliche Zahnarztkliniken, welche kostenfrei sind.

Sollte die Behandlung über das Grundprovisorium hinausgehen, muss man gemäß des Einkommens dazu zahlen. Das ist fair.

Natürlich gibt es auch negative Aspekte, wie zum Beispiel lange Warteschlangen: Das kriegen sie in England mit der NHS auch nicht hin. Und überhaupt: Einem geschenkten Gaul…

 

Die Grundbehandlung beim Zahnarzt beinhaltet genug für meinen Check-Up. Selbst professionelle Zahnreinigungen und sogar Zahnfüllungen werden vom Staat bezahlt.

 

Nun habe ich keine Löcher, aber meine Backenzähne sind damals in Deutschland zur Prophylaxe versiegelt worden, und das hat wohl doch nicht so gut geklappt, denn nun schien es, kamen doch Bakterien an den Zahn heran.

Also musste diese Versiegelung mal aufgebrochen werden, um nachzugucken, was darunter denn so passierte. In der Tat war sie Recht spröde, denn sie zerbrach direkt.

 

Nun ging es darum, den Zahn wieder zu versiegeln.

 

Da hatte ich plötzlich die Horrorvorstellung, dass ich das nun mit Amalgam oder so ‘nem Zeug gemacht bekomme und fragte direkt: „Versiegeln? Mit was?“

 

Worauf der Zahnarzt mir beruhigend erklärte: „Natürlich mit Keramik. Was denn sonst? Doch nicht etwa Amalgam, wo gibt’s denn so ‘was!“

 

Tja, dachte ich mir da: In Deutschland!

 

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Chestnuts, as any nut, go well with chocolate.

As the chestnut has a rather mild taste, chocolate can easily overpower the chestnut flavour. The more chocolate you add, the more brownie like cookie you’ll get.

Depending on your personal taste, you might want to add sweetness in relation to the chocolate powder used. The starch in the chestnut will also turn sugary the longer you chew.

Chestnut gives the chocolate flavour depth.

Chestnut gives the chocolate flavour depth.

 

Chocolate Chestnut Crumble Cookies

200g chestnut flour

50g salted butter

50g coconut oil

2 large eggs

2 tablespoons honey

1 teaspoon cinnamon powder

1 vanilla pod

2 tablespoons 100% chocolate powder

1 pinch salt

 

For a vegan version you can of course just simply add chocolate powder to the vegan recipe for the Chestnut Crumble Cookies. 🙂

 

Somehow the chocolate requires more moisture to make it real nom nom yummy.

The chestnuts are so starchy, they absorb all moisture, so keep the cookies in an airtight container to avoid drying out.

 

The good news is that with the high carbs low fat ratio, chestnuts are low in calories.

In addition, even with the high starch content, chestnuts are low in FODMAPs and are suitable for people suffering IBS trying out the low FODMAP diet.

 

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#RattieSitting: Folly is the spitting image of Peanuts.

#RattieSitting: Folly is the spitting image of Peanuts.

 

It does happen that I get lots of ratties at the same time for RattieSitting. Especially during holidays, the number of visiting pet rats can be quite big.

And it can happen that some ratties look really similar.

 

Even if it gets confusing when taking pictures for PortRATure, they mostly have some markings that makes it easy to distinguish them when comparing them side by side.

Not so with these two: Folly and Peanuts!

 

To let the ratties get to know each other, I often place them in the rattie garden: It’s an outdoor shelf with lots of pots for growing fresh grass for the ratties from their leftover seeds.

As this is neutral territory and a new environment, the ratties are busy enough to roam and explore, so that they make friends and huddle together.

 

Picking them up and wanting to put them back in their cages, I faced a serious dilemma with Folly and Peanuts: They are the spitting image of each other! Who is who?

 

Usually it’s quite easy to tell similarly looking ratties apart by their character. But these are guests, I also need to get to know them first.

And usually ratties prefer to hang with their own clan. But I just let them all get to know each other, so they don’t mind hanging with their new friends.

 

Luckily I’m very good with taking close-up portraits of the visiting ratties. So it was possible for me to identify Peanuts.

 

But just in case, I checked back with Folly’s owner to make sure she chooses the right rattie when it came to picking them up for taking them home again!

 

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Hey, wie wär’s wenn wir uns auf dem Schützenfest treffen?

 

Joa, können wir machen.

 

Denk jetzt bitte nicht, ich hätte was mit dem Schützenfest zu tun.

Ich gehe da nur hin, weil alle da hingehen.

 

Ach so, Schützenfest also nur zum Leute treffen.

Aber das ist doch ganz lustig?

 

Ja klar. Aber ich mach da nicht irgendwie mit bei dem Verein.

 

Das hätte mich auch ein wenig überrascht. 😀

 

Wer kommt mit zum Schützenfest?

Wer kommt mit zum Schützenfest?

 

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I’m a big fan of WordPress and this is why:

 

You might’ve received a lot of emails lately asking you to acknowledge the updated Privacy Policy according to the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

 

WordPress is no exception. They too had to update their Privacy Features and have communicated this ahead of time, from May 14th.

 

But they go a step further and help you stay compliant with GDPR too:

Akismet is a spam fighting WordPress plugin that protects millions of WordPress sites from comment and contact form spam.

 

As you can see from my screengrab above, Akismet is doing a great job: It has protected my blog from 12,894 spam comments.

Now it offers to display a privacy notice on my contact form.

 

I appreciate getting this support within the WordPress family.

Like with WordPress’s engagement for accessibility, it shows that they go the extra mile.

 

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Coffee with my tea, for me it’s the way to be. ;)

Coffee with my tea, for me it’s the way to be. 😉

 

I’m an absolute tea drinker. I drink so much tea and accumulate so many tea bags, that I had to write a blog post about what to do with used tea bags.

 

Since my first visit to the UK where I spent my entire summer school holidays working as a room maid in a hotel to improve my English, I got converted to drinking black tea with milk. And lots of it!

 

I only drink coffee when it’s really good or when I need to spur on my brain.

 

So when I’m at a conference, workshop or meeting, taking lots of notes and filling my head with lots of information, I appreciate a cuppa coffee with my tea.

 

People look at me funny seeing me double-handedly drinking coffee and tea at the same time.

 

But I just explain that I love a cuppa coffee with my tea! 😉

 

 

I see double: Summer and Skavin

I see double: Summer and Skavin

 

The joys of RattieSitting:

Mixing it up with the visiting pet rats can also backfire!

Sometimes ratties look so similar, it becomes difficult to tell them apart.

Here we have beauties Summer and Skavin:

Luckily they do have distinctive marks: Summer has the cutest white belly ready for cuddly kisses while Skavin is a gorgeous black self, meaning she is black all over.

But at first glance, it’s hard to distinguish them.

Taking pictures for PortRATure for example is a challenge when these two pop up and it’s not clear who is who.

Well, it never gets boring with pet rats, that’s why rats make great pets! 😀

 

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Foster Puppy Hutch is double toothed: His adult tooth is growing next to his puppy tooth.

Foster Puppy Hutch is double toothed: His adult tooth is growing next to his puppy tooth.

 

Especially with rescue dogs it’s a good idea to note when they lose their puppy teeth, as it gives an indication of their age:

 

Puppies start losing their teeth at about 4 months.

 

To record the first tooth falling out with a time stamp, simply take a photo of your puppy’s state of teeth.

 

Watch out for the lost puppy teeth, they make a nice memory.

 

It’s important to catch the first tooth falling out, as the process of replacing puppy teeth with adult teeth can take several months.

Usually it should be completed around 6 months, but especially if the adult teeth are growing side by side with the puppy teeth, it can take a while until the puppy teeth finally fall out.

 

In the meantime you end up with a double toothed puppy:

 

Even though Hutch's adult fang is growing, his puppy tooth is still not falling out.

Even though Hutch’s adult fang is growing, his puppy tooth is still not falling out.

 

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Poststrasse. Next stop Barbarossaplatz. 

 

So how is your German?

Last year it was quite good but since I started my course it’s gotten worse. I don’t know. I keep on mixing up the languages, it’s weird.

 

Yeah, I know, that happens. And how is your course coming along?

Yes ok. It’s a weird system here in Germany.

 

Don’t they have an orientation week, how was it?

Ok, but not really informative. It’s more learning about Germany.

 

Yeah, I know. They’re not very good at helping people here, especially if you’re from outside Germany.

 

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Lecker! Super einfache und auch noch gesunde Pfannkuchen.

Lecker! Super einfache und auch noch gesunde Pfannkuchen.

 

1 reife – kann schon braun sein 😉 – Banane 🍌

mit 1 Ei 🥚

so richtig schaumig schlagen.

 

Dünn in die geölte Pfanne gießen. Auf mittlerer Hitze langsam kross braten. Dann geht auch das Wenden einfacher.

Nach dem Wenden Herdplatte ausschalten. Da gibt’s kein Risiko, dass der Pfannkuchen anbrennt. Mit Resthitze Pfannkuchen fertig backen.

 

Echt lecker!

Einfach zuzubereitender glutenfreier, milchfreier, gesunder Pfannkuchen! 😋

 

 

Yummy! Super easy and healthy pancakes.

Yummy! Super easy and healthy pancakes.

 

Beat 1 ripe – can be already brown 😉 – banana 🍌

with 1 egg 🥚

really fluffy.

 

Pour thinly into oiled pan. Cook slowly on medium heat until crisp. Then flipping it is easier.

After turning it switch off hot plate. Then there is no risk the pancake could get burnt. Bake pancake on remaining heat until done.

 

Really yummy!

Easy to make dairy free, gluten free, healthy pancake! 😋

 

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Der BBC Learning English Podcast ist ideal, um seine Englischkenntnisse zu vertiefen.

Der BBC Learning English Podcast ist ideal, um seine Englischkenntnisse zu vertiefen.

 

Man lernt nie aus.

Selbst wenn man denkt, man kann die Grammatik, hilft es doch sein Wissen aufzufrischen.

Und man weiß ja nie, vielleicht lernt man ja doch noch eine neue Gedankenstütze oder Eselsbrücke, um Englisch korrekt zu verwenden.

 

Die BBC Learning English Podcasts erklären in einfach zu verstehendem Englisch all die Regeln und Ausnahmen der englischen Sprache.

Jedes Thema wird in nur 6 Minuten abgehandelt. Kurz und bündig, um sein Englisch auf dem neuesten Stand zu halten.

Die Podcasts sind zum Downloaden 30 Tage lang verfügbar:

BBC 6 Minute Grammar

BBC 6 Minute English

BBC 6 Minute Vocabulary

 

Ich lade mir regelmäßig diese Podcasts auf mein Handy und höre sie mir an, wenn ich zu Bett gehe.

Sollten sie tatsächlich doch mal etwas langweilig sein, funktionieren sie immer noch total gut, um dabei schön einzuschlafen. 😉

 

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The BBC Learning English podcast is ideal to deepen your English skills.

The BBC Learning English podcast is ideal to deepen your English skills.

 

There’s always something new to learn.

Even if you think you know your grammar, it helps to get your knowledge reaffirmed.

And you never know, you might be surprised to learn a new memory hook or an easy mnemonic trick for using correct English.

 

The BBC Learning English podcasts explain in easy to understand English all the rules and exceptions of the English language.

Each topic is presented in only 6 minutes. Short and sweet to keep your English up to scratch.

The podcasts are available to download for 30 days:

BBC 6 Minute Grammar

BBC 6 Minute English

BBC 6 Minute Vocabulary

 

I regularly download these podcasts onto my mobile phone and listen to them when I go to bed.

If they’re indeed a bit boring, they still function well to let you fall asleep. 😉

 

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So Google is all emancipated to feature a female scientist on their Google Doodle.

 

Doing scientific studies sidesaddle on a chair? I don't think so.

Doing scientific studies sidesaddle on a chair? I don’t think so.

 

Somebody then please explain to me why she sits all sexist, like on a sidesaddle on her chair. Surely as a scientist this is not how you’d sit to observe the desert.

 

Maybe Google’s researcher got confused with the Maria Reiche homage in Vogue Paris. I couldn’t find an original photo of Maria Reiche showing her sitting sidesaddle.

 

Of course I’m happy to see Google’s efforts in creating awareness on women scientists.

But please, how about a realistic and not a fashion induced, stereotypes confirming way.

 

Rechtschreibfehler im Magazin 'Focus': SSM statt SMS. Wie kann das passieren?

Rechtschreibfehler im Magazin ‘Focus’: SSM statt SMS. Wie kann das passieren?

 

Da war das gesamte Team des Focus wohl nicht so konzentriert bei dem Artikel “Kunst der Konzentration“: Statt ‘SMS’ wurde ‘SSM’ abgedruckt.

 

Wie so ein Faux Pas überhaupt durchgehen kann, ist mir unverständlich.

 

Deswegen mein Tipp: Immer Korrektur lesen!

 

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Only love understands the secret of giving presents and getting richer at the same time. - Clemens von Brentano.

Only love understands the secret of giving presents and getting richer at the same time. – Clemens von Brentano.

 

God knows I’m not religious.

 

The more I was surprised how much I liked the mother’s day church service at the Paulus Church in Hamm.

 

Pastor Taudin is so equal-minded that she included not only fathers in her mother’s day address of welcome, but also all non-mothers and non-fathers.

 

Without a long sermon topics such as mothers and parents who make our lives richer were covered. The texts and songs related to love. We were invited to be interactive to promote communication and cooperation.

 

Accordingly we could take a picture in a heart frame, undertake communion ourselves with real bread and grapes, take home a card with an aphorism on love, fill out a sheet for a love proclamation and light candles.

 

A really nice experience to round off mother’s day in a memorable manner.

 

Die Liebe allein versteht das Geheimnis, andere zu beschenken und dabei selbst reich zu werden. - Clemens von Brentano.

Die Liebe allein versteht das Geheimnis, andere zu beschenken und dabei selbst reich zu werden. – Clemens von Brentano.

 

Ich bin weiß Gott nicht religiös.

 

Umso überraschter war ich, wie sehr mir der Muttertags-Gottesdienst in der Pauluskirche in Hamm gefallen hat.

 

Pastorin Taudin ist so gleichberechtigt, dass sie nicht nur Väter in ihren Muttertags-Gottesdienst mit einschließt, sondern auch alle nicht-Mütter und nicht-Väter.

 

Ohne große Predigt wurden in diesem Ausklangs-Gottesdienst Themen wie Mütter und Eltern, die unser Leben reicher machen, behandelt. Die Texte und Lieder bezogen sich auf Liebe. Zur Interaktivität wurde eingeladen, um Kommunikation und Miteinander zu fördern.

 

So konnten wir ein Foto im Herzrahmen machen, das Abendmahl selbst in Form von richtigem Brot und Weintrauben wahrnehmen, eine Karte mit einem Sinnspruch zur Liebe mitnehmen, ein Blatt der Liebesverkündung ausfüllen und Kerzen anzünden.

 

Zum Abschied gab’s sogar ein kleines Geschenk, was den Muttertag abrundete.

 

Ein wirklich schönes Erlebnis, um den Muttertag ausklingen zu lassen.

 

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