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Once upon a time in Berlin

September 1991. The Berlin Wall had been down for almost two years. The two Germanies had been reunified. The state-run businesses and industries of the GDR were being dismantled by the Treuhand. And I was 22, having just finished a five-year Master’s degree in languages. I didn’t want to go on to teacher training and […]

Through a glass darkly

  On the relatively rare occasion of reading one of the good books, I was of course reminded of this glorious song by Joni Mitchell … Love Although I speak in tongues Of men and angels I’m just sounding brass And tinkling cymbals without love Love suffers long Love is kind! Enduring all things Love […]

How do we get there from here?

As we know, paradigm shift ain’t easy. This article has some concrete (and pleasant) suggestions. Just because it is going to be a bumpy ride (and it is) doesn’t mean there will be never any more dancing, as Emma Goldman may or may not have said. The main gist is this. However do read the […]

The word radical comes from the Latin word for root. Perhaps the most radical thing you can do in our time is to start turning over the soil, loosening it up for the crops to settle in, and then stay home to tend them.

Rebecca Solnit

I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it. People think pleasing God is all God cares about. But any fool living in the world can see it always trying to please us back.

Alice Walker – The Color Purple

Drawing animals – workshop with children at Malmö Central Library

For the second year running, I ran workshops for children during the children’s comic festival – I Seriernas Värld – in Malmö. The workshops are held in libraries; a great way of reaching a broad range of children. This time it was in Kanini – the wonderful, newly opened children’s section at the main library. […]

It takes more courage to examine the dark corners of your own soul than it does for a soldier to fight on a battlefield.

William Butler Yeats