Category: community service

Berlin: has the snap turned into the bite?

The Berliner Schnauze (Schnauze = snout) is a term used to describe the rough, brusque, brutally frank and for all intents and purposes, rude snappy nature of the Berliners. There is prevailing myth that says before you get to know the true worth and warmth of the Berliner you must first pass through the snappy

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Remember the Seniors

During these turbulent times of lockdown and quarantine, the frontliners and the senior citizens are foremost on my mind. As Berlin takes tentative steps in Phase 2 of lifting the restrictions, people are trying to come to terms with the new routines and social norms. The concept that we can never return to the way

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Lockdown Webinars

If there is one positive thing to take away from this whole lockdown and pandemic is the sheer amount of free webinars that you can attend these days! My inbox has been flooded over the past weeks with invitations to this, that or the other webinar and at first I was a bit hesitant and

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Pandemic mode as the new normal

Please watch the video first before reading the rest of the entry I received the above video, like so many other COVID-19 – related things, from a friend. The first time I watched it I felt very ambivalent about it. The second time around, however, after watching it with my daughter, it made more sense

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Save the potato farmers – eat more fries!

In their youth they are left to grow in the remains of their family members, disease-ridden, downtrodden, barely lucky enough to become a full-grown potato. They are subjected to daily violence and terror – torn from their lands, violated, skinned and boiled alive. Please help these Potatoes! (edited, original text sourced from change.org) It was almost

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Sense(less) and (In)Sensibility in 2020

Here are the two most sensible articles I have come across this week: The Secret to Germany’s COVID-19 Success: Angela Merkel Is a Scientist and New Zealand’s Prime Minister May Be the Most Effective Leader on the Planet and I share them in reaction to the most recent press conference of the US President suggesting

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Dratted Bird Houses!

I love birds and appreciate their role in nature, and certainly would not change a thing in my life at the moment that would prevent me from waking up to their chirping outside my window each morning. They fill the trees outside in the garden and have also discovered my small fruit trees on my

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How did you celebrate Earth Day 50?

I am not sure why we need Earth Day at all when we should be protecting our planet every blessed day of our lives. With the current restriction on movements and the new face mask rule that will kick into effect on Monday, it was difficult to feel celebratory about anything this year. Before you

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Since when is Influencer a job description?

The shift to home office is a dream for anyone active on social media. It gives you a chance to catch up, clean up, trim down, or expand your networks, which is what I have been doing. Facebook is an absolute nightmare to be on these days, with just about everyone online for one reason

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Guest Blog: Musings of a Convid Mind

As I watch through my kitchen window, leaves chasing each other in ever decreasing circles before being abruptly and unceremoniously dropped on a whim, I contemplate the affinity between this natural phenomena and life itself. This “whirlwind” comes and goes as it pleases interacting briefly with its surroundings, dumping its detritus without fear or favour.

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