Orange Is Not The New Black!

The title is of course inspired by the hit US TV series Orange Is The New Black based on the life and times of Piper Kerman during her year in prison. I loved the first six seasons, but season 7 has failed to catch my fancy thus far. In any case, today´s blog is not about the show, but more about the colour orange itself. Autumn has definitely arrived in Berlin, as the temperatures confirmed. This morning I definitively packed away all my summer clothes with sadness, and replaced the empty space with my fall and winter wardrobe. Out came…

Is it just me, or is the world going bonkers?

I don’t know about you, dear Reader, but I find it very distressing and disappointing to listen / read the news each morning now. Everywhere you turn or scroll there is chaos, complete and utter chaos. Places that used to hold beautiful memories for me are now shrouded in political unrest or devastated by some calamity. At the risk of sounding like an overused cliche, what is the world coming to? In June of this year Germany launched the e-scooters for rent that can be found all over the city. All you need is the app and a credit card,…

Preparing for Winter

One of the greatest paradigm shifts that I experience each time I move back to Europe is learning to live with four seasons. This is my third time to live in Germany (having moved here in 1993, 2001, and 2017), and each time the seasons change it is as though the greatest revelation is unfolding before my eyes and I rediscover creation all over again. The seasons are so distinct from one another, each with their own character that I have come to appreciate and adjust to. At the core of my bones I will always yearn for sea and…

Is The Goal To Achieve or To Succeed?

To me this is the proverbial chicken and egg question, what comes first? What should come first? What is more important? Management gurus will tell you that success is everything and it is quantifiable in currency i.e. profit. Emotional Intelligence Coaches will tell you the exact opposite, the achievement is the true success and not the monetary value, success or failure thereafter is inconsequential because it is the emotional satisfaction and well-being that matters. For those of us on the journey who need both the success and the cash after the achievement, we are left scratching our heads while stuck…

Short People (me) Got Every Reason!

There was a Randy Newman song that came out in 1977 which became an instant hit, but I hated with a passion from the very beginning (the MTV even more), and still do. For the sake of today´s topic, here it is: I am short by any standards, at 152cm, and am proud of my height, it´s just that in some countries I am short and in others I seem to be microscopic! Of all the countries I have lived in, however, Germany has made me feel the smallest both emotionally and physically. I have lost track of the number…

My Three Souls

Yesterday I introduced you to my three lifetime travel companions Courage, Curiosity, and Faith. When asked how to characterize them as travelers, this is the description I gave: Courage is a no-nonsense tall Asian woman in black leather pants, a pirate shirt with long flowing sleeves, bright red nail polish, high-heeled boots, sitting on a Harley. The mobile phone is attached snugly to the handles, the helmet is on securely, and the Giorgio Armani perfume is where the water bottle should be. My seat is right behind her and all I have to do is hang on for dear life….

Are You Afraid of Dying?

It is a very morbid question, I know, and my sincere apologies for scaring you. No, there is nothing wrong with me. I am neither suicidal nor terminally ill. On the contrary. The question above is one that I posed to people in self-introspection seminars over and over again many years ago, in a past life when I used to be a trainer. The usual sequence of questions was more or less like this: Imagine you went to the doctor this morning, feeling perfectly fine except for a mild cold or a recurring headache. All you want is a qick…