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Caring for an orphaned elephant

In India they do not always treat elephants how it should be done; Always there are exceptions.

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Нет войне

We must not forget that it is often the leaders of a country who use the inhabitants only as cannon fodder. Even when Russia invaded Ukraine, there were Russian conscripts who thought they were going to a training camp and would certainly not have to fight against their blood brothers.

Along both sides of the fighting parties, parents will not see their children alive again. At both camps, there were casualties for no gain. War always involves loss of life and is always a regrettable fact that would have been best avoided.



Remember (an acrostic poem)

Ines Udelnow

English translation below / Перевод на русский язык см. ниже

Angesichts des brutalen Angriffskrieges, den Russland – ein Land, dem ich mich familiär und freundschaftlich verbunden fühle – vollkommen gegen die Ukraine begonnen hat und der furchtbaren Folgen, des Leides, der Angst, der Zerstörung und der vielen Toten, fällt es mir schwer, meine Gedanken auf etwas anderes zu richten als auf den Krieg.

Ich hätte eine ganze Reihe von Fotos aus dem erwachenden Frühling, die ich zeigen könnte, aber mir steht der Sinn nicht danach. Statt verlinke ich ein Lied des in der gesamten ehemaligen UdSSR und darüber hinaus bekannten und von vielen verehrten Sängers und Schauspielers Wladimir Wysotskij, der eine Reihe von Liedern über und gegen den Krieg geschrieben hat. Ich bin mir sicher, würde er heute noch leben, dann gehörte er zu denen, die aufstehen und ihre Stimme gegen diesen Krieg erheben.

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Why do we like Music?

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#One-linerWednesday . . . You can be a good person . . .




You can be a good person with a kind heart and still say no.

Text & image credit: Spiritual Awakenings ॐ

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Andrá Tutto Bene, Everything will be fine!

Throughout 2020 and 2021 people wondered how long their restrictions would take. In many countries doctors and nursers had to give more than their best to save lives. In the health area they were at war, daily fighting this war whose enemy is invisible.
For them, there is this message.

We keep praying for all those involved to help people to survive this crisis.

As citizens, we can all do our best to stay safe by keeping to the Corona measures. Let us not forget all those health workers and in respect of them stay protected at home stay.

Andrá Tutto Bene, Everything will be fine!


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Seasons and You


Smiles here & Smiles there

You got the warmth and care in you of Summer for people you love from your heart.

You got the blossoming nature in you of Spring for people who are confused and who can use your help.

You got the nature of the Rainy in you because you know you cry and don’t feel bad and ashamed about it. This is you and you have embraced it. But also when someone sheds tears for you, you feel them. You understand them.

You got the nature of Autumn in you because you know things falls apart, bonds fall apart but eventually with proper wait, right things grow and right people come to admire us. You’re growing and you’re always admired.

You got the nature of Winter in you because you like cozy and cute things like books, stationary stuff, etc. Something which gives you a sense of soothing. Hold these on…

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Life Is Full of Sweet Spots

“Rivers run through our history

and folklore, and link us as a people.

They nourish and refresh us

and provide a home

 for dazzling varieties of fish and wildlife

and trees and plants of every sort.

— Charles Kuralt

caught in its spell

feeling its healing power

the fire of water

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Down by the River ~ Catching Dinner • Photo by Jan Logozzo • “Nourishment” haiku poem by Mary O’Connor

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Europe Floods: Death Toll Over 110 as Rescues Continue

Probably we are looking at more than 150 victims of the heavy rain and flooding which took parts of Germany, Belgium and the South of the Netherlands. Authorities said late Thursday that about 1,300 people in Germany were still listed missing, but cautioned that the high figure could be due to duplication of data and difficulties reaching people because of disrupted roads and phone connections.

In Belgium, Pepinster, Theux, Chaudfontaine, Spa, Liège a.o. got enough water to forget draughts for months. Most of the drowned were found around Liege, where the rains hit hardest. Skies were largely overcast in eastern Belgium, with hopes rising that the worst of the calamity was over.

Please find this report about the flash floods this week which followed days of heavy rainfall, sweeping away cars and causing houses to collapse across the region.

“Some parts of Western Europe … received up to two months of rainfall in the space of two days. What made it worse is that the soils were already saturated by previous rainfall,”

said Clare Nullis, spokesperson for the World Meteorological Organization.

Those who keep saying Climate chance is an invention of revolutionaries and lefties, should have a better look of how our weather becomes unpredictable.

Extreme weather events are hitting Europe more frequently as climate change warms the continent, experts agree.

2020 was Europe’s hottest year since records began over 300 years ago, according to analysis of global weather stations by Berkeley Earth, and eight of the 10 hottest ever years have been in the past decade.

The continent’s average temperature is now roughly 2C warmer than it was at the start of the 20th century – an increase that has come with a growth in extreme weather.

For example, warmer air holds more water which, in turn, can lead to extreme downpours.

Please find to read and watch another video > Europe Floods: Death Toll Over 110 as Rescues Continue by Frank Jordans


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Kolkende watermassa’s doorheen de straten

Sommige van onze leden hebben de “Slag om de Ardennen” of de “Slag om Arnhem“mee gemaakt, maar nu hoorden we mensen zeggen dat wat er hen eergisteren en gisteren overviel erger was dan de oorlog.

Enkele weken geleden hadden wij in onze dorpen ook het water en de modder zien stromen. Maar wat wij nu te zien kregen was “ongezien” en hebben de meesten van ons nog nooit mee gemaakt. In ons leven hebben we wel al overstromingen gekend of ogenblikken waar het water langs de electriciteitsleidingen naar beneden kletste op het bed en andere meubelen. Maar dit!

Vorige week werden via de televisie en media al waarschuwingen gegeven naar kampeerders om best niet langs rivierbeddingen te gaan kamperen of in laag gelegen gebieden. Op meerdere campings werd er met man en macht gewerkt om de campingwagens te verzetten naar een veiliger plek. Eergisteren en gisteren leken zelfs die veiligere plekjes hopeloze plaatsen, waar ze op dobberende lucifersdoosjes leken te worden herschapen voordat ze tot platte schijven werden geplet.

In Jalhay, in de provincie Luik, waren dinsdagavond een honderdtal scouts al geëvacueerd, en had de brandweer van de reddingszone 4, Vesdre Hoëgne en Plateau, meer dan 260 interventies uitgevoerd als gevolg van de hevige regenval. Al snel kregen Pepinster, Theux, Chaudfontaine en Spa hun portie water binnen.

In meerdere dorpen stroomde het water als een wilde rivier door de straten en daverde de huizen binnen. Wij konden getuige zijn van waterstromen die vanuit de eerste verdieping naar beneden klotste, terwijl het de meubelen op haar pad mee nam. Het ging er zo hevig aan toe totdat eerst de binnenmuren het begaven, om daarna het hele huis in een val mee te trekken. De bewoners hadden zich nog net op het dak van het aanpalende huis in veiligheid kunnen brengen. Anderen waren minder gelukkig en moesten het met de dood bekopen toen hun huis instorte en zij met de stroom werden mee getrokken.

Mensen lieten weten dat zij de hulpdiensten niet konden bereiken, of indien zij contact hadden, gevraagd werden om niet meer te bellen om de lijnen niet te overbelasten. En de lijnen waren inderdaad overbelast, doordat mensen geen raad meer wisten en naar het dak moesten vluchten, waar zij de nacht in koude natte weersomstandigheden vol angst door brachten.

Di Rupo wist te zeggen:

‘Wanneer huizen instorten, dan is dat te wijten aan de kracht van het water. Maar wanneer we niet in staat zijn om de slachtoffers van rampen te bereiken, dan moeten we daar lessen uit trekken.’

Di Rupo wees erop dat donderdagavond nog honderden mensen vastzaten en dat de hulpverleners op het terrein hen niet konden bereiken. Helikopters konden niet vliegen vanwege de slechte zichtbaarheid, terwijl de ingezette vaartuigen soms niet opgewassen waren tegen de kracht van het water. Wij konden zien hoe een reddingsbootje met drie brandweerlieden gewoon een speelbal in het water was geworden en van de ene zijde van de straat naar de andere tegen de huizen werd gekatapulteerd. Het bootje leek wel onderdeel van zulk een speelbal in een caféspel.

‘Zelfs op het niveau van het leger zijn er boten nodig met motoren die twee- tot driemaal krachtiger zijn’,

aldus Di Rupo.

‘Noch het leger, noch de Civiele Bescherming beschikte over het juiste materiaal.’

Vanuit Antwerpen en Vlaams-Brabant waren hulpdiensten ingesprongen en deden al het mogelijke dat ze konden met de hulp van vrijwillige moedige burgers. In slechte dagen kan men dan zien hoe er toch nog solidariteit kan zijn en hulpvaardigheid. Maar ook daar kon men zien dat niet alle hulp op tijd kwam of er zelfs niet toe kon geraken.

Een dame die met haar auto mensen naar het droge bracht, kwam op een punt dat ze nog één persoon uit een huis wilde gaan halen terwijl ze de anderen al op het droge had gebracht. Maar toen ze aan het huis was gekomen zag ze de watermassa door haar openstaande achterklep binnenstromen en als een speelgoedje haar auto verplaatsen. Zij zat nu mee gevangen in het huis.

In juni 2016 was er ook een grote overstroming. Die was veel minder vernietigend dan de huidige en leidde tot 27.000 aangiftes en 143 miljoen euro schade.
Wat wij nu te zien kregen is voor vele jaren zonder voorgaande. Als men al die meegesleurde meubels, koelkasten, diepvriezers en auto’s zag, net als de vele vernielde huizen moet dit zelfs voor grote verzekeringsmaatschappijen een echte ramp zijn. Tal van huizen stortten al in, en tientallen wegen en bruggen zijn beschadigd. Wallonië en Limburg zijn ernstig getroffen, maar het extreme weer hield ook lelijk huis in het oostelijke deel van Vlaams- en Waals-Brabant. Waver liep ook wel onder water, maar met hun halve meter op sommige plaatsen was dit niets tegenover Luik, waar het water op sommige plaatsen tot borsthoogte kwam, en in andere delen van Wallonië waar het water steeg tot aan de dakrand van huizen met drie vloeren (tot en met het tweede verdiep onder water). Pepinster lijkt wel het ernstigst getroffen. In Pepinster, in de provincie Luik, ging het donderdag namiddag mis toen de brandweer drie mensen wilde redden. Hun boot raakte stuurloos en belandde tegen een brug. De brandweerlieden en de bewoners belandden in het water. De brandweermannen konden gered worden, maar de drie burgers zijn nog steeds vermist.

Op diezelfde dag , 15 juli, werd, na crisisoverleg met de burgemeesters, in alle Limburgse gemeenten aan de Maas aan inwoners van de lager gelegen gebieden gevraagd om te evacueren. Door de hevige regenval van de afgelopen dagen staan de debieten op de Maas historisch hoog. In enkele straten van Lanaken ging het om een verplichte evacuatie.  De voorspellingen wijzen uit dat de situatie enkel zal verergeren, want water vanuit het zuiden (Frankrijk, Provincies Luxemburg en Luik) moet nog afstromen naar Belgisch en Nederlands Limburg. Er worden mogelijke debieten voorspeld tot 3.750 kubieke meter per seconde, wat al 100 jaar niet meer gebeurd is.

Een blik op Verviers, na de zondvloed

Een blik op Verviers, na de zondvloed

In West-Duitsland leken sommige dorpen wel door een orkaan plat gelegd. In het westen van Duitsland heeft men al weet van meer dan 100 mensenlevens die door het noodweer geëist zijn.  dit is slechts een voorlopige balans, want men beseft dat het nog veel meer zullen zijn omdat er nog vele vermisten zijn.

In het district Ahrweiler, in de deelstaat Rijnland-Palts werden gisteren al 18 doden geteld. In de stad Schuld in Ahrweiler zijn ‘s nachts vier huizen volledig en twee andere voor de helft weggespoeld. Ook andere gebouwen in het rampgebied staan op instorten.

“We hebben nog nooit zo’n catastrofe gezien. Het is echt verwoestend”,

zegt de regionale regeringsleider Malu Dreyer.

Er zijn ook nog altijd tientallen mensen vermist. Hoeveel van die mensen in nood verkeren, is niet duidelijk. Wellicht zijn ook heel wat mensen op vakantie, of hebben ze wegens het noodweer onderdak gezocht bij kennissen. Omdat het gsm-netwerk gedeeltelijk platligt, is het lastig om iedereen te bereiken.

De meeste doden in die deelstaat vielen in het district Euskirchen, waar volgens de lokale overheid zeker acht mensen om het leven zijn gekomen. In Keulen werden ook twee mensen dood aangetroffen in hun ondergelopen kelder. Daarnaast zijn ook in Solingen en Wuppertal twee mensen in hun ondergelopen kelder overleden.

Blessem, deel van de gemeente Erftstadt kreeg te maken met een grote aardverschuiving.

“Vanuit de huizen komen noodoproepen, maar voorlopig is redding niet mogelijk”,

schrijft de regionale regering op Twitter.

“Onze rampenbestrijding is ter plaatse.”

Op luchtfoto’s is te zien hoe huizen weggespoeld en verdwenen zijn door de aardverschuivingen.

Apocalyptische beelden van aardverschuiving in Duitsland: huizen weggespoeld, vrees voor meerdere doden

Voorts zijn in Sauerland twee brandweermannen omgekomen bij hulpoperaties. Donderdagmorgen werd in Rheinbach, bij Bonn, ook een dode vrouw ontdekt op straat.

In Rijnland-Palts, een andere deelstaat die zwaar werd getroffen, is de precieze omvang van de ramp nog niet te overzien, zo meldt het regionale ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken. Een grootschalige reddingsoperatie is al uren aan de gang. Er worden politiehelikopters ingezet om mensen van daken te redden en het Duitse leger heeft er ongeveer 200 soldaten ingezet.

In al die plaatsen zal het nu heel wat tijd vragen om alles op te kuisen, maar ook om terug drinkbaar water, electriciteit en gas te voorzien. Betreft voedselvoorziening kijkt de regering ook op een hoop moeilijkheden om dat te voorzien, doordat sommige plaatsen zeer slecht of niet bereikbaar zijn en omdat mensen hun voedselvoorraad helemaal venrietigd is en voedselzaken werkloos zijn geworden door een schade die nog heel wat tijd zal vergen om hersteld te worden.

Een heikel punt bij deze ramp is ook de capaciteit bij verzekeraars om alle dossiers tijdig te behandelen. Heel wat schaderegelaars uit niet-getroffen gebieden zullen moeten bijspringen, alsook is er grote nood aan hulpverleners om op te ruimen en op te bouwen. Men kan slechts hopen dat mensen voldoende onkosten zullen vergoed krijgen. Bepaalde verzekeringsmaatschappijen hebben wel al laten weten dat zij ook de verplaatsingskosten voor herstellers die uit niet-getroffen zones komen helpen zullen betalen. Wat toch al een kleine troost mag zijn.

Wij wensen al die slachtoffers van deze ongeziene natuurramp veel moed en hopen dat zij spoedig een herstel en betere dagen mogen tegemoet mogen zien!



La Belgique est touchée par des crues et des inondations ces dernières heures. Au moins deux personnes ont perdu la vie ce mercredi en province de Liège. A Pepinster, plusieurs maisons se sont effondrées. Des évacuations sont en cours depuis tôt ce matin, notamment en province de Namur et en province de Luxembourg. Une grande partie de la Wallonie est désormais en alerte de crue.

➡ Spa sous eau et privée d’électricité
L’est de la province de Liège est particulièrement touché. Les communes de Chaudfontaine, Eupen, Polleur, Belleheid, Ternell, Spa et Jalhay sont passées en phase d’alerte de crue. Vers 10h15, une coupure d’électricité touche les habitants de la ville d’eaux. Sur sa page Facebook, la ville de Spa écrit “nous n’avons plus de courant en hyper-centre, (…), nous sommes donc injoignable”. Pareil pour la Zone de police fagnes et le CPAS de la Ville où “le niveau d’eau est arrivé à hauteur du bâtiment”. Theux est sous eau également, tandis que le lac de Warfaaz déborde. Selon source policière, une réunion de crise est en cours et l’évacuation totale de certains quartiers est en cours

➡ Scouts évacués à Jalhay
Une centaine de Scouts ont été évacués dans la nuit de mardi à mercredi à Jalhay, en province de Liège, indique l’échevin de la communication, Michel Parotte. Depuis mardi soir, les pompiers de la zone de secours 4, Vesdre Hoëgne et Plateau, ont effectué plus de 260 interventions en raison des fortes pluies.

🔴 Recommandations en cas d’inondations
Catherine Delcourt, Gouverneure f.f de la Province de Liège, rappelle aussi les recommandations suivantes en cas d’inondations: utiliser des sacs de sable, placer les meuble en hauteur, couper les arrivées de gaz et d’électricité mais aussi “photographiez les espaces inondés”, rappelle la Gouverneure f.f., un réflexe indispensable et qui servira à la constitution d’un dossier auprès des assurances.

*In Germany – the most severely affected country – dozens of people are still missing.*


Vindt ook te lezen en te bekijken:

  1. Beklijvende beelden uit Verviers tonen hoe bejaarde vrouw via gat in muur gered wordt
  2. Heftige overstroming in Duitsland: huizen weggevaagd, doden en vermisten
  3. Drone filmt ravage in Duitsland na zware overstromingen
  4. Hevige regenval zorgt voor overstromingen in Zuid-Duitse plaats


16 Juli namiddag update:

Lees verder ook:

  1. Wateroverlast in het midden van de zomer
  2. Waterramp voor Wallonië, Vlaams-Brabant en Limburg
  3. Maas niet bevaarbaar door drijfhout en de te sterke stroming


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Here at Last! from “The Seventh Day” Christadelphian Music

In our services, we do love to have some music also. Since we can not have real-life services in our own ecclesia we offer net meetings for our gatherings. We now also take the opportunity to share with many more people all over the world who belong to that worldwide community of brothers and sisters in Christ.

Screen picture of the Belgian Free Christadelphian Ecclesia meeting with Newbury and the Christadelphian virtual choir.

You can find the video of our Brothers & Sister uniting from 5 Continents 128 Voices and 35 Instruments who joined for this Williamsburg Christadelphian Foundation Video, at our Sunday meeting of June the 21st.

I turned and saw the earth
the wilderness lay waste and bare.

The world has lostits way,
tears from oppressed
received no care
The grieving Rachel cries,
the Father’s Will placed aside.
The hungry children’s eyes
have seen no joy
under heaven’s skies.

Saviour, Your dawn will come!
The sun of righteousness,
healing in Your Wings, o You’ll come!

Saviour, with clouds You’ll come!
The living waters
sow’ring down in blessings, You’ll come!

We will all be changed,
in a moment grasped in time,
in the twinkling of an eye,
the dead shall all arise,
at the trumpet’s final call.
Then God is all in all.

We turned and saw the earth,
the wilderness blossom and bloom
the sword became a plough.
We worshipped in spirit and truth.

Saviour, Your dawn has come!
The sun of righteousness,
healing in Your Wings, o You’ll come!

How long, o Saviour Lord?
Till our hope is realized?
Your cronw of life our prize?
O death where is your sting?
O grave your victory?
Your thruth has set us free.


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Williamsburg Christadelphian Foundation Christadelphian Virtual Choir with: Here At Last

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Love in the Time of Corona

Human beings have grown away from nature and from the Divine Creator.
Their debauchery and carelessness about how to deal with the things before them are now killing them.

It has come so far that humans are to blame for the extinction of many beautiful creatures. According to a 2014 study, current extinction rates are 1,000 times higher than they would be if humans weren’t around.

Example of a significant historical pandemic: the Black Death, which originated in China and spread across Europe in the 14th century;

All through history we also can see when there were too many people able to destroy their environment, nature took charge and eliminated lots of people. In the past, there were many awful battles, wars taking the lives of many. After the Great War it did not seem yet enough. The influenza pandemic of 1918–19, also called Spanish influenza pandemic or Spanish flu, was the most severe influenza outbreak of the 20th century and, in terms of total numbers of deaths, among the most devastating pandemics in human history. It resulted in an estimated 25 million deaths, though some researchers have projected that it caused as many as 40–50 million deaths. Nothing compared to the Sars-CoV-1 infection. Sars and Ebola frightened many, but now the Sars-CoV-2 or CoViD-19 brings these 21st-century people also on their knees, fearing for their lives.

influenza pandemic of 1918–19: temporary hospital

The influenza pandemic of 1918–19: temporary hospital A temporary hospital in Camp Funston, Kansas, during the 1918–19 influenza pandemic. Courtesy of the National Museum of Health and Medicine, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, D.C

Today the majority of people have become so materialistic their first concerns is to protect the economy. Still, too many politicians dare to tell their citizens they should continue to go to work and have the factories working, not having to be so afraid to come close to each other. There are even politicians who do find more money should be spent on the economy instead of providing health workers with the necessary protection.

We can only hope this pandemic is going to awaken many and bringing many changes to how we shall go to work and move around.
Fundamental shifts in the way we interact and live, in our interpersonal and business relationships, in the way we treat our families, each other, and ourselves, shall have to take place.
A few months ago most people took not the time to think about their way of life and how mankind played with mother nature. Since many weren’t able to find the time to get to meditate about our way of living, along comes this virus, which certain politicians still do not take seriously enough to take the necessary protection measures.

Where there is a lockdown, people now can find time to come back to themselves. It does not seem to be easy for many, to be confronted with so much time for themselves. But they shall have to rethink their lifestyle at the moment. CoViD-19 gives us all the time we need, forcing us into this shift = a shift, in our consciousness, our way of thinking and living, of learning, and loving.


To remember

The guestwriter of today thinks the planet is trying to tell us something:

We are on the verge of a sixth mass extinction with species experiencing lights out at alarming rates and any potential for rebound numbering in the millions (!) of years.

  • we have created so much pollution with our lifestyles => climate has become inhospitable + CO2 levels reach critical mass in the next couple decades
  • an only money matters mentality
  • Do we believe in our government or do we think it will fail us?
  • spiritually bereft we ignore The Power of Now.
  • fundamental shift in way we interact + live > interpersonal + business relationships, way we treat our families, each other, + ourselves
  • use this time to think about what your hands can do that will benefit your better well-being + that of those around you.
  • things to tackle > free time => use it  >>  view less as isolation => more as a Roto-Rooter for the Soul =>work miracles in your life.
  • safe in your home = shelter-in-place => give thanks < homeless population > no shelter = among most vulnerable among us.
  • extra time
    • look at movies
    • do gardening
    • choose giving
    • Instead of loneliness > choose levity.
    • Stay connected.
    • Instead of solitude > institute “bring your dog or cat to work” day.
    • Enjoy the shorter commute.
    • Take time for walks.
    • Practice walking meditation > take some time to meditate on kind of world you would like to be living in when this is all over => first dream it into being
    • Exercise.
    • be kind.



CoViD-19 warnings

Anxiety Management During Pandemic Days~

Hope on the Horizon: Pandemic Anxiety Management II~

Pandemic Anxiety Busters~

Mel Brooks saying “go home” to Max Brooks

Christian Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic


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  3. The unseen enemy
  4. Making deeper cuts than some terrorist attacks of the near past
  5. In denial, Donald Trump continues to insist that nothing serious is at hand and everything is in control
  6. India affected by Corona
  7. Using fears of the deadly coronavirus
  8. Europe in Chaos for a Pandemic

Green Life Blue Water

It’s been a hell of a few weeks and it looks like it will continue for a bit.  At the risk of sounding both blasé and alarmist at once, I think the planet is trying to tell us something.

We are on the verge of a sixth mass extinction with species experiencing lights out at alarming rates and any potential for rebound numbering in the millions (!) of years.

In the process, we have created so much pollution with our lifestyles that our climate has become inhospitable and our CO2 levels will reach critical mass in the next couple decades without a complete overhaul of how we do business.

We’ve gotten into an only money matters mentality, and the stock market’s precipitous weeks’ long plunge not only put a hurting on most people’s retirement funds but eroded faith in the economy.  That event may keep us working longer…

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Hope on the Horizon: Pandemic Anxiety Management II~

Continuation of Anxiety Management During Pandemic Days~

Cindy Knoke and a lovely koala are sending a second message, telling that in the midst of darkness, there is light.

In all the affected countries we find hundreds of people doing long shifts to help the infected people in intensive care and those who are treated in hospital, and other ill people taken to hotels or in special wards in homes, emergency hospitals or even tents.



  • When anxious > too much adrenaline & cortisol flood our body => weakens our immune system.
  • Conscious breathing + muscle relaxation => stop stress hormone release + protect body +  mind.

Looking at:

  • Distraction in Action
    • Being true to yourself, engaging in own interests, hobbies + passions
    • focused on what engages your best self
    • Humor = saving grace
  • Self Soothing
    • warm bath, watching a game, playing an rpg, listening to music, cooking, gardening, working out, > Make time


Find also to read: The Benefits of Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Cindy Knoke

I think this koala is sending a message to you and I about anxiety!

In the midst of darkness,

there is light.

Check out:

Good people are working,

to help.


pandemic anxiety,

with realistic hope,

is powerful medicine.

Hope floats,

and flies.

Let’s move on with building our toolbox to manage pandemic anxiety.


Self Talk Reframing (Cognitive Therapy)

Guided Imagination/Visualization

Exposure Management

Progressive Relaxation

Distraction in Action

Self Soothing

Spiritual Meditation/Prayer

Second Voice

Exercise, Diet & Good Health Practices

We covered the first three in the last post. Here are the next three.

I would love for you to add tools of your own that are, or have, worked for you. With your help we could build a truly awesome anxiety busting toolbox so people can pick and choose what is comfortable for them. If you have some tools that work let me know. It will…

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Anxiety Management During Pandemic Days~

When living in Lockdown places, even in cities when still able to go some kilometres away from home, even if it has now become more limited in several places, those not limited by (1-1-1 or 1 person 1 meter from home at a time) may be happy to count themselves to the lucky ones who may still move around and should be enjoying to see all those things for which they previously had not taken enough time to notice them.


To remember:

  • shrieking headlines > increasing anxiety, worry, sleep disruption, feelings of helplessness, panic, and/or depression.
  • some ideas that can help:
    • a customized anxiety toolbox to pick and choose
    • looking at positive images = objective + powerful anxiety reducer.
    • Self Talk Reframing (Cognitive Therapy)
    • Guided Imagination/Visualization
    • Exposure Management
    • Progressive Relaxation
    • Distraction in Action
    • Self Soothing
    • Spiritual Meditation/Prayer
    • Second Voice
    • Exercise, Diet & Good Health Practices
    • stay well informed + safe >> constant media onslaught = psychologically overwhelming + add to an unhealthy level of anxiety => reduce exposure to news.
    • Look for positive imagery +  Write blogs + stories.


Continue reading: Hope on the Horizon: Pandemic Anxiety Management II~


CoViD-19 warnings


Please find also to read:

  1. Using fears of the deadly coronavirus
  2. Europe in Chaos for a Pandemic
  3. Making deeper cuts than some terrorist attacks of the near past
  4. The unseen enemy

Cindy Knoke

Many of us are experiencing emotional distress from the pandemic which can affect each of us in different ways, but often presents as increasing anxiety, worry, sleep disruption, feelings of helplessness, panic, and/or depression.

The shrieking headlines don’t help do they? So what can we do to manage these feelings and feel stronger emotionally and psychologically as we prepare ourselves to face the difficult days ahead?

As a psychotherapist who has practiced for many decades, I have some ideas that can help. So if you are interested, read on.

We are going to make a customized anxiety toolbox. One approach doesn’t work for everyone, pick and choose what feels right for you. Of course I’m including relaxing photos intermixed in this post because looking at positive images is an objective and powerful anxiety reducer. What you perceive influences how you think and feel.


Self Talk Reframing (Cognitive Therapy)

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Life is a garden

Dutch translation / Nederlandse vertaling: Het leven is een tuin



Life is a strange loop

Life isn’t a race

Hortus Closus


Painting by Xie Chu Yu

Life is a garden,
A beautiful summer, but
Winter without spring.

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Life isn’t a race

Dutch translation / Nederlandse vertaling: Het leven is geen race



Life is a strange loop


Life is a garden

Hortus Closus


Life isn’t a race,
It is not a competition
It’s a  long travel.

We are heading to nowhere,
Through the mist of nothingness

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Life is a strange loop

Dutch version / Nederlandse versie: Het leven is een vreemde lus

Hortus Closus


Art by Vinzdream2006

Life is a Strange Loop.
You came from nothingness
You go back to nothingness
A travel through emptiness.

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CoViD-19 warnings

There were and still are many governments that do not see yet or do not yet understand the severity of the current coronavirus spread.

We know by now lots of people shall have seen warnings in social media and on their television screen.

There are loads of video’s to warn the public. Underneath we present a video from Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell and one short animated video from Stanford Medicine, which has a long tradition of leadership in pioneering research, creative teaching protocols and effective clinical therapies and here illustrates how the novel coronavirus — the virus that causes the respiratory disease COVID-19 — is transmitted among people and how transmission can be prevented.

As the world copes with the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we know that several people, though bombarded with lots of information from their television channels but also from social media and national and local press, do not know any more what to believe or  have a lot of questions about what it means for them and the people they care about.

We advise all our readers to carefully follow the advice of their local governments but also to see what is going on globally, checking the state television channels and the World Health Organization. We all best can avoid as much as possible to have contact with other people, therefore distancing is essential.

Spreading primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, it’s important that people also practice respiratory etiquette (for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow) and when speaking to each other keep a reasonable distance, preferable of more than one meter (= 3 feet; but better more or best 1,5 meter). If you are too close, you can breathe in the invisible droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.

Another problem with viruses is that they can transmit when infected people have come in contact with objects. Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to the eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter the person’s body and can make him or her sick.

Also in our community we love to hug and give kisses and everywhere when meeting or saying good bye hands are given. But for the moment we better live that aside and better salute or give elbows or feet.

What to do

To protect yourself and others from the new coronavirus (Covid-19), you should apply the following hygiene measures:

  • • If you have flu-like symptoms, stay at home.
  • • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water.
  • • Sneeze and blow your nose in a tissue handkerchief. Use each tissue only once and throw it away immediately in a covered rubbish bin.
  • • You don’t have a tissue? Sneeze or cough into your elbow.


Help us slow down the spread of the virus:

  • 1. Stay at home as much as possible
  • 2. Avoid shaking hands, kissing or hugging each other.
  • 3. Watch out for those most at risk, i.e. people over 65 years of age, people with diabetes, heart, lung or kidney disease, and people with weakened immune systems, among others.
  • 4. Contact between children and the elderly is not recommended. Children do not get seriously ill from the coronavirus but they can spread it easily.
  • 5. Keep enough distance (1.5 metres) when outdoors.

Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider

Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.


National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.


At Stanford Medicine, our highest priority is the safety of our patients, health care workers and our community. We follow protocols recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and we will continue to update our institutional guidelines and processes to respond to this evolving situation.

For more information, please visit




Please find also to read:

  1. Using fears of the deadly coronavirus
  2. Europe in Chaos for a Pandemic
  3. Making deeper cuts than some terrorist attacks of the near past
  4. The unseen enemy


Normally (because of so many negative reactions from the writers of such linked articles) we had decided not any more to show related articles, but in these circumstances, we would like to make an exception and again show you some other articles which might be interesting to read.


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  2. COVID-19: Ex-Presdient Jonathan calls for action,solidarity and patriotism
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  4. Guest post: To control or be controlled by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19)?
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  6. Your Strategy During The Coronavirus
  7. Seven top tips to keep you motivated while you’re working from home
  8. Coronavirus: a tale of two states
  9. What is a coronavirus antibody test and how does the home test work?
  10. Coronavirus live updates: COVID-19 cases surge past 3,400, deaths at 35 in Canada
  11. Chinese Coronavirus in Kashmir: 152 people with undisclosed foreign travel history traced by Srinagar Control Room, put under quarantine
  12. It’s good to talk. But sometimes it’s easier to write, text, email or video call
  13. I might have already had Covid-19
  14. Pandemic life


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the Soup will not be eaten as hot as it is served

“Are they really bringing people to workplaces to give them a better life?”

It was known or said that even if Jews were converted to the Christian faith, they remained “different” because of their bloodline. It was also known that many were jealous for the lifestyle and family feeling which could  be found in the Klal Yisrael or Jewish communities. Many goyim found the Jews separated themselves from the society, but they did not often see it were goyim who themselves gave enough reason not to mix too much with them.

Samuel Morgenstern was one of those shopkeepers who was one of the most loyal buyers of Hitler’s paintings in Vienna, by which Hitler could receive enough money not to be a tramp. Naturally there were also rumours Hitler could not stand Jews because he got a disease from regularly going to some ‘Jewish harlots’.

Portrait of Karl Lueger (ca. 1900), mayor of Vienna. He used anti-Semitism as a political strategy. Collection: Austrian National Library / painter: Alois Delug. Source: Wikimedia Commons. Rights: Public Domain

Hitler, Adolf: Mein Kampf

Mein Kampf, (German: “My Struggle”) political manifesto written by Adolf Hitler. It was his only complete book and became the bible of National Socialism (Nazism) in Germany’s Third Reich. It was published in two volumes in 1925 and 1927, and an abridged edition appeared in 1930. By 1939 it had sold 5,200,000 copies and had been translated into 11 languages.

It perhaps were not just rumours that the politician, co-founder and leader of the Austrian Christian Social Party, and mayor of Vienna Karl Lueger (1844-1910), used anti-Semitism as a political strategy, and that he was also praised as “the greatest German mayor of all time” by Adolf Hitler (In Mein Kampf) who did not mind following his ideas.

The prejudices about the role of the Jews in the Great War were incorrect, but as with many rumours, it spread like a virus. Many Germans did not want to believe how more than one hundred thousand German and Austrian Jews had fought for their homeland, one of them being Otto Frank, the German-born merchant best known as the father of Anne Frank, who witnessed the Battle of the Somme in 1916.

In the 1920ies our family members could already hear how our brethren were compared with germs. It was as if our people had been infecting generations for ages. That Hitler never thought his people were not strong enough to live according to the wishes of their god or according to the mitzvot of the Only One True God, the Elohim Hashem Jehovah. Lots of our friends could not believe that those who said they were “Christian” and as such would, or should, be following the Nazarene Jewish rabbi who preached brotherly love, could do such atrocious things, as others told about them. Perhaps it was to set up Jehudiem against Christians, so that the goyim had all the reason to tell

religion is the cause of war.

The words spread that Hitler said that you cannot fight a disease without destroying the person who caused it, and as such according to him, the influence of the Jews would never disappear without removing the perpetrator, the Jude, from the midst of the Arian race.

Radical ideas paved the way for the mass murder of the Jews in the 1940s, but not many of the Bnei Yisroel or Chosen People of God wanted to believe the rumours at first.

In many families, like ours, it was the saying

“the Soup will not be eaten as hot as it is served”.

They heard about plans which would be taken, but they seemed so unbelievable that they could not be true or would have been exaggerated, as by a circling fire. Others were not so much at ease, and warned

“to be aware of a silent dog and still water”.

Should we look askance at him? Now we can easily say they had much better looked at him out of the tail of their eyes. By not believing the many rumours, lots were woken up with a start, when it was too late.

For a long time, many wondered if it was within the odds, whilst others said

“He is not likely to go.”

Others wanted to be a friend to all, forgetting that then they would be a friend to none. Many debates about what went on in Germany and Austria could bring lots of talks after the children were sent to bed. For sure that what was to be spoken about was not for children’s ears.

It was, and is still, known that there was and is, an existing prejudice that Jews associate with financial power and monetary gain. Many are also convinced Jews are “foefelaars“, who make their pile on the poor white people. Lots of Jews may be looked at as a ramay / nokhel, a fiddler or cheater whilst there was no oysnarn at all.

White movement propaganda poster from the Russian Civil War era (1919), a caricature of Leon Trotsky, who was viewed as a symbol of Jewish Bolshevism.

In many countries people also looked at the Jehudi as the originators or conspirators and spreaders of communism. The vast majority of the communist leaders at that time were Jewish. However, it is only a small part of the Jews that were communists, and what a lot of people did not see is that several Jews were promoting or aiming for social equality, this being considered by many liberals and capitalists a danger for the economy and consumption gain. During the war with the Soviet Union, from 1941 on, it will be the idea of the ‘Jewish communism’ (sometimes also called Marxian-communism or meant to be Jewish Bolshevism, also Judeo–Bolshevism) with terrible consequences. The population and the prisoners of war being brutally treated by the Germans.

When Hitler got into power rumours got stronger, but still many did not want to believe what went around. Others were smart enough to be at the safe site by sending their beloved far away from Germany and Austria. Some thought they would be safe in Holland, but how they were mistaken. Having gone to Holland luckily several managed to cross the channel and find a safe haven in the United Kingdom, but the others got taken and deported.

At the Schalkland, in the “Klein-Brabant” region, less than 25 kilometres from the centre of Brussels and 19 kilometres from Antwerp, to the south of the Dendermonde highway (Mechelen – Dendermonde) was build the “Willebroeck Fort” as a fortified defence to protect the port and city of Antwerp, which by Royal Order dated 12 January 1907 rechristened the fort “Breendonck Fort”. On september 20th 1940 Sturmbannführer Philip Schmitt brought his first victims to Breendonk. The Fort officially became the Auffanglager Breendonk, a transit camp; a major centre for the Sicherheitspolizei-Sicherheitsdienst (SIPO/SD), the german political police.

Words spread that in Breendonk the kaze-the mats were to be removed from the earth in which they were covered. Three or four men had to push a railway carriage that was loaded with the earth. It was not the best marterial the prisoners had to use. Of these vehicles, the wheels were worn out, having to be pushed on worn-out rails, so that a person would have more than it is possible. Was it a rumour or was it true that the SS guards, with their weapons beated on the upper arms, the backs of the heads of the unfortunate ones until the latter were exhausted, but also fell dead?

Former working site at the camp of Breendonk. The regime set up here by the Nazis hardly differed from that of an official concentration camp. The undernourishment and the forced labour wore down the body and mind. The ever-present physical cruelty sometimes caused the death of prisoners. Initially, the camp was only guarded by a few German SS and a detachment of the Wehrmacht. In September 1941, the Wachtgruppe of the SD arrived as back up. This time, these were no longer German SS but mainly Flemings.

Some of the prisoners were to be buried up to the neck, after they were first on a ferocious manner, beaten. The S, S. jailers were there, then settled for the pitiful earth at the face of them. The game lasted sometimes for 1 or 2 hours, and when the victims were about to die, they did not stop to punch and to death. During the singing of the song of Breendonk, the text of which these words were placed on the grave:

” Wir werden nie mehr Breendonk vergessen, das Paradies-tier Juden…’.”

Sturmbannführer (majoor) Schmitt had created and placed a pulley on the ceiling in a folterbunker (torture bunker or blockhouse) of the camp, to make, that the victim’s hands at the back tied up would be drawn to the ceiling.

After that, it was a pizzle of the shot, he was then beaten with a bullepees (bullenpees: baton between a whip and a stick made from dried penis of a bull). When the hoist was released, the unfortunate person fell on two angular boards. Kachelpoken or stove pokers were glowed for immediate use,… because the Jews were not worth the bullet. They had to be sent to death during work and by torture.

When the words rang true for most of the Jews still living in the region, it was too late to find a safe place for their children and for themselves.

After the camps in Belgium or Holland as “Musselmen” (completely emaciated) thousands were deported to Germany to find an end to their unbearable suffering, either of starvation, giving up, or in the gas chambers.

The remaining Jews in Belgium were unable to follow the course of events that their fellow believers underwent elsewhere. Their own concerns were too overwhelming for this and contact with neighbouring countries was too incomplete. The seeping job tidings were considered exaggerated …

Commissioned by the notorious member of Heinrich Himmler’s SS, the Nazi paramilitary corps, Adolf Eichmann, the Sicherheits polizei in Berlin, wrote the following urgent letter, in which the word “Secret” is not missing (22 June 1942):

“From mid-July and early August this year, special trains of 1,000 people each day are planned, first of all about 40,000 Jews from the occupied French territory,
Send 40,000 Jews from the Netherlands and 10,000 Jews from Belgium to employment in the Auschwitz camp.
“The circle of persons to be included extends primarily to Jews who are skilled in work, insofar as they do not live in mixed marriages and do not have the nationality of the British Empire, of the U.S.A., of Mexico, from the enemy states, from Central and South America, as well as from the neutral and related states.

“I may request willing access and assume that there are no objections to these measures on the part of the foreign office either.
Commissioned get. Eichman “

On 12 July 1942 the last restriction on freedom before the local raids started was put visible on billboards. From the onward Jews were no longer allowed to visit cinemas, theatres, sports grounds or public institutions. In the trams they were only allowed to stand on the front platform of the trailer.

Such regulations still did not unbalance many of the Jewish diluted community. According to many the German measures only wanted to deprive the Jews of public pleasures … (Few will then have immediately known that the first nocturnal masses in Paris on Friday July 17, 1942 raffle had taken place.)

Wimpel Organisation Todt.svg

Pennant for Organisation Todt

Bundesarchiv Bild 146-2007-0074, IG-Farbenwerke Auschwitz.jpg

Woman with Ostarbeiter OT badge at Auschwitz

The second Jewish labour team was also confidently leaving the civil and military engineering organisation “Organization Todt” to Charleville-Mèzières (18 July), until on July 22 the second deception beared its bitter fruit.(It was the day that the memorial of the destruction of the Temple took place in Jerusalem in the evening – Tischa be’af – -). Jews were arrested without any excuse! When that day the trains from Brussels and Antwerp stopped at Mechelen as usual, Feldgendarmen were on the platform. All the Jews, both men and women, were taken out. The same happened at the Antwerp and Brussels North terminus stations. (The Brussels-North-South connection did not yet exist.) Their freedom had ended. Some went to Breendonk. Most were sent to the 18th century Dossin barracks, where between 1942 and 1944, 25,484 Jews, 352 Roma and Sinti were deported. Just over 5% returned from Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Kazerne Dossin, Goswin de Stassartstraat 153, B. 2800 Mechelen, where in the old barracks, visitors will find a memorial, which commemorates countless people who stayed there in despair and fear and who died later in unspeakable circumstances.

From the onward the Jews throughout Belgium were being seized by panic. Being an ode alone was therefore sufficient here to be arrested … The Jewish Council was powerless … followed by a reaction of partial sobering among the Jewish population. They forged new flight plans that were kept secret even from close acquaintances.
The panic mood was tempered after a few days. When  people received mail from the internees in Mechelen it all looked not as bad as the rumours went around.

They are not nearly as bad there … Fruits are missing … They may receive packages …

Faces from those who lost their life after being brought to the Dosin Kazerne in Mechelen

These days we remember all those who lost their life in a struggle to survive in a hatefull world.

Let us not forget how politicians can use disinformation and propaganda to mislead many and to create unwanted scapegoats.
We also may not let ourselves be fooled this time that it would not be as bad today with what was happening in the 1930ies. There are people who say

That can never repeat again

but after the Great War all people agreed also that such a horror should never take place again. Only a few years later the world found itself again in such time or terror.

This time let us be more careful, notice the signs of people bringing others on the wrong path, and react wisely to those who want us to believe we are ridiculous seeing ghosts or bad things in what are just jokes or carnavalesc activities.




Remembrance and freedom in the Netherlands – Dodenherdenking and Bevrijdingsdag

Niet te negeren gebeurtenissen rond Joden in België

The danger of having less than 25 000 Jews in Belgium


Additional reading

  1. The Great War changed everything
  2. Reformed Churches Muzzled but Protest at Barmen
  3. 2019 was #4 a Year of much deceit in Belgium and the rest of Europe
  4. Signs of the times – “An object of scorn and ridicule”


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The Sequoias of Parc Barton in Geneva

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Sequoias make you look up to the sky!

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