An Exercise in Imagination

During my last year of undergraduate studies in Paris I had to take an English class. Luckily for me, I wasn’t to be taught the if clause for the gazillionth time, when even the second attempt had been unnecessary. We read and discussed (or at least attempted to) various texts in English. The language skills…

The Unlikely Holiday Spirit

What are the first things that come to mind when you hear holidays? Sun, sea, beach, pool? Forest, mountains? Cocktails, music and dancing? All very much associated with what has now become the conventional holidays. We’ve just returned from a trip, which contained many of the above, which we have enjoyed in many ways and…

Where Should We Go from Here?

I am slowly coming to the end of “The Uninhabitable Earth” by David Wallace-Wells and my head is full of horror scenarios for the future of our planet. This book is really hard to digest, if that can ever truly happen, but I feel it is also such an important step to take. We need…

Love in the Linden Trees

Growing up, we used to have a big linden tree right by our gate. It sometimes interfered with the perpendicularity of the fence, or with the flatness of the sidewalk around it, but I loved that tree. I was reminded of it this week every time I was cycling in and out of our neighbourhood….

Are You Still There?

Wow, I can’t believe it has been 2 whole months since I’ve posted anything here. I’m an ideas person, so I come up with new plans and projects all the time. Some come to life, others remain dreams. Even for the ones I do something about, I obviously can’t focus on all of them at…

A Few Thoughts on Breakfast Smoothies

My experimental week of smoothie breakfasts has had a few immediate results for me, and I think I will try to keep this up. The kids are definitely happy with it. For me, it was mostly about trying to make some better food choices. So did that work? First of all, starting the day with…