Eye to Eye/Auf Augenhöhe

I am sitting down on the dandelion-spotted lawn in the warm spring sunshine. Feeling restless, worrying too much about nothing. After a few minutes I notice a bee on top of the flower next to me. I lay down to get a closer look. Now I am eye to eye with the busy insect. Only…

Smells like Freedom/So riecht die Freiheit

„Freedom – there are so many songs about it. Something like freedom was for animals. That had nothing to do with me. Or so I thought. […] But suddenly I was free too. Right in this very moment. Everything smelled free. The free night, the free moon, the free grass and the free sky.“ –…

Moments Matter / Momentaufnahmen

When I take my son to school we walk along this stream. He still holds my hand. Or I am holding his, depends how you look at it. He usually talks a lot. Some mornings we are both quiet. Today we were laughing about something all the way. Last week we heard a woodpecker, but…

Do more of what makes you happy: Draw some monsters

My son told me the other day that he likes the robots I draw. I do not know whether I ever drew robots as a child. Or monsters. Or mandalas. Now I do. And I am enjoying it tremendously. There is quite a lot of drawing going on in our house. My husband is an…

There and back again…

I haven’t checked-in during the last 18 days. So much has happened… I have traveled 10,000 miles, climbed a mountain and lost a friend. I finally understand that my roots are in Germany and my heart, that expansive-space-in-my-chest, will always be on the Pacific West Coast. And I realized that should we decide to move continents…

I am going places II

Click click click with the heels of my ruby sandals and I am off. Suddenly standing on the beach. Close to sunset, wide blue sky, only a few people are walking along the shore. I take off my magic slippers and touch the cool sand with my bare toes. Then dig my feet in. Pure…

I am going places!

My very own ruby slippers. I truly believe that this is what Dorothy would have worn today instead of high heels on that brick road. But nevermind. Halleluja, I got new shoes. Since I discarded my old ones last falls, I have been meaning to replace them. I also dusted off my hiking boots a…