Shared No. 27: “Langosi cu branza sarata” – Romanian fried donuts with salty cheese (Pikante Rumänische Käsetaschen — by Cooking Without Limits

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“Langosi cu branza sarata” – Romanian fried donuts with salty cheese Who doesn’t love donuts? I know I love them. And I love the spicy and salty ones. So today here is my recipe for salt and spicy donuts. These salty cheese donuts are famous and are named: “Langosi cu branza sarata” Here is the […]

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I don`t know the Romanian cusisine to be honest. These Donuts are a nice appetizer to get to know it better…because as a German proverb says: “LOVE GOES THROUGH THE STOMACH”.

Let`s try it!

Cartoon No. 44: Employee (Angestellter)

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Chef

“Chef” = Boss

Interestingly and treasonably, “Betriebsmittel” can be translated into English as follows:

  • means of production
  • trading capital
  • utilities
  • maintenance tresource
  • working funds
  • equipmen
  • Floating capital
  • etc.

Honni soit qui mal y pense…

Tipp No. 24: Impressing 3D-Graffitis by the Portuguese artist Sergio Odeith

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THE ARTIST

Odeith was born in 1976, in Damaia (Portugal).

He held a spray can for the first time in the mid 1980s, but it was in the 1990s, when graffiti began its dissemination throughout Portugal and began to leave its Portuguese birthplace, Carcavelos, that the artist had his first contact with graffiti and its movement.

His first experiences were sketched on street walls and train tracks and so the passion he had always shown for drawing had a newly found purpose and began evolving. Not long after, came the opportunity to paint large scale murals in Damaia, Carcavelos and in many social housing neighbourhoods, such as Cova da Moura, 6 de Maio and Santa Filomena.
Early on, the artist showed a special interest in perspective and shading, in an obscure style, which he later called “sombre 3D”, where the compositions, landscapes or portraits, messages or homages, stood out for their realism and technique.

Odeith was, in 2005, internationally recognized for his groundbreaking incursions in the anamorphic art field, standing out for his compositions created in perspective and painted in different surfaces, such as 90º corners or from the wall to the floor, creating an optical illusion effect.

In 2008, he decided to close his tattoo studio (which he opened in 1999) and moved to London.

Currently, back in Lisbon, he assumed painting as his main activity, having created large scale murals for major national and international enterprises such as the London Shell, Kingsmill, the Coca-Cola Company, Estradas de Portugal, Samsung, Sport Lisboa e Benfica (football club) and several Portuguese city halls such as Câmara Municipal de Lisboa and Câmara Municipal de Oeiras, amongst others.

Amid all the events he participated in, we highlight: Meeting of Styles (Alemanha), Museum of Public Art (Louisiana, EUA), MuBE – Brazilian Museum for Sculpture (São Paulo, Brasil), 1st Bienal del Sur (Panamá) and the Berardo Collection Museum’s 2nd anniversary party.

His Website including a small online shop: https://www.odeith.com/

Insight No. 2: WABI SABI – The Beauty of Being Perfectly Imperfect

arts, Insights, Karate, Psychologie, psychology, Zen

 

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Facing the ever-growing self-optimization delusion that fuels our inner critic non-stop, it is quite comforting to fall back on the Japanese idea respectively Zen-inspired concept of “Wabi-Sabi”.

Wabi-Sabi describes the art of Imperfect Beauty – accepting peacefully the natural cycle of growth and decay (as well as cycle of life & death), in which everything has beauty.

It is simple, slow and uncluttered, and it reverse authenticity above all. Finally, it is the imperfection that make up uniqueness and individuality. Just perfection can be copied, if perfection exists at all.

Wabi-Sabi celebrates cracks (e.g. see the pic of bowl with gold-filled cracks), crevices and all the other marks that time, weather and loving use leave behind.

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It reminds us that we are all just transient beings on this planet and that we will return to dust at the end like the entire material world.

Wabi-sabi is not just a Concept, but also an aesthetic and a worldview.

Simply, an intuitive way of Living reflecting the Japanese “mindfulness culture” and in particular “yugon”.

The latter stands for an awareness of the universe that triggers deep emotional responses impossible to express verbally.

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Translated literally wabi means lonely, miserable and feeling lost. Just in combination with the term: sabi the meaning is uncovered – being old, mature and showing patina.

Not the obvious beauty is the ideal but hidden (covered up) beauty. Harsh simplicity that reveals appeal / charm to understanding/knowing  people (like Connaisseur in French) and nobless hidden in the envelop of unimpressiveness is regarded as  true beauty.

In den Wäldern drüben,
tief unter der Last des Schnees,
ist letzte Nacht
ein Pflaumenzweig erblüht.

My attempt to translate:

In the forrest over there,

Deep under the burden of the snow,

last night, there was

a plum arm blooming

Hanami (short-living cherry blossom on trees that don´t grow cherry fruits) but also plum blossom arms are symbols for transience and 246d5217-1692-4383-bcc2-0c3be514327a_570therefore, also for a young, honorable dead – traditionally among Samurai but also in general related to seppuko (suicide to save one`s Honor and the one of the family, which is still practiced today).

Well, I don´t want to let you go with dark thoughts…in the contrary!

Please, keep in mind you are perfectly imperfect.

Outside beauty is by far less valuable than the inner one.

Stay pur and authentic, just be you.

And if someone is really interested in you, he/she will be empathic and will take her/his time to get to know you and recognize you – uncovering your beauty.

You´ve deserved such kind of special person – who cannot be fooled by polished, shiny surfaces – because you are truely beautiful.

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Tipp No. 23: “Art is a Weapon. Culture is a Form of Resistance” by Iranian Artist Shirin Neshat

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THE ARTIST

Shirin Neshat is a contemporary Iranian artist best known for films such as Rapture (1999), which explore the relationship between women and the religious and cultural value systems of Islam. She has said that she hopes the viewers of her work “take away with them not some heavy political statement, but something that really touches them on the most emotional level.”

Born on March 26, 1957 in Qazin, Iran, she left to study in the United States at the University of California at Berkeley before her the Iranian Revolution in 1979. While her early photographs were overtly political, her film narratives tend to be more abstract, focusing around themes of gender, identity, and society.

Her Women of Allah series, created in the mid-1990s, introduced themes of the discre-pancies of public and private identities in both Iranian and Western cultures.

The split-screened video Turbulent (1998) won Neshat the First International Prize at the Venice Biennale in 1999.

The artist currently lives and works in New York, NY. Her works are included in the collections of the Tate Gallery in London, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, among others.

 

Insight No. 35: “Trees – German Pagan Roots & Deep Feelings” (Bäume – Deutsche heidnische Wurzeln & Tiefe Gefühle)

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Germanic Paganism Still Alive

Long time before Christianity was brought to Northern Europe, people were pagan who worshiped old trees.

yggdrasilToday, in particular “Yggdrasill” – a huge mythical tree in the Edda Saga (13th century) – is still known. Yggdrasil is the centre of the cosmos connects the nine worlds in Norse cosmology.
The gods go to Yggdrasil daily to assemble at their things (aka “governing assemblies”). The branches of Yggdrasil extend far into the heavens, and the tree is supported by three roots that extend far away into other loca-tions; one to the well Urðarbrunnr in the heavens, one to the spring Hvergelmir, and another to the well Mímisbrunnr. Creatures live within Yggdrasil, including the dragon Níðhöggr, an unnamed eagle, and the stags Dáinn, Dvalinn, Duneyrr and Duraþrór.
Yggdrasil is linked to the many sacred trees and groves in Germanic paganism and mythology.

If you want to hurt somebody`s feelings, cut off his tree.

Even nowadays, you will notice a special relationship of Germans to trees and forrests.

Trees are regarded as “friends, “comfort-givers”, “protectors”, “personalities”, “source of life”, “secret keepers”, “witness”, “final resort”, “home”, “memory across generations”, “family members” (No, our family will never allow that our very old apple tree will be touched!)…

Just looking at photos of beautiful trees and forrest makes me feel better…

 

 

Fighting for Woods

19th Sep. 2018 – Police Forces were trying to clear the “Hambacher Forst”, which was occupied by protestors to protect this forrest from destruction in favor of coal mining business.

One photo journalist died at this day, he accidentally fell of a rope bridge that was connecting two tree houses, when taking pictures.

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Back to Nature – The Friedwald, the most popular alternative to a conventional Cemetery in Germania

The popularity of “cemeteries in the forrest” called “Friedwald” (= Peace-Forrest) is growing continuously in Germany. Here, you can burry the ashes of the deceased at the roots of your special (reserved and marked) tree. The meditation takes place in the woods too. Religious believes are becoming less and less important. Thus, the ceremony is totally customized to the demands of the family.

 

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“The Farewell is the Birth of Memories.” – Family Tree of the Family Reuters

 

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Back to the Roots – Yes, I would like to become one with my selected tree as well if it is time to go….following the call of my ancestors waiting for me in Walhalla.

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My bronze Frija (= Asen goddess, warrior and wife of Odin, who knows everything but doesn`t always share her Knowledge – and who is known for weaving clouds…)

(Frija was designed by the Northern German Sculptor Nando Kallweit)