* DANKE * THANK YOU * MERCI * !!! *

Creatures, Insights, Uncategorized

…100 SHARED POSTS!

Today, the RedBox is filled with 940 posts
including 100 posts that you have contributed.
High time to thank all bloggers for sharing their inspiring, exciting, thoughtful and heart-warming posts with the RedBox and the worldpress community.

THANK YOU * DANKE * MERCI * !!! *

…Stay awesome! ❤

ABOUT SHARING…”A shared joy is a doubled joy.”

Poem No. 136: “Beautiful Us” by Monica Jeevan

poems

Sweetheart, have you ever thought about how beautiful our relationship is?

I wonder if it is possible for couples to be like us
So open to each other
Having nothing to hide
Honest
No fear but only respect for each other
Accepting unconditionally
Loving without a break
Anger that vanishes in a kiss, sometimes in just a touch
Expressing love even when there is no understanding
Trust to the core
Enjoying the togetherness
Encouraging the uniqueness
Desiring to live long together
So playful
So naughty
So cute
So loving
So caring
So romantic
Never I
Always US.

Maybe it’s because of the path our relationship had taken
Genuine affection drew us to each other
We respected each other
Friendship took over and made our bond stronger
We loved each other’s company,
Had no expectations from each other
Our respect and friendship paved way to trust
Trust made us share our secrets, our real selves
By sharing, we exchanged our hearts, our lives
And our love
And God blessed and approved our love
Because He had made us for each other.

Our love is a mixture of all relationships… which makes us so unique.

Darling, we are so beautiful!

The “MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD”…My Nominees…and a few Infos about mySelf.

Cartoons, Insights, Oddities, Tipps, Uncategorized

I would like to nominee a number of candidates for The MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD and thank Angela (The English Introvert) for suggesting my still tiny and young blog The RedBox.

Following the rules of the creator of The MYSTERY AWARD, Okoto Enigma, please find the requirements (including questionnaire, information about yourself etc.) and my response below.

THE “Mystery Blogger Award” RULES:

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
  2. List the rules
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  9. Share a link to your best post(s)

THE CREATOR OF THE MYSTERY AWARD:

I would also like to thank Okoto Enigma, creator of “Mystery Blogger Award.”  Okoto’s blog can be found here.

What Is the Mystery Blogger Award?

“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.

– Okoto Enigma

MY THANK YOU NOTE:

I would like to thank Angela alias Athena Minerva author of the Blog: “English Introvert”
https://beyondtheenglishintrovert.com/ ….for nominating me and for number of as funny as inspiring chats.

THREE THINGS ABOUT MYSELF…?

  1. I am an instable simpleton (Weiss-Nix = Knows-Anything), who regards life as a candy shop or optionally as self-made hell on earth – and who is challenged with herself (yes, I am a female).
  2. I am many (personalities) …follow the link to the cartoon no. 17 “Who Are You?” in the chapter “My best posts” below.
  3. I am a wayfarer.
The origin of my avatar image, my cartoon: Here & Now.
Bear: “Perhaps you should simply relax and learn to live in the Here & Now”…
Wayfarer: ” But this will work just for a moment…”

MY NOMINEES …OR BETTER: RECOMMENDED BLOGS

  1. John Spiers, “My Life with Gracie” https://mylifewithgracie.com/
  2. Balle, Balles World https://ballesworld.blog/
  3. Karmen Jurela – “Ich kreiere, also bin ich” https://ichkreierealsobinich.com/
  4. J. Walters, The Canadian Art Junkie https://canadianartjunkie.com/
  5. Helga Kleisny, Flug und Zeit https://flugundzeit.blog/
  6. Various Authors, Asia Dialogue http://theasiadialogue.com/
  7. Roland Risch, Rischs Blog https://rolandrisch2.com/
  8. Dina-Hanne Siebers, Klaus-Bernd Vollmar, Siri and Selma, The World According to Dina https://fabfourblog.com/
  9. Nina, Törtchen – Made in Berlin
    https://toertchenmadeinberlin.com/meine-rezepte/alle-rezepte/
  10. Biff, Biff Sock Pow https://biffsockpow.wordpress.com/
  11. Dwight, Roth Poetry https://rothpoetry.wordpress.com/
  12. Fay, Made by Fay https://madebyfay.wordpress.com/
  13. Mona, Abenteuer 50 https://abenteuer50.com/ueber-mich/
  14. The Travellothoner https://thetravellothoner.wordpress.com/
  15. Henry, My Quest Blog https://myquest.blog/
  16. Roland, Rolandomio Travel https://rolandomio.blog/
  17. Hildegard & various authors, The attitude blog https://attitudeblog.org/

All of you are awesome, also the authors I didn`t mention here just to stay within the scope of this post!

MY 5 QUESTIONS FOR MY NOMINEES:

  • Imagine you would be able to send a message to your-self back in time. What would you like to say to your self in the age of 16 years?
  • What would you do if you had a sabbatical / gap year?
  • What are you thankful for?
  • What is your favorite movie/song/ book?
  • Voilà,…the weird question: What has been the weirdest / funniest / most surprising gift you have ever received?

MY ANSWERS TO ANGELAS 5 QUESTIONS:

i) Why did you decide to start blogging in the first place?

I wanted to get an insight into social media platforms. Originally, I didn`t plan to run an own blog. My publications in The RedBox have been a kind of field test, firstly.

ii) Do you have a plan for your blog?

No…not really. But of course, I thought about the question if and how to continue my blog and how to set priorities. My blog TheRedBox actually reflects the very wide range of topics I am interested in, appreciate and like to share with others – hoping that the wordpress readers share my fascination and sense of humor. I came to the conclusion not to “feed” or satisfy the preferences of reader groups just in order to generate more followers and receive more likes. But actually, I enjoy feedback and an exchange of thoughts very much. Thus, it is my plan to be an engaged reader & commentator too. The RedBox is and will remain 100% non-commercial. To stay motivated, it might be better in my view to focus on your own interests and to enjoy the research for posts, the writing and the illustration of posts (I love eye-candy). Finally, I`d like to add that I surprisingly experienced another positive side effect of blogging. Due to the fact that I used to ask the international artists – I introduce in The RedBox – for their permission to use images of their art work, I had the opportunity to get to know a few artists.

iii)How much time do you devote to your blog?

Well, I spent a couple of weeks in hospital and utilized the time to fill my pipeline of posts that are scheduled for publication – complemented by spontaneous posts . Thus, I leave the impression of blogging frequently. I would estimate that I spend 5 – 6 hrs a week with blogging.

iv) What has made you happiest so far about your blog?

Nice conversations & interesting exchange of thoughts; the discovery of new, inspiring artists and of my capability to write Haikus and a couple of poems. If somebody likes my self-made cartoons, poems and Haikus, it is a nice compliment, of course.

v) What would you like to change/improve to make your blog better?

My English language skills could be better. I noticed that my non-business English vocabulary is limited. And maybe I`ll reduce the number of post per week…to give each post more room or time to be noticed.

FINALLY, A FEW EXAMPLES OF MY POSTS

The RedBox contains a wide range of in most cases bi-lingual (Engl. & German) posts covering e.g. poems, haiku, photography, paintings, sculptures, installations, cartoons, oddities, humor, nature, creatures, technology insights, politics & society, fashion, cooking & bakery, traveling and much more. I`ve created numbered series of posts to ease retrieval.

My “best” blogs???…difficult. The ones which have been most viewed or liked? Or the posts, I like most?

The most viewed post is actually one of my own cartoons No. 17: Who are you?

https://theredboxcom.wordpress.com/2019/01/09/cartoon-no-17-who-are-you-wer-bist-du/

Highly-ranked is also the introduction of the Portuguese photographer Henri Prestes, Tipp No. 99: “PERFECT DARKNESS & HAUNTING LANDSCAPES” – CINEMATIC PHOTOGRAPHY BY HENRI PRESTES (PORTUGAL)

https://theredboxcom.wordpress.com/2019/02/26/tipp-no-perfect-darkness-haunting-landscapes-cinematic-photography-by-henri-prestes-portugal/

Beyond my various Haikus with Cats (or humans?), the Haiku No. 116: “Sleeping Time” was much appreciated…

https://theredboxcom.wordpress.com/2019/03/21/haiku-no-115-sleeping-time-schlafenszeit/

Cat Haiku example “Inventory Differences”:

https://theredboxcom.wordpress.com/2019/03/21/haiku-no-33-inventory-difference-inventurdifferenz-cats-katzen/

Jaques Prevert`s poem “To paint the portrait of a bird” is still a favorite of mine…

https://theredboxcom.wordpress.com/2019/03/13/das-portrat-eines-vogels-jaques-prevert/

Yes, of course…I am an animal lover. Thus, here is one charming example of the series “Beautiful Creatures – The Seal”

https://theredboxcom.wordpress.com/2018/12/05/beautiful-creatures-no-9-seal-seehund/

I am also very much interested in new technologies. Therefore, I`d like to add at least one tiny post as example, although this category is less popular among the visitors of my blog The RedBox…“Babble-Fish Earbuds”

https://theredboxcom.wordpress.com/2019/02/27/insight-no-79-breaking-through-technologies-babble-fish-earbuds/

Finally, at least one of my political posts that enjoy the lowest level of attention to be honest…“Chinas Social Credit Blacklist 2018”

https://theredboxcom.wordpress.com/2019/02/21/insight-no-75-china-social-credit-blacklist-2018/

This is The RedBox.

Poem No. 131: “YOU” by M. Wang

Gedichte, poems

I still remember the first day we met.
We were too shy to say much at all.
It’s funny to think back to that time,
Because now we’re having a ball!

They say that true friendship is rare,
An adage that I believe to be true.
Genuine friendship is something that I cherish.
I am so lucky to have met you.

Our bond is extremely special.
It is unique in its own way.
We have something irreplaceable. 
I love you more and more each day.

We’ve been through so much together.
In so little time we’ve shared ,
I will never forget all the moments
That you’ve shown me how much you cared.

Friends are forever,
Especially the bond that you and I possess.
I love your fun-filled personality.
Somehow you never fail to impress.

The world could use more people like you.
It would certainly be a better place.
I love everything about you.
You are someone I could never replace.

You are always there for me
When my spirits need a little lift.
I cannot thank you enough for that.
You are truly an extraordinary gift.

You are everything to me and more.
I could never express that enough.
Life is such a treacherous journey, and
Without you it would be even more tough.

Our story will continue to grow
With each passing day,
Because I trust that with you by my side,
Everything will always be okay.

You are so dear to me.
You know I will love you until the end.
I will always be there for you, and
You will always (and forever) be my best friend.

Poem No. 128: “Mai-Lied – May Song” by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 -1832)

Gedichte, Nature, poems
 
Wie herrlich leuchtet
(How masterfully shines)
Mir die Natur!
(nature on me!)
Wie glänzt die Sonne!
(How the sun gleams!)
Wie lacht die Flur!
(How the mead laughs!)
Es dringen Blüten
(Blossoms push)
Aus jedem Zweig
(From every bough)

Und tausend Stimmen
(And a thousand voices)
Aus dem Gesträuch
(From the undergrowth)
Und Freud’ und Wonne
(And joy and bliss)
Aus jeder Brust.
(From every breast.)
O Erd’, o Sonne!
(Oh earth, oh sun!)
O Glück, o Lust!
(Oh happiness, oh love!)
O Lieb’, o Liebe!
(Oh love, oh love,)
So golden schön,
(So golden pretty)
Wie Morgenwolken
(Like morning clouds)
Auf jenen Höhn!
(On the hill!)
Du segnest herrlich
(You prosper masterfully)
Das frische Feld,
(The fresh field)
Im Blütendampfe
(With the breath of flowers)
Die volle Welt.
(The whole world.)
O Mädchen, Mädchen,
(Oh girl, girl,)
Wie lieb’ ich dich!
(How I love you!)
Wie blickt dein Auge!
(How gazes your eyes!)
Wie liebst du mich!
(How you love me!)
So liebt die Lerche
(So loves the lark)
Gesang und Luft,
(Singing and air,)
Und Morgenblumen
(And morning flowers)
Den Himmelsduft,
(The sky mists)
Wie ich dich liebe
(How I love you)
Mit warmem Blut,
(With warm blood)
Die du mir Jugend
(That you [give] me youth)
Und Freud’ und Mut
(And joy and courage)
Zu neuen Liedern
(To new songs)
Und Tänzen gibst.
(And dances.)
Sei ewig glücklich,
(To be forever happy)
Wie du mich liebst!
(How you love me!)

Poem No. 110: “The Invitation” by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

Gedichte, poems

It doesn’t interest me
what you do for a living.
I want to know
what you ache for
and if you dare to dream
of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me
how old you are.
I want to know 
if you will risk 
looking like a fool
for love
for your dream
for the adventure of being alive.

It doesnt interest me
what planets are 
squaring your moon…
I want to know
if you have touched
the centre of your own sorrow
if you have been opened
by life’s betrayals
or have become shrivelled and closed
from fear of further pain.

I want to know
if you can sit with pain
mine or your own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.

I want to know
if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you 
to the tips of your fingers and toes
without cautioning us
to be careful
to be realistic
to remember the limitations
of being human.

It doesn’t interest me
if the story you are telling me
is true.
I want to know if you can
disappoint another
to be true to yourself.
If you can bear
the accusation of betrayal
and not betray your own soul.
If you can be faithless
and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see Beauty
even when it is not pretty
every day.
And if you can source your own life
from its presence.

I want to know
if you can live with failure
yours and mine
and still stand at the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon,
“Yes.”

It doesn’t interest me
to know where you live
or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up
after the night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done
to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me
who you know
or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
in the centre of the fire
with me
and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me
where or what or with whom
you have studied.
I want to know 
what sustains you
from the inside
when all else falls away.

I want to know
if you can be alone 
with yourself
and if you truly like
the company you keep
in the empty moments.

Poem No. 98: “I Ate The Cosmos For Breakfast” by Melissa Studdard

Food, Gedichte, poems, Uncategorized




It looked like a pancake,
but it was creation flattened out—
the fist of God on a head of wheat,
milk, the unborn child of an unsuspecting
chicken — all beaten to batter and drizzled into a pan.
I brewed my tea and closed my eyes
while I ate the sun, the air, the rain,
photosynthesis on a plate.
I ate the time it took that chicken
to bear and lay her egg
and the energy it takes a cow to lactate a cup of milk.
I thought of the farmers, the truck drivers,
the grocers, the people who made the bag that stored the wheat,
and my labor over the stove seemed short,
and the pancake tasted good,
and I was thankful.  

Thank you * Danke * Merci!

arts, Creatures, Food, Insights, poems, Psychologie, psychology, Reisen, Tipps, Travel, Uncategorized

Yesterday, revisiting “The Red Box” after a break, I surprisingly noticed that The Red Box has hit respectively has already exceeded the 200 followers mark!

TIME TO THANK ALL OF YOU !!!

…not only for your interest in my sometimes a bit weird mix of posts but also for sharing your expertise, thoughts, opinions, emotions, poems, recipes (= culinary poems), teasers for traveling, arts and much more treasures with me and others. You are awesome and an enrichment.

The about 6-months old, tiny blog “The Red Box” was born spontaneously. I put my cartoons, a couple of pencil drawings and own Haikus online in order to gain some social media insight, frankly speaking.
Soon, I noticed that I apparently enjoy it to research, illustrate and write the posts very much. In times of struggling with my health, the blogging is also a nice distraction and the topics are a reminder of the diversity, beauty & uniqueness of life.

In the meantime, I`ve published a bouquet of 716 posts without really noticing it.
To be honest, I am in particular surprised about the huge global coverage of “The Red Box”.
I like the idea very much that all of us sharing so many interests and issues beyond geographical, culture-, gender-, age-related borders. Well, we are all human beings with the same basic needs, I guess.

Admittedly, I am often curious who is visiting my blog “The Red Box”…who are the readers on the remote island Vanuatu or in Nepal for instance? Are there any readers in my German neighborhood, I could meet in person? What do we have in common or not?

However, whereever and whoever you are…I wish all of you simply the best.

At this occasion, I finally have to thank all the amazing international artists who generously allowed me to publish photos of their art work accompanied by their CVs and artists statements – and who agreed on my personal thoughts & comments in regard of their fascinating work. Merci!

Of course, all visitors are welcome to provide some feedback or comments any time.

Stay awesome!

Beautiful Creatures No. 5: Spider – Spinne – Araignée

Creatures, humor, Insights

No Alien. Just one of our harmless, useful  – and surprisingly cute looking – subtenants.

If you reduce distance, appreciation grows…