Thank you * Danke * Merci!

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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!


…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!

Tipp No. 79: “Hello Universe” by Alan Bean (Astronaut and Artist, USA 1932 – 2018)

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Alan Bean - HELLO UNIVERSE -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop
An Astronauts Gesture of Joy & Wonder – “Hello Universe”

If my soul starts spontaneously jubilating looking at a piece of art, I know it is love….I`d like to share.


Alan LaVern Bean (March 15, 1932 – May 26, 2018) was an American naval officer and naval aviator, aeronautical engineer, test pilot, and NASA astronaut; he was the fourth person to walk on the Moon. He was selected to become an astronaut by NASA in 1963 as part of Astronaut Group 3.

He made his first flight into space aboard Apollo 12, the second manned mission to land on the Moon, at age 37 in November 1969. He made his second and final flight into space on the Skylab 3 mission in 1973, the second manned mission to the Skylab space station. After retiring from the United States Navy in 1975 and NASA in 1981, he pursued his interest in painting, depicting various space-related scenes and documenting his own experiences in space as well as that of his fellow Apollo program astronauts.

Bean said his decision was based on the fact that, in his 18 years as an astronaut, he was fortunate enough to visit worlds and see sights no artist’s eye, past or present, has ever viewed firsthand and he hoped to express these experiences through his art.

He was the last living crew member of Apollo 12.

Strong Women No. 12: Vithika Yadav – Human Rights Activist and Head of Love Matters (India)


Vithika Yadav – Head of Love Matters India

Vithika is the driving force behind Love Matters India. Based in Delhi, she’s a passionate human rights activist. She believes that getting sex out in the open can help end a lot of misery caused by sexual violence or harassment – and can bring us all a lot of pleasure!

Blush-free facts and stories about love, sex and relationships

LOVE MATTERS is an online multi-media platform that provides insights and facts  about love, sex and relationships. Topics are…

  • love and relationships
  • our bodies
  • birth control
  • pregnany
  • marriage
  • sexual diversity
  • making love

Website (in Hindi and English):

LOVE MATTERS engages the people to talk about love, sex and relationships in an open, honest and non-judgemental way. The vision of Project Love Matters is to be the leading source of information in a world where love, sex and relationships are a right, a choice and a pleasure. Love Matters is a global project with operations In India, China, Latin America, Kenya and Egypt. 

In India, Love Matters is the first and the most popular bilingual website (Hindi and English), with a reach of close to 2 million per month. In India, we have a community of more than 1 million Facebook followers, making us the most popular sexual and reproductive health and rights page in India on Facebook.

Cit.: “In India, talking about sex is still a taboo. Sex is a topic that brings feelings of shame and embarrassment, guilt and inadequacy for many people. I myself grew up with so many myths and misconceptions around sex. It is for this reason I feel so passionate about the work we do at Love Matters. To be able to provide young people with non-judgemental, pleasure positive, open and honest information that helps them make informed choices. The youth today is the future of tomorrow and investing in their sexual health is critical around the globe.” ( Vithika Yadav)

Vithika Yadav applied design thinking skills along with her team at Love Matters India to create the award-winning #BearNoMore campaign, raising awareness about intimate partner violence.


Vithika Yadav is a human rights professional with over a decade of experience working on human trafficking, modern day slavery, sexual rights and gender rights.

Internationally recognized as an expert on survivor care and protection services, Vithika was awarded as one of the Top 99 under 33 Young Foreign Policy Leaders in the world by Diplomatic Courier and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy in the USA in 2012, and in 2016, she was recognized for being one of the top 120 under 40 next generation of Family Planning Leaders in the world. 

Over the years, she has worked for premier organizations such as UN Office on Drugs and Crime, BBC World Service Trust, Free the Slaves, and MTV EXIT.

Vithika advises NGOs and INGOs about how to create rights-based programs of recovery through which women and girls can emerge from being victims to being human rights advocates.

Vithika’s latest project Love Matters is the first ever website in India to give complete, honest, and unbiased information on love, sex, and relationships in both Hindi and English. Operating under Radio Netherlands Worldwide, the website provides relatable culture-specific content that helps young people to make informed choices in order to have safer, healthier, and happier sex and relationships.

In 2013, Love Matters won the prestigious ‘Award for Excellence & Innovation in Sexuality Education’ from the World Association for Sexual Health, and most recently, their intimate partner violence awareness campaign #BearNoMore won a Social Media For Empowerment Award.

Vithika Yadav and her team at Love Matters India recently won a Social Media for Empowerment Award
Vithika Yadav and her team at Love Matters India recently won a Social Media for Empowerment Award for their work busting taboos about sexual health in India.

Insight No.63: “Wheatfield With Crows” – A Fire In The Soul by Vincent van Gogh (1853 – 1890)

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Wheatfield With Crows

“Mancher Mensch hat ein großes Feuer in seiner Seele, und niemand kommt, um sich daran zu wärmen” (cit.: Vincent van Gogh)

“Many a human being has got a huge fire in his soul, and nobody comes in order to bask.” 

Strong Women No. 1: “Lise Meitner – Discoverer of Nuclear Fission but excluded from The Nobel Price 1944”

Insights, Technology

Lise Meitner (born in Vienna, 1878 – 1968) was an Austrian-Swedish physicist, who worked on radioactivity and nuclear physics.

Lise Meitner, Otto Hahn and Otto Robert Frisch led the small group of scientists who first discovered nuclear fission of uranium when it absorbed an extra neutron; the results were published in early 1939. Meitner, Hahn and Frisch understood that the fission process, which splits the atomic nucleus of uranium into two smaller nuclei, must be accompanied by an enormous release of energy.

Nuclear fission is the process exploited by nuclear reactors to generate heat and, subsequently, electricity.This process is also one of the basics of nuclear weapons that were developed in the U.S. during World War II and used against Japan in 1945.

Meitner spent most of her scientific career in Berlin, Germany, where she was a physics professor and a department head at the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute; she was the first woman to become a full professor of physics in Germany. She lost these positions in the 1930s because of the anti-Jewish Nuremberg Laws of Nazi Germany, and in 1938 she fled to Sweden, where she lived for many years, ultimately becoming a Swedish citizen.

Meitner received many awards and honors late in her life, but she did not share in the 1944 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for nuclear fission that was awarded exclusively to her long-time collaborator Otto Hahn. In the 1990s, the records of the committee that decided on that prize were opened. Based on this information, several scientists and journalists have called her exclusion “unjust”, and Meitner has received many posthumous honors, including naming chemical element 109 Meitnerium in 1992. Despite not having been awarded the Nobel Prize, Lise Meitner was invited to attend the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in 1962.

Lise Meitner in 1946

Poem No. 14: “See It Through” By Edgar Guest

Gedichte, poems, Uncategorized
When you’re up against a trouble, 
Meet it squarely, face to face; 
Lift your chin and set your shoulders, 
Plant your feet and take a brace. 

When it’s vain to try to dodge it, 
Do the best that you can do; 
You may fail, but you may conquer, 
See it through! 

Black may be the clouds about you 
And your future may seem grim, 
But don’t let your nerve desert you; 
Keep yourself in fighting trim. 

If the worst is bound to happen, 
Spite of all that you can do, 
Running from it will not save you, 
See it through! 

Even hope may seem but futile, 
When with troubles you’re beset, 
But remember you are facing 
Just what other men have met. 

You may fail, but fall still fighting; 
Don’t give up, whate’er you do; 
Eyes front, head high to the finish. 
See it through!

Poem No. 12: Invictus By William Ernest Henley (1849–1903)

Gedichte, poems, Uncategorized

Out of the night that covers me, 
Black as the Pit from pole to pole, 
I thank whatever gods may be 
For my unconquerable soul. 

In the fell clutch of circumstance 
I have not winced nor cried aloud. 
Under the bludgeonings of chance 
My head is bloody, but unbowed. 

Beyond this place of wrath and tears 
Looms but the Horror of the shade, 
And yet the menace of the years 
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid. 

It matters not how strait the gate, 
How charged with punishments the scroll, 
I am the master of my fate: 
I am the captain of my soul.

Deutsche Übersetzung: 
Aus finstrer Nacht, die mich umragt,
durch Dunkelheit mein’ Geist ich quäl.
Ich dank, welch Gott es geben mag,
dass unbezwung’n ist meine Seel.
Trotz Pein, die mir das Leben war,
man sah kein Zucken, sah kein Toben.
Des Schicksals Schläg in großer Schar.
Mein Haupt voll Blut, doch stets erhob'n.
Jenseits dies Orts voll Zorn und Tränen,
ragt auf der Alp der Schattenwelt.
Stets finden mich der Welt Hyänen.
Die Furcht an meinem Ich zerschellt.
Egal, wie schmal das Tor, wie groß,
wieviel Bestrafung ich auch zähl.
Ich bin der Meister meines Los’.
Ich bin der Käpt’n meiner Seel.