Poem No. 194: “Let Birds” – by Linda Gregg (1942-2019)

Creatures, Gedichte, poems
Eight deer on the slope
in the summer morning mist.
The night sky blue.
Me like a mare let out to pasture.
The Tao does not console me. 
I was given the Way 
in the milk of childhood. 
Breathing it waking and sleeping.
But now there is no amazing smell
of sperm on my thighs,
no spreading it on my stomach
to show pleasure. 
I will never give up longing. 
I will let my hair stay long. 
The rain proclaims these trees,
the trees tell of the sun.
Let birds, let birds.
Let leaf be passion.
Let jaw, let teeth, let tongue be
between us. Let joy.
Let entering. Let rage and calm join.
Let quail come.
Let winter impress you. Let spring. 
Allow the ocean to wake in you.
Let the mare in the field
in the summer morning mist
make you whinny. Make you come 
to the fence and whinny. Let birds.

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

arts, Insights, Kunst, Psychologie, psychology
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.” 



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!

Shared No. 117: “Family Photo Friday!” — by John Spiers (Blog: My Life With Gracie”)

arts, Cartoons, Creatures, humor, Insights, Kunst, Nature, Tipps, Zen

Last Saturday, I set up what you might call “The Smallest Book Promotion Booth In The World” at out church’s annual Flower Festival. (All royalties from the book until December 31st of this year will go to support the mission of St. John’s Church.) The little wooden stepladder was the one my chickens used when […]

Family Photo Friday! — My Life With Gracie

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

Gedichte, poems, Uncategorized
INVICTUS

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,
wie viel Bestrafung ich auch zähl.
Ich bin der Meister meines Los’.
Ich bin der Käpt’n meiner Seel.

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.

Tipp No. 129: Powerful Documentary: “EMBRACE – You Are Beautiful!” by Taryn Brumfitt

Film, Insights, Musik, Oddities, Psychologie, psychology, Tipps, Uncategorized, Zen
I watched the touching movie together with friends…
And all of us had a lump in our throats…actually, a few tears appeared too.

What are we doing to ourselves?!

“91% of women
hate their bodies.”

For centuries, women have been told that they need to be beautiful…as if that`s the most important thing they can be.

Instead of investing in their life quality, meaningful projects and development of their skills, women spend their time & money on fitness classes, fashion, diets, cosmetics, hair dressers, nail design shops etc. ….and sadly never ever feel being “enough”.

Join Taryn Brumfitt on their journey to free herself – also in order to become a role model for her little daughter who shall enjoy life and spend her valuable resources on more important things than on bullshit like beauty standards that are created to transform women into cash cows.

Do not try to please others…Be your own loving best friend….

“EMBRACE YOURSELF
AND everyBODY!”

Be smart and do not waste your time with excessive and insane beauty maintenance while you are capable to change and rule the world.

Before – After Photo of Taryn

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

arts, Kunst, Reisen, Travel
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.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

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.