Friday, 31 March 2017

Collar


Anything can be a collar, so true. We do not advertise our relationship with a collar and a big ring to it, or a collar with a BDSM logo on it. A collar is a very personal item that can be anything really around your neck.  It's such a nice thought that no-one can see it, but you both know what it means. It's such a nice idea that the collar around your neck is binding as a dog collar would. And it's even more nice when the collar is hand made by your sub, or has a personal meaning.

I guess I am such a romantic that I think the more personal the more home made the collar is, the more meaning it has to me.

Do not understand me wrong, a dog collar or any other explicit collar can look wonderful within the safety an and security of your home, but it's not an advertisement. At least that is how I think about it.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Spooning


Do you know how it feels like laying behind your girl and feel her without the barrier of clothes? I love it. Do you know how it feels to hold your arms around her so she is staying close to you and cannot move without you feeling it? I love it. Do you know you how it feels to kiss her back with a rain of butterfly kisses? I love it.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Good girl



"Good girl" is one of these phrases that is so common in the lifestyle. It's used so often that it almost has become without meaning. Like people say "I love you" with the same intonation of "Pass me the butter please". My daughter said that for years on that tone and I always replied to her "It's nice weather outside isn't it?" I wanted to show her that these words have no meaning if you don't feel it.

It's the same with "Good Girl". And when you use it right, and there is one way to do so and that is really mean it, then it's the biggest compliment you can give as a submissive.

Goth chicks


I think I have been born a few centuries too late. All these women today wearing pants (and in the Netherlands 90% of women young and old wear pants) nowadays. But that was different a few (hundred) years back. The only women who wear it nowadays are the Goth chicks. And so I have a soft spot for Goth chicks. I mean look at the dress!! Wow.


A little more sexy is this one :
 Now I LOVE the laced almost underwear looking garments. There are buckles and strings everywhere. Even the bands across her tits are laced, very pretty and very sexy.
I love the contradiction between the almost bare tits and the very modest skirt.
I love the posture collar that is keeping her head up and is connected to her transparent sleeves.









But the most pretty one I have saved for last. Of course it's not very healthy to wear a dress like this, I can't understand how she is able to breathe. But the dress, O God. How pretty! The butterfly arms, the lace dress and how it accentuates her neck... Of course the light behind her is so clever. It's the perfect combination between light and dark.


Monday, 27 March 2017

How much it costs to be Batman

OK, I was the Batman when I was young. And now I am bold and middle aged and not anywhere near the caped crusader. Today I was at peace with myself after seeing this calculation what it would cost to be Batman.

Ok, I had the talent.
Ok, I had the drive.
Ok, I had the ambition.

But there is a reason why Batman is a multi-millionaire. This is just a bit over my budget.


Sunday, 26 March 2017

Lagom

My friend Mona Lisa told me about the use of the word "lagom" in Sweden. It seems they use the word for everything and anything that means "not bad, not good, just right". Everything can be lagom or make you feel lagom. Even people at work understand Lagom now. And I blame the Mona Lisa for it :-)

PS: I feel very lagom at IKEA...



Saturday, 25 March 2017

The Matthew Mission




A special film for Easter. A film about the mystery of music, the magic, the inspiration of musicians, about emotion, about the irrepressible enthusiasm with which Reinbert immersed himself in Bach's monumental work.

Pianist, composer, conductor Reinbert de Leeuw, 78 years old, has dedicated his life to modern classical music, from Schoenberg to Oestvolskaya. Now, arriving in the crook of his life bow, he turns around and he stretches out his arms to Johann Sebastian Bach. To the St. Matthew Passion.  

For months he studied the score, incessant, obsessive.

He has a mission, dreams of the St. Matthew. Ideally, he had his other concerts will cancel. "If I had to occupy only me the rest of my life just with the St. Matthew Passion, I would do so," he says. Filmmaker Cherry Duyns follows Reinbert from the first days rehearsal with orchestra, choir and soloists to the poignant performance in the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam.





This documentary is only in mainstream movie theatres at 13:30. Smile only grey hair audience I think. But I will take a day off in April to see it! The Reinbert de Leeuw version is better than Ton Koopmans version. Better than the Netherlands Bach Society (All of Bach-project).

Friday, 24 March 2017

Only a foolish optimist can deny the dark realities at the moment

Another inauguration speech by an American president, this time Franklin D. Roosevelt.



And this was the speech that quoted his "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself". Grim days in 1933 and there was much to fear for. "Only a foolish optimist can deny the dark realities at the moment" he said also in his speech. And what fear does to your behaviour is Fight, Flight or Freeze.



And yes, there is a choice in Fight or Flight, but these instincts are strong and often it is imprinted in our character. So it's not easy to do something against your instincts, and it's certainly not as easy as in the blackboard above.

But after we had time to reflect on it, we should do the right thing. The right thing is not always to fight, sometimes it's just common sense to freeze or flight. But "Face everything and Rise" is good advice I try to follow. I recently had at work a situation were I had to face my fear. And this time I faced everything and rose. But doing things yesterday is no promise for doing things tomorrow.

We live in a dangerous world right now. Only a foolish optimist can deny the dark realities at the moment. But we should not be lead by fear. There are more people dying from the results of smoking then there are of terrorism. Don't let terror define your life. We always have that choice.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Send me an angel


I never had much interest in Angels and such, until a few friends of mine opened my eyes for them. I always thought Angels were one and the same, but this infographic (I LOVE infograhics it makes such a difference to have a visual that explains it all in one big poster) shows that there are several kinds of Angels. It's interesting, I do not claim to understand them all (or even a bit) but I am curious to learn more.

Angels are symbolically depicted with wings, but they are purely spiritual being that do not have a physical body. They can take on the appearance of man to better communicate with humans.

It's fascinating. After reading Dante even more interesting. Angels are mythical beings often depicted as messengers of God in the Hebrew Bible, Christian Bibles, and the Quran. The term "angel" has been used to describe spiritual beings found in many oral traditions. The roles of angels include protecting and guiding human beings, and carrying out God's tasks. I just knew from religion lessons at school this picture of Gabriel appearing before Mary:Sen

But there is more than meets the eye. Literally. So I am boosting my knowledge about both angels and spirituality.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

story of o dress

"One of the four friends seized one of them as she passed, made a sign for the other to wait, and brought the girl he had stopped back toward O. He turned her around and, holding her by the waist with one hand, lifted her skirt with the other, in order to demonstrate to O, he said, the practical advantages of the costume and show how well designed it was. He added that all one needed to keep the skirts raised was a simple belt, which made everything that lay beneath readily available. In fact, they often had the girls go about in the chateau or the park either like this, or with their skirts tucked up in front, waist high. They had the young woman show O how she would have to keep her skirt: rolled up several turns (like a lock of hair rolled in a curler) and secured tightly by a belt, either directly in front, to expose the belly, or in the middle of the back, to leave the buttocks free. In either case, skirt and petticoat fell diagonally away in large, cascading folds of intermingled material. Like O, the young woman's backside bore fresh welt from the riding crop. She left the room."

Pauline Reage
Story of O



I have written many time how I was impressed by the story of O.  One of the things that have built a lasting impression was the dress as described above. And there she is in this beautiful dress that has two interesting features. One is the removable bra in this dress so her breasts are not only bare but as an ornament in the dress. And two is the clever way the skirt can be opened of course.

There is even a shop that specializes in dresses like this one: Fond Cosplay that not only makes Sissy clothes but Story of O dresses in all shapes and colours.

I came across these dresses recently and although they are not "Story of O dresses" they reminded me strongly of them. How wonderful they look!



Monday, 20 March 2017

A-Z Theme reveal


Last year I wrote about Johannes Vermeer that lived all his life in Delft. This year I will show you my Delft, not the historic Delft, but the modern day Delft, in all it's beauty and ugliness. I hope you will join me in April.


Sunday, 19 March 2017

Coat of arms

As a child I always wanted a seal ring. One I could place in wax so the envelope was sealed by my shield of arms. Because my heritage is nowhere near King, Knights and all that, I would have to make up a weapon of my own. And I did for many, many, many years ago lost myself in the world of heraldy. And LOL got so lost I never found my way out.
So my ambitions to become something I was not soon vanished with each day I got older and finally more mature. Seeing this brought all my memories back. Smile. Weapons. Shields. Knights.

Shining Armour.


Saturday, 18 March 2017

I loved you

Я вас любил: любовь еще, быть может,
В душе моей угасла не совсем;
Но пусть она вас больше не тревожит;
Я не хочу печалить вас ничем.
Я вас любил безмолвно, безнадежно,
То робостью, то ревностью томим;
Я вас любил так искренно, так нежно,
Как дай вам бог любимой быть другим.

 Alexander Pushkin




I loved you: and, it may be, from my soul
The former love has never gone away,
But let it not recall to you my dole;
I wish not sadden you in any way.

I loved you silently, without hope, fully,
In diffidence, in jealousy, in pain;
I loved you so tenderly and truly,
As let you else be loved by any man. 

Translated by Yevgeny Bonver,

I loved you; and perhaps I love you still,
The flame, perhaps, is not extinguished; yet
It burns so quietly within my soul,
No longer should you feel distressed by it.

Silently and hopelessly I loved you,
At times too jealous and at times too shy.
God grant you find another who will love you
As tenderly and truthfully as I.

  Translated by Babette Deutsch

Friday, 17 March 2017

Finally weekend


Some days you are soooo looking forward to the weekend. This is one of them. I need to be free two days now. It's my recharge time of the week. Some weeks I'm OK and it's just nice to have two days of but this is one of those days I really NEED it. Ah. Please wait.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Dutch election results


Like this newspaper says: the liberals who were in Government (VVD) ended up losing seats in parliament but still remained with 33 seats in our Second Chamber by fat the biggest political party. Polls showed for a long time the Dutch populist party PVV a monster victory and would become by far the biggest party, but they got stuck with 20 seats and not the predicted 39 or even more.

So that is a relief. People were very disappointed in the Labour party that was in government with the Liberals for the last 4 years and they got from 28 seats in Parliament to 9. Many people, present company included, were very disappointed in Labour these last years. With 77% people 10,3 million people) that actually came and vote the young voters also participated and that was pure profit for democracy itself.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

OMG TMI!


Sometimes you will find these OMG-pictures somewhere. You may recognize yourself in this picture. Did you ever searched for relief in the bathroom all by yourself and be careful you didn't make a sound? I know you did.

I know I did. OMG!

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Full body scan


In Schiphol airport they have this full body scan like in most airports these days. And such a proper  little woman is wearing this nice big collar and cuffs and pierced nipples. Who whould have thought that huh. It just shows that you should never judge to appearances.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Theme AZ reveal announcement


The month of April is near. Spring is in the air, today I look outside in a sunny garden and all my lilacs bloom like they should every year. And the A-Z challenge is on the doorstep again. On Monday 20th many bloggers will reveal their theme for this year and so will I. And yes, I am looking forward to this challenge like I do every year. So we have to wait a bit until the 20th of March for my theme.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Two Maya's and one me


I have always been facinated by the work of Fransico Goya. The horrors of War made quite an impression of me when I was young. But what made the biggest impression on a horny teenager was  La Maja Desnuda (The naked Maya) and La maja vestida (the clothed Maya). It is the kind of the 1800 version of Playboy Magazine. The nude Maya slightly made a bigger impression not only on me but also on the people who lived at the time. This is not a Venus or a Delilah, a mythological object as an excuse to paint a nude woman. This woman clearly in a  contemporary dress is a curved woman from the eighteen hundreds and is looking in her bold gaze at us.
placed on richly coloured satin, which starkly contrasts to the bare white cloths Goya's Maja rests on.

The painting has been cited as among the earliest Western artwork to depict a nude woman's pubic hair without obvious negative by-ends (such as in images of prostitutes).With this work Goya not only upset the church authorities, but also made an impression the public and actually extended the artistic horizon of the day. And yours truly 180 years later.


Saturday, 11 March 2017

Collared

What is so interesting on this picture? It certainly isn't the head, we have no clue whatsoever how this girl looks like. If she has a pretty face or not, we don't know. We do know that her nipples can be very, very stiff indeed. Each time I looked at this picture, and recently I looked at it a lot, each time I look at the nipples and my hands begin to itch. Sure the collar and leash are quite nice, the dress is simply fabulous (It makes you think of those Histoire d'O dresses don't you agree) but like a Rembrandt painting it's all in the contrast of the albast skin of the girl and the pink nipples like cherries on a desert.

The thighs are delicious as well (just wanted you to know I noticed).



Friday, 10 March 2017

Hold your pee

 Smile. Recently we played the "Master may I use the bathroom. No." game, until the release becomes almost orgasmic. So when I saw this Ted Ed about how bad it is to hold your pee, it got my interest at once. Here's another lesson from this great eduction centre.

 Is it bad to hold your pee? 

It begins with a bit of discomfort and soon becomes a pressing sensation that’s impossible to ignore. Finally, it’s all you can think about, and out of sheer desperation, you go on a hunt for a bathroom until “ahh.” Humans should urinate at least four to six times a day, but occasionally, the pressures of modern life forces us to clench and hold it in. How bad is this habit, and how long can our bodies withstand it?



The answers lie in the workings of the bladder, an oval pouch that sits inside the pelvis. The bladder can stretch - to a limit - so you can keep on keepin’ on, but how do you sense your bladder’s fullness so you know when to pee? As your bladder fills, millions of stretch receptors get triggered, and they send signals along your nerves to the sacral region in your spinal cord. A reflex signal travels back to your bladder, making the muscles of the bladder wall contract slightly and increasing the bladder’s pressure so you’re aware that it’s filling up.



With about 150 to 200 milliliters of urine inside of it, the bladder’s muscular wall is stretched enough for you to sense that there’s urine within. At about 400 to 500 milliliters, the pressure becomes uncomfortable. The bladder can go on stretching, but only to a point. Above 1,000 milliliters, it may burst. Most people would lose bladder control before this happens, but in very rare cases, such as when as a person can’t sense the need to urinate, the pouch can rupture. Eep!



But under normal circumstances, your decision to urinate stops the brain’s signal to the external urethral sphincter, causing it to relax and the bladder to empty. The external urethral sphincter is one of the muscles of the pelvic floor, and it provides support to the urethra and bladder neck. It’s lucky we have these pelvic floor muscles because placing pressure on the system by coughing, sneezing, laughing, or jumping could cause bladder leakage. Instead, the pelvic floor muscles keep the region sealed until you’re ready to go. But holding it in for too long, forcing out your urine too fast, or urinating without proper physical support may over time weaken or overwork that muscular sling. That can lead to an overactive pelvic floor, bladder pain, urgency, or urinary incontinence. So in the interest of long-term health, it’s not a great habit to hold your pee. But in the short term, at least, your body and brain have got you covered, so you can conveniently choose your moment of sweet release.


Thursday, 9 March 2017

Delilah

One of the most interesting stories is the story of Simson or Samson and Delilah. Short story what had happened before we begin: In Judges 13-16 we meet him as  a “Nazarite unto God” from his birth. The first recorded event of his life was his marriage with a Philistine woman of Timnath. His wife was however soon taken from him and given “to his companion” . (there is so much behind that phrase, Han). For this Samson took revenge by burning the “standing corn of the Philistines” , who, in their turn, in revenge burnt his wife and her father with fire. Her death he terribly avenged: Samson slew a thousand Philistines on his own.  During the twenty years following this he judged Israel; but we have no record of his life.

We enter the story as the Philistines think they have a more powerful weapon in the shape of Delilah, and boy must she have been pretty. Let's stick to the bible text because it reads like a novel. This is from the book of Judges and start reading at Judges 16:20



Samson en Delilah Peter Paul Rubens (1609)


The rulers of the Philistines went to her and said, “See if you can lure him into showing you the secret of his great strength and how we can overpower him so we may tie him up and subdue him. Each one of us will give you eleven hundred shekels of silver.”   So Delilah said to Samson, “Tell me the secret of your great strength and how you can be tied up and subdued.”

Samson answered her, “If anyone ties me with seven fresh bowstrings that have not been dried, I’ll become as weak as any other man.” Then the rulers of the Philistines brought her seven fresh bowstrings that had not been dried, and she tied him with them. With men hidden in the room, she called to him, “Samson, the Philistines are upon you!” But he snapped the bowstrings as easily as a piece of string snaps when it comes close to a flame. So the secret of his strength was not discovered.

Gerrit van Honthorst ca. 1615
Then Delilah said to Samson, “You have made a fool of me; you lied to me. Come now, tell me how you can be tied.” He said, “If anyone ties me securely with new ropes that have never been used, I’ll become as weak as any other man.” So Delilah took new ropes and tied him with them. Then, with men hidden in the room, she called to him, “Samson, the Philistines are upon you!” But he snapped the ropes off his arms as if they were threads.

Delilah then said to Samson, “All this time you have been making a fool of me and lying to me. Tell me how you can be tied.” He replied, “If you weave the seven braids of my head into the fabric on the loom and tighten it with the pin, I’ll become as weak as any other man.” So while he was sleeping, Delilah took the seven braids of his head, wove them into the fabric and tightened it with the pin. Again she called to him, “Samson, the Philistines are upon you!” He awoke from his sleep and pulled up the pin and the loom, with the fabric.

Then she said to him, “How can you say, ‘I love you,’ when you won’t confide in me? This is the third time you have made a fool of me and haven’t told me the secret of your great strength.” With such nagging she prodded him day after day until he was sick to death of it. So he told her everything. “No razor has ever been used on my head,” he said, “because I have been a Nazirite dedicated to God from my mother’s womb. If my head were shaved, my strength would leave me, and I would become as weak as any other man.” When Delilah saw that he had told her everything, she sent word to the rulers of the Philistines, “Come back once more; he has told me everything.” So the rulers of the Philistines returned with the silver in their hands. After putting him to sleep on her lap, she called for someone to shave off the seven braids of his hair, and so began to subdue him. And his strength left him.

This painting is from Christiaen van Couwenberg from 1925

Is that a story or is that a story. Lust and bondage. And a terrible ending. OK, the story goes on that the Philistines wanted not to kill Samson and let him work as a slave doing hard labour. His hair grew back and he destroyed the temple of the Philistines, killing himself and all in it.

The story has been an inspiration of painters of all ages.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Loving submission reprise

OK, one more just because I can. Maybe the picture is from artistic point of few less than yesterdays' but it definitely is as intense as that one. The eyes lowered, the lips kissing the hand of her master gently and the collar on her neck. I love it.


Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Loving submission

The best photo's are those that clearly shows that submission is not anything that is forced upon the submissive, in any way through emotional blackmail or just plain force, but given as an act of love. This photo also represents that gift. So simple yet so strong, it brings tears to my eyes.




Monday, 6 March 2017

Diary

Have you kept a diary once like this girl does? I did for a while when I was in a turbulent phase in my life. It was part of therapy for my wife and me. But in the end I did not have the discipline to write in it every day, so a few years ago I opened this blog is a kind of compromise: I keep things together that have a special meaning for me and I add the landmarks in my life in it. So it add some colour to it in the form of pictures, and music and poetry and little fragments of film. All have a special meaning for me, and yet it recognize it takes a certain discipline to write in my diary.


Sunday, 5 March 2017

Keep calm and listen to Bach



In the most wonderful project of all projects on the Internet: All of Bach, there is every Friday a new recording of one of Bach's many, many works. This week it is Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust performed by Alex Potter. And it's so wonderful that each piece is explained and these explainations make the piece so more meaningful. Music is nice, but if you understand the music better it adds another layer. And what Bach makes such a genius is there are  If you cannot listen to the music, just listen to this comment.

 1. Aria (Oboe d'amore, Violino I/II, Viola, Continuo)
        
Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust,
    Dich kann man nicht bei Höllensünden,
    Wohl aber Himmelseintracht finden;
    Du stärkst allein die schwache Brust.
    Drum sollen lauter Tugendgaben
    In meinem Herzen Wohnung haben.

2. Recitativo ( Continuo) 
    
Die Welt, das Sündenhaus,
Bricht nur in Höllenlieder aus
Und sucht durch Hass und Neid
Des Satans Bild an sich zu tragen.
Ihr Mund ist voller Ottergift,
Der oft die Unschuld tödlich trifft,
Und will allein von Racha sagen.
Gerechter Gott, wie weit
Ist doch der Mensch von dir entfernet;
Du liebst, jedoch sein Mund
Macht Fluch und Feindschaft kund
Und will den Nächsten nur mit Füßen treten.
Ach! diese Schuld ist schwerlich zu verbeten.

3. Aria (Organo obligato a 2 claviature, Violino I/II, Viola)
          
Wie jammern mich doch die verkehrten Herzen,
Die dir, mein Gott, so sehr zuwider sein;
Ich zittre recht und fühle tausend Schmerzen,
Wenn sie sich nur an Rach und Hass erfreun.
Gerechter Gott, was magst du doch gedenken,
Wenn sie allein mit rechten Satansränken
Dein scharfes Strafgebot so frech verlacht.
Ach! ohne Zweifel hast du so gedacht:
Wie jammern mich doch die verkehrten Herzen!

4. Recitativo (Violino I/II, Viola, Continuo)
    
Wer sollte sich demnach
Wohl hier zu leben wünschen,
Wenn man nur Hass und Ungemach
Vor seine Liebe sieht?
Doch, weil ich auch den Feind
Wie meinen besten Freund
Nach Gottes Vorschrift lieben soll,
So flieht
Mein Herze Zorn und Groll
Und wünscht allein bei Gott zu leben,
Der selbst die Liebe heißt.
Ach, eintrachtvoller Geist,
Wenn wird er dir doch nur sein Himmelszion geben?

5. Aria (Organo obligato, Oboe d'amore, Violino I/II, Viola, Continuo)
          
Mir ekelt mehr zu leben,
Drum nimm mich, Jesu, hin!
    Mir graut vor allen Sünden,
    Lass mich dies Wohnhaus finden,
    Wo selbst ich ruhig bin.

Friday, 3 March 2017

Zaftig

It will come as no surprise to you I am not a big fan of skinny women. I never knew I loved zaftig women. Full bodied. Well proportioned. What more could you wish for?

Nothing I tell you, look at the picture, is there anything more beautiful?


Thursday, 2 March 2017

Fake news

 In Times where newspapers and networks are accused of bringing fake-news to the people it makes sense to ask yourself the question, now what is "fake news. In 2016 Stanford University researchers made an alarming discovery: across the US, many students can’t tell the difference between a reported news article, a persuasive opinion piece, and a corporate ad. This lack of media literacy makes young people vulnerable to getting duped by “fake news” — which can have real consequences. This excellent article by Laura McClure  (an award-winning journalist and the TED-Ed Editor) made this interesting post, I love to share with you.
 

Animation by Augenblick Studios

Want to strengthen your own ability to tell real news from fake news? Start by asking these five questions of any news item.

Animation by Patrick Smith

Who wrote it? Real news contains the real byline of a real journalist dedicated to the truth. Fake news (including “sponsored content” and traditional corporate ads) does not. Once you find the byline, look at the writer’s bio. This can help you identify whether the item you’re reading is a reported news article (written by a journalist with the intent to inform), a persuasive opinion piece (written by an industry expert with a point of view), or something else entirely.

Animation by Patrick Smith

What claims does it make? Real news will include multiple primary sources when discussing a controversial claim. Fake news may include fake sources, false urls, and/or “alternative facts” that can be disproven through further research. When in doubt, dig deeper. Facts can be verified.

Animation by Martina Meštrović

When was it published? Look at the publication date. If it’s breaking news, be extra careful. Use this tipsheet to decode breaking news.

Animation by Augenblick Studios

Where was it published? Real news is published by trustworthy media outlets with a strong fact-checking record, such as the BBC, NPR, ProPublica, Mother Jones, and Wired. (To learn more about any media outlet, look at their About page and examine their published body of work.) If you get your news primarily via social media, try to verify that the information is accurate before you share it. (On Twitter, for example, you might look for the blue “verified” checkmark next to a media outlet name to double-check a publication source before sharing a link.)


Animation by Augenblick Studios

How does it make you feel? Fake news, like all propaganda, is designed to make you feel strong emotions. So if you read a news item that makes you feel super angry, pause and take a deep breath. Then, double-check the item’s claims by comparing it to the news on any three of the media outlets listed above — and decide for yourself if the item is real news or fake news. Bottom line: Don’t believe everything you read. There is no substitute for critical thinking.

Animation by TED-Ed

If you get in the habit of asking all 5 of these questions whenever you read a news article, then your basic news literacy skills will start to grow stronger. However, these are just the basics! To dive deeper into news and media literacy, watch the TED-Ed Lesson: How to choose your news. To find out more about what students need, read the Stanford University report, published here.




Animation by Augenblick Studios

 



Wednesday, 1 March 2017

New beginnings

Today, March 1st, is a day of closure and new beginnings. Closure in the sense that this Monday I did the last work on my daughters apartment. It was work of months to make it a good place for her to live. To be happy with her servicedog in her own appartment. To create a safe place for her, to create a warm place where she could feel at home. To make things financially possible not only to live there now, but for years to come. A fully adusted kitchen with a high low kitchen like this one:




Half January she moved in there, but on Monday the last thing: her curtains were hung and now her house is finished. She can start.
In February I redecorated her old sleeping room into a little office for me and a little studio for my daughter. It took more time than I originally thought it would take, because we had to make the room more soundproof not to annoy the neighbours while she is giving singing lessons here.

And now I am in this new room, behind my desk. A new beginning with only the two of us. Yes, I know it sounds heaven for those who want to play without the kids around, but I must confess it takes a little getting used to as well.

And I notice that I am quite tired of doing all that work. It was exactly a year ago my gall bladder was doing not-so-nice-things, and although I have no trouble any more from that, I seem to be tired all the time. So I will take it more easy than before.

Anyway, raise your glass to closures and new beginnings!


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