Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Wanted: a spring fairy (Dutch 'lentefee). And the reward is ...

P.S. Just another Chinese garden (blogpost from 2010).

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Human All Too Human

Did you follow the democratic elections 2017 in The Netherlands? Surprised by the results? I am not. In general the Dutch are common sense people and down to earth (Epicurean). Not as black and white as USA citizen sometimes seem (Stoic). Some people in my country are (very) angry but that group is relatively small. We, the others, "listen" to their constraints, complaints and anger but on our terms, not theirs. We adapt and take account of their grievances but ... step by step.

Look at this picture of Ramesses II of Ancient Egypt (1303-1213 BC). We can almost see him sleep on his deathbed. Partly bald. Hawk nose. Human.

Such a pity that we don't have the remains of Aristotle, Alexander the Great, Cleopatra VII, Jesus of Nazareth, Mohammed, Charlemagne and many more. To being able to have a picture just like that. To make all of us more human. Human, all too human. I guess that's what the world needs now: human as friends and not as enemies/ others/ subhuman/ not human at all.

P.S. Epicurean versus Stoic? I wrote about this in blogpost 'What's your amount of being a stoic? Or on the stupidness of the #red tag' (2009).

Wednesday, March 8, 2017



The older I get the less words I need to live, to breath, to justify me.

Friday, March 3, 2017


Some people think like this:

I prefer:

P.S. I wrote on this before in 'Don't Squeeze' (2012) and 'Fly!' (2013).

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Ancient Egyptians in Australia

Did the Ancient Egyptians visit Australia - 5,000 years ago - long before the Europeans did in the post-Columbus era? History is full of surprises so it could be ... but did they?

Arguments pro:
  • There are valid Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs carved in Gosford on the west coast. With a cartouche with the birth name of pharaoh Khufu (2589–2566 BC). Discovered in the early 1900s
  • Ancient Egyptians used tobacco and cocaine. They only grew in the continent which makes up modern America
Arguments contra:
  • Number of hieroglyphs increased in time (after 1975)
  • Carved in a disorganised manner
  • Some hieroglyphs are carved backwards
  • Some of the used shapes were invented 2,500 years later
  • Less erosion than nearby 250-year-old Aboriginal petroglyphs
  • Gosford is on the east coast and you'd expect them to land on the west coast

A possible explanation is that they were carved in 1920s by Australian soldiers who served in Egypt in WWI. Back then there was a widespread interest in ancient Egypt after the discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamun.

Sources: 1, 2 and 3

Tuesday, February 14, 2017


Valentines day 2017. I love reading love letters.

I started reading - two weeks ago - António Lobo Antunes (1942) 'Mijn Winterkat mijn Lief. Brieven aan mijn vrouw' (2012). It's the Dutch translation of the war letters António wrote to his wife Maria José Xavier da Fonseca e Costa (1946-1999) while he stayed in Angola as a drafted soldier. Original title 'Cartas da Guerra. D'este viver aqui neste papel descripto' (2005).

Monday, February 6, 2017

Literally Illuminated in Gold

What a great way of living life is the Japanese 'kintsugi'! Embracing what is broken, flawed or imperfect. Not throw it away, not flee from it but simply ... repair it with gold. Accept change, sweet and sour as aspects of human life.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017


Sometimes happiness feels for me as a cloud. Particles of water in the sky, grouping and ungrouping in clouds, fighting with gravity and wind. I can watch clouds for hours. How they float, flow, fight, tumble, roll and ... - there must be more.

Happiness never feels for me as a destination. To set a goal and archieve it.

I guess happiness is a balance thing. Feeling being in balance, however short the moment in time is.

P.S. On days like this I like listening to songs like: esta.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017


Trump - the USA president elect - looking in the mirror:
Freud as in: sublimation, repression, displacement, denial, reaction formation, intellectualisation and projection. More

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Do Stuff and Pay Attention

More from her 'Vassar Speech' (2003): here.

Susan (1933-2004) also puts: Be less afraid! Without thinking that being happy is what it's all about. It's not. It's about ... - Chinese Garden.