Life under a giant sun

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I live on the foothills of the Jura mountains and at this time of year we often get fog in the valley. On such days we wake up to a beautiful sun, set in a deep blue sky. Then, as I drive into the valley to go to work, I descend into a fog which evolves into a low hanging cloud. Continue reading Life under a giant sun

Pink snow

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Every year for one week in spring, I feel guilty.  It is that week when the cherry trees blossom. This is when nature’s colour palette is upside down; leaves appear yo be blushing pink, bridal white, fireworks yellow or even electric green. No matter where I am, birds forget that singing is from 5:00 to 8:00 AM and they continue well into the afternoon. Continue reading Pink snow

Change is not the only constant

Credit: Wikimedia Commons, Google Art Project
Credit: Wikimedia Commons, Google Art Project

For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by change. I might even admit that I am a “Change Junky”. I need a regular dose and will resort to extreme measures to get it. Generally I have a good look where I’m going and then I turn the other way. New experience is my rush. Continue reading Change is not the only constant

Your anti-Cartesian life

Dune near Santpoort, one of Rene Descartes addresses
Dune near Santpoort (Netherlands), one of Rene Descartes addresses

As I started writing this post, I decided to get my facts right and read up on René Descartes (1596 – 1650). I have been quietly blaming him for everything that is wrong in this world and I assumed that this annoying Frenchman had spent his days prancing around the French courts of trite, spouting his novel thoughts. You’ll understand my surprise when I learned that René Descartes fell in love with a Dutch woman and the Netherlands, and spent most of his life in that nation of unsophisticated pragmatists. Continue reading Your anti-Cartesian life

T-shirts from my solipsistic planet

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I’ve been absent from blogging for several weeks now. I wrote a few posts that I didn’t publish – they weren’t suitable for outside consumption. They were set in my own little solipsistic world. As I stare out of my window, sun is lighting up my garden and in spite of the wintry temperatures, plants, trees and birds are happily experiencing a reality that was/is so distant to me. Continue reading T-shirts from my solipsistic planet

The Power of Experience

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Did you read ‘The Power of Now’ by Eckhart Tolle? If you didn’t you may well have picked up this wisdom elsewhere: Live the moment, live in the ‘here and now’ and be happy.

This ‘now’ philosophy has intrigued me for a long time. I can understand that living in the past or wishing your life away into some future is not conducive to happiness in the present. Continue reading The Power of Experience