Foto des Monats Februar/Photo of the month, February 2016

February was still quite barren, and the birds won’t sit still, but now the bulbous plants are coming up.
Februar war immer noch ziemlich kahl, und die Vögel wollen einfach nicht stillsitzen, aber jetzt kommen die Zwiebelpflanzen so langsam hoch.


Morgen gibt es noch ein Foto, das mein Mann gemacht hat, und das ich ganz toll finde.
Tomorrow I will publish another photo that my husband took, and which I really like a lot.

Death and Dying (short story by Kate Ferry)

Present time
As I lay, in the hospital, a sterile and neatly made bed beneath me, dying, I consider life and how it was to me. I am an old woman of 92 years now, with short, white hair, a face of wisdom – or so they tell me — and I lay dying of cancer. It struck me at 90 and has been killing me for the past two years. The doctors say I haven’t much time left — that I can go any day now. The painkillers (mainly Morphine now) greatly numb the pain, but I can’t stop my mind from wandering  — wandering into what’s beyond me and to what my life has been. As a wiseman once said, “In the end, it’s not going to matter how many breaths you took, but how many moments took your breath away”. I reflect a lot on these moments — these precious moments — as I lay here, slowly fading away. Here is where my story starts…

 

****Flashback****

1959
The sun was going down. She stepped outside to light her cigarette. The blood orange sun glared back at her, angrily. The smoke from the first puff curled around her. As the took another drag, she saw a black cat, hiding by the tires of her car. The cat looked back at her. She dropped an ash. The cat hissed. The light from the sun was slowly fading in the autumn sky. Her cigarette got smaller. The embers fell into her makeshift ashtray on the porch where she was sitting in her rocking chair. The phone rang inside. Quickly disposing of her cigarette butt in the ashtray, she ran in through the screen door and answered it.

“Patricia Holmes?” the man on the other end asked after she said hello.

“Yes?” she answered.

“I’m calling about the farm. It seems you haven’t made a payment on your mortgage for awhile.”

Patty sighed. She knew this was coming.

“Look, gimmie sometime. I’ll have the money available for you in a couple of weeks…” she began.

“Patricia, it’s been two months. You need to make a payment now, or we’re going to have to –”

“I’ll have the money soon! Times have been tough, and work is slow!” Patty exclaimed into the

phone before she hung up.

Patty continued to look at the phone after she had hung up. It didn’t ring again. No doubt about it, she was scared. She hadn’t made a payment on her mortgage for two months. She knew she was going to lose the farm. She had no money and nowhere to go. The saddest thing was, she hadn’t had a job in over two months. The economy was down, and she didn’t even know where to look for work. Her unemployment was quickly running out. She didn’t know what to do.

 

Present time
“Hi, Grandma!” My granddaughter, who always visited me in the hospital every day, was just arriving as I was waking up for the day.

“Look what I brought you!” she exclaimed excitedly as she set a bag down on the table in my room and opened it. She pulled out what looked to be a cell phone. In my 92 years, I have never had or used such a contraption as that. I don’t know what she expected me to do with or how she expected me to use it!

“So now I can call you or you can call whenever you want,” my granddaughter, Jolie, was gushing to me as I stared at it.

“Jolie, I’m 92-years-old, stricken with cancer, and the doctors say I can go any day now. Why would you bring me something like that?” I asked.

“Oh, I know, but I miss you, Grandma, when you’re stuck in here, and I can’t talk to you and such,” replied Jolie. “Plus, I miss your stories. Tell me how you met Grandpa.”

I chuckled. “Well, you know, Jolie, after I got that phone call about losing the farm, the next day, I had a gentleman calling at my door…”

 

1959
The doorbell was ringing. Patty went to answer it, dreading who might be behind it.

“Good afternoon,” the man on the other end greeted her, removing his hat.

 

Present time
“Was this man Grandpa?” Jolie interrupted me.

“Hold on, I’m getting to that part,” I replied.

 

1959
The man on the other side of the door looked at her.

“May I come in?” he asked after a moment’s pause.

“Sure,” Patty replied, opening the door wider and letting him in.

“What’s this about?” she inquired as she hung his hat and coat by the door and went to put on the tea kettle.

“I’m here about the farm,” the man replied, looking at her. Patty stopped and almost dropped the cups she was getting out for tea. She set them down and looked back at the man through the partition in the kitchen.

“What do you want?”

The man looked at her warmly. “Did I startle you?” “I have a proposition for you,” he went on.

“What’s that?”

“Sell the farm to me, and I will split the land with you.”

“You mean, I can stay here?”

“Sure. I will build an extra room and board on this land.”

“That’s mighty nice of you,” Patty told the man, bringing him his tea. “One lump or two?” she asked him.

“Just one.”

“May I ask who you are?” She handed him the teacup, and he took a sip.

As he set his teacup down, he looked at her and smiled. “Do you remember a man you met in town by the name of Jones?”

“Carl?” she asked, looking at him quizzically.

“Yes. He sent me. He would also like to ask for your hand in marriage.”

Patty’s teacup slipped out of her hand, and she spilled tea down the front of her blouse.

“Oh, my!” she exclaimed, picking the two pieces of the teacup and sighing.

“It was my mother’s set…”

The man looked sympathetically at her.

She set the two pieces of teacup aside and looked back at the man.

“What is your name?” she inquired of him.

“Timothy Jones, Carl’s brother,” he replied.

“And why do you two want to help me so bad?”

He moved closer to her. “When my brother Carl first saw you, he knew it was love at first sight. You told him about the struggles you were having with the farm, and his heart just opened and bled for you. My brother isn’t even a sensitive man, but when he saw you… it changed him somehow, and he opened his heart and let you in. You’re a beautiful good woman, Patricia.”

A tear ran down her face. How she met two good men in such her time of need, she did not know. She raised her eyes and face to the heavens and whispered Thank you.

“So do you accept?”

She wiped her tears with the back of her hand and nodded. “I inherited this farm, you know… From my parents.”

“I know.” Timothy smiled at her.

 

Present time
Jolie’s cell began to ring. “Oh, oh! It’s my husband… What does he want now?” She rolled her eyes heavenward.

I smiled. “Answer it. He loves you.”

“I know, I know, it’s just that… I hardly ever get time with you, Gram, and I miss you so much whenever I don’t see you.”

“When a man opens his heart to you and needs you, you should respond. Go to him. He loves you and cares for you.”

Jolie answered her phone. After 5 mins, she hung up and looked at her Grandma.

“I gotta go,” she said, tears welling up. “Bye, Gram. I love you.” She bent down and kissed me on the cheek.

I watched her go, smiling with my eyes. My granddaughter — adopted granddaughter, that is — was the most precious thing in the world to me. She came to us — our family — when she was five years old, an orphan due to a car crash that killed both of her parents. Once we went through all the legal paper work and adopted her, she was the sweetest thing that ever came into my life. Her mother — my daughter Sarah — did the best she could for Jolie and raised her to be the wonderful, hard-working, caring woman that she is today. Sarah never married, and Jolie was the closest to her own family she had.

Night had fallen. I was beginning to get drowsy from all the drugs when Jolie popped her head in again.

“7:00. Still visiting hours,” she said as she stepped into the room.

I smiled. “Jolie, I’m a bit tired and drugged up. I’m afraid I don’t have much story left in me for the night.”

“That’s all right,” she replied. “I just came back to make sure your cell phone was charged.” I looked at it, laying over on my bedside table. “Jolie…”

“It’ll only take a second, Gram, I promise you.” She picked up the phone and plugged it in to the wall. “There. Now I can call you tomorrow and speak to you. Sorry, but I’ll be in a meeting at work all day and won’t be able to stop by, but I’ll call you later to see how you feel.” She looked at me with sad eyes. “Did you really accept Grandpa’s proposal that quick?” she asked me.

I nodded, sleepily. “It was a wonderful thing to have met such a wonderful man in town,” I slurred. “I took the chance and what he brought me was a beautiful daughter, whom I named Sarah. She was so sweet and lovely, and she brought into the family the kindest soul into the family.” I looked at her. “You are a wonderful human being, Jolie, and I do love you very much, but please, lemme get some sleep.” My eyes twinkled as I watched her go.

“Good-night, Gram,” she said as she kissed my forehead. “I love you.”

*

After Jolie’s meeting the next day, she drove to the hospital. What she saw when she got to her grandmother’s room was a shock! Nurses were running in and out, cleaning; the bed was empty.

“Where’s my grandmother?” Jolie asked, terrified of finding out the answer.

The nurses looked at each other and at Jolie with sadness in their eyes.

“We’re sorry,” one of the nurses said, “but your grandmother has passed away in her sleep last night.”

Tears sprang to Jolie’s eyes. She walked towards the bed where her grandmother had been laying dying, and touched the sheet. The nurse put a hand on her shoulder.

“She went peacefully in her sleep,” the nurse explained to her.

Jolie didn’t look up from the bed. She closed her eyes. Tears were rolling down her cheeks.

 

Januarfoto/January photo

The one with the birds is from this year, the other two from last year 2015.
Das Bild mit den Vögeln ist aus diesem Jahr, die anderen beiden vom Januar 2015.

For my 60th birthday last year I got a bouquet from friends with 60 little parcels, some useful, some sweet, some pretty. I thought that was such a lovely idea!
Freunde von mir haben mir zu meinem 60sten Geburtstag einen Strauss mit 60 kleinen Geschenken gebastelt, einige nützlich, einige süss und einige hübsch. Das war so eine nette Idee!

In January 2015 we were on Madeira and saw this impressive gardenia tree in the botanical garden of Funchal.
Im Januar 2015 waren wir auf Madeira und fanden im botanischen Garten von Funchal diesen imponierenden Gardenienbaum.

 

Hoffentlich bald …

Es war mir schon länger klar, jedenfalls theoretisch, aber heute hat es wie ein Blitz eingeschlagen und ist zur Erkenntnis geworden:

Irgendwann werde ich sterben und muss alles zurücklassen, was mir lieb oder eigen ist.

Irgendwann kann ich nicht mehr planen, welche Pflanzen ich aus dem Garten ausgraben und in die nächste Bleibe mitnehmen möchte.

Irgendwann landet alles, was ich besitze, höchstwahrscheinlich auf dem Müll oder in einem Second-Hand-Laden.

Irgendwann vor meinem Ableben muss ich mich mit banalen, administrativen Problemen auseinandersetzen. Wenn ich zu lange damit warte, kann es teuer für die Hinterbliebenen werden.

Irgendwann verteile ich am besten alles und wohne den Rest meiner Tage möbliert oder mit Second-Hand-Möbeln.

Irgendwann werde ich nicht mehr meine ach so wichtige Meinung zu allen möglichen Ereignissen zum besten geben können.

Aber wann?

Am besten jetzt schon loslassen.

Am besten sich jetzt schon innerlich lösen.
Worauf warte ich?

Nur das Heute ist Realität. Gestern ist vorbei und existiert schon fast nicht mehr. Morgen steht noch nicht ganz fest. Also heute.

Wenn ich die Kodierung der Matrix durchschauen lerne, kann ich sie verändern, wenn ich das als sinnvoll ansehe, oder ihr entsteigen. Alles innerhalb der Matrix besteht aus den gleichen Bausteinen, auch meine menschliche Gestalt. Und doch gibt es etwas in mir, das eine andere Kodierung hat, das nicht zur Matrix-Welt gehört. Mit der Hilfe dieses Elementes kann meine Essenz ihre Schwingung erhöhen und sich von der Matrixwelt lösen.

Irgendwann …

Irgendwann?

Hoffentlich bald!

Manchmal findet man Perlen in einer Scheune …

Letzten Sommer (2014) waren wir mit Freunden bei einem Country&Western Konzert im Norden Schleswig-Holsteins an der Küste. Es fand in einem kleinen Ort (Namen vergessen, höchstwahrscheinlich Howacht) in einer Scheune statt. Country&Western ist immer gut, dachten wir, macht gute Laune. Die Künstlerin war Bet Williams, die uns bis dahin noch unbekannt war.

Es begann dann auch sehr Country-mässig, gute Künstler, gute Stimmen. Aber dann gab Bet ein spirituelles aramäisches Lied zum besten, das mich umgehauen hat.

Ihr Mann ist Armenier (John Hodian), und die beiden haben historische und spirituelle Reisen durch u. a. Armenien gemacht. Daraus entstanden Musiksammlungen, die sie unter dem Namen ”Epiphany Project” publizieren und alte spirituelle Lieder aus aller Welt enthalten.

Sie werden 2016 mit dem Epiphany Project wieder nach Deutschland kommen. Wer interessiert ist, hier ihr Spielplan: http://epiphanyrecords.com/tours/ und ein wenig über das Projekt selbst: http://epiphanyrecords.com/epiphany-project/

Sie sind auch auf YouTube vertreten, wenn ihr mal hören wollt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFnHknNnB1o&index=4&list=PLECCC61804F793DD2

Was mich veranlasst hat, diesen Beitrag zu schreiben ist, dass ich heute morgen zum ersten Mal den Text von einem Lied richtig durchgelesen habe. Es handelt sich hier um das Vaterunser, das Neil Douglas-Klotz wortgerecht aus dem Aramäischen übersetzt hat. Das Ergebnis ist doch sehr anders als das heutige Vaterunser …

Hier die englische Version (ich versuche dann weiter unten, das in ordentliches und inhaltsgerechtes Deutsch zu bringen):

O, Birther of the Cosmos, focus your light witin us,
Create your reign of unity now
Your one desire then acts with ours
As in all light, so in all forms
Grant us what we need each day in bread and insight:
Loose the cords of mistakes binding us,
As we release the strands we hold of others’ guilt.
Don’t let surface things delude us,
But free us from what holds us back.
From you is born all ruling will,
The power and the life to do,
The song that beautifies all,
From age to age it renews,
I affirm tis with my whole being.

Oh, Gebärer des Kosmos, konzentriere dein Licht in uns,
Erschaffe jetzt dein Reich der Einheit,
Dein einziger Wunsch agiert dann mit unseren (Wünschen),
Sowohl in allem Licht, als auch in allen Formen,
Gewähre uns, was wir jeden Tag benötigen an Brot und Einsicht,
Löse die Stricke der Fehler, die uns binden,
Wie wir die Stricke lösen, die wir halten von der Schuld anderer.
Lass die oberflächlichen Dinge uns nicht täuschen,
Sondern befreie uns von dem, was uns zurückhält.
Aus dir ist aller herrschender Wille geboren,
die Kraft und das Leben zum Tun,
Das Lied, das alles verschönert,
dies erneuert sich von Zeitalter zu Zeitalter,
Ich bekräftige dies mit meinem ganzen Wesen.

 

A true elfin story (short story by Stella, oh, Stella)

So, that’s it, I cannot do anything else for now. I will have to continue in spring.

The beginning is done: the fireplace, the ladder, the tiled path, the area for gatherings … the rest will have to wait. A pile of firewood is also ready …

What I am talking about is, of course, the elfin dwelling place in the birch stump. I have marked the places for the entrance door and the windows, but it is getting too cold to accomplish artistic wood carvings.

————

The following winter is comparatively mild, but grey, rainy, stormy, in short: not cosy at all! The spring bulbs are slowly coming our with their first green.

At the beginning of May, my husbands enters the kitchen and says enthousiastically that the door, which I have carved into the birch stump looks incredibly real, the windows as well. I rush into the garden right away. It is true! Where I have marked the door last winter, is now an intricate carving looking like Yggdrasil. Further up I can see two windows. They do not look real, no, they are real, with frames and panes and everything. This is not my handiwork! I have not hollowed the tree stump and put in windows and a door. I believe my husband is playing a joke on me.

I take im to task, but he denies all knowledge of the matter. Very well then, I will let him have his fun!

The same night, around one o’clock in the morning, I take a last stroll in the garden, as I often do. There isn’t any wind for a change. I detect a light at the south end of the house. Has my husband lit the candles?

On the birch stump I discover a little figure, swathed in bright light. It is dressed in green cloth from top to toe. Furthermore, one can clearly see four wings on its back. Am I going crazy? Is my imagination running wild? No, my husband must be playing a practical joke. Somehow he is projecting pictures. I go back into the house to tell him that he cannot fool me. I discover that he is already in bed and asleep. What am I to think?

I look out of the southern window. The little figure is still standing out there and is looking directly into my eyes. I go outside again and head towards the birch stump. The elfin, and such a one it is, is not moving an inch.

This first night we only look at each other in silence. I do not remember, how long, but very long. During the following nights we start talking. The elfin understands me and speaks our language. Incredible! What did I expect?

Four elfins have moved into the birch stump, two couples. From my preparations they could see that they would be welcome here. They have embellished everything a lot. The door was too low, the gathering place too small, but then I did not know how tall an elfin was, did I?

It is wonderful to have the small creatures living in the garden. I could watch them for hours. But one day a devil is posessing me. I want to prove to other people that the elfins exist, that they are not purely spawn of my imagination.

So I take my husband’s camera and secretly take some photos. Only one of them is really sharp. But … what is that? Those are not the creatures that I photographed! The figures on the photo look like brown Goldsmiths; still dressed in green, but looking more like insects and with ugly, wrinkly faces. One says that a camera does not lie. I don’t know what to believe.

The next evening I confront the elfins with the photo that I have printed out. They are startled, and then sad, letting their shoulders sag. Slowly their appearance changes, until they resemble the creatures on the photo. But then they begin to whisper among each other, and I notice that their sadness turns into rage. They all look at me with very angry eyes. Can the small ones seriously harm me? I ask myself.

”You know what?”, I say, ”I will burn the photo. Nobody will ever know anything about this.” I take a match and burn the photo on the spot. The faces are looking friendlier already. They come to me and tell me that the elfin faces I have seen so far are only projections, because they have only experienced rejection with their real appearance. People had thought that they were big insects and had tried to kill them. As they are magical creatures, they had thought up the deception with the projection. They had given themselves the cutest possible appearance, so that they would be generally accepted. ”Although it does not really matter so much anymore. Hardly anybody can see us nowadays, not even the children”, I am told. I am glad that peace is restored and the elfins don’t bear a grudge. All four of them have already changed into their cute version again. I wish them good night and go back into the house.

Before I go to bed, I want to delete the electronic original of the photo. My finger hovers a long moment above the delete key. This photo is my only proof of what elfins really look like. But does it really matter? What do those, who do not believe in elfins, care if they are cute or not? I press the key; the photo is deleted. I will take the secret with me into the grave.

 

EPILOGUE

Twenty years have gone by now. The elfins are very comfortable in our garden. The furry animals stay away from them. Their only irritation is the clumsy pheasant that upsets everything and often tears the pile of firewood apart. I wonder what he expects to find there?

They do not care so much anymore about their projected image. I don’t care. I have grown fond of them; they are my friends, no matter what they look like. My husband also started seeing them after a while. Sometimes they make themselves invisible and pull his beard to tease him. From one second to the other the ”cute little creatures” become an ”irritating gang of mosquitos”. When we are alone, to provoke me, he sometimes calls them my ”tame goldsmiths”. But it is all in good humour; everybody respects each other.

When the elfins have children, they urge them quite soon to find their own dwelling, so that the birch stump is not over populated. They are six now; one more couple has moved in.

From under the roots of the birch stump they have dug a secret tunnel. Not even I was told where it surfaces. I do understand them!