Michaela Merz

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Mobile phones

Maria hated Kurt’s iPhone. She felt that Kurt was spending more time with his phone than with her. This feeling started to sneak in a couple of years ago. First, it was the Blackberry, afterwards the newest iPhone. Kurt was always available. On the weekend, the holidays, in the middle of the night. His clients were mainly in China and so it was not unusual for him to receive calls at 4 a.m. ‘those are just the annoying time zones’ he used to say.

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The football team trapped in the caves in Thailand

Meditation for the boys and their trainer in the caves (6. July). (Imagesource: Rungroj Yongrit / EPA)

13 people are trapped in a cave in Northern Thailand. They climbed in and then the flood came. To save themselves they had to climb deeper into the cave. The water followed them. After 9 miserable days they were found. But to find them more than 100 rescuers were required, including divers with special training. It is not easy for the youths to get out, because between them and daylight there is a lot of water. They first have to learn to dive to get out again. That may take weeks. I think of them, because the story sounds so crazy that you can scarcely believe it. But I see the pictures of the emaciated youths sitting on the floor in the dark and know that real life is crazier than any story.

I think not only of the youths, but also of their parents. Who are waiting, desperate, helpless, somewhere near the entrance to the cave system. The fear that they will never see their children alive again, hangs on them like a millstone. Continue reading

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Capsized again

324052_web_r_k_b_by_kerstin-littke_pixelio-deThe bay is large, huge. You need binoculars even to be able to identify correctly the small yachts at the far end of the bay. The coloured sails help, the white sails mix with the colour of the water and disappear. Continue reading