Multiples


MehrlingeI always wished for having an identical sister. One of these wishes which remains in the realm of the what would be if.

In the course of the years I experienced in my circle of friends several twins and triplets. I remember well when our friend Davide came with the news that his wife was expecting their second child. Read More »

SS Rotterdam


My parents and grandparents had taught me to value craft. As a child with my mother I combed through countless barns, cellars, attics, storerooms and dilapidated houses, industrial ruins searching for old farm furniture, equipment, and tools. My mother has saved several items for the ensuing ages and carefully restored what would have been lost otherwise.Read More »

One Sunday in Zug – Vintage car show


If you buy an electrical appliance in Switzerland, the consumer pays a recycling fee at the time of purchase and the fee is not inexpensive. For a washing machine you will have to pay 30 CHF. Actually, you could just pay this at the time of disposal, but the lawgiver does not trust its citizens. Who knows how we dispose of all of our old phones, tablets and small appliances? Some of them would end up in the regular rubbish bin, probably as a result of our inclination towards convenience or thriftiness. Read More »

Childless Flights


One could write a list of things that make flying very uncomfortable. Perhaps the individual things would vary in importance from person to person, but in all probability, one would find the same items on the TOP 10 lists of the majority of frequent flyers. These include delays, canceled flights, missed connections, narrow seats and rows, overstuffed luggage racks, neighbors with unpleasant “emissions,” lost luggage, restless toddlers and overbooked flights.Read More »

Alma and the law which does not tolerate any exceptions


592855_web_R_by_birgitH_pixelio.deAlma had achieved a lot of which others can only dream of. A career in a medium sized company up to the management and this as the only woman. An intact, functioning family with a diligent husband in a similar job position as she had. An unproblematic child, which brought home good marks, behaved itself and hardly ever gave reason to be angry.Read More »

Homesickness


725911_original_R_K_B_by_Lupo_pixelio.deI know it. As a child I suffered terribly from it. The ritual repeated itself every year. In winter my mother asked me whether I would like to go so the children’s summer camp in summer. I wanted to and said yes. Shortly afterwards doubts started to trouble me whether it had been the right decision. I know that I would be homesick as every year. Read More »

Chiara’s birth


645845_web_R_by_www.helenesouza.com_pixelio.deLola had wished for her child very much. The pregnancy went without any difficulties, apart from the occasional heart arrhythmia. Lola lived like she had done so far, she only completly quitted drinking alcohol and smoking.Read More »

Lola‘s little heart defect


699331_web_R_by_www.helenesouza.com_pixelio.deLola had a little congenital heart defect. She had two electric circuits, which could both steer the heart. One normal one producing the wanted heart frequency and a very short one causing a pulse of 180.Read More »

Women and carrier


I was travelling again. On JFK airport in New York I witnessed a discussion between two women. Both around 40 years old. One of them told her story. She told that she loves her work and is successful at it and that she gets a lot of satisfaction from her work and consequently her career advanced well. A child was never really an option for her and she and her partner prepared for a life as a pair.Read More »

Canada – increase of Manitoba provincial sales tax to 8% as of 1 July 2013


As of 1 July Manitoba’s provincial sales tax rate will increase from 7% to 8% for a period of ten years ending June 30 2023.

There are new exemptions from the tax, for instance some supplies for babies and child safety restraint systems.Read More »