Michaela Merz


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Erwin


By chance I sat next to Erwin. Next summer Erwin will be 60. He is educated, well read, has travelled throughout the world, is fairly rich and influential. He is also slim and sporting and for his age good looking.

He told me about his last weekend. He went to Basle to visit the Art Museum. He wanted to enjoy Chagall’s works. Continue reading


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Technology and age


Klara is a retired maths teacher and she is only 2 years short of her 80th birthday. She is used to thinking logically and she has mastered the technological changes with flying colours. She learned how to use the internet, opened a Facebook account and observed what was happening in the web.

When she had to have a knee operation, she learned how to shop online and ordered her purchases to be sent to her home. That opened up for her great freedom and enabled her to take things easier when she was recovering. Continue reading


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My neighbour’s story


Our neighbour was an old lady, a veritable cat lover. She lived in an old wooden house with stag’s antlers over the entrance. She was an original and sometimes not nice at all. But when everything was in order, she could be very funny and tell exciting stories, which were so old that one could read about them in history books.

She had once been an opera singer and travelled the whole world, had seen and experienced a lot, had met many famous people of her time. Once she told me that when she had pain, and unfortunately that happened ever more frequently, she hated everybody, herself included. Continue reading


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Retirement


In the morning I had breakfast with Richard. The day before he was still employed and as of this day he is retired. The first day after a filled business life must feel funny. One does not receive emails, the phone only rings every now and then and the stress is gone. What shall one do all of a sudden? Continue reading