Tag: freedom

  • God doesn’t make junk ~ Holocaust survivor Edith Eva Eger.

    God doesn’t make junk ~ Holocaust survivor Edith Eva Eger.

    “We don’t know where we are going, we don’t know what will happen, but nobody can take away from you what you put in your own mind,” said the mother of Dr. Edith Eva Eger when they were deported to the gates of Auschwitz. The ballerina of Auschwitz, as Eger was called, was sixteen when […]

  • A Week when Everything Sucks and I Want to be a Cat!

    A Week when Everything Sucks and I Want to be a Cat!

    An effortless, hot, carefree summer? Yes, please! Who doesn’t want that? One minute after my cold shower, my face is glistering again. Sweat is pouring down my back.  With temperatures of 30 degrees and even crossing the magical 30, I guess I reached my limit.  These temperatures seem only good and give you the summer […]

  • 7 Tips to be more Resilient, Self-Sustainable and Free People.

    7 Tips to be more Resilient, Self-Sustainable and Free People.

    If the COVID-19 crisis hadn’t started one year ago, we wouldn’t have discovered how fragile our systems, such as economy, healthcare, food and livelihood, are. Also, in my case, I wouldn’t have recognized how life on the countryside is the best what happened to me. In fact, I have become very grateful to live on […]

  • It’s That Simple: Near the Sea we Should be Free.

    It’s That Simple: Near the Sea we Should be Free.

    “Doesn’t it seem to you,” asked Madame Bovary, “that the mind moves more freely in the presence of that boundless expanse, that the sight of it elevates the soul and gives rise to thoughts of the infinite and the ideal?” Gustave Flaubert Last Sunday I visited the sea, a dreamy small cove, enclosed by high […]

  • New home in rural Mallorca.

    New home in rural Mallorca.

    The year 2020, it’s a dramatic year so far. My wish to retreat to a peaceful place and to be disconnected for a while is present. In fact, we (my man and I) have found such a place and each time I’m there, I feel more free and safe than ever before. A freedom which […]

  • How are you doing?

    How are you doing?

    Hang in there! Times could be stressful for you. At home with small children, kitchen table transformed in an office desk, trying to finish your to-do list. Or taking care of the sick, vulnerable and the elderly. No freedom to go on the streets, to cycle, to walk in the park, to go to the […]

  • Less is More. Why tiny house life is the future.

    Less is More. Why tiny house life is the future.

    I love watching these videos on youtube: Living Big In A Tiny House. The tiny homes are amazing and it’s fun to hear the stories behind them. It has been a while now, but some months ago we spent our sunday nights watching these inspiring videos and stories for hours in a row. I guess […]

  • Column Helden en Zondaars in Metro Nieuws {Dutch}

    Column Helden en Zondaars in Metro Nieuws {Dutch}

    Helden en zondaars. De laatste weken denk ik veel aan deze twee mensen. Ik heb hen nooit ontmoet. En zij elkaar ook niet. Misschien hebben ze van elkaar gehoord, zoals ik over hen gehoord heb. Terwijl ik de ochtendzon op mijn huid voel, fiets ik over zanderige paadjes, de wind wapperend door mijn haar en vraag […]

  • A Woman’s Work: Free Nasrin Sotoudeh & the Girls of Revolution Street.

    A Woman’s Work: Free Nasrin Sotoudeh & the Girls of Revolution Street.

    Iran’s renowned human rights lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, who has defended the “Girls of Revolution Street” has been arrested. Again. 5 years ago I was part of Amnesty International’s campaign to free Nasrin Sotoudeh. A brave lawyer known for defending political activists, journalists, minors sentenced to death and, since december last year, the Iranian women who […]

  • Liberation Day

    Liberation Day

    5 May 2018 Today it’s Liberation Day in The Netherlands. It’s the day that announced the end of the Nazi German occupation in the Netherlands during WWII. Liberation day is the day after Remembrance Day, when the Dutch remember the victims of wartime violence. Although I have never experienced a life in war and violence, […]

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