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Stranger on the shore

A ship means freedom, a ship is always underway to other countries far behind the horizon. Sometimes she drops the anchor on distant shores to load or unload her cargo. But sooner or later she leaves again. Maybe she may return one day, more often she will never come back.

The photo is the "Statengracht", a Dutch cargo-vessel, a multipurpose to be exact. My son sailed 7 months as trainee on this ship. He is a student at the Maritime Academy in Terschelling, the Netherlands. I have made a short journey with him from Amsterdam to Sweden. It was the most beautiful experience I have ever had.
I have chosen this photo as my avatar. Why? A ship is like me: restless, always underway, eager to meet new people, countries, other habits, different opinions.

Surfing over the internet I discovered this community, "we wont". An intriguing name. What's it all about, who are these people who wont? Questions, no answers yet. I dropped my anchor and went on land. For you I am a stranger on the shore, you are strangers for me. What will happen? We'll see...

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Life is unpredictable!

Posted on September 20, 2014 at 2:52pm 0 Comments

The oncologist welcomed us with a big smile. He had good news: the cancer marker was lower en the scan did not show new metastases.

One year ago my wife got the news that she had cancer in both breasts with metastases in her hip.

She spent six weeks in hospital and it was a miracle that she survived.

The cancer cannot be stopped, slowed down at best.

And now we got this good news, reason to go for a short holiday: a cruise along the Norwegian coast.

Today we arrived in…


The Mayans were wrong!

Posted on December 21, 2012 at 4:48pm 1 Comment

The Mayans were wrong!

The north and south poles remain in their customary locations. The Yellowstone Caldera is quiet as a church mouse.

That giant slab on La Palma in the Canary Islands was supposed to fall into the Atlantic, sending a wave 3,000 feet high.

Nothing happened today.

Without the shock and awe of the end of the world to contemplate, we're waiting the next hyping disaster, the fiscal cliff, in which sudden austerity immediately triggers a recession… Continue

My news today

Posted on August 6, 2011 at 6:19pm 0 Comments

Today it is 66 years ago that the world witnessed the mass murder of Hiroshima. This birthday was not the breaking news, all attention got the us credit down grade. This rate cut was not unexpected, we all know that the country will never pay the debts. Debts are payed with new debts. We call it a ponzi scheme, but politicians have other names for this crime. Today the US has joined the world of the PIGS countries. Welcome! 

In Europe the situation is not much better. The market…


Patriotic duty

Posted on August 1, 2011 at 11:11am 0 Comments

Greece finance ministre Venizelos said that it was the patriotic duty of Greeks to pump their cash hoardings back into the economy. "They should for reasons of participation in the national effort to revive the economy, return them to banks," he said.

Patriotic duty... is this a new word from our politicians? We do not hear the word patriotic very often in Europe. Patrotism died in the trenches in Flandres almost 100 years ago.

I fear that very few Greek will comply with his…


Good news for animals!

Posted on June 28, 2011 at 4:31pm 0 Comments

Some good news for animals in the Netherlands?

The Netherlands’ parliament has passed a bill banning any slaughter of livestock without stunning.

In the Netherlands, the left wingers see this ritual slaughter as cruelty to animals, whereas the christian parties see freedom of a human being…


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"Nation Under God Shall Have A New Birth Of Freedom."

I pledge allegiance to the Flag,
of the United States of America
and to the Republic for which it stands,
One Nation, under God
Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for All.



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Ten Commandments of Human Relations

The fundamental issue in human ethical behavior is summarized by Jesus in what we have come to call "The Golden Rule." Jesus put it this way:

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 7:12 TNIV).

It asks us to test our treatment of others by putting ourselves in their place. Treat others the way you would want them to treat you in the same or similar circumstance.

Somebody took that principle and translated it into Ten Commandments of Human Relations. You may have seen this anonymous piece, for it circulates in a variety of settings. In case you have missed it, I am reproducing it here.

Speak to people. There is nothing as nice as a cheerful word of greeting.

Smile at people. It takes 72 muscles to frown, only 14 to smile.

Call people by name. It is music to anyone’s ears to hear the sound of his or her name.

Be friendly and helpful.

Be cordial. Speak and act as if everything you do is genuinely a pleasure. If it isn’t, learn to make it so.

Be genuinely interested in people. You can like almost anyone, if you try.

Be generous with praise, cautious with criticism.

Be considerate of the feelings of others. There are usually three sides to a controversy — yours, the other fellow’s, and the correct one.

Be alert to serve. What counts most in life is what you do for others.

Live with a good sense of humor, a generous dose of patience, and a dash of humility appropriate to being human.

Made in God’s image, all of us have something to be valued!

The great challenge in human experience is not work skills, but people skills. That is, research has shown that the majority of people who fail in their vocation do so because they cannot get along with people.

You might think through the meaning of these ten common-sense ideas for your own workplace and personal activity. But what about the larger setting for your daily life? These principles work everywhere you go, for they are about showing respect to the people you meet in all those places.

Made in God’s image, all of us have something to be valued, affirmed, and acknowledged by others. But let it begin with us to acknowledge it in them. As the cycle of giving and receiving enlarges, the human community comes alive.

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