Fairy Tales …

 

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“Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale.” (Hans Christian Andersen)

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Time …

Recently, in Montreal, I was kindly invited to a rehearsal of Händel’s Triumph of Time and Truth.  Sitting near the centre of a beautiful chapel, surrounded by three choirs (one in front, and one on each side) I felt the chorus line ” Time is supreme, Time is a mighty pow’r!” not only wash over me, but reverberating deep in my soul.

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After what was a powerful experience, this notion of time did not leave me for days. Is it really, I was asking myself? Supreme, a mighty power? Or is it just a social construct to help us understand this world? Einstein proposed about 100 years ago that time and space are not really constant.

 “The distinction between past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.” Einstein quote  

Toronto

I was on an assignment in Toronto during the horrific van attack, and am still thinking about the victims of this senseless violence and their families. That afternoon, looking out from my hotel window towards the lake, the police officer who arrested the perpetrator without resorting to force was also on my mind.

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I always say that non-violence is not the weapon of the weak. It is the weapon of the strong.

(Betty Williams)

O Christmas Tree

Hi everyone,

Inspired by Malinda Kathleen Reese and her very funny google translate sings (e.g. “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran), I wanted to share the google translate version of the German Christmas carol “Oh Tannenbaum” with you today.

Why not use these lyrics at your family get-together this year? A lot more entertaining than the proper translation…  Merry ho-ho-ho and enjoy the holidays!

Your Traveling Translator

O Christmas Tree O Christmas Tree,
How loyal are your leaves!
You do not only green at summer time,IMG_1016
no, even in winter, when it’s snowing.
O Christmas Tree O Christmas Tree,
How loyal are your leaves!

O Christmas Tree O Christmas Tree,
I like you very much!
How often does not have at Christmas time
a tree of you rejoices me!
O Christmas Tree O Christmas Tree,
I like you very much!

O Christmas Tree O Christmas Tree,
your dress wants to teach me something:
The hope and permanence
gives comfort and strength at all times,
O Christmas Tree O Christmas Tree,
Your dress wants to teach me something.

(by google translate)