the question

I wrote about it before, but the question seems to raise more and more often. People ask me: how can I live a connected life while living in the midst of the modern world? How can I feel as grounded and safe and silent in the city as I can in the woods? It is…

tadaima

Last week my dear friend and photographer Annemarieke van Drimmelen had her very personal, breath taking photography show tadaima in her home in Brooklyn. Dorothea Barth-Jorgensen came all the way from LA to our tiny village in the south of Holland to edit this beautiful film she shot of Annemarieke. So with a new friend I edited…

the center will not hold

“To remember what it is to be me, that is always the point.” These our the last words in the documentary (now on Netflix) on one of my literary icons Joan Didion. The center will not hold Didion mostly writes about herself, or directs bigger, universal stories back to herself. But it never seems to really be…

back!

Whoohoo, it’s been a while, even a long time. But I’m back! These last months have been a happy but rocky road. Life has changed radically and writing dropped from top to bottom of the list for a while. Not because I fell out of love with writing, it’s still one of my favorite thing…

rabbit

I planned to write a post about a work achievements this week, feeling watched by a society that asks : what have you got to show for yourself? So I sat down but came to the conclusion, it’s interesting for me, but how would my self promotion serve anybody else? So instead I’ll show you…

nettles

Live simply so others can simply live. – Mahatma Gandhi He got it right! And living simple can be oh so … simple! One of my favorite foods this time of year are nettles! I make tea, quiches, juices, this wonderful pesto (we did it without the parmesan and walnuts) and prescribe it in different ways…

taking from the Earth Mother

My anger about he fast pace in which we are tearing our natural world apart is transforming into concern and a more urgent notion that we have to change our lives more radical and faster. In only two months we’ll move to a farm in the south of Holland that will give us more possibilities…

summer solstice

It’s midsummer today. The longest day of the year. For me these solstices are special days on which our earthly sky seems to open up to the universe fully. I collected floors with the children to celebrate the new life that the sun gives. I will stay up late and make flower crowns and see the…

integration…

Is not always what we think it is… I love everything about this photoset. The humbleness of just being human together and forgetting the cultural, the sexual, the you vs me, the simple fun.  

i am angry

After a lot of different thoughts like : maybe things have to get worse before they get better one day they’ll get it so many people are waking up and longing for a different society the future will bring new answers if I change the world will follow And more wishful thinking that you know is…

a full cup

According to Eastern wisdom we get a present from our parents. A cup full of life energy. This is what we get to spend during our life time. When our cup is empty the fire in us dies and so do we. Today I received a beautiful Shiatsu massage from a dear friend. She told me the…

parsley patron saint

Notre Dame du Coral is the patroness of our ancient catalan village. When rain is predicted and it is not favorable the old inhabitants know what to do. An image of Notre Dame du Coral is put in the heart of a nest of freshly picked parsley to call in the sun. The hermitage is at about…