Welcome to the new Superbowl

NFL refereesKyle Shanahan, the coach of the San Francisco 49ers, walks to the middle of the field and shakes hands with Andy Reid, the coach of the Kansas City Chiefs. Fifty-seven cameras, 65,000 people in the stands, and 100 million people around the world eavesdrop.

Referee: Gentlemen, welcome to the Super Bowl. One thing I want to make clear before we start: The 49ers are going to win.

There’s a pause. Shanahan smiles.

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Fair Trial or Fairy Tale?

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Going back in time, I recall our short vacations in Italy. Remember, I was born and raised >>>here<<<. Right after lunch, before the shops closed during the hot afternoons, one of us kids was sent to a magazine stand to pick up a German or Austrian newspaper, which by then was three days old. We lived! Nothing was so dramatic back then. Continue reading

It’s not yet the End

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“Everything will be all right in the end. If it’s not all right, it is not yet the end.”  Patel, Hotel Manager, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”

I liked the quote when I heard it for the first time when we watched the movie. Now it’s printed and hanging in my workroom. A simple, everyday reminder that I should not give up hope. Continue reading

Disorder in the American Courts

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The following are examples from a book called “Disorder in the American Courts” and I would like to give you a fair warning: “Stop eating, chewing and drinking before you start reading.” I almost choked on my cookie. This are things people actually said in court, word for word, taken down and now published by court reporters, who had the torment of staying calm, while these exchanges were actually taking place. Continue reading

The new rules for black people in America

I am saddened by recent events. One day I will sit down and will write about what I really think and feel. I didn’t understand it 30 years ago and I don’t understand it now…I never will. I have been born and raised in Europe, in a region that had scars all over. Scars that had been left by world war II, discrimination, racism and the hate crimes committed then. I went to school and learned about it, thinking “this will never happen again. It can’t happen again, because we are smarter, because we learned from past mistakes”. Continue reading