recommended readings // about love + failure + lakota history + a child’s life

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Well, here are a few of the books I was reading lately and can highly recommend if you are looking for an entertaining reading these nice summer days or even on your vacation.

Soppy: A Love Story by Philippa Rice. This is a comic book about the first year of the relationship between the very talented author/illustrator Philippa Rice and her boyfriend. It includes very familiar moments and made me smile so many times. I love the artwork, enjoyed reading the whole book at a time and kindly forced my man (who gave it to me) to read it also since it is really well-drawn.

Mir fehlt ein Tag zwischen Sonntag und Montag: Geschichten vom schönen Scheitern by Katrin Bauerfeind. Well, when it comes to TV journalism, I have to say: I adore Katrin Bauerfeind. That’s why I was excited reading her first book. I don’t know why, but I expected a more funny book. Which it is not. Or partially not. But it has some really good chapters on failing in doing sports, quitting smoking, or getting married. The last one is actually my very favorite one and it’s gonna be my new all-time quote when it comes to this topic. Hah, people, I am prepared!

Wounded Knee Massacre: From The Viewpoint of the Sioux by James H. McGregor. This book was given to me by a friend and actually is a pretty old one. It was first published in 1940 and has been republished since then many times. As we all know, the history is written by the winners and that’s what we learn in school and in daily media. But this book is different because it is supposed to tell how the Lakota (Sioux) people experienced what happened to them in 1890 and the years after. I am about reading it, half way through, and I can highly recommend it so far.

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Oh, this book. Of course, the reason for reading was remembering the 80s TV series. How did I love watching it! So I was very curious about the book. But, as it happens sometimes, the book is so very different! It took me a year (!) to read this children’s book, because the clear and sometimes plain words somehow felt disturbing to me. I also remembered the mother in the TV series as a warm and friendly woman, and in the book there are a few sequences when she is not, especially when it comes to Indians. But I was thinking, it might be an interesting historical reading. So I made my peace with the differences, and now I am looking forward continuing with her other books.

Have a good time!


PS: This is what I was reading before.

pictured // welcome to leipzig

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#I Once I was a living room chair. A friendly old lady used to sit on me while watching TV, creating hand-written letters to her loved ones or while having a nice cup of coffee and chocolate waffles in the afternoon. These days, I am just sitting here right next to old garages, waiting and watching…

#II Once we were trees. Big trees. Cottonwood trees. We used to be as high as the five-floor buildings next to us. We used to fence a meadow, the probably last inner city one where neighborhood kids and dogs could find some room to be. We were eliminated (and so all the other trees and also the meadow will be soon) to make space for a new building. As if there wasn’t enough vacancy…

#III Once I was a beautiful mansion. A well-heeled family lived here. But they were gone a long time ago. For now I am the home of old shoes, old mattresses, and anybody’s garbage. Do you want to have a peek inside? Better not, I am smelling terrible and am actually not sure about the well-being of the creatures hiding inside of me…

#IV Once I was the place to be for all the young folks. They used to meet each other at my bar called Letterman, used to dance at my club called Chocolate or used to just hang out at their favorite location called Cosmopolitan. They are all gone and so am I once I am renewed to become another fancy hotel…


PS: As a life-long resident, this is what I see when I walk the streets of LEipzig.

recommended listening // is (is superpowered) by kyoka

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There are not many female artists having releases on Raster Noton. Actually, Kyoka was the first one last year. Therefore, I was quite curious to listen to this album called “Is (Is Superpowered)” by Kyoka, produced by Robert Lippok and Frank Bretschneider. And now I am thinking: Wow, what great minimalistic, but sometimes also noisy, mind tripping and freaky Electronica sounds!

Since I am kind of a bad reviewer and interpreter of music and more like (in this case), if you like the audible concept of Raster Noton and female voices or if you have made good experiences with my musical recommendations, you’ll love this album, I just link to the label’s description of this CD.

So feel free to listen to this album and trust me, it’s worth it!


PS: The album Is (Is Superpowered) is also available on Amazon.

superfood spring drink // buttermilk with apple, cucumber and goji berries

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Lately, I have been getting a bit tired of drinking smoothies all the time, so I came up with the idea of creating this superfood spring drink.

Buttermilk isn’t something everybody likes because it is quite sour. But it is low in fat and in combination with fruits or vegetables and maybe a pinch of brown sugar or a teaspoon full of honey it’s a great refreshment and a filling drink as well.

For my drink, I added fresh apple, cucumber and dried goji berries to the buttermilk. I chose apple and cucumber for no special reason, these were the ingredients I’ve just had left. And then I was thinking that there is something missing and so I went for dried goji berries.


BUTTERMILK DRINK WITH APPLE, CUCUMBER AND GOJI BERRIES

You will need – for 2 portions:

500 ml buttermilk

1 apple

1/2 cucumber

1 tablespoon goji berries

some sugar or honey as you prefer

And here is how to make this Superfood Spring Drink  – in 10 minutes:

Wash the apple and cucumber. Remove the apple kernels. Cut everything in medium size pieces.

Add the cucumber and the apple pieces and also the buttermilk and the goji berries as well as the sugar or honey in the blender.

Mix well.

Done.

Enjoy!


Goji berries are considered a superfood. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, they are used to increase the Yin and help for several symptoms and diseases. I used them for my buttermilk drink first because of their beautiful color and also because I really like their taste. It’s a mixture of sweet and sour, but very restrained.


PS: Eating superfoods is kind of a hype now and trends usually are expensive. Supplify Pure Goji Berry, 1er Pack (1 x 250g Packung), available on Amazon, were the least expensive ones I could find on the net. I purchased my goji berries from the local organic supermarket and got only 100 g for the same price.