May Favo​rites :: a buddha bowl, a specific planner & a few more

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Good things keep happening around here but like in my April’s post I still cannot talk about it yet. So please stay tuned. ;-)

#foryoursoul: I know, the hype is gone already, but one day in May I unintentionally made my first Buddha bowl at home. It’s with different fried veggies that are sprinkled with sesame, with herbal couscous and sweet-and-sour marinaded Asian lettuce. Perfect!

#foryourears: Last month Ro created an ambient-style podcast called “Music Compositions For Haiku Poetry” feat. music from Naviar Records for Adventurous Music.

#foryoureyes: Since so many things happened in April, I totally forgot to celebrate two anniversaries. In April 2013 I created this blog and in April 2009 I started my career as a free editor. Yeah! Happy anniversary to me! Ro joined me a couple years ago and is helping me ever since when it comes to creating books (yeah once again). Besides that, he has his own annual project which is a specific planner. It’s a custom-made calendar for companies or organizations where their employees or members share the same schedule and events. So if you like to have one of your own, feel free to contact us.

#foryourmind: In my last post I mentioned that I read another interesting book during April which is “Die kreative Macht der Maschinen” (“The creative power of artificial intelligence”) by Holger Volland. I have to admit that I wasn’t aware of how much artificial intelligence/robots have replaced humans in science, art, and music already and how much this trend is going to shape everybody’s life in the near future and how much influence leading companies will have on us and how little chance we will have to change that or withdraw from it. Although it’s kind of scary, I highly recommend this book and thinking about this topic.

Anyway, enjoy the sun and celebrate spring! :-)

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April Favorites :: a noise podcast, a tattoo exhibition review​ & a few more

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This month was filled with exciting news and events I, unfortunately, cannot talk about yet, but soon I will. I promise. ;-)

#foryoursoul: I cannot believe I created this recipe four (!) years ago and never shared it. Maybe I didn’t because it doesn’t look that yummy in the picture… Well, don’t trust the color, this vegetarian broccoli soup is very good. So if you’re interested in how to make it, send me a message.

#foryourears: I listen to Ro’s latest podcast “Sonic Instruments of War” for Adventurous Music over and over again. Maybe it’s because I am back into noisy sounds lately which this podcast consists of. Maybe it’s because it’s just a nice atmosphere for starting the day… Maybe it’s because it’s a good contrast to all the sunshine and spring colors and sounds lately… (and I mean this in a good way, not that I am missing rainy cold days!) Maybe it’s because of the upcoming news I still cannot talk about…

#foryoureyes: On the last day of „Grassi invites #4: Tattoo and Piercing – (un)covered“, we went to the Leipzig Museum of Ethnography to see this exhibition, and we just loved it. Ever since I was an intern there in the late 1990s, I love coming back to this place and each time it’s an exciting and thrilling experience. In an extremely creative and minimalistic way, this exhibition has created an interesting link between historical body art in non-European cultures and current tattoo and piercing aesthetics, as well as between ethnological-scientific observation and contemporary artistic representation. Thus I left the museum with lot’s of inspiration for my own creative work.

#foryourmind: There are two interesting books I read this month, one is “Alles auf Anfang” (“Starting Over”) by Manuel Möglich. I saw the author on the tv show “Neomagazin Royale” and got interested in his stories about people in Europe that don’t follow the mainstream and lead or started over with an alternative lifestyle. Some of the groups I knew already, some were new and interesting. I very much enjoyed the author’s writing style and sense of humor and even started to binge-watch his series called “Wildes Deutschland” (“Wild Germany”) which sometimes freaks me out because it shows really creepy things and very, very strange people. I don’t have a favorite quote this time, just read this book, it’s fascinating and entertaining as well.

In Germany, there are several holidays during May, so have a good one and enjoy springtime! :-)

March Favorites :: a homemade wrap, a thrilling novel & a few more

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I know, I am one week late with this post, but I had to first finish this book pictured above before sharing it in this post. ;-)

#foryoursoul: This is an unfolded wrap, guys. We love eating wraps around here but rarely make them ourselves. So this is a start, I guess. It’s with green pesto and filled with tuna, eggs, red pepper, tomato and different sorts of salad. Easy to make and sooo tasty.

#foryourears: “Click Index” is another one of Ro’s podcasts. This time he features music from one of our favorite artists, Alva Noto. It’s the purest electronic sound I can think of mixed with some clicks and cuts. Really cool. Btw, there is one more podcast Ro did this month (He is such a busy bee!), so check out this one called “Cold Suns” by Hotel Neon, too! ;-)

#foryoureyes: One Sunday in early March, Ro and I walked the city again. And on our way back home from far west we came across this beautiful little café called Ocka in Lindenau. It looked very welcoming so we decided to give it a try and have a break from our march. Well, we first had some vegan homemade almond and raspberry cake and later on a mixed breakfast. We also enjoyed organic lemonade and fair trade coffee and kinda wished Ocka was closer to our neighborhood so we could come back more often.

#foryourmind: After binge-watching Marvel’s Jessica Jones I did some research on Krysten Ritter and learned that she recently had published a book called “Bonfire”. After reading non-fiction books consecutively, I was in the mood for a change and got this book right away. What a good idea! It is a dark novel about an environmental lawyer having a case in her former hometown, where strange things happened about ten years ago and where she starts digging in the town’s and her very own past. It’s a pretty gripping thriller and my favorite quote is the one that rings in the protagonist’s head several times: “Your problem, Abby, isn’t that you can’t draw. It’s that you can’t see.”

Thanks for being here, happy Easter and talk to you soon! :-)

February Favorites :: ambient tunes, winter wonderland & a few more

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Dear reader, how are you doing? My February has been pretty busy with work at first and then (and still) pretty chilly with vacation and a couple of days off, which I appreciate a lot right now.

#foryoursoul: I am quite interested in the effects fasting brings, but I figured that I cannot live one single day without food. But I sure can live a couple of days with just eating soups or a chowder. So this chicken ramen soup is one of my favorite dishes during cold winter days. It consists of homemade organic chicken broth, ramen, Portobello mushrooms, carrots, broccoli, nori leaves, a hard-boiled egg and some spices. If you are interested in the full recipe, just e-mail me.

#foryourears: “Moon Logic” is Ro’s latest podcast. It’s pure ambient, chilly, smooth, a little bit dark towards the end but perrrfect for a sunny winter afternoon.

#foryoureyes: Last week I spent a couple of days in the beautiful woods of Vogtland. It really was a winter wonderland and I guess I have never ever seen before such huge conifers beautifully covered with snow. They looked as if someone had carefully sprinkled powdered sugar on top of each of them. They really looked surreal and I couldn’t stop looking at them. They were just amazing.

#foryourmind: I got Frenk Meeuwsen’s graphic novel “Zen ohne Meister” (“Zen without a master”) for Valentine’s Day and I finished it right on the next day. It is a really good book, very entertaining and informative. I especially enjoyed the author’s drawing style. But the most fascinating part for me was in the very end, when he – while explaining the art of calligraphy (and maybe the art of zen at all) – said, “Das Weiß des Untergrundes ist eine Gegebenheit … doch durch das Auftragen der schwarzen Tusche wird es lebendig … Am Anfang konzentriert man sich so auf die Linie … auf die Pinselspitze … dass man die restliche Form völlig aus den Augen verliert … Die Zwischenräume … Das Weiß … Darum dreht sich alles … Eigentlich darf man das Schwarz gar nicht beachten … wenn man zeichnet …” (“The white of the ground is a fact … but when applying the black ink, it comes alive … In the beginning, you focus that much on the line … on the brush tip … that the rest of the form completely gets out of sight  … The gaps … The white … That’s what it’s all about … Actually you rather do not pay any attention to the black … when you draw … “)

Well, I hope you enjoyed this post. Have a good time and talk to you soon! ;-)