Family, dear Friends,
day, this year of 2020 will become known as the Corona Year, I am sure. It
actually started so promising and exciting but then the news of the virus hit
us worldwide like a bomb. The world became a mathematical formula with the
Covid-19 virus as common denominator and immediately became our common enemy.
common enemy unites, unites in a positive and a negative way. Strange, isn’t
this not also apply for politics? Consider it for a moment. If a politician
wants to enforce something, he will - to collect votes - first of all create a
common enemy and he will no doubt succeed, we have seen it happen. What do
people need a common enemy for? Because
they need someone to blame for their own misery, their own incompetence.
first shock lockdown actually was caused by German tourists arriving on the
island and one of them died during their quarantine of 14 days. Insecurity and
fear set in, streets were deserted, no bus or taxi service, no pedestrians,
only dogs and cats taking over the roadway; no planes roaring over our roofs
and I was able to hear the roosters crow from the nearby village. After two to three weeks the air became clean,
the sky more brilliant, so I could see the entire mountain range from one end
to the other in all details. I started to
take pictures of the sunsets from my Eagle’s Nest recording the exact time, and
I shared them with my friends. Awesome to see how the road of the sun setting remarkably
moved to the South each day. The sun, but also the moon, kept me good and daily
company, and friends were waiting for the newest sun stories every evening.
started to bake bread, all the ingredients for rye bread I had at home and I
sent the photo and the recipe to my moaning, deeply bored and unhappy friends. My
elder friends, however, reported with an audible smile, that their children,
daughters and sons alike, were getting interested in doing some handicraft, also
sewing, embroidering, knitting and bread baking.
actually most people of Mediterranean countries, spend their free time outside
the house, they love to sit in street cafés, love to go out for dinner, for reasons
of communication. They also love walking in the near hills, we have plenty of
opportunities for hiking, and now with the complete lockdown social life came
to a standstill. We were forced to create from ourselves and it was astonishing
to see how well we all succeeded. However, an unusual early heat wave made
things very difficult and happy were those who had a pool, myself, as soon as
we were allowed out, went to swim in the sea, at 6.30 in the morning.
were only allowed to do shopping, and any other trips, such as visiting old
family members, had to be applied for in writing. Those who did not abide to
these rules were arrested. My friends offered to do shopping for me and my
neighbours brought freshly made pastry to my door. Public communication was via radio, internet,
facebook and so it happened that entire neighbourhoods, agreed to show up on
their balconies or at their windows to make music, sing, light candles or
flashlights, to give each other hope and courage following the example of the
Italians. Also, to thank doctors and medical staff for their work in these
various balconies became my extended living room, the daily work and care in my
balcony garden gave me the feeling of not being totally alone, there was life
all around me.
I gave myself a project, sorted out old life drawings and started to change them
into stories, give them a new face, it was exciting. The pandemic influenced me
strongly in my choice of colours and theme, a conceptional approach. The
obvious changes in social life...I used them, combat zones in the Near East, I
used the impact on me in my works; the dramatic explosion in Beirut, I gave it
an image….but also the street scenes, when lockdown became easier, with people
coming out, young and old people, sitting by the seaside, fishermen with their
back to us, pigeons flying.
the cultural and art scene nothing budged, shock set in, a desperate situation
for artists from the theatre, orchestras and independently working visual
artists. Finally, born out of an urgent necessity, I would say, online
activities started to be organized worldwide, be it opera, theatre,
exhibitions. The big opera houses sold tickets for their online events; museums
offered virtual tours through their holy halls free of charge. Tele-education
at schools and universities, also education in disciplines like dancing and
gymnastics was booming. Conferences and
symposia, political meetings, family gatherings, all happened online; amazing
to see what could be made possible.Technology, but also the individual dependence
on it, made a big leap. The need for communication was enormous and where there
are symptoms of deficiency, the development is running at full speed.
all this, I shook my head in wonder and remembered the very first mobile
telephone we had on board of our boat Early Bird for many years: it was as big
as a suitcase and the range was not more than 20 sea miles from the coast
because of the Earth’s curvature and we had to rely on short wave ham radio.
me finish this year with these thoughts, and whatever may come up for the rest
of the month, I will ignore.
peace and health in your house,
found these so very true quotes and I want to share them with you…
The Paradoxes of
houses, small families.
education, but less common sense.
medicine, but bad state of health.
on the moon and else, but not knowing the neighbours.
income, but little peace of mind. High IQ, but repressed emotions.
of knowledge but without any wisdom. Lots of people but no humanity.
a positive Year 2021