hello monday

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Have a beautiful, delicate, serene and happy week. 
Today I'd like to share one of my favourite poems/speeches with you. 
One by the amazing Maya Angelou. 

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A Brave and Startling Truth

We, this people, on a small and lonely planet
Traveling through casual space
Past aloof stars, across the way of indifferent suns
To a destination where all signs tell us
It is possible and imperative that we learn
A brave and startling truth

And when we come to it
To the day of peacemaking
When we release our fingers
From fists of hostility
And allow the pure air to cool our palms

When we come to it
When the curtain falls on the minstrel show of hate
And faces sooted with scorn are scrubbed clean
When battlefields and coliseum
No longer rake our unique and particular sons and daughters
Up with the bruised and bloody grass
To lie in identical plots in foreign soil

When the rapacious storming of the churches
The screaming racket in the temples have ceased
When the pennants are waving gaily
When the banners of the world tremble
Stoutly in the good, clean breeze

When we come to it
When we let the rifles fall from our shoulders
And children dress their dolls in flags of truce
When land mines of death have been removed
And the aged can walk into evenings of peace
When religious ritual is not perfumed
By the incense of burning flesh
And childhood dreams are not kicked awake
By nightmares of abuse

When we come to it
Then we will confess that not the Pyramids
With their stones set in mysterious perfection
Nor the Gardens of Babylon
Hanging as eternal beauty
In our collective memory
Not the Grand Canyon
Kindled into delicious color
By Western sunsets

Nor the Danube, flowing its blue soul into Europe
Not the sacred peak of Mount Fuji
Stretching to the Rising Sun
Neither Father Amazon nor Mother Mississippi who, without favor,
Nurture all creatures in the depths and on the shores
These are not the only wonders of the world

When we come to it
We, this people, on this minuscule and kithless globe
Who reach daily for the bomb, the blade and the dagger
Yet who petition in the dark for tokens of peace
We, this people on this mote of matter
In whose mouths abide cankerous words
Which challenge our very existence
Yet out of those same mouths
Come songs of such exquisite sweetness
That the heart falters in its labor
And the body is quieted into awe

We, this people, on this small and drifting planet
Whose hands can strike with such abandon
That in a twinkling, life is sapped from the living
Yet those same hands can touch with such healing, irresistible tenderness
That the haughty neck is happy to bow
And the proud back is glad to bend
Out of such chaos, of such contradiction
We learn that we are neither devils nor divines

When we come to it
We, this people, on this wayward, floating body
Created on this earth, of this earth
Have the power to fashion for this earth
A climate where every man and every woman
Can live freely without sanctimonious piety
Without crippling fear

When we come to it
We must confess that we are the possible
We are the miraculous, the true wonder of this world
That is when, and only when
We come to it. 

interior inspiration

 Images 1 and 2 via the always amazing 
Loving the Egg chair. Looking for one as well. 

Yesterday I had to remember this quote. 
For our TEDxHoogstraat media coverage I had a short interview on a local radio station.
Nerve racking I tell you. But - though I am sure it was not the best interview ever, I am (today) happy it happened. It was in Dutch - not my favourite interview language, but I managed. And hopefully the audience now knows about this great event we are organizing. 

Hope you are having an awesome week. 

happy friday

 Happy Friday everyone 
I hope you've had an amazing week. 
I've been a bit absent as we're in the process of organizing a TEDx event. 
Ted.com is a wonderful website focused on "Ideas Worth Spreading". I am quite addicted to the site and all the amazing, inspirational and innovative presentations they share. We are extremely proud and excited to be organizing a TEDx event in Curacao. It will coincide with TEDxCity2.0 in New York and we will be live streaming it and having 10 local speakers share their visions for the future city. 

If you have a chance visit our website and facebook page.

Oh and meanwhile at home.... we are in the process of rebuilding (when I say we I mean Mr. D, who is just amazing at this and at transforming my "think Nordic" ideas into reality). I will make sure to post some before and afters of our loft. 

For now, have a great weekend. 
Smile loads. 
Enjoy the details. 


On September 20th, 2013 we are organizing a TEDxCity2.0, our event will be TEDxHoogstraat and we are so looking forward to sharing all the amazing inspiration of TED, TEDx and our local speakers. Of course we have a blog especially for the event and I welcome you to visit this one as well. The link is here.

We are so excited about this event. I'll be posting some great links and ideas we have for it. 

family tree

Images from my own collection 
Kindly inform me if you would like to use them. 
Thanks to Verele Ghering- Engels for all the amazing information. 
Other related sites: The Curacao Museum and Villa Belvedere 

"Our most treasured family heirlooms are our sweet family memories"

My grandmother comes from an amazing family. I love spending time with her and listening to her stories about her life, the people that make up our family and the amazing things each of them went through and contributed. 

It is also great to hear these stories from other family members, - and so this weekend we had quite the information session with loads of family members, a visit to an extraordinary house on the island and beautiful stories and memories. 

My grandmother is 83. She comes from a long line of interesting, talented and extraordinary people. She still cooks lunch for us every day, we sit around her dining table and laugh, talk and enjoy.
The photos of the house above are of Stroomzigt , a house that was very much part of my grandmother’s life when she just moved to the island, where her children went to the doctor, where her relatives lived and a place she was very happy to visit this past weekend. Stroomzigt is an exquisite home, filled with art, music, colour and a great deal of Curacao's history. Thank you to Verele Ghering-Engels for giving us the opportunity to see this with our families. It is such a privilege to share this with my grandma and the rest of my family. 


"Like branches on a tree, our lives may grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one" 

 Photo courtesy: Verele Ghering-Engels 
The family Ecker