Aggression towards paramedics, the police and firefighters

With increasing frequency paramedics, the police and firemen are target of aggression.    To my opinion there are several causes for the increasing violence. So can excessive drinking and/or drug use be a reason. Or the result of changes in the way people communicate. The rise of social media such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube […]

My fear of failure 

As I wrote in my ‘about’ I have always been insecure about my writing. Last year my principal made the remark: ‘You can’t even write a par in the school newsletter’. Believe it or not, I believed her. Due to remarks similar to hers I developed the fear of failure to write. My lack of…

Happier New Year

A new year has started. 2016 has been a year of shockwaves and drama. Dismayed by terrorist attacks, earthquakes, Syria, the refugee crisis, Brexit, the presidential election and the lost of many icons. More than ever I realize how lucky I am that I am born and raised in Holland I hope that 2017 will…

The influence of educators 

Being an exchange student at Winfield High Kansas in 1988 I was required to take American history by mr. Jerry A. He taught us the heroic role of America during the World War II. In answer to my query why he did not mention the holocaust I was forced to be quiet. Why couldn’t I speak…

The discrepancies of celebrating Christmas 

What means Christmas to you? A season of peace, happiness and good cheer to everyone? I never thought of Christmas as ‘the most wonderful time of the year’. Writing this blog post I have to ask myself why I always had a strong aversion to Christmas.It’s probably an addition of different facets. Ever since I was…

Shifting gear

Getting your driver’s license in the Netherlands is an expensive affair and can be pretty tough to get. In the States and especially on the farmland of Kansas it’s a piece of cake. From the early age of 16 kids are allowed to drive. They are authorized to drive back and forth to school. Drivers Ed…

The ‘Black Pete-debate’

There is an ongoing debate in The Netherlands about a children´s festival in December called ‘Sinterklaas’ (Saint Nicolas). Every year Sinterklaas and his helpers are coming to town. They bring gifts, joy and sweets, but also something less festive: a discussion about racism and cultural adaptation. Sinterklaas is accompanied by many helpers, the so called…