Monthly Archives: December 2010

2010 was



White cold beauty

It’s some time ago since we had such a beautiful white Christmas. And such a cold one. But next to the tile stove it doesn’t matter at all.

Dangerous mix?

Sometimes, I look at my parents, my grandparents, my sister and I realise how different we are and how many things we share: Perseverance, impatience, dynamism, energy, strength of will, optimism, gentleness, enthusiasm, stubbornness, intelligence, endurance, straightforwardness, warmth, distance, agitation…

And then I come to understand that all of these character traits are within me; in different doses and not always easy to balance. Sometimes not at all.


This pleasure of finding the right word for a feeling, an ache, the unease or delight that was hard to name. That nagging impression of something.

Over the frustration of not knowing how to call it. Naming it, acknowledging it, dealing with it. En fin.

Insights in the human brain

Where does the ‘need’ come from  to dismiss, disqualify or disdain what others are interested in and passionate about? It doesn’t matter if you are into modern art, cooking, IT, history, cars, architecture, whatever – more often than not, someone will make a down-looking comment on it: that is so boring, that is so old fashioned, this is so nerdy, etc.

Why can’t we just admit that we don’t care, are not interested or have no clue of the matter at stage?

The baby is there just on time

Indeed, Iraq has finally a government. Last elections were in March and the delivery is sharp after nine month

What are the bets that the Belgian baby will be delivered late? There is still time though, elections were only in June.

A nastier person than I am might even start thinking loud about how ugly this baby is going to be and how long it will live. But as I’m not such a person…

Intellectual snobs

It is fascinating how easily people forget how it is not to know. Or how much interests, skills and capacities are different from one person to another. In the past few months, I have often heard the sentence “they just don’t see it” to complain about people who would refuse to get a certain point of view, see the benefits of a project or the bigger picture.

What struck me is that the fault was always with the person something was explained to. It never seemed to be with the person who was explaining. On the contrary, the people I have in mind were rather pleased or even proud of not being understood. They looked down on those who were not able or willing to understand the complex, complicated thinking. Though if they were all this intelligent and brilliant, why this incapacity if not resistance to show others what is meant, to break it down and to make yourself understood?

Amazing the difference a few years and a degree can make.