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Summer, Autumn, Olive Harvest and earthquakes in Italy

Summer is over – what next?

This article was published on in October 2016 You see it here in its original version as a consideration after the summer – but before the huge new earthquake on Oct. 30th in Italy which we could perceive very strongly, but we had the warning and we knew it would come. This changed everything because being prepared takes the fear out of the equation.

As long as I remember I was always looking forward to summer – and then it was over too quickly. Do you know that feeling of needing to dress warm again, no summer nights on the terrace watching the stars, but…..

For many years in my life, there was the new beginning of the season, the school year, courses of all kinds. And the preoccupation: will I have enough students to get on until next summer, the longed for a time in a far distance?

Times have changed, outside in the world, inside in my home and inside myself.

Yes, there will be another winter – hopefully for me, too. No reason why it shouldn’t be, but only a few weeks ago, nearby, 300 people died in their beds, at night, during a 6.2 earthquake. It can always happen, to everybody of us. An earthquake of the one sort or the other.

house fallen down into pieces after the earthquake
After the earthquake
You wouldn’t want to have been in that house!

Spring will come again!

Then in spring, the beauty of the flowers, the warmth of the sun, deeply appreciated. Oh, could it never end!

The first sunflower

Summer Heat

Summer is great, but soon too hot and we wait for some cooler days, not too much over 30°, please. We drag along during the hot days, enjoy the cooler, but beautiful warm nights, one day resembles the other. too hot to do something important – and even the computers go into strike without ventilation.

Looking over the Tiber valley in Otricoli
Looking over the Tiber valley in Otricoli in summer

Autumn: the Olive Harvest is the most important thing

And now, again, almost autumn, the grapes mature, then the olives need to be picked, the year goes on, as always….

The fresh olive oil comes out of the centrifuge
The fresh olive oil comes out of the centrifuge

Life is so precious in its ongoing sameness and evolving differences, Taste it well before the earthquake surprises you.


Picking Olives
Picking Olives

PS: (January 2017)We have picked the olives, a German couple came to help us who, previously, had watched the TV program which had been shot some years ago here in my place. We pick them by hand – a wonderful work. I cannot imagine to use vibrating machines to do it instead. The noise and the holding up of the picking stick would destroy the meditative setting in the connection with NATURE.

Watch the video below. It might not be visible in some countries due to YouTube restrictions. Sorry if that should be true for you!

It was a nice time, warm weather and a good amount of olives. We had about 60l of oil, enough for the year and for give it away to family and friends.

If you are interested in helping us pick the olives one year (mid-end of September), please let us know)

How climate change manifests itself

Climate change?

Snow in the Alps in July and less than 20° in middle Italy. There are still people who negate the sheer possibility that we humans have any connection with things like that. Or it is God who sends us everything – and easy perspective for believers – or it just happens, has always happened etc. or your thermometer is simply wrong and it is normally hot, too bad you cannot feel it. So there is something wrong with you, not our collective unconscious behavior.

River Tiber in July
River Tiber in July

No matter to what camp you belong. Fact is that German summers seem to enter into the Mediterranean area, so that UK people, used to permanent rain, found the same thing in June in Toscana and now our German guests enjoy a cool day which resembles a lot to those because of which they drove 18 hours to be here.


This part of the post was originally published on in July 2016 which, then, I used as a sort of journal for my thoughts.

Now it is January 2017 and another round of climate-changed situations have come forth.

It was unusually warm until Christmas, temperatures over 15°C and everlasting sunshine (where you could literally be in the sun like in autumn). We had 15°C in December before, but accompanied with “Scirocco”, the warm wind from Africa, which brings rainy warm weather. No rain for weeks, always sun – which is wonderful if you can forget the implications and just live here as a tourist who doesn’t care).

Ice on the ground
Ice on the ground

The the bitter  cold came, freezing temperature,. under -6°C at night and some days hardly over 0°C – while all the time the sun is shining.

The polar winds, colder and more violent than the normal “Tramontana”, they tell the story of the disturbed current around the North Pole, where the extreme cold can now escape the closed circuit and the warmth can invade it. What is bed about that? Well, the ice melts quicker, the polar animals loose their habitat and soon countries like the Netherlands will be erased from the map – as well as all the beach recreation places where we, still, enjoy our holidays and spare time.

Houses along a lake
Where will the water go?

How long will it take? 10 year? 20 years? Where will new dikes be build Netherlands, north of Germany) and where not (Bangladesh, I suppose), and how long can these dikes avoid the flooding?

I wish you a happy 2017 – and some thoughts about what YOU could do to send the rumbling train to a different binary!


Science is not what science should be

The questionable methods of established science

Published first in August 2016 – read also my update from January 2017 at the end.

I grew up with the strong belief that science is aiming to reveal the truth, that scientists use their rational mind in their research of data and their interpretations of the data.

Science is not what it should be

Well, it is heartbreaking to understand that science is NOT what it should be: detect the truth. Rupert Sheldrake has written a whole book about that, where he shows that main-stream science today is dogmatic, more a form of religion (=strong belief in unexamined ideas) than a means to discover the truth. You can read his valuable arguments in “The Science Delusion” or in his conversations on Youtube


Since the earthquake last week here in Italy I am following a livestream on youtube by Dutchsinse who is observing the whole world on earthquakes and makes predictions where to watch out for the near future. He had predicted the eartquake here in Italy, where about 300 people died.

He regularly complaints about certain people, responsible for the earthquake-news in USA, who don’t report those earthquakes which were predicted by Dutchsinse, or they level them down.

Why would the do that? I thought. I didn’t want to believe, I thought this live-stream guy might be just somebody enjoying victimhood. Why would the scientists not only not admit that the predictions were right, but hide the facts all together?

Well, the Geologist’s BELIEF -SYSTEM says: Earthquakes cannot be predicted. And if somebody can predict them, over and over again, then their card-house of assumptions and beliefs would crumble and they would have to change their ideas about their subject. Ego doesn’t allow to admit that you are wrong – many people die because of strong egos among scientists of today.

To conclude:


An earthquake of 4.3 in central Italy was reported on the “world” section of an Italian website. I saw it about 10 min. after it happened. It was not reported on the Italian section yet, nothing was reported there for the last hour. I thought, well, they need some time to update……

In the evening I went back to this website. On the Italian page an earthquake was reported, about 10 minutes after the one I saw in the morning and the quote was under 4 (that means: not so dangerous). And on the international page the 4.3 of the morning had disappeared down to something like 3.7.

I don’t know if they just deleted the strong earthquake or downsized it. But, obviously, somebody has had his hands in there. Only a day before Dutchsinse had said that Italy had to watch out for more strong earthquakes, not as strong as the previous ones, but….. And 4.3 is in the range of being considered strong.

“Guarda caso” – say the Italians. Means something like “here we are again”. And I begin to believe that we cannot trust anymore what we hear reported by well known scientist who are leading important institutions. Power corrupts, everywhere. (And who knows who pays them? The Fracking Industry, I guess)

PS: This post was first published in in August 2016 after the first big earthquake in Italy where 300 people died.

In the meantime there have been other 3 noteworthy earthquakes here, one even of magnitude 7.2 on October 30th 2016.

I had the chance to observe how the manipulation of the magnitudes happened from moment to moment: down to 6.1, up to 6.6 and then left at 6.5.  It definitely was more, it felt quite different than the 6.5 in August – which then was downgraded to 6.1 I believe.

The show goes on. I wrote a blogpost in our main website about how science is NOT an objective discipline but a belief system which is fiercly defended by the (still) main stream scientists. Read there what happened in a private moment when the topic earthquake forecast came up

Certainly, the earthquake forecasting is in its beginning, not allways right, but often enough to take it serieously. When rain is forecasted and instead we get sun, nobody is much upset with the forecaster, right?

Well, with the earthquakes there is another clima: doubt and the willingness to attack, deny, and suppress. If they, instead, would give the money and the opportunity to study the phenomena more in depth – what a single person by himself cannot really accomplish, but a group of dedicated people is needed -, then it can come out if there is truth in it and to what degree. Maybe it will never be exact – or onla as exact as weather forecastin. But it would help anyway to warn people and take the constant fear away of THE BIG ONE – which will NEVER happen without preannouncement.

Visit the Youtube channel of Dutchsinse here

and also have a peak on his website which is not as informative as his daily live updates on Youtube

Earthquake: the unexpected can ruin your life

Earthquake: the unexpected can ruin your life

We are living in a bubble of beliefs which allows us to feel secure and not bothered by unexpected events like an earthquake. We simply negate that they could happen. This is a good thing for our psyche because we cannot live in a permanent state of fear and anxiety without damaging our psyche and our soul. There are events in life which push us right back into this precarious way of living, horrible times like wars which leave permanent marks in people going through this long term thread – and smaller events, but nevertheless devastating, like earthquakes, which remind us that nothing is really safe and secure in life.

I wrote the following post the day after the first big earthquake here in Italy which killed 300 people. We had more of that in the meantime, here i n Italy and in other places of the world. I will publish further considerations in time. Here already a blogpost I wrote in my website-community.

This is my oribinal post of the DAY AFTER:

Last night I woke up because my bed trembled. Earthquake. I jumped up and ran to the door (you always should try to go outside or to the door-spaces), but it was already over.

Nothing happened to me, and also nothing in the 2 next quakes, But this morning I understood that, about 40km direct distance, the earthquake has destructed yet another town. Houses tumbled, people under the stones of their previous houses, helpers coming, but cannot arrive because the street is blocked by the landslide.

20 years ago when a huge earthquake destructed parts of the famous San Francis church in Assisi I was directly there, safe, outside the house on solid ground. When you are not fearful, an earthquake can be the most astounding experience of your life. Imagine the force of a starting airplane which you can feel in your stomach. An earthquake is 500 times that, or even more.

The infinite power of our planet. We often forget that when we think we could dominate nature. Good to get the reminder sometimes.

Then the people, that is another story.

2 years ago we visited Nocera Umbra, the epicenter of the earthquake of 20 years ago. It was still not finished, still some houses and public places to repair – and nobody living there. A ghost town. Who would come back after 20 years?

This is the real drama of earthquakes, here in Italy, but probably in many countries in the world. The money collected from helpful people disappears somewhere, the re-building process is incredibly slow. The people get some housing somewhere, far from their previous neighborhood, from their work place – if they were lucky enough not to have their workshop or restaurant or whatever under the ruins. Then what to live of, from now on?

It is like your roots being torn out of your soil. Yes, most people survive the earthquake physically, but the inner earthquake and the social condition they are forced into, will completely change their life. If you want to help, the best thing is to go there, directly, and support private initiatives.

Women often respond quickly to the necessities and create self-help groups which, at a certain point, become truly political, as it happened in Aquila, the town destructed by an earthquake about 10 years ago. Women organized the connection of the people, the upbringing of the young and all sorts of services, while the men were still making plans – which, today, have still to be fully realized.

Go and help those people, don’t trust in big organisations. The money will not – or only partially – get there where it is needed. This is a long and painful experience in our countries.


This post was first published on on August 26th 2016

Fracking and Earthquakes : dying to have oil?

The article was written on August 25th, 2016 – the day after the 1st devastating earthquake in Italy.

(In the meantime others have happened and the censoring is going on, more than ever.)

At the moment it’s the OTHERS who die, not the ones who earn by fracking, pulling out with violence what is hosted inside of Mother Earth, but their turn will come before they even understand what they are doing.

I just saw a map of fracking activities all over the place, and yes, also in Italy. And a guy is monitoring for years that earthquakes arise exactly there and build up to bigger ones, even across continents.

Yes, I know,earthquakes have always happened, but what we are doing now is accelerating their appearance and increase their power – until we might see old volcanos fire again as a result of the pressure which is created and certainly significantly increased by human actions.

Why are we doing all this? Someone earns a lot of money – and we pay it because we want to drive cars and go by airplanes. But we wouldn’t need the OIL for enjoying the luxury of our present life, we KNOW THAT FOR A LONG TIME – ENERGY CAN BE PRODUCED WITHOUT OIL EXTRACTION. Some people dedicate their lives to explore alternative ways – and our societies are still sleeping or half-heartedly doing just a little bit.

Nobody wants to take on the confrontation with the current economic powers. And it is THEM we need to attribute the cost of the devastation of our Earth, our landscapes and soils, even our houses and the air we breathe.

A huge part of what is happening is man-made – for the greed of a few who are not even aware of the damage they are creating, also because it is rarely them who pay for it, but the small people who, as in the case of an earthquake, are pushed into poverty and life- changing upheaval.

Watch this video: It shows that the earthquake was predicted to happen in that very zone in those days. But official science still denies that they can be predictable at all. If it had been communicated sufficiently, people living in that zone would have had the choice to spend a few nights with friends or family in a different zone of Italy, or even sleep in their cars where they couldn’t be hit by tumbling walls.

SO MANY PEOPLE COULD STILL BE ALIVE – if the information wouldn’t be suppressed and ignored. Is this the world YOU want to live in? REALLY?

So what will YOU do to change this?


PS: I am following the earthquake forecasts since that day and was alert of the others which came to Italy at the end of October.

“Don’t be scared, be prepared”– that’s all we need to save our individual lives, here and now. But the dangers created by the unethical use of technology is mainly unknown to the people. It’s not only fracking, many more highly destructive procedures which sooner (not later) will destruct the earth. We are already eating up 1.5 of our planet. Visit Dr.Robin Wood’s website and the conversation with him at the Wisdom Factory and

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