• Sailing
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    Long-distance friendSHIPS & relationships

    Friendships and relationships need constant hard work and nourishment. The long-distance ones can be even more challenging to keep alive with time. ”Far from the eyes, far from the heart” – sadly yes, in my experience. It happened that many people in my life I first met online. Sometimes I amuse myself with the thought ”what if we first met offline  – would it had been any different?”. In other cases, I moved out of town or the other person did. Many factors define whether a friendship or a relationship would flourish or fade away, however, my impression is that the less you see someone, the harder it gets to…

  • Birthday Leo
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    Birthday thoughts and cake

    I was born yesterday for the 35th time. My mother remembers a thunderstorm the night before and rays of sunshine around noon on my birthday. This year location and latitude are different and there was a quick storm the evening before. Probably a coincidence. August is honey and amber, a summer as mature as old wine.  I am grateful it chose me. Birthdays are not a time to regret getting old and cry over it. They are rather a moment to pause, wipe out any worries or sadness and enjoy yourself. Last year I made a red velvet cake, this year I decided to pay tribute to a few of…

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    Spirulina? Hmm

    Spirulina is a superfood. It gives you energy, suppresses the appetite, boosts the immune system, and is rich in protein. I couldn’t find any reasons against taking it. What was not to like?! I ignored biased sponsored publications and relied on trustworthy sources. It’s highly unlikely to see me eating kale, chia seeds or other modern healthy foods. However, I thought the freshwater cyanobacteria were worth trying. It’s just a plant, what could go wrong. This was my impression after comprehensive online research on the topic. Spirulina is a popular add-on to smoothies, energy bars, and even popcorn. It’s important to carefully choose a brand which uses spirulina from organic…