Cycling EAST

Cycling home the other night, I suddenly wondered why I was actually on my bike. It was a typically Dutch winter evening (bitterly cold, windy and wet), we have a car and there had been free parking at my destination. And yet, I wouldn’t think of driving there. Why? The …

Where have I been?

I’ve been everywhere, man. Well, not quite actually, but we made a good effort. Between the previous post and this one, we’ve been busy. First, we travelled the world for a year with our kids, seeing 19 countries, mostly in Asia. Then, when we returned, my husband Ivo and I set …

I bike because I’m lazy

“My kids’ school? Oh, it’s very close, a five-minute walk. But usually I bike, because I’m lazy,” I replied, answering my former rugby teammate’s question as we chatted during my vacation in Canada a few years back. She laughed at that. “How can you be lazy and bike? Biking is …

Caring more about less

Minimizing our belongings and organizing them is a growing concern. We know we have too much stuff and we know we need to do something about it. It’s easy to think that maybe we should let go of our material desires and just get rid of everything. I think that …

Better to Give…

“Is it better to give or to get presents?” asked my seven-year-old son in December, very seriously. I answered that both were good – that getting nice things that you want feels good, but that so does giving to others. On Christmas morning when I saw him carefully watching his …

Solar Envy

My neighbours just installed solar panels. That’s not the kind of thing that should arouse jealousy, but it does. I’d like to do it too, given a few changes in our circumstances. But I started to wonder why they’d done it, and why we wanted to. They’re certainly not alone …