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Mr. B. by Monika Detering

Monika Detering

Monika Detering wanted to be a cabin boy or a painter. She became a puppet master and worked in New York, Washington and Philadelphia as well as on the East Frisian Islands. Today she writes and publishes novels such as “Der Sommer des Raben” (2017), “Ich bin Hermann (2017), and Thrillers, most recently “Macht, Gier und Haie” (2017), “Bittere Liebe an der Ruhr” (2017), together with Horst-Dieter Radke (2017). She lives with her husband in Bielefeld,Westphalia, Germany, has three grown daughters and loves her big colorful family very much.
Monika Detering

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Mr. B. scolds muttering into himself. “Elevator broken. The fucking thing’s always broken.” He stomped up the stairs. His apartment was on the third floor. Under his arm he carried a grey cardboard box. He had found it in the […]

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The Castañeda Family

Luis Mendoza

Luis Mendoza was born in Armenia / Quindío (Colombia) and studied Spanish and Literature. He studied law at the University of Quindío, too. Later he completed his studies in law and has worked for NGOs and social organizations. He currently lives in Spain where he has taken time to reflect on life and its purpose, understand different world views and learn from other cultures. Luis shares the Scouting idea of "leaving the world in better condition than we found it".
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No one will doubt – much less in Latin American societies where one learns at the pace and to the extent of the family in which one is born – that family is the center of people’s lives. It is […]

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Fabián O.Otálvaro Ramírez – Pets: Multispecies Family

Fabián Orlando Otálvaro Ramírez

Fabián Orlando Otálvaro Ramírez has a  College degree in Spanish and Literature. He is retired from the Colombian police and a lover of adventure. Fabian lives in the city of Armenia Quindío, likes art, cinema and is also a fan of science fiction movies, especially time travel. He enjoys the mountains and rivers of his native Colombia and dreams of traveling around the world, getting to know places that are not mentioned in any travel guide.
Fabián Orlando Otálvaro Ramírez

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The concept of family in the 21st century has been reconceptualized, as it focuses not only on the natural diversity between genera but also on what we call species. If we make a narrative of human development, we could say […]

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Families: Journey of life

Nicole Frischlich

Nicole Frischlich was born and raised in the region of the German Ruhr area. She began her first professional steps in the travel and tourism industry, before she was 30 years old, starting her own business. Photography has accompanied her throughout her entire life, as well as writing poetry and stories - preferably in combined form. Since 2018 she has lived in a small dwelling mound village on the North Sea coast and works as a freelance journalist for the Emder Zeitung alongside her commercial work (Giclee printing).
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As a child, you don’t realize the value of a family. The family is usually a matter taken for granted.

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Self-esteem: our individual task that is built in Family

Nohora Barbosa de Acosta

Nohora Barbosa Acosta is an Educator from Colombia, South America. She has been active for more than thirty years contributing her experience of educational Information and Communication Technologies to her students. She has taught at the Secondary level as much as in Universities. Nohora has been working in the public and private sectors designing and implementing information systems and process automation. She is the mother of three children, currently residing in Colombia, Germany, Spain and Chile.
Nohora Barbosa de Acosta

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My family, although not perfect, has been the best thing I have ever experienced in my life. It is said that self-esteem, as well as identity, is formed in the human being from a very early age on and due […]

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Family in the Federal Republic of Germany during the post-war period

Maryanne Becker

Maryanne Becker, born in 1952, studied sociology and history at the TU Berlin, lives in Berlin -Spandau and writes novels and criminal short stories.
Maryanne Becker

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An institution in the field of tension between politics, morality, dream, and trauma. An essay by Maryanne Becker.

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Family by Michael Spaccarotella

Michael Spaccarotella

Michael Spaccarotella has been a counselor in a correctional facility for 15 years. Prior to completing his Masters work in counseling, he had a successful 25 year career in the business world. Additionally, Michael spent 6 years of study in spirituality and prayer in the Catholic seminary. Michael is also a lifelong song writer/guitar player. He is about to release his first solo album. Michael is also the co-producer of, “Walking Through Purgatory, An Ex-Offenders Struggle With Reentry”, a short documentary that looks at the connection between; mental health, addiction, criminal behavior and the justice system.
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How does one define the word “family”? It is a word with a multitude of meanings, a word that is the essence of self-identification for many, while for others it stirs memories of experiences they would rather Forget.

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An encounter in the stairwell

Arthur Pahl

Arthur Pahl was born in Gladbeck / Westphalia and grew up in Würzburg. After a apprenticeship in the hotel trade, he completed an internship in Swiss fine dining, worked as a steward on an ocean liner, lived in the US, Colombia, Canada and Brazil, was a rice farmer, emerald trader, taxi driver, Tomb stone seller and stockbroker before he succeeded in Germany, where he has been working ever since as a tour Manager for international tour groups. Arthur's personal motto is: "Writing is Living - reading is understanding Life.
Arthur Pahl

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Among Neighbors, we greet one another politely, during an encounter. That’s common in Germany. It’s usually done with a pleasing gesture, changing a few phrases, then everyone goes their way. Germans don’t like to appear “snooping.” Scuttlebutt in the stairwell […]

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Family by Ivy Schulz

Ivy Schulz

Ivy Schulz is a pastor of a Lutheran congregation in rural North Dakota, USA. She loves to travel, ride her Harley Davidson and go camping with her family. Faith informs her worldview but does not restrict it. In fact, faith opens her up to encountering the Divine in unlikely places and unlikely people.
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It has been said that blood is thicker than water. What is indicated in this phrase is that family bonds are stronger, and often more important, than non-family bonds. There is truth to this in many circumstances, however, it is […]

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Family of J. Monika Walther

J. Monika Walther

J. Monika Walther comes from a Jewish Protestant Family. She grew up in Leipzig, Berlin and on Lake Constance. The one and only thing she wanted to do in life is: write. She lived and wrote in Spain, Portugal, and Israel, among other places. She is also the Founder of two publishing houses, Frauenpolitik and tende (together with Annette V. Uhlending). Monika writes radio plays, audiobooks, stories and novels such as Sperlingssommer, Am Weltenrand and thrillers such as Himmel und Erde, Goldbroiler or the Description of a Battle, Das schöne Dorf (2017).
Since 1966 Monika has lived in Münsterland, Westphalia, Germany and the Netherlands. She is happy with her adopted home and her family. For forty years. (Photo: Barbara Dietl)
J. Monika Walther

When I was born in Leipzig, it was all over. The war and the family history. What began was the search for clean water, fat, wood, flour. After survivors and memories, after possessions on attics and silver buried in the […]

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Family by Márcio Barker

Márcio Barker

Márcio Barker is Brazilian, from Sao Paulo. A graduated historian, who studied at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.Márcio has moderated programs at educational radio channels and TV-Stations for 35 years. Among others, the Radio and TV-Cultura, in the City of Sao Paulo and the radio web of the Sao Paulo Cultural Centre. Márcio is the author of the book for Children-and Juvenile Literature: "22 Contos e o Dom da Liberdade" published by "Editora Voces - Petropolis, Brasil."
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It is the beginning of whole life. It is through of it that the first steps are taken. Between hits and mistakes, the family is the starting point, Parents and children, this is the classic image we have of a […]

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Ruth Geede – Mother of the East Prussian Family

Thomas Matterne

Thomas Matterne writes stories since he can write. His first professional path, however, was a job as an online journalist at a local TV station. While he works now more in the field of PR and marketing, he is also still a passionate blogger.
Thomas Matterne

It was a cold winter in 1916 in Königsberg. It was during the 1st World War, which was still called the Great War, which was already in its 3rd year. In the West, armies dug in and those who were […]

#PonderingTime Podcast#Topic of the month

Editorial: Family

Arthur Pahl

Arthur Pahl was born in Gladbeck / Westphalia and grew up in Würzburg. After a apprenticeship in the hotel trade, he completed an internship in Swiss fine dining, worked as a steward on an ocean liner, lived in the US, Colombia, Canada and Brazil, was a rice farmer, emerald trader, taxi driver, Tomb stone seller and stockbroker before he succeeded in Germany, where he has been working ever since as a tour Manager for international tour groups. Arthur's personal motto is: "Writing is Living - reading is understanding Life.
Arthur Pahl

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When – during our last editorial conference – the question was asked who would write the editorial on the subject “family” for the 3rd edition of PonderingTime, I shrugged shoulders at first. I didn’t have to think long about my […]

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Winter sun-blue

Monika Detering

Monika Detering wanted to be a cabin boy or a painter. She became a puppet master and worked in New York, Washington and Philadelphia as well as on the East Frisian Islands. Today she writes and publishes novels such as “Der Sommer des Raben” (2017), “Ich bin Hermann (2017), and Thrillers, most recently “Macht, Gier und Haie” (2017), “Bittere Liebe an der Ruhr” (2017), together with Horst-Dieter Radke (2017). She lives with her husband in Bielefeld,Westphalia, Germany, has three grown daughters and loves her big colorful family very much.
Monika Detering

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This late December morning the sun was reflected glaringly by frozen snow. It burned through the windshield, was a white explosion. Blinded, I ducked into my seat and raced by car over the red traffic light. The path, I knew […]

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A Walk down Memory Lane

Arthur Pahl

Arthur Pahl was born in Gladbeck / Westphalia and grew up in Würzburg. After a apprenticeship in the hotel trade, he completed an internship in Swiss fine dining, worked as a steward on an ocean liner, lived in the US, Colombia, Canada and Brazil, was a rice farmer, emerald trader, taxi driver, Tomb stone seller and stockbroker before he succeeded in Germany, where he has been working ever since as a tour Manager for international tour groups. Arthur's personal motto is: "Writing is Living - reading is understanding Life.
Arthur Pahl

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Where is home? Where you were born, grew up, and went to school? Or where you happen to be living right now? Or where you had the most life-changing experiences? Well, I guess we all need to figure that out […]