Anyone by Josef Hien

The other day I had a magical time with two children in our family. Anna, five, was drawing. One of her several creations was an owl in a bathtub. Hayden, eight, asked me to write some poems with her, alternating lines, each line expanding the lives of cats or salamanders or baseball bats.

Later as the latest unsettling news of 45 infiltrated, I found myself wondering what he was like as a child. Was he once not terribly unlike Anna and Hayden? And if so, what altered his development from childlike to childish, cruelly so?

The very next day I received an email from the German singer/songwriter Josef Hien. He wrote about the impact on one’s memory of tyrants, dictators and their like. Among his many thoughtfully poignant reflections was this:

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7 thoughts on “Anyone by Josef Hien

    • How wonderful that the marriage of words and music has the power to soothe and stimulate and empower us. What is it within each of us that is awakened when we resonate together ? A request for improvement on a scale that is coalescing in a way we have never seen before. Thanks Jack for sharing this lovely musician who is calling us back to who and what we we truly are.

      • Charles, please know what your loving, insightful, poignant, and lovely words
        will mean to Josef.
        Sending care and gratitude in blossoms,
        Jack

  1. Robert –

    Forwarding an email from Jack Ridl, my former English teacher mentor (and much later, dear friend and lover) who has been sending weekly poems since #45 was elected. This week, something different. He has included a song from German singer/songwriter Josef Hien about #45 and what might have gone wrong in his childhood. Worth listening to.

    Jack also included a link to a wonderful TED Talk he did a few years ago in Macatawa MI on being “Perfectly Imperfect.” It is delightful and worth all 17 minutes.

    Seeing as you and Jack both had PROFOUND influences on my life I thought you might want to see this.

    With love, as always, Barb

    Barbara L. Wrigley, Life Transitions Coach *”Empowering You Through Times of Change*” Preferred Pronouns: She, Her, Hers Cell: 510-599-5798 Heart’s Harvest Linkedin

    • I am not surprised that this fascinated you. It’s sure unsettling.
      I worry that some might think I’m excusing 45, but I hoped for it
      to be elicit care for children and how much damage can be long lasting
      and end up damaging so many millions.
      XXX

  2. Hi amigo,

    There was nothing from josef Hien???

    Xo

    r

    Watch my TEDx talk The Art of Changing Metaphors: TEDX Rosemerry Trommer

    Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer

    970-729-1838

    wordwoman.com

    From: “comment-reply@wordpress.com” Reply-To: “RIDL.COM” Date: Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 4:30 AM To: Rosemerry Trommer Subject: [New post] Anyone by Josef Hien

    Jack posted: ” The other day I had a magical time with two children in our family. Anna, five, was drawing. One of her several creations was an owl in a bathtub. Hayden, eight, asked me to write some poems with her, alternating lines, each line expanding the lives of “

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