Blog posts about ’society’

Now more than ever

Written by Wim Beunderman, posted on wednesday 20 december 2017


Live Oak by Mel Cogan


Part 1 in the Helena Series

Eleven year-old Helena smiled contentedly at the rays of the summer sun trickling through the thick, leafy canopy of the live oaks. She loved walking along the shady lane that led to Grandma’s big mansion by the bayou, as it gave her time to forget everything and enjoy the tranquil beauty of the surroundings. She had been visiting Grandma who was not her real grandma at least once a week for as long as she could remember.


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Nothing personal but, you look a lot like me

Written by Wim Beunderman, posted on monday 27 march 2017


Pig by Martina Frietsch


While writing this story, I can hear the storm wind howling outside. It’s soaring through the trees and making their wintery, bare branches groan. It makes me feel restless. Or is it the other way around? Is my restlessness combined with the restlessness of the people around me causing the wind to blow harder? I believe we influence the world around us more than we may be aware of. Also, I believe everything is connected and interactive. I believe in the butterfly effect.


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In the vulnerability of life lies great strength

Written by Wim Beunderman, posted on wednesday 25 january 2017


Prostitute

Slowly but decidedly, Pepe climbed the creaky old stairs to his parents’ attic. Once he had arrived he looked around in the poor light for the chest that he knew had to be there, among all the other things his parents had collected over the years. His intuition showed him the way and a few moments later he knelt down before the chest, which was covered in a layer of dust. He felt his heart beating heavily when he let his hands glide over the rusty latch. Then he cleared his throat, folded his hands for a couple of seconds and unlatched the chest.


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It's the end of the World as we know it

Written by Wim Beunderman, posted on tuesday 2 august 2016


Sharks by Ilona Kuusela


I stopped eating meat about a year ago. Why? Because I couldn’t look at myself in the mirror any longer without feeling bad about the abuse and exploitation of farm animals. I had already cut down on meat consumption years ago, and now I felt it was time to stop eating meat altogether. Not long after that, I stopped eating nearly all dairy products I only eat butter, and occasionally cheese which, basically, means I have a vegan diet. However, this still doesn’t make me animal friendly. And, on top of this, I don’t feel the need to associate with other vegans.


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We needn't suffer at all

Written by Wim Beunderman, posted on monday 2 may 2016


Shadows by Chelsea Turner


Tomorrow in the Netherlands, it will be Remembrance Day, and the day after it will be Liberation Day. It’s days like these that give me mixed feelings. Is it a good thing to remember those who gave us our freedom and then celebrate this freedom? Well, maybe. In this way we can experience gratitude and be aware of the importance of freedom. On the other hand, it makes us focus on suffering.


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