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April 2011 - Nr. 4
Happy Easter - Frohe Ostern
Sybille Forster-Rentmeister, Editor-in-chief

Dear Reader

It is here, and we think SPRING, because tulips and other spring flowers are sticking out their greenery to test the temperatures. They are still careful, and that is good, because despite temperature above 10 degrees Celsius the nights are threatening still with frost and even snow is again in the forecast. The snow drops are bravely holding their ground, as are some daring crocus. Some of the birds that frequented the garden a month ago have disappeared again due to the frigid temperatures. Hopefully they return soon. Or is it the neighbour’s very agile little tomcat that runs like a squirrel up and down the evergreen trees that are home to some of them that chased them away?

Regardless of the reason, we are awaiting spring eagerly and impassionedly, especially after we visited Canada Blooms. This early show always inspires and brings great ideas to gardeners and other creators of outdoor spaces. This year the designers put emphasis on a special colour scheme, fuchsias and bright pinks and purples, a theme I have followed a for a Ben Heppner at Canada Bloomswhile already. Even my porch chairs are pink. One could say that I was ahead of my time; but next year I will be behind, because I am sticking to this theme.

On the front page you see me talking to Ben Heppner who inspired one of the gardens in the show. We also visited with Adam Bienenstock talks with Sybillesome other interesting people, like Adam Bienenstock, you guessed it, his parents were German, who creates the most wonderful natural playgrounds. And then there was Karen Fralich, sculptor extraordinaire! Well, you just have to read all about it.

Other than that we had a lot going on in our personal life, birthdays and such…We also welcomed a new president to the Concordia Club in Kitchener, visited a festival of songs with 3 choirs in Oshawa, a film afternoon at the Hansa House, and a few other little events, some of which we will report about. Easter is very late this year. Thus I have lots of time to prepare for the children in my life…No, not mine, but the ones from neighbours and friends.

It is definitely time to recall some of our old customs and re-enact them, as we do in the clubs with Easter egg hunts and Easter brunch and a new suit or bonnet, or new shoes, and all that of course after spring cleaning.

Let us enjoy all those wonderful things now, because come May we are going to elect yet another government about which we will be as unhappy as about the present version. I am following the rhetoric of the various parties and they all cancel each other out. So it is impossible to decide who is closer to the truth, knowing full well, that no one is going to tell us the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

This election would be very interesting if our young people would have as much guts as those in Egypt had. But I guess our bellies are too full here to demonstrate that much civil courage.

Regardless of all this gloom and doom, I wish you a very Happy Easter, full of the spirit of renewal.

Happy Easter!

Sybille Forster-Rentmeister


As the editor of Echo Germanica Sybille reflects on cultural, artistic, political and daily events within the German-Canadian landscape.

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