Before I start writing about all the pleasant things that happen
in our community I must refer back to our last issue. As you
know Siggi Leipold suddenly passed away. When we heard about it
and got in touch with his family our publication was ready to go
to the printer, but we tried to accommodate the news, by taking
one ad out and putting in the obituary notice. Also I took out
the picture I had in my letter from the editor, and after
searching for a long time for a really good shot of Siggi and
Inge we found one we could hang to replace the photo that was in
there for the editorial as it was written before we heard about
Siggi. I managed to add a P.S. to let people know what had
occurred at the end of the editorial.
photo expressed exactly our feelings for Siggi and Inge. That is
exactly what it was to convey. I also would not have been able
to write much more about Siggi, who was a well-known public
figure, but we had no knowledge of his private life, etc. at
Echo Germanica. We enjoyed meeting him and Inge in the
community, sharing a beer and a joke and being together. Our
shock and grief was great, especially considering the impact of
his sudden departure brought on Inge and his family. We only
heard back from the family after the paper had gone to press and
were more than astounded that we got calls for the inappropriate
It is a never ending source of surprise to me that in our
community (and in the world generally) we frequently believe
more in the worse scenario than in the good possibility. Instead
of thinking something good, we often either just not think, or
just react unkindly.
I do know that reactive behavior is part of human nature, but
the harsh criticism that sometimes comes our way (or is
handed out) usually is from people that never contributed
anything to our efforts, not a pleasant thought, not a penny,
nothing, not in 25 years that we have been doing this labour of
love and not for our profit I might add.
Admitted, I too have fallen in to that human trap, but I like to
think that I am a forgiving person and that I apologize when I
trespassed on someone’s feelings. My upset or anger is usually
of short duration and flies always on the wings of a smile.
Given that this is the Easter Season, where in our tradition,
Jesus did what he did to wipe away all our trespasses, I think
it is only appropriate that I suggest that we all have a look at
our mistakes, big or small, like a look into the mirror - if you
like, and forgive all those that have done something similar to
us. That way we can all start fresh and begin a future that can
be a pleasant one.
I am writing this today, on the day the Hansa Club had its
Easter egg hunt for the children, I am full of my own childhood
memories to keep me in warm thoughts until Spring is truly here,
not just on the calendar.
I wish you and yours a very happy Easter and a rejuvenation of
life in the very best of all traditions.