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November 2015 - Nr. 11
Sybille Forster-Rentmeister, Editor-in-chief

Dear Reader

What a glorious fall! You all know my passion for nice photos on the front page. Last year we opted for a shot that Rolf Rentmeister, Echo Germanica’s event photographer and my husband, took of the Pioneers Day celebration in Kitchener. We certainly could have done that again, but I felt it was time to celebrate the season in a different, more natural way, especially after we had such a strenuous time with the election process, which came out quite well, I thought. The future will tell if my thoughts and hopes are going to be met. I am confident it will.

Back to the Front page: We decided one fine day to drive north/north east to capture some colourful autumn scenes. We cruised a whole day, but only came up with a couple of shots nice enough to be considered. The leaves, though colourful, had lost their juice and were looking dull and droopy.

The next day we did not drive around the province but just went to High Park, where we found the bounty we were looking for. But I was not happy yet and frost was in the weather report. I shot what I could. And then, upon coming home, I looked across the street from my house and saw what I was looking for. The only thing that always bothers me are those dreaded electrical wires strung across the landscape. They might be practical for squirrels as highways in the sky, but in a photo they rarely look appealing.

I started to hunt for angles that would bypass this dilemma. As I stood and looked for a footing on a slanted wall, I found it. All I had to do was remove 2 crumpled up very dead leaves and I had the shot I wanted. It is gracing the front page and I am sure that you too will like it as much as I do.

So you see, having a nice shot on the front page is not a matter of just having it, it actually takes time and effort to compose and accomplish, which requires patience.

Sybille Forster-Rentmeister (c.) with Marylin Wettlaufer & daughter (l.)That kind of patience is also required in dealing with people and easier said than done. When I run into folks that are mean and miserable I always think that it is not surprising that the world over there are wars and altercations. Why would we be surprised, when we can see in our daily lives how opinions clash and too many are not willing to keep the peace or make a special effort? Being right and insisting on it is not always the best way to go, especially if being right makes others so very wrong. In the end it is like Goethe suggested: Tolerance is only the beginning, we are looking for acceptance, which comes about by understanding fully. To understand we need to like one another, we need to have enough in common with each other and communicate plentiful with each other. Only then will we reach understanding which will eventually lead to acceptance.

All the best

Sybille Forster-Rentmeister

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