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April 2017 - Nr. 4
Happy Easter - Frohe Ostern
Sybille Forster-Rentmeister, Editor-in-chief

Dear Reader

How do you know when Spring has really arrived? Is it when it rains more than it snows or the calendar says so? Is it when the snowdrops bloom or the crocus in the neighbour’s garden? In Canada that does not automatically make for Spring. But when I see a Robin has returned to my backyard I am sure it is Spring. I know with certainty that soon it will be warm enough to have breakfast outside and that it is safe to start looking for annual plants. I now must hurry to clean up the yard off the winter debris and wash down the garden furniture. O nooooooooo, the sun umbrella suffered too much this winter, we need a new one.

I am so looking forward to the fresh early greens on trees and bushes. Already weeping willows show buds so big they almost look like real leaves. Forsythias are about to bust open to brighten up my neighbourhood with their brilliantly yellow blooms. As I am writing this I hear the laughter and happy shrieking of playing children through the open windows. Spring is here!

All this brings me back to my childhood, my first Easter egg search at two years old in a garden that was not our own, but our landlords. I also remember my first school day, the tall pointed paper bag with sweet goodies inside. I remember the weight of my old-fashioned backpack (Schulranzen) with the “Tafel”. I was so excited, I could already read quite a bit, but not write yet. That first school day is unforgettable for me. We were in a 3 class-one room and had to say to the older kids who we were. Then the teacher asked if anyone could say a poem. No one raised a hand, except myself. I was familiar with the teacher, because he came often to our room (that is all we had and everything happened there) and rehearsed theater plays with my parents. They thought that I was asleep but I listened intently. The poem I recited was the story of the giant Timpetu: “Riese Timpetu”, which I recently found on the internet. I love reciting poetry ever since then.

I love all the arts and became, you guessed it, an artist. Have you noticed the 2 dropped Cs in the words Echo Germanica on the front page? It was intended to stand for Culture Club. I am now collecting artists to join me for mutual inspiration. It does not matter what kind of an artist you are: musician, painter, writer, photographer rock star, actor, singer, composer, poet, graphic artist or other applied arts. Get in touch and let us get together and find out what is important to ourselves and in the service to our fellow men. I know we all have a mission and sometimes it needs a bit of a push or support from well-meaning people. Artists are very generous that way. You can reach me at or at 416-652-1332. I do not entertain a message service currently. I think if it is important enough you will call back.

In the meantime, I wish you the happiest of Easters in the best sense of renewal.

Happy Easter!

Sybille Forster-Rentmeister

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