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May 2017 - Nr. 5
Sybille Forster-Rentmeister, Editor-in-chief

Dear Reader

What a glorious Spring, for Canadian standards that is! Can you remember when daffodils and tulips bloomed together the last time, and on Easter? Or when forsythias bloomed for nearly a month still looking gorgeous? Cherry blossoms and other blooming tress were magnificent this year, unlike in the last.

The effect on people is quite amazing. I noticed on myself that my mood swung upwards. Not only did I feel more energetic and fitter than in the past gloomy months, I was interested in renewal. The back yard needed reorganizing and a new patio set was acquired, flowers and greenery were planned and partially gotten, junk was readied to be taken away by Bismarck Estate Services, small repairs needed to be addressed, and I needed a make-over as well.

Yes, I got my hair cut and bought new shoes. In my family, we always tried to get something new for Easter: a suit, a dress, shoes or as in my case a new hair cut. Now I just need to persuade the best of all husbands to replace the ancient photo next to this column, so you can recognize me in person from my picture.

Cherry Blossoms in High Park, Toronto

April was a busy month and May also promises to be full of activities. I wish we had another person in the office, but since we lost our partner Dick Altermann we are somewhat shorthanded. Add to that the normal ailments of our age group and we sometimes run short of reports.

Our dear Marianne Schmidt in Berlin is very ill and has a hard time recovering, Ingrid Oppermann in Burlington is also not well and quite immobile with a broken foot/toes. We wish them a speedy recovery.

I am hoping that everyone can experience a bettering of what ails them, and improvement of their conditions around them, even though the politics of the world do not hold such promise. It is quite a mess.

Let us think of our mothers who gave so much so that we can be here and enjoy the fruits of our own labour.

To all mothers, we salute you, and wish you a very Happy Mothers Day!

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