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December 25, 2020

Merry Christmas everyone!

 


Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones. 2020 has been an extremely challenging and difficult year for all of us. On this special Christmas holiday, our thoughts and prayers are with the forgotten and lonely souls in the refugee camps, shelters, orphanages, retirement homes, and hospitals.

Let’s hope and pray for a better 2021 for everyone. And here are the Lessons and Reminders for myself for 2021!


Be grateful for what you have and for what you don’t have! How often do we complain about the things that we don’t have in life? Too many times! Instead, we should focus on the blessings that we have and never ever compare our life with others. Because let’s face it, we never really know what people are going through. Most of us are struggling in one way or the other. Some have serious mental and health issues, others have financial problems and are struggling to survive. And the worst ones are those who are either lonely or stuck in toxic relationships! So reminder for myself: Be grateful regardless of what you think you miss in your life! 


Distance yourself from negative and toxic people. They are poison for your mind, heart, and soul. When you are going through a difficult time like in 2020, you realize even more how important it is to be surrounded by positive and optimistic people. The last thing you need is more negativity! A reminder for myself: Surround yourself only with people with positive energy. People who lift your spirit and don’t knock you more down than you already are!  



You can’t fix broken relationships unless both sides really care and act. This is a lesson that apparently I have to remind myself over and over again. When you are young and still clueless about life, you never think that the difficulties of life will separate you from your family. You never think that new partners and relationships, a circle of friends, jobs and life circumstances, and obstacles will destroy relationships to your blood-related family until reality hits you and you wonder what happened and how you missed the fallout.

This was an unusual year and I think like many other people I tried to reconnect with my family members living across the globe. Even those who have hurt and disappoint me in the past. And yes I learned my lesson once again. People who have hurt you in the past will hurt you again. People who have disappointed you will disappoint you gain. People who didn’t care about you in the past won’t care for you in the present. People who have been disrespectful to you will be disrespectful again. It is what it is! People don’t change! They keep repeating the same mistakes over and over again! The sooner we accept this, the less we suffer! The sooner we stop them from hurting and disappointing us again the wiser! A reminder for myself:  Blood makes you related but love and loyalty make you family. And when there is no loyalty, there is no family! For the Love of God STOP fixing broken relationships with family members, who couldn’t care less about you and your well-being!





December 06, 2020

"Leonardo, Humans Just Don't Care!" New Release for Xmas 2020!



LEONARDO - Humans Just Don't Care!

Leonardo is a young and hopeless dog with a difficult life journey full of emotional and physical obstacles. After leaving an animal shelter he ends up in an orphanage in the heart of Florence. But the manager and the children treat him so badly that he runs away in the darkness of the night in hope of finding love and kindness. After a stressful journey filled with struggles, he ends up in the capital city of Italy, in Rome, and has only one goal. He wants to meet Pope Francis and ask him why he sees humans but not humanity. Why humans treat each other and him so badly and why they just don’t care! 

My Voice for the Voiceless

During our many visits to major cities like Rome in Italy, we have experienced unfortunate people sleeping on the streets, while residents of the cities, national and international tourists walk by daily without taking notice and we’ve been wondering why. It is heartbreaking and shameful to look out of your fancy and warm hotel room with your comfy bed, while helpless humans struggling and surviving on the freezing cold streets just a few footsteps away and are only covered with newspapers. It is a tragedy of humanity how ignoring homeless people has become normality. It is a scandal how we look away and don’t act. Every single human being deserves a life of dignity. Every single soul deserves to be taken care of. Every single human being deserves to experience love and kindness, whether it is a child in an orphanage or homeless people and refugees on our streets. The story of Leonardo is my voice for the forgotten souls!

 

November 17, 2020

Read My Mind Issue 2020 out now!

 


2020 has been a crazy year for all of us. Who would have thought that toilet paper would become such a popular product? COVID-19, social distancing and face masks have changed our entire life. Normality is what we all pray for. Normality is what we all need ASAP!

Many people say that thanks to Corona they have realized what life is really about and how important family and friends are. To be honest for us nothing has changed. We live in a country where people, family, friends, working colleagues, and neighbors are practising social distancing even before the Pandemic crises. Loneliness and social isolation are part of Swiss culture. So Corona hasn’t changed our life at all.

What we really miss though is traveling. We love discovering new cities. Not being able to get away for a few days or weeks has been extremely challenging for both of us. So we used the time and published eight new stories. Some of our books have been also translated into Italian and Spanish. You find them all in this magazine. We also had time to watch great series on Netflix that we reviewed here with 4 or 5 stars.

We hope you enjoy browsing this free online magazine and wish you and your loved ones a lovely and stress and corona free Christmas!

Let’s all hope and pray for a normal 2021! 

Lily & Sima

 

READ MY MIND ISSUE 2020  


November 10, 2020

Lemon, When Later Becomes Never

 


Dear Dog & Book Lovers please meet my Ambassador Lemon. This heartbreaking story is available in English and German and is inspired by a bittersweet true story. 

Lemon is a cute little dog living in a refugee house in Zurich city. His owner has taken care of asylum seekers in Switzerland for many years. Almost weekly new families arrive and Lemon is there to welcome the humans. He is also there to cheer everyone up in a difficult time with his cuteness, love and tenderness. Lemon is used to seeing families come and go, but the story of Mansour, a little boy, and his heartbreaking destiny changes Lemon’s life forever.


My Voice for the Voiceless
In loving memory of Mansour M. (1982 – 1992)




October 29, 2020

Lucie, Der Duft von Stille


Lovely books and dog lovers my heartbreaking story "Lucie, The Smell Of Silence" is also available in German. 

"Lucie, Der Duft von Stille" ist eine inspirierende Geschichte für junge und junggebliebene Leser. Lucie erzählt ihre Lebensgeschichte, während sie in einem Rettungsboot festsitzt, das den Ozean vom Nahen Osten nach Europa überquert, nachdem ein Krieg über Nacht ihr Leben zerstört und sie ihr Zuhause verloren hat. 

Meine Stimme für die Stimmlosen
Kriege zerstören nicht nur Menschenleben, sondern auch das Leben von Tieren. Sie vernichten auch die Schönheit der Natur und werfen die Länder Jahrzehnte, wenn nicht sogar Jahrhunderte in ihrer Entwicklung zurück. Leider kann jeder obdachlos, staatenlos und zu einem papierlosen Flüchtling werden. Wenn man alles und jeden verloren hat, den man liebt, gibt es nur noch einen Hoffnungsschimmer: Den Glauben an eine bessere und sichere Zukunft. Dies ist die Botschaft dieser pädagogischen Geschichte für das Lily4Refugees-Projekt. 

October 06, 2020

Lucie, The Smell of Silence

 


Lovely dog lovers meet my Lily4Refugees Ambassador Lucie. “Lucie, The Smell of Silence” is an inspiring story for young and young at heart readers. Lucie shares her life story while she is stuck in a rescue boat crossing the ocean from the Middle East to Europe after she has lost everything back home because war has destroyed her life overnight. 

My Voice for the Voiceless
War does not only destroy humans but also animal’s lives. It also destroys the beauty of nature and sets countries back from improving for decades if not centuries. Unfortunately, anyone can become homeless. Anyone can become stateless. Anyone can become an undocumented refugee. When you lose everything you have and everyone you love, there is only one thing that keeps you moving forward: hope and the belief in a better and safer future. This is the message of this educational story for the Lily4Refugees Project.

This story is available in English and German. Get your ebook now!

https://books2read.com/LucieEnglish


September 14, 2020

Lovely, C’est toujours l'amour!

  


LOVELY - C’est toujours l'amour

Dear book and dog lovers my brand new release is Lovely, “C’est toujours l’amour”, which means “It’s always love". It is an inspiring story for young and young-at-heart readers.

Lovely is a little spoiled and snobbish Chihuahua living in the heart of Paris close to Musée du Louvre. She is sharing a lovely apartment with her owner. Lovely’s life is perfect until Josephine decides to move permanently to London for love and work. Lovely is devastated and heartbroken. She is desperately unhappy about the upcoming changes. A new country means a new language and a new culture. On her train drive from Paris to London Lovely’s worries vanish unexpectedly. Instead of ending up in London with Josephine and her fiancé, James, the little Chihuahua ends up in a refugee camp in Calais. What happened? Where is Josephine? Will the two ever be reunited?

My Voice for the Voiceless
Anyone can become a refugee! Anyone from any country, level of education and income can become a refugee. This is the message of this educational story for the Lily4Refugees Project. We should never judge people and their life stories. Instead, we should be understanding and compassionate towards innocent people who are forced to leave their homeland for a better life and a hopeful future in dignity. We should never point our fingers at others; instead, we should look at our own actions.

 


August 08, 2020

Lily4Refugees





LILY4REFUGEES in English, German and Italian!

Because of Covid-19 we are putting or petition for better rights for refugees regarding Education and Work rights on hold. Meanwhile, I have published this Lily4Refugees. It is an educational e-book for the Lily4Refugees project and is my voice for the voiceless. It includes three stories: Leo & Mousi - Refugees Unwanted, Love & Loyalty - The Lonely Ducky, Lucky – From Zero to Hero.

The three anti-discrimination and anti-racism stories will teach young readers about the importance of education, school, and work. They are also an eye-opening wake-up call for governments, lawmakers, and our selfish and condescending society to include refugees and integrate them in their refugee country, instead of excluding them from education and holding them back from training and work opportunities. Every single refugee deserves an education and the chance to be trained and the chance to work in their field of interest and ability. Every single refugee is gifted and should be supported! Only in this way can our society progress. Only in this way will the next generation be able to become independent, useful, valued, and taxpaying members of our society.

Stay tuned for our petition in 2021. Make sure you follow us on IG, Facebook and Twitter @Lily4Refugees. Thank you for your love and support. God bless, Lily Amis







August 04, 2020

Lucky, Vom Niemand zum Helden!



Lucky is now also available in German!


LUCKY, Vom Niemand zum Helden

Dies ist die Geschichte eines unglücklichen und namenlosen Hundes, der in einem stinkenden und unfreundlichen Tierheim in Irland festsitzt. Gerade dann, wenn man glaubt, dass es überhaupt keine Hoffnung auf eine bessere und bedeutungsvollere Zukunft gibt, überrascht einen das Leben. Lucky erzählt seine unglaubliche und aufregende Lebensgeschichte und wie er von einem Niemand zum Helden wurde.

Meine Stimme für die Stimmlosen
Dies ist ein Lehrbuch für das Lily4Refugees-Projekt. Die Geschichte von Lucky soll jungen Lesern die Bedeutung von Bildung, Schule und Arbeit vermitteln. Es ist auch eine Antidiskriminierungs- und Antirassismus-Geschichte. Sie soll ein Weckruf an Regierungen, Gesetzgeber und unsere selbstsüchtige und herablassende Gesellschaft sein, Flüchtlinge einzubeziehen und in ihr Flüchtlingsland zu integrieren, anstatt sie von Bildung auszuschließen und sie von Ausbildungs- und Arbeitsmöglichkeiten abzuhalten. Jeder einzelne Flüchtling verdient die Chance, ausgebildet zu werden und auf seinem Interessengebiet und aufgrund seiner Fähigkeiten zu arbeiten. Jeder einzelne Flüchtling ist begabt und sollte unterstützt werden! Nur so kann unsere Gesellschaft Fortschritte machen. Nur so können die Menschen der nächsten Generation zu unabhängigen, nützlichen, geschätzten und steuerzahlenden Mitgliedern unserer Gesellschaft werden. Wenn Menschen in der Lage sind, Tiere zu erziehen und ihnen einen nützlichen Job zu vermitteln, sollten sie auch in der Lage sein, Flüchtlinge zu bilden und auch ihnen einen sinnvollen Job mit Perspektive zu ermöglichen.

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July 31, 2020

Das Karussell out now!




The Carousel is also available in German!

DAS KARUSSELL, Gefangen im Kreis

Das schöne und antike Stadtkarussell im Herzen von Florenz, in Italien, ist verzaubert. Meilen entfernt in Barcelona, in Spanien, erhält ein kleines Mädchen namens Shirzad am Heiligabend 2019 ein kleines Karussell von ihren Großeltern. Als sie beginnt, die Musik zu spielen, taucht sie mit ihrem neuen Freund, dem weißen Pferd Esperanza und einem toskanischen Mädchen, mit dem Namen Mitra, in eine unbekannte Welt ein. Die Zukunft einer ganzen Generation liegt in den Händen von zwei jungen Mädchen und einem Pferd. Werden die drei den Zauber brechen können?

Diese Geschichte zeigt uns, dass es vollkommen in Ordnung ist, anders zu sein. Wir sollten keine Angst davor haben, den Kreislauf des Lebens zu verlassen, um neue Erfahrungen zu machen. Wir müssen uns jedoch immer darüber bewusst sein, dass unser Handeln Konsequenzen hat. Egoistische Entscheidungen beeinflussen auch andere um uns herum. Was auch immer wir uns wünschen, welche Ziele und Träume wir auch haben mögen, wir sollten bereit sein, mit den unvorhersehbaren Konsequenzen umzugehen.



July 28, 2020

Liebe & Loyalität ist jetzt erhältlich!




Love & Loyalty is now available in German!


LIEBE & LOYALITÄT, Das einsame Entlein

Es gibt ein Sprichwort: „Durch Blut sind wir verwandt, doch erst durch Loyalität werden wir zur Familie“. Und doch ist Selbstliebe zusammen mit Loyalität viel wichtiger, weil man dadurch alle Arten von Herausforderungen und Schwierigkeiten im Leben meistern kann.

Charlie ist ein kleines einsames Entlein, das unter Gedächtnisverlust leidet. Er landet im Stadtpark von Wien, in Österreich, und sucht verzweifelt nach Liebe und Loyalität. Er versucht, sich in verschiedene Vogelgemeinschaften zu integrieren, aber wo immer es ihn auch hin verschlägt, fühlt sich Charlie verloren und deplatziert. Integration und Akzeptanz werden zu einer großen Herausforderung für sein kleines Herz und seine Seele. Aber Wunder geschehen, wenn man sie am wenigsten erwartet!

"Liebe & Loyalität" ist eine pädagogische Anti-Diskriminierungs- und Anti-Mobbing-Geschichte über Integration für Kinder und Jugendliche. Das Gefühl von Nichtzugehörigkeit und Einsamkeit ist ein unangenehmes und schmerzhaftes Gefühl, das leider viele, wenn nicht alle Flüchtlinge, die sich in einem Flüchtlingsland niederlassen müssen, nachempfinden und lange, wenn nicht sogar für immer, darunter leiden.



July 14, 2020

AMORE & LEALTÀ is out now!


The italian version of my illustrated book “Love & Loyalty” is out now! You can get your copy in print on Amazon or download the ebook in your favorite retail store.

*** AMORE & LEALTÀ, L’anatroccolo solitario ***

Un proverbio dice “Il sangue ci rende parenti, ma la lealtà ci trasforma in famiglia”. Eppure, l’amor proprio, unito alla lealtà, è ancora più importante, perché ti aiuta a sopravvivere a tutte le sfide e le difficoltà nella vita.

Charlie è un piccolo anatroccolo solitario che ha perso la memoria. Si ritrova nel parco comunale di Vienna in Austria e cerca disperatamente un po’ di amore e lealtà. Prova ad adattarsi, tra diversi stormi di uccelli, ma ovunque vada, si sente fuori posto. L’inclusione e l’accettazione diventano una sfida enorme per il suo piccolo cuore e la sua piccola anima. Ma i miracoli accadono, quando meno te lo aspetti!

“Amore e lealtà” è una storia educativa contro la discriminazione e il bullismo, che parla di accettazione ed inclusione. Si rivolge ai lettori giovani, ma anche a quelli dal cuore giovane.


Print on Amazon

Ebook in retail stores


July 02, 2020

Lucky - From Zero To Hero




LUCKY - From Zero to Hero

Brand new release in July 2020!

This is the story of an unhappy and nameless dog stuck in a smelly and unfriendly animal shelter in Ireland. Just when you think there is absolutely no hope for a better and meaningful future, life surprises you. Lucky shares his incredible and exciting life story and how he became a hero from zero.

My Voice for the Voiceless
This is an educational book for Lily4Refugees project. Lucky’s story will teach young readers about the importance of education, school, and work. It is also an anti-discrimination and anti-racism story. An eye-opening wake-up call for governments, lawmakers, and our selfish and condescending society to include refugees and integrate them in their refugee country, instead of excluding them from education and holding them back from training and work opportunities. Every single refugee deserves an education and the chance to be trained and the chance to work in their field of interest and ability. Every single refugee is gifted and should be supported! Only in this way can our society progress. Only in this way will the next generation be able to become independent, useful, valued, and taxpaying members of our society.

If humans are able to educate animals and give them a useful job, they should be able to educate refugees and give them a meaningful job as well.

June 10, 2020

LA GIOSTRA is out now!



My book "The Carousel" is now also available as ebook in your downlaod store. The illustrated book in print will be available later this year.

LA GIOSTRA

Intrappolata in un giro senza fine

La splendida e antica giostra che si trova nel cuore della città di Firenze è sotto un magico incantesimo. A chilometri di distanza, a Barcellona, in Spagna, una bambina di nome Shirzad riceve una piccola giostrina dai suoi nonni, la notte di Natale del 2019. Non appena sente risuonare la musica del giocattolo, la bambina viene catapultata in un mondo sconosciuto, insieme ad un nuovo amico, il cavallo bianco Esperanza, e ad una ragazza toscana di nome Mitra. Il futuro di un’intera generazione è nelle mani di due giovani ragazze e di un cavallo. Riusciranno a spezzare l’incantesimo?

Questa storia ci mostra il valore della diversità. Non dobbiamo aver paura di lasciare la monotonia della nostra vita quotidiana e provare nuove esperienze. Tuttavia, dobbiamo anche risconoscere che le nostre azioni hanno delle conseguenze. Decisioni egoiste si ripercuotono sulle persone che ci circondano. Così, qualunque sia il nostro desiderio, obiettivo o sogno, dobbiamo essere preparati e pronti a gestire le imprevedibili conseguenze delle nostre azioni!






May 31, 2020

EN TRÁNSITO: DEL CIELO AL INFIERNO!



Very excited to inform you that my memoir is now also available in Spanish! For the Spanish version we chose a different book title. "En tránsito: del cielo al infierno"  which means “Transit: From heaven to hell”. And this is the book description in Spanish. 

EN TRÁNSITO: DEL CIELO AL INFIERNO
Perdimos todo lo que teníamos y todo lo que conocíamos: nuestro hogar, nuestra existencia, nuestra familia, nuestra mentalidad, nuestra identidad, nuestra cultura y nuestro idioma. Vinimos a un país distinto y nos enfrentamos a un futuro incierto. Creíamos y esperábamos encontrar un nuevo hogar en libertad que comprendiera justicia, aceptación, tolerancia, seguridad, independencia, felicidad y un brillante porvenir. Pero ¿se nos dio verdaderamente una oportunidad justa para convertirnos en miembros de nuestro nuevo país? ¿Se nos dio en realidad la oportunidad de vivir una vida digna y de tener esperanzas de futuro?

La sociedad espera mucho de los refugiados. Espera que se integren a la perfección. Pero integrarse implica siempre dar y recibir. Es recíproco. Yo me pregunto: ¿Quién se va a responsabilizar de mi infancia robada?

"En tránsito: del cielo al infierno" son unas memorias sinceras basadas en los sucesos reales que tuvieron lugar entre 1976 y 2002. Los personajes que aparecen en este libro están basados en personas reales. Para proteger la privacidad de la autora han sido cambiados algunos de los nombres.

La historia es narrada por la autora en tiempo presente. Durante el vuelo de regreso a su país en el año 2002, Lily echa la vista atrás y recuerda cómo comenzó su doloroso viaje.