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April 23, 2021

Keep smiling, no matter what!

 


Honestly these days we need to smile more than ever. Regardless of age and life story, we all go through difficult times. The previous year with this horrible pandemic has been challenging for all of us around the globe. Unfortunately, it looks as if the near future won’t be much better either.

We all are suffering in one way or the other and so it is normal that we overlook the positive blessings around us. We forget to be grateful for what we have. Instead, we focus primarily on what we don’t have right now, which is Freedom and what’s bothering us the most is the face masks, the non-ending lockdowns, and the chaos with the vaccine. Let’s face it we are sick and tired and see everything only in black and white.

This little book KEEP SMILING, NO MATTER WHAT is a picture book in color that I’ve published back in 2018. It is available in English and German with colorful pictures, for children and grown-ups alike, to remind us about the importance of SMILING and being HAPPY.

We should appreciate the beautiful colors of life in nature and around us. This ageless book is a wonderful gift for the young and the young at heart who have lost the joy for life. It will help those in need of an emotional boost to wake up daily with a smile and be grateful for a new day, for a new opportunity. 

Get your copy in print in English or German. Keep Smiling has also its own merch in our online shop at Society6.com!











April 21, 2021

Now the world can breathe!

 


Black lives matter! All Lives matter! And yes George Floyd's life mattered! In the previous three weeks we have been watching the live trial on CNN and last night we couldn’t breathe and go to sleep until the decision was finally announced by the judge. Guilty in all three charges!

Words can’t describe our feelings and emotions. A massive huge weight has been lifted and we can finally breathe. Thank God justice has been served. What a relief for the entire world. We live in a strange time right now but let’s face it the racial injustice is a global issue. Racism and discrimination is part of the world’s history and our society no matter where we live in the world.

In eight weeks this police officer (whose name I’m not going to mention here on my blog!), George Floyd's killer will be sentenced for many decades. I hope this is a LESSON for everyone out there (especially for those in “high” and “powerful” positions!) who believe that being a racist, being nasty and violent, and arrogantly condescending to others just based on their skin color, religion, nationality, and passport, etc. is ok! If you are not being punished in this world, be assured that God is watching you.

This policeman had the chance to show his remorse but he didn’t. He had the opportunity to apologize to George Floyd’s family, friends, the community, the Minnesota state, America, and the entire world, but he decided to use the Fifth Amendment and stay silent! It seems that this man still doesn’t understand what he has done and how he has abused his power as a policeman. There are no signs of regret. No signs of a bad conscience. Nothing!

Steve Schleicher, who served "on a pro bono basis," as a member of the prosecution team for the George Floyd case did an excellent job and spoke the prosecution closing arguments on April 19 during the trial and said the following:

 

Floyd was just a man, lying on the pavement, being pressed upon, desperately crying out. A grown man crying out for his mother. A human being. This police man killed Floyd by pinning him to the pavement for 9 minutes, 29 seconds. His actions were reckless, unreasonable, and warrant conviction not just for manslaughter but also on two murder counts.”


Steve Schleicher couldn’t sum it up better! Also, don’t forget that a grown-up man was violently tortured by four police officers and killed for only 20 Dollars! 20 ridiculous Dollars!

At the end of the day we all are the same. Black Lives matter. White Lives matter. All Lives matter! Whether young or grown-up, whether man or woman, REMEMBER BLOOD IS ALWAYS RED! So please be respectful, be kind, be thoughtful, be supportive! God damn it be human! 




April 19, 2021

Corona & Creativity!

 


I’m planning a brand new and exciting “Q&A Interview blog series” for summer 2021 and my blogger magazine “Read My Minds issue 2021” with the topic “Corona & Creativity”. Everyone is welcome to share their story. Whether you are a writer, blogger, artist, illustrator, photograph, musician, singer, actor, dancer, baker, cook or interior designer, makeup artist, hair artist, and so on…

Basically, anyone who is creative and productive and wants to share and promote their passion is more than welcome to send me a DM on Instagram @Lily.Amis. I will then send you my interview Questions. I will also need images that show your work, your masterpieces so to say. Closing date is 31.5.2021. Those who will be featured and promoted on my blog in summer 2021 and in my blogger magazine in December 2021 will be contacted in advance!

Join my inspirational interview partners Award Winning British actor Kevin Leslie, Guy Potter, Welsh singer James Kennedy, and British musician James Sayer as well as international multi-genre authors who have been featured in my “Q & A series” back in 2016 and 2017. You find all the interviews here on my blog under the label #Q & A Interviews!  









April 16, 2021

Goodbye Prince Philip - Why we care!



Tomorrow many people from around the globe will be watching the funeral from Prince Philip in Windsor. And I was asking myself and wondering why we humans care about people who we don’t know and never met at all?

Well, the answer is short and simple. Because they are part of our lives for decades. Let’s face it, as sad as it is we know much more about them and their lives than we know about our own family members, friends, and work colleagues. They share their joy, happiness, celebrations, and achievements as well as their sorrows, sadness, and tragedies with us.

Prince Philip with his 99 years of a remarkable and exceptional life is of course a well-known household name for generations everywhere around the world. The handsome and charming husband to Queen Elizabeth had a difficult childhood though and was kind of a refugee. Philip was born into the Greek and Danish royal families. He was born in Greece, but his family was exiled from the country when he was only eighteen months old. His father was Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and his mother Princess Alice of Battenberg in Germany. She was actually a great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria and was born in Windsor Castle. Isn’t this fascinating?

I recently watched a very interesting and touching documentary about Princess Alice and I have to admit I couldn’t hold back my tears. She was congenitally deaf and had an unbelievably challenging and difficult life! You find a book recommendation about her life at the end of this post!

Prince Philip experienced World world II and on top of that the Corona Pandemic last year. Which probably made him and his wife Queen Elizabeth spend more time together than they would have under normal circumstances. In retrospect, I’m sure the Queen is very grateful about the lockdown. The two love birds had the chance to spend wonderful days together and cherish each other's company without any duties and distractions.


Prince Philip is what Prince Albert (his great-great-grandfather) was to the older generation. We witnessed a man whose name will also be a well-known household name for the future generation, while our names will be long forgotten. We witnessed history with Prince Philip. May his soul RIP. He was surely one of a kind. A man, a husband, a father, a grandfather, a grand grand-father, who was able to love and support his wife and his entire family the way he did and sacrifice so much of his own freedom in a selfless 73 years marriage must have been an exceptional human being.

My first thought after reading about his passing was: “Oh good, now he is reunited with his beloved mother Alice. May God bless their souls! Goodbye Philip.”



Princess Alice & Prince Philip

Mother Alice & Son Prince Philip

This week our thoughts, deep empathy and prayers are with the Royal Family at Windsor in this difficult and heartbreaking time! As I said, we do care, because we know more about this family than anyone else. Looking at their family tree makes us realize how little we know about our own past, our own roots, and our own family tree! 

We at Windsor Castle in December 2009







April 13, 2021

Lily4SavingLives!

 

A fire swept through a sprawling Rohingya refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, on Monday 22 March 2021, killing at least eleven people, destroying homes and endangering the lives of tens of thousands of refugees, according to the Bangladesh government.

The fire destroyed at least 10,000 shelters as it tore through the camp, according to the Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) in Bangladesh. Up to 10,000 Rohingya refugee families - more than an estimated 45,000 people have been now displaced.

Essential facilities including hospitals, distribution points, learning centers, and women's support services were also damaged in the fire. The Bangladesh Red Crescent Society said that it is launching one of its "biggest ever rescue and relief efforts" in the camp.

Watching and hearing about the misery in the refugees camps upset me. Why do people have to live under these horrible circumstances at all? Why do these refugee camps exist in the first place? All humans deserve to live a life in dignity. Surviving in refugee camps for decades is a living hell. Why do governments punish people who have already lost everything? If you don’t want to accept refugees in your wealthy countries, at least find the right solution!

At least 79.5 million people around the world have been forced to flee their homes. Among them are nearly 26 million refugees, around half of whom are under the age of 18. There are also millions of stateless people, who have been denied a nationality and lack access to basic rights such as education, health care, employment and freedom of movement. Don’t these people deserve a fair chance to build a normal and independent life? Being alive doesn’t just mean breathing. Saving lives doesn’t just mean putting them in refugee camps and let them struggle for decades. Saving Lives means give them the chance to live like anyone else in rich and privileged countries!



Image Source:  www.thenewhumanitarian.org
Text Source: UNHCR


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April 09, 2021

Lily4ShadowGame!

 


"The truck game, the train game, the taxi game", Sajid (from Afghanistan, aged 15) lists the ‘games’ he had to complete to get into Europe. Especially the ‘pedestrian game’: walking, lots and lots of walking.

Everyday teenagers who have fled their war-torn countries try to cross Europe’s borders in search of protection and a better life. They travel through a shadow world we never see: a world of minefields, bears, fast-flowing rivers, smugglers and border guards. ‘The game’ is the bitterly ironic term for crossing borders that has become commonplace among these young refugees. Risking their lives, the teenagers undertake a treacherous journey that often takes months or even years. Along the way, they grow up fast. Shadow Game is a journey through the dark side of Europe with teenage refugees as our guides.

Journey through the dark side of Europe! Shadow Game is an experimentally filmed account of the far-reaching consequences of European asylum policy. Now fences have gone up all over Europe, seeking asylum has become almost impossible. The teenagers cross snowy landscapes and meet aggressive border police on their way. Reaching their final destination has become more difficult than ever. Their journey takes them through the whole of Europe: from Greece to North Macedonia, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, from Italy to France and The Netherlands. The film was shot over a period of three years, partly by the main characters themselves on their phones.

Shadow Game is a transmedia project by Eefje Blankevoort and Els van Driel. It consists of a feature-length documentary (90 min), a series of short docs, an adventure game, a photo series in collaboration with photographer Cigdem Yuksel and an impact campaign. The project will launch in Spring 2021.




Source: shadowgame.eu


April 04, 2021

Lily4PaperLives!



Prepare yourself for a lot of tissues. “Paper Lives“, in German “Das Leben ist wie ein Stück Papier“, original title in Turkish “Kagittan Hayatlar“ is an excellent film with powerful and touching messages. The dark, modern and heartbreaking side of Istanbul with its homeless children and teenagers on the streets seen through the eyes of the main character Mehmet (actor: Çagatay Ulusoy) is incredibly touching and eye-opening. 

Mehmet is going to die unless he gets a kidney transplant. On top of his life’s wish list is the deep desire to find his mother. Just when Mehmet is about to start his journey, he finds an abandoned small boy. He takes the young 8-year-old Ali (actor: Emir Ali Dogrul) under his wing and he changes his life.




This film is a window to an unknown and shamefully tragic world. Most humans who see homeless people ignore them. They never make the time to think twice about these people’s destiny and misery. Even though this boy Ali is not a refugee child in this film, he represents the refugee children of today in Turkey and other countries, who have lost their parents and are surviving on the streets. 

In my opinion, this film deserves all kinds of International Film Nominations and Awards for the best story, best acting, and best production. Our shallow, selfish, thoughtless, and superficial world of today needs more of these kinds of deep and meaningful movies. Now more than ever! 








March 30, 2021

Lily4SyrianRefugees

 


I love it when young refugees use a reality TV platform to speak out about their life experiences as war refugees. In the previous weeks, a young lady from Syria is doing exactly what all refugees should do.

Life wasn’t easy for the now 20-year-old Soulin, because she is a refugee child. The Germanys Next Top Model candidate in 2021 lived in Syria until she was eleven before war broke out in her country. "Then of course my parents were very concerned that it would be dangerous for us," remembers Soulin. Since the future of their daughter was very important to her parents, the family ultimately decided to leave their country – first only as a "vacation holiday" in Turkey.

Soulin completed her ninth grade on the Mediterranean peninsula before she and her parents came to Germany: “To this day, I am very grateful for that,” explains the 20-year-old beauty, even if she misses her home country Syria, but my future is Germany and that's why I always look ahead."

Soulin is not only a beautiful and ambitious young girl but also a very intelligent and confident candidate in this year’s TV reality casting show Germany's Next Top Model by Heidi Klum. I wish her all the best and I hope she continues to use her voice for the voiceless.  I hope she wins the show and makes all the refugees proud as the most beautiful and intelligent Ambassador.

 

Watch her Interview on PRO SIEBEN




March 26, 2021

Lily4YusraMardini

 


I often wish more refugees would use their voice and speak openly about their difficult and painful experiences and life journey as war refugees. In the last decades only a few refugees inspired me with their stories and talents. One of them is Syrian refugee and Olympic swimmer Yusra Mardini. She was appointed the youngest ever Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency in April 2017, aged just 19.

Yusra Mardini advocates for refugees globally through sharing her own inspiring story and has become a powerful voice for the forcibly displaced across the world and an example of their resilience and determination to rebuild lives and positively contribute to host communities.

The Syrian civil war started when major conflict broke out March 15, 2011, after a forceful crackdown on peaceful student protests against the government of Bashar al-Assad. Conflict continues with insecurity in parts of the country. The consequences are tragic for civilians, particularly children. The Syrian refugee crisis has exacted a heavy toll on hundreds of thousands of children and their families. It’s the largest refugee and displacement crisis of our time, affecting millions of people and spilling into surrounding countries. It’s also a protracted crisis, which is ongoing …

Source: Worldvision

 

March 23, 2021

Lily4RefugeesVoices!


I often wish more refugees would use their voice and speak openly about their difficult and painful experiences and life journey as war refugees. In the last decades only a few refugees amazed me with their stories and talents. One of them is German–Lebanese pop and opera singer and artist Fady Maalouf. He is known as the runner-up of the fifth season of Deutschland sucht den Superstar, the German version of Pop Idol. He has released three albums to date, Blessed (2008), Into the Light (2010) and City of Gold (2012). 

This young man literally amazed me with his voice, charisma and life story. If you don’t know his music yet, watch his music videos here or on YouTube and listen to his truly angelic and amazing voice on Spotify. If more refugees would and could find the courage to speak out, more people around the world would understand the dysfunctional refugee policy and rules violating human and children's rights in every level. I wish all war refugees would use their voice and become as strong as the LGBT community and the climate change activist worldwide to stop the bureaucracy madness and allow people to live a happy and peaceful life far away from home and war zones like Lebanon. Lebanon was once called the second Paris of the Middle East until war destroyed lives and the country. 

Two explosions ripped through Beirut on 4 August 2020 and killed more than 170 people and injured about 6500 people. Dozens more people remain missing and the death toll continues to rise as search and rescue operations went on. More than 300 000 people are now displaced from their homes amid a severe economic crisis that had pushed many Lebanese and refugees deeper into poverty and an already overwhelmed health system caused by the COVID19 pandemic. Many people are dealing with trauma caused by the explosion and need mental health and psychosocial support. Many have lost loved ones. UNHCR is working with community organizations to provide psychological first aid, help identify the missing, and refer people in need to specialized services, all while delivering aid. 

Source: UNHCR 
Youtube: FadyMaaloufVEVO 


Amazed
 

Blessed
 

 Show me your love  

Into the light


 Stand with Lebanon | Give Now (unhcr.org) 



March 20, 2021

Happy Norooz 1400



Happy Norroz, Happy New Iranian New Year everyone! 
It is an exciting number. An entire century is coming to an end and we are welcoming 
1400! 
May the new century be filled with love, joy, and happiness for all the Iranians around the globe. 
May all your wishes, dreams, goals, and desires come true!





March 18, 2021

Looking for Love & Acceptance!

 

 

Like millions of people around the globe, I also watched the Oprah Winfrey Interview with Harry & Meghan. And I have to admit that I’m shocked about the mixed response by the international media and the viewers worldwide. 

Regardless of what we think about these two individuals and regardless of whether we like this couple or not, how can anyone seriously doubt what they are saying? Why on earth would two intelligent and successful adult human beings use a TV platform and talk about their humiliating and shameful side of the story and make lies about it? How can anyone say that Meghan is Princess Pinocchio? How dare you insult a pregnant woman, who shares her most painful and sad memories? 

What do they gain from lying to the entire world? Fame? Well, they are already famous. Money? Well, they already have enough of that. Attention? Again, they have enough of that as well. So, in my personal opinion using a platform like a TV Interview and giving such an honest, eye-opening and vulnerable interview is nothing but a final helpless cry for love and acceptance!

We may think they are spoiled and ignorant humans and listening to their complaints may sound childish, ungrateful, and somehow even stupid and ridiculous, considering all the misery that is going on around the world thanks to Covid19, the refugee crises, and climate change, and so on. But hey that’s their side of the story. That’s how they feel and again regardless of what we think about them, we have to respect it.

As someone who’s experiencing prejudice, discrimination, injustice, and racism for over three decades, I absolutely understand how frustrating and helpless one feels when the entire world is against you.

And feeling betrayed, unwanted, rejected, hurt, and used by the closest people or so-called family members, makes you build a protection wall. You become isolated and lonely. Why do people blame Meghan for burning the bridges to her family members such as her father and her nasty, money and fame-oriented half-sister? Why should anyone tolerate such horrible, hurtful and disappointing behavior? It is only natural that one distance her/himself from all the negativity and betrayal!

So this couple has my full understanding, empathy, and compassion. I hope after giving this interview they now have found their peace of mind and they can finally move on. Live a private, safe and happy life with their gorgeous son Archie and their baby girl and let the nasty media and useless, selfish, loveless, and narcissistic family members once and for all behind. I send them my best wishes, love, support, and prayers. 

The best thing about this interview is surely that ITV Good Morning viewers finally got rid of the nastiest, cruelest, most self-centered, rude, godless, and disrespectful British TV host of all time: Mister Piers Morgan, thank God goodbye forever! 

You missed the interview? Watch it online!

Oprah Interview with Meghan and Harry – Watch on CBS

 

 


March 17, 2021

"Welcome To Germany" the Refugee Comedy Film!

If you haven’t seen the German Refugee Comedy film “Welcome to Germany” from 2016 yet, I highly recommend watching it asap. Welcome to Germany (Original German film title “Willkommen bei den Hartmanns”) was with good reasons a German box office sensation. There are so many important messages in this film. It stars Senta Berger as retired headteacher Angelika and Belgian actor Eric Kabongo as Diallo, the Nigerian she meets in a refugee shelter. Angelika’s decision to offer him a home triggers a series of life-changing events in her family.

This film makes an explicit reference to German chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision in 2015 to welcome a large number of refugees into Germany and Europe. Angelika’s husband played by Heiner Lauterbach is resistant to her plans, at one point he says: “It’s enough for Frau Merkel to invite the entire third world into our country – we’re not going to do the same in our home as well.”

Even though the refugee topic is highly delicate, the producers made an excellent job along with famous and talented German actors such as Heiner Lauterbach, Elyas M’Barek, Florian David Fitz, Uwe Ochsenknecht, Eric Kabongo, Senta Berger, and Palina Rojinksi. I won’t do any spoilers, but trust me this movie is a funny, inspiring, eye-opening, and educational film regardless of age, life story, and opinion about refugees in general.

March 13, 2021

After Auschwitz Documentary!


If you haven’t watched the documentary “After Auschwitz” from 2017 yet, I highly recommend watching it asap. It looks at Six Survivors and their Lives. It is heartbreaking, eye-opening and a reminder for all of us that unfortunately, nothing has changed since World War II. Today’s refugees suffer the same way like these six ladies did back in the 40es after the end of World War II.

For survivors, liberation from the camps was the beginning of a lifelong struggle. They wanted to go home, but there was no home left in Europe. They went to America and wanted to tell people about their pasts but were silenced for over three decades. "You're in America now, put it behind you". That’s what the Americans told them. “After Auschwitz” is a "Post-Holocaust" documentary that captures what it means to survive and try to live a “normal” life after unspeakable tragedy!

Six extraordinary women who all survived Auschwitz take us on their journey. All these women moved to Los Angeles, married, raised children, and became "Americans" but they never truly found a place to call home. That’s how refugees feel today. Their unbelievable journey, sometimes celebratory, sometimes heartbreaking but always inspiring is a must-see for everyone regardless of age, life story, and opinion about refugees in general. 

March 05, 2021

Wohoo...Spring is around the corner!

 


Spring 2021 is around the corner, but we have already been experiencing the most beautiful, warm, and sunny February ever. It is wonderful to feel the sun and see the beauty of life again. We all are tired of this non-ending pandemic. The winter months have been very hard for all of and the daily news is exhausting for our mind, body, and soul. That’s why it is so important for our mental health to get out and don’t let all this negativity affect our daily life and brainwash our mind.



We are dealing with this unusual situation for over a year now, and I’m afraid this horrible and extremely challenging time will go on for the upcoming months if not years! It won’t disappear despite all the vaccine cocktails that the pharmacy industry is promoting worldwide as THE promising solution to end this misery. Whatever you think about the vaccine, don’t let this pandemic take away your joy of life. Learn to be happy again and laugh more. Remind yourself that every single day is a precious and priceless gift. Appreciate the people around you and take good care of yourself. Distance yourself from toxic people and nonsense conversations. Keep up the good spirit and let us fight these hard times with love, positivity, and most importantly with HOPE. Hope for better and more relaxing days to come…