Young writers

My brief life with death

By Anna Magdalena Claus, November 2012

“I will probably never knot a tie with such a peculiar feeling again,” I reflect and pull the wide end of the tie through the loop. Done. He looks good the way he is lying there, in his best suit and the wreath of roses around the pale, folded hands. Diego died a few hours ago at the age of 62. Diego was not related to me, we weren’t friends either. Nevertheless, my contact with him recently was very close – I nursed him until he died. The reason for that is my four-week work placement in a hospice in Zurich. I can’t say exactly why I particularly wanted to spend these four weeks with terminally ill people. I think I was interested above all in gaining an insight into life situations which were alien to me. Whereas I am young and have a thousand... [more]

Young writers

Probing in the dark

By Anna Magdalena Claus, June 2012

Everything turns black in front of my eyes and that is as it should be. Merve is 19 and will accompany me. She has been blind from birth. She has learnt to rely on her ears, can use her white cane in such a way that it helps instead of hinders her, and does not (any longer) have problems asking strangers for help. We meet in front of the “Nikolaus­pflege” building, a foundation for visually impaired and blind people in Stuttgart.  My hand feels about in the air for a few seconds before it finds Merve’s small hand and squeezes it in welcome. I get to know Merve in the same way as she gets to know me because I have decided to put on my eye patches before we meet. She introduces herself in an alert voice and hands me the white cane. Our... [more]

Young writers

FRUTICULTURA. A friendship which bears fruit

By Valentin Ihßen, April 2012

In the “Discover diversity” competition of the German environmental foundation Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU), the “Brasilog e.V.” association started by pupils from the Sorsum Free Waldorf School won first prize in the 17- 25 age group and “Act globally” category. The award carries prize money of 1000 euros.  [more]

Young writers

Methodos – a school by pupils for pupils

By Dorothée Krämer, February 2012

Waldorf pupils prepare themselves for their final exams – outside school and independently. A participant reports. [more]

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