Ashes Wednesday

Dear all,

today is Ashes Wednesday,

so for all of you who are celebrating … I wish you a happy beginning of this Lent season.

The 40 days before Easter.

A period of reflection, of self improvement and some sacrifices to do, maybe something we can avoid, some food habits we can change … and a soul recharging and rebirth.

Just to arrive well prepared to the Holy Easter. This year Easter will be on the 12th of April.

So still just the beginning of this Lent to start.

But I would like you all to take a moment to reflect.

Today with the Ashes Wednesday, we remind us all that we are going to go back to ashes one day.

So it is very important to reflect about our own life in a very humble way.

What are we seeking in this life? Money? Power? Success?

None of these things could truly give us real happiness.

Only love can. Only true love is able to enrich our souls. Love to give, love to share, love to have in our hearts also and especially in response to people who throw hate to us, who insult us, who show no respect.

Easy to reply to hate with hate, but to reply with love is the real challenge. Not to argue back, but replying with compassion and true love is the challenge.

Love your enimy. This is what Jesus asked us.

And when people question our religion, Jesus said that the only way people will spot our faith is through love (not from a cross or any other pointless dress code). From the love we will share, people will know we are Jesus disciples.

Because love is the essence of Christian religion.

Only one commandment Jesus gave us:

To love God with all our heart, soul and mind, and love our neighbor, as we love ourselves.

Full stop. All starts and ends with love. With love as the only rule for each of our behaviors.

And, as Martin Luther Kings reminded us, the only way to scatter darkness, is not with other darkness, but with light. Same with hate: only love can truly win hate. Always.

Love is stronger than anything else. Love will have the last word.

And it is fear that makes all so difficult everytime. Fear as the opposite of love. Win it with love.

And love is the love of compassion and understanding. Love is the love of forgivness and care.

Because we are all children of God on this planet. We all belong to only one human race. One race only.

So let’s together stop all hate and discriminations around. None of us is superior or better. We are all on a personal pathway in this life.

Let us become the better versions of ourselves.

Be good, do good. And it will all come back in return in a life of true happiness when the true joy comes from giving.

Take care you all

God bless you all

Happy Ashes Wednesday and beginning of Lent.

 

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All the best

Barbara

Coronavirus – Italy

I have made this post few weeks ago.

Now situation has drammatically change. WE ALL MUST ACT NOW TO STOP IT.

Read this article in full to understand why.

So do not go out from home if not necessary, and prevent it from spreading. It spreads also through surfaces and simple contact of surfaces and then touching of mouth, eyes and nose.

Please wash your hands frequently and disinfect also your mobile too.

20 seconds for handwash.

Keep 1 metre distance with each other. Avoid crowds. No gathering of people. No parties, nor clubs. STAY HOME!

It is a sacrifice but the consequences are what we are having now in Italy: more than 6000 deaths, when at the beginning were just few, we thought trackable cases.

PLEASE LISTEN!

And even who is in good health must STAY HOME because we are all ourselves also responsible for the spread of the virus, even if we do not have it.

Here a complete article, well done. Below after this link is my old post I have ketp. But be updated. WE ALL MUST STOP ANY ACTIVITY AND ALL STAY HOME. Going out only for what strictly necessary. THANKS

 

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Dear all,

I guess this article is a necessity.

Worldwide everyone is talking about Coronavirus N-19 (Covid-19). It seems to be the only issue that matters these days on the planet.

I am here, in Florence, Italy, where one case has been confirmed, another 2 under check.

And you know in Italy now there is a general panic everywhere, despite the fact that the two focus points are only two cities in Lombardia Region, in the North.

The worst scenario is only in Northern Italy, and you should all know this because some flights have been blocked, and people from Northern Italy checked before entering any other countries.

So what is really happening?

There have been many coronavirus in the past, what makes the difference with this one here? This one, called N-19, some people say wrongly that it has been created in China.

From animals to human, and not created in a laboratory … the fact is that from Wuhan it has spread worldwide.

And in Italy we have 12 deaths at the moment.

Mortality rate is very low (lower than 1%), even lower than other flue viruses that were around in past years, but with the news also panic has spread, and actually more panic spread more quickly than the real virus risks and death probabilities.

Like all other flue viruses before, viruses can lead to death the people who are already experimenting a difficult clinical health condition: chemio, and cancer patients, old people with already some other health issues. But more than 80 out of 100  people who catch it, recover by themselves. For example:  over 100 people 80 recover easily, 15 recover with some lungs complications that need specific hospital care and antibiotics (pneumonia cases). So why all this panic? Even a few weeks old newborn in China recovered alone with not even medicines necessary.

Reports say that in 85-90% of cases, the infection remains light, 10-15% severe, and only 5% critical. With lower than 1% the death percentage.

So what is recemmended is normal hygiene practices like washing hands, and using a sanitizer if necessary, but water and soap for 20 seconds is enough.

Not touching eyes and mouth after touching any surface, and disinfect surfaces to avoid the virus to stay there and pass from one person to another, but with no paranoids.

Here people just got crazy: started to empty supermarkets, stocking food worse than if there was a war. Madness.

Recommendations are normal hygiene practises also when coughing or sneezing to use an handkerchief, or coughing in the arm, and if on the hand, then of course disinfect the hand before touching others or surfaces, and self care if you are not well of course.

There are specific landline phone number not to make people rush to first aid places, with the risk of more spreading.

On the phone, already from the questions asked, it would be easy to spot other health issues different from this one. Some symtomps are very similar to all other normal flues.

So to all I say no panic!

Of course if you have flue, and your cough becomes severe with breathing difficulties, antibiotics are necessary and also a prompt doctor check, because lungs are the most affected organ of this flue/virus. And also breathing issues that should be taken with real care and true attention immediately. But with the pneumonia of coronavirus still some medicines are being tested.

But again no panic!

This panic is truly damaging our economy. Shops and shopping malls are empty. Lots of turists bookings have been cancelled. Restaurants and bar empty …

It is a huge problem for economy and employment.

Also lots of fairs and public events like concerts, or theatre shows … cancelled.

Even football matches with no public.

A true emergency in all our country but to be lived with responsibility and no panic.

People who have no health issues should just live their lives normally.

(this is something we discovered later we cannot do, even healthy young people get it and can die)

Of course no one would sneeze in the face of anyone. So just be resonable and precautions with reasonable common sense.

Hygiene of course, but not becoming paranoid.

 

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What about meningitis? It killed many more people in recent years. And, as I said, previous flues have done more victims, just unknown.

So no panic. And let’s hope the planet could solve these virus cases soon.

All the best to you all.

Take care

 

So as you see, weeks ago we were thinking it was something managable, it is not. And even young healty people are ding. So please STAY HOME and protect everyone.

The virus stays on cardborard for 24 hours. On metal it can survive for 3 days.

Please do take care and respect the law.

Need any garments and accessories supply? Textile & leather …

Dear all,

this post is because I have a dear friend in Pakistan who could supply you (worldwide) with garments and accessories from textile to leather  … (even in smaller quantities).

Mehboob Shahani, Director Marketing and Product Development and founder of Anon Sourcing

http://www.anonsourcing.net

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This is what it is written on Anon Sourcing website, website that I invite you to visit.

“Anon Sourcing is a well reputed manufacturing, sourcing and marketing company where you can have solution for all your manufacturing and sourcing needs. We deal in complete product range covering all textile & leather products including knits, woven, denims, leather, fabrics etc. and dealing in all types of garments & accessories including Tops, Bottoms, Innerwear, Outerwear, Socks and Towels.

We have specialized staff for the assistance of our customers in all relevant fields.

Our core business philosophy revolves around long term business relation and customer’s satisfaction. We aim to achieve quality control & consistency, timely shipments, competitive prices backed by professional after sales service.

We are one of the best quality Cotton and Leather producer country and we use the best yarn and fabrics in our productions like 100% Organic Cotton, Tri Blends, Cashmere, Tencel Cotton, Cool Max, Viscose and many more.”

We meet our social responsibilities, ethical trading and environment care by selecting supply partners having all required compliances.”

There is also a Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/anonsourcing/

Manufacturer and exporter of Apparel and Textile:
info@anonsourcing.net

They can make clothing for Men’s, Women’s and Kids categories.

And also accessories.

Competitive prices with best quality in any fabric.

If you also know anyone who might be interested even in a small supply, feel free to contact Anon sourcing for any request and share these info.

Worldwide shipping, and I can assure you, best quality really.

You will not be disappointed. Please share to your friends and contacts.

I am not earning any commission, I am just trying to help him as a true friend.

Again, please consider this company, and share these info.

 

Thank you very much.

I count on you all for this. It is important.

 

Thanks again for reading me, and see you next post, but please consider ANON sourcing for your supply. Really worthy. I promise.

All the best

Barbara

 

 

Free Patrick Zaki!

Hi everyone!

I am writing this post with a huge urgency, because he must be free now!

Do you know his story?

Patrick Zacki George is a student from Egypt. He is a student at the Bologna, Italian University.

His studies are about human rights, and also LGBT rights.

Sadly during a holiday he did back to Egypt he was arrested at the airport as soon as he landed. Accused of talking badly about Egypt abroad and going against the government and his country with his ideas and studies. He has been tortured 17 hours. Amnesty International has proof.

He risks to spend his life in jail, actually less because with the conditions of his detention he could die soon because of the abuses and tortures and dehydration and malnutrition and no health care or help he has now.

We all must raise our voice worldwide to free him now immediately!

He did nothing wrong. He is falsly accused of going against his country.

WHERE ARE HUMAN RIGHTS????? PLEASE SHARE THIS POST OR THE LINK BELOW.

HE MUST BE FREE NOW!

We already lost Giulio Regeni years ago arrested for his studies. He was doing nothing wrong. He was tortured by the government and badly killed.

We want Patrick Zaki back alive in his University in Bologna city! A free person because he did no harm to anyone and his words did not say anything wrong against Egypt.

https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/mde12/1800/2020/en/

Please share the maximum.

The world must stand up against this shameful arrest and tortures to a student! Innocent!!!!! Where is humanity???? Tortures!!!! Detention in horrible conditions! He is risking his life! We must hurry up!!!! NOW!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE!!!!!!!! SHARE!!!!!!

#Egypt #Patrick #Zaki #Freedom #Amnesty #International #FREEPATRICK #FreeZaki

 

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For English and Italian please scroll down:
باتريك چورچ ذكي، ٢٨ عام، ناشط حقوقي مصري، تم توقيفه في مطار القاهرة فور وصوله من مدينة بولونيا الإيطالية، حيث يدرس الماجيستير في جامعة بولونيا. تم تعذيب باتريك والاعتداء عليه وصعقه كهربائياً من دون أي اتهامات حقيقية. هذه الصفحة هدفها الضغط على السلطات المصرية لتحقيق هذه الطلبات:

١- الإفراج الفوري والغير مشروط عن باتريك چورچ زكي وإسقاط كافة التهم الموجهة إليه
٢- التعهد بعدم الملاحقة الأمنية لباتريك أو أفراد عائلته والسماح له باستكمال دراسته في الخارج
٣- فتح باب التحقيق في حادثة تعذيب وإخفاء باتريك قسرياً من قبل رجال الأمن الوطني بمطار القاهرة
#الحرية_لباتريك_جورج

Patrick George Zaki, 28 year old Egyptian human rights activist, was abducted at Cairo International Airport upon his arrival from Bologna, Italy where he currently studies for his MD at the University of Bologna. Patrick was tortured and electrocuted without any true accusations. This page is to pressure the Egyptian Authorities to meet the following demands:

1) Immediate release of Patrick Zaki with all accusations dropped.
2) Enforcing a clear, transparent investigation regarding his abduction and torture conditions.
3) Assuring no further harassment or prosecution of Patrick nor his family members, allowing for progression with his studies.

Help us #FreePatrick

Patrick George Zaki, studente egiziano di 28 anni, è stato rapito all’aeroporto internazionale di Cairo al suo arrivo da Bologna, dove vive e studia per un master all’università. Patrick è stato torturato -anche tramite elettroshock- senza che gli venisse riportata nessuna vera accusa. Questa pagina è stata creata per fare pressione alle autorità egiziane per l’immediato rilascio di Patrick. Chiediamo globalmente a tutti di fare pressioni sul governo egiziano con queste richieste:

-L’immediato rilascio di Patrick e la caduta di tutti i capi d’accusa nei suoi confronti
-Lo svolgimento di indagini trasparenti sulle cause dietro il suo rapimento e le torture che ha subito
-La garanzia che né Patrick né i membri della sua famiglia siano nuovamente accusati

Aiutaci! #PatrickLibero

 

Jesus was Jewish

Hi everyone!

I am writing this article because I just read today that a church has been vandalised with also a 500 euros theft after the priest wrote on the door of the church that there lives a Jew, Jesus Christ. The theft took place in the offices of the La Loggia Caritas in Turin city.

Yes because in Italy we are having the rising back of so many racists and antisemitic fascists.

They started to vandalize doors of normal people just because of their religion: wrting on doors “here lives a Jew” with the Nazi words and symbols … Such a shame! 2020.

And in Italy 15% of Italian people do not believe that Shoah ever existed. How can it be? This is proven history. There are witnesses and survivors, concentration camps open to be visited, documents, pictures …

It is madness.

And to all who declare themselves Christians and hate Jews, it is so important to remind them that first of all they are not real Christians because Jesus taught us not to hate anyone, and second Jesus Christ was e Jew, raised as a Jew, circumcised, and grown up learning the teachings of the Judaism.

So I invite you all worldwide to stop these Nazi and this Fascism with these hashtags:

#JesusWasAJew

#JesusWasJewish

#GesùeraEbreo

A big hug to all Jews worldwide.

And let us build a world where all religions stand together in peace and harmony supporting each other.

simboli-religioso-segno-disegxx

 

 

Brexit. The sadness of a departure

Dear all,

after being on Thursday in Turin to present my novel, now at its third edition, in a famous Feltrinelli book shop, now I am back home, in Florence to think about what’s just happend today: BREXIT.

I’ve lived 4 years in London, and I remember also having known so many people from almost everywhere there.

And Brexit is such a shame.

Europe was created to give stability and more power to all countries, helping them in difficult times, a mutual support, also economical, and also on human rights, and to let people travel and move around, and get experiences, and discover the countries.

And also for commerce, to protect products and producers, to make the market stronger also toward the big giants of China but also US … and the data protections not to be stolen by the first social network or worldwide platform.

I was in London between 2008 and 2012. I’ve worked and lived there. Still got my national insurance numbero NINO.

4 years of my life, travelling back and forward every 2 months roughly.

And now?

So proud of Sadiq Khan, London Major who said that London will remain “open”. But what about reality? Also to get there?

Then I think about Scotland who would love more than ever now their own indipendence, and being in EU.

And what about Northern Ireland toward the rest of the Republic of Ireland?

And the Royal Family? Does it still make sense to have them? I mean as royals? What will happen after the Queen’s departure?

Lots of questions. Now only time will give us answers about the effects of Brexit from the economy to civilians.

The import-export? People travelling? Visa? And checks at borders?

I am so sorry for all European people who live in UK and are now kind of trapped or blocked in a reality that will be tougher.

We will see consequences little by litte.

For now I am just sorry for them.

And we will see.

 

To you all

Take care and all the best

 

See you soon

 

Barbara

PS here in the picture you can see the year. I was working managing the Nicolas Maida Vale wine shop. So many memories. Too many. Another life, another me, another time. But memories stay with us forever.