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Monday
Jul042011

SMOKING  CESSATION

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PD Dr. Rainer Arendt
Internal Medicine & Cardiology FMH
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Timeea-Laura Burci
Lifestyle Coach & Jin Shin Jyutsu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer near Gunten on Lake Thun. (Keystone/Walter Bieri)

 

We like to introduce you to our Smoking Cessation Program.

Cigarette smoking is estimated to be responsible for over five million premature deaths worldwide. Smoking cessation is associated with substantial health benefits for both male and female smokers of all ages.

We manage smokers with a combination of behavioral support and, if necessary,  pharmacologic therapy. This combination therapy is clearly superior to any other therapies.

 

 

Our program requires two sessions, in “deep trance"  ideally by two therapists (male and female).
Learn to 

build a strong desire to stop smoking

overcome past connections

erase your body memory

cleanse and purify

manage weight

enrich your life and your female/male well-being by beauty, grace, and sexual magnetism. 

Tuesday
Apr262011

Preach prevention 

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PD Dr. Rainer Arendt
Internal Medicine & Cardiology FMH
Prevention & Regenerative Medicine 

Timeea-Laura Burci
Lifestyle Coach & Jin Shin Jyutsu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

abbreviated from theheart.org, author:  Lisa Nainggolan

Geneva, Switzerland - Application of a few simple principles to the entire world's population could help eliminate heart disease and stroke by 2050—this is the ambitious prediction of world-renowned cardiologist and epidemiologist Dr Salim Yusuf (McMaster University, Hamilton, ON), who gave an honorary lecture at the EuroPRevent 2011 meeting here this past weekend, to great applause.

"After all, heart disease and stroke was not common in 1830, so why can't it now become uncommon by 2050? That is the challenge we all face."

One of the topics much discussed at the meeting is how environments will need to radically change in order to facilitate more physical activity among human beings, who have evolved for the most part from being active hunter-gatherers to being extremely sedentary. In a talk earlier in the week entitled, "Enough of why, we need more how," Dr B Kayser (University of Geneva, Switzerland) explained that humans are inherently idle: "Given the choice of escaping physical activity, we will. We are genetically programmed for laziness and excessive intake."


He illustrated this with a photo of a number of people crowded on an escalator, next to which one or two brave souls were taking the stairs, and asked the audience where they thought it had been taken. "The annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine" was the answer, illustrating perfectly the point he was trying to make. In order to reverse these bad habits, modern environments, which he labeled "obesogenic and toxic," must be adapted so that healthy behavior can be made easier.

For example, he noted, escalators and elevators are often "copper and shiny" and centrally located in buildings, whereas stairs are "out of the way, made of concrete, and don't smell nice." Yusuf agreed, telling of how, in their building at McMaster, they have placed the stairs centrally next to a glass elevator, so that those riding inside can be seen and made to feel guilty: "We have shamed people into using the stairs," he observed. And Yusuf also wondered why everyone in the auditorium was sitting down. "Why aren't you standing or, better still, on treadmills set at a low pace?" he wondered. "We have to rethink the design of our buildings."

Other important issues to consider are walkable environments and availability of cycle paths to make cycling a realistic option for traveling about and commuting, said Kayser. Ironically, few meeting attendees appeared to avail themselves of the 100 free bicycles offered for use outside the convention center during the three days of the EuroPrevent meeting.

 

Another well-known cardiologist, Dr Roberto Ferrari (University of Ferrara, Italy), told the meeting he is devoting his future to a new project: to make his hometown "a city of prevention, a model for the 21st century."

Ferrari explained that Ferrara already has a head start: "We have 9 km of medieval wall, and the place is flat, so we are a city of cyclists. Also, we are the number-one producer of fruits and vegetables in Italy, we have a heavy fishing industry because we are on the banks of a river delta, and we have only one cardiology department—so not too many colleagues interfering. We have all the ingredients for prevention."

Yusuf observed that access to care in poor countries is "even more important than in developed countries." And the issues are not just cost related, he said, noting that physician inertia and cultural problems contribute just as much to the problem.

Prevention must begin in childhood

Yusuf also stressed in his talk that the changes that lead to heart disease and stroke begin in infanthood. " I believe the first three years of life are when risk factors develop," he said, citing findings from a project he is involved in called the FAMILY study, which shows that blood pressure and lipid levels, while quite low in newborns, are nearer to the levels seen in adulthood even by the age of one. "If we can reduce risk factors early in life, the impact will be much greater. That is the future."

There were numerous presentations throughout the meeting about ways to try to improve diet and encourage physical activity among children and teenagers, with educational programs set in schools and initiatives developed together with football teams across Europe. The latter was the subject of a whole symposium, held with UEFA, in which delegates heard about some of the best examples of using soccer as a platform to encourage children to eat healthily and take regular exercise. This includes the "something to chew on" campaign by Manchester United football club in the UK and the "Muuvit" program, which a number of football teams in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland have been using to promote healthy lifestyles in schools.

Key to the success of such programs is ensuring that they are entertaining, said one speaker, Dr Susi Kriemler (Institute for Sport and Physical Education, Basel, Switzerland), in her talk on physical-activity promotion in schoolchildren. "The children's view is that they want to play, they want to have fun," she observed.


Sport is also an excellent way of involving adults in physical activity, and sports cardiology was one of the many themes of the EuroPRevent meeting, with a variety of presentations on many aspects of this field.

Marrying the topic of sport and smoking cessation was a fascinating account of the work involved behind the scenes to make the Beijing 2008 Olympics smoke-free, in a country where smoking is still a huge problem.

"We can't say the Beijing Olympics was completely smoke-free; there were some violations. But there was a change in attitude among physicians and a change in social norms; it's a wave effect," Luminita Sanda (Tobacco Free Initiative, WHO, Geneva, Switzerland) told the meeting. And, "several of China's other Olympic cities have followed Beijing's lead and become smoke-free—for example, Shanghai," she noted.

Cardiologists shy away from advising patients on smoking cessation

Meanwhile, Dr Phillip Tønnesen (Gentofte Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark) discussed smoking-cessation strategies in patients with cardiovascular disease. The three smoking cessation-products available, nicotine-replacement therapies, sustained-release bupropion, and varenicline (Chantix/Champix, Pfizer) are effective, in combination with counseling, to increase the quit rate, he noted. "We can have a huge effect on mortality by getting people to quit smoking," he urged.

Hope that workplace "wellness schemes" will take off

The European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation (EACPR) hopes there will be a growing trend for people to receive advice on improving lifestyle at work, with the introduction of more and more workplace wellness schemes. The organization is launching the "Fit for Future" (3F) program, which, although still in the pilot stages, will ultimately aim to help companies standardize such schemes.

Those companies who offer excellent corporate wellness schemes will be given an internationally recognized mark of approval.

And finally, the meeting drew to a close with the obligatory presentations on how dark chocolate and physical activity can help in heart attack and stroke prevention and how dance and music play a role.

Monday
Mar142011

The King’s speech – hypnotherapy to treat stammering

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PD Dr. Rainer Arendt

Internal Medicine & Cardiology FMH
Prevention & Regenerative Medicine


Timeea-Laura Burci

Lifestyle Coach & Jin Shin Jyutsu

 

  

 

(Although the word stammering is used throughout this piece, stammering and stuttering are two words with the same meaning.)

The film The King's Speech deals with King George VI and his efforts to control his stammer, with the help of his speech therapist Lionel Logue.

Whether The King’s Speech deservedly swept the board at the Oscars’ or not, it has achieved another significant victory, the film, and Colin Firth’s brilliant performance, have done more to advance the understanding of stammering than anything.

Today’s open discussion of stammering is profoundly liberating for the thousands of children and adults, who have to deal with it every day.

And the fact that the condition is portrayed so accurately and sensitively is a relief to everyone with a stammer who has seen it mocked on screen for laughs or used as a scriptwriter’s cipher for weakness.

In the movie King George VI begins stammering at age 4 and struggles with it throughout his life. But he rarely talks like the stereotypical stammerer, usually the king has trouble getting sounds out from the get-go, blocked by sputtering pauses.

His stammer is aggravated by stressful situations, like confronting his brother or addressing the public. He speaks better when playing with his daughters. It also helps when he sings his words or inserts profanity, or when music blaring in his ears keeps him from hearing himself.

These are complicated symptoms, but experts say these details, devised by a screenwriter who stammered, mirror many aspects of actual stammering.

In that complexity are clues to this often devastating disorder’s cause, say scientists who are starting to untangle the underpinnings of stammering in hopes of finding better treatment.

No one really knows what causes stammering.

People say a stammer is like an iceberg – a small bit above the surface, but a huge mass of tension and emotion concealed underneath.

There are some people who fear stammering openly, and as a result, have lots of 'tricks' to avoid stammering. For example, switching words they think they will stammer on and not participating in situations where they have stammered in the past.

People who stammer are fluent at times, perhaps when by themselves or with friends. At other times they stammer, and this may occur more frequently when tired, excited or under stress. The stammer may be worse when speaking to someone in authority or on the telephone. Why is it that stammerers are fluent at times, and at other times, not?

Researchers say stammering is really a speech-production problem: a snag in the cascade of steps that our brains and bodies undertake to move the proper muscles to produce words.

“People who stammer have motor difficulties in producing fluent speech,” said Luc De Nil, a speech-language pathologist at the University of Toronto. “They don’t have difficulty developing words or syntax, although they may process language differently. They have difficulty with efficient coordination of motor movements, and speech is such a high-demand fine-motor skill that requires extremely fast sequencing and timing.”

Speaking involves brain areas responsible not only for language, but for hearing, planning, emotion, breathing and movement of the jaw, lips, tongue and neck. Anne Smith, a stammering expert at  Purdue University, said that in stammerers, “the generals in the brain, who control soldiers, which are the muscles, aren’t sending out the right signals to the soldiers, so they just get all mixed up and run around.”

Stammering, which affects about 5 percent of children, usually begins between age 2 and 6. While about 50 percent of stammerers have family members who have stammered, it is so far impossible to know who will develop it.

One of the disorder’s most intriguing characteristics, scientists now say, is that a child exhibits no signs of the disorder until it strikes, usually when talking becomes more complicated.

“Everything looks fine, and suddenly it doesn’t look fine.”

For unclear reasons, boys are twice as likely to stammer, and up to four times as likely to continue stammering into adulthood. About 75 percent of children eventually stop stammering, some with therapy and some without, but there is no predicting who will recover. So far, drugs have shown unimpressive results, or have caused severe side effects, and experts say the problem is so complex that a single pill is unlikely to cure all stammering.

Scientists are finding some answers, though. By examining images of the brains of people who began stammering as children and people who started stammering after a stroke, Dr. De Nil has found excess activity in areas involved in speech motor control and coordination of the movements needed for speech.

These brain areas may be working overtime because stammerers do not develop the “automatic pattern of speaking” that nonstammerers have, said Dr. Smith. “It’s the difference between driving a Mercedes you can trust that you just get in and it’s going to go and driving a 40-year-old Toyota that doesn’t go very well.”

Dr. De Nil also found less activity in a brain area involved in hearing oneself. Reasons are unclear, but it may reflect, as in the movie, that stammerers find speaking easier when they tune out their stammer, Dr. Ratner said.

Scientists have also found motor difficulties in some nonverbal activities that involve sequences. Dr. De Nil has found that stammerers have trouble tapping out number sequences on a keyboard. Dr. Smith has found that stammering children have trouble continuing to clap a beat after music is turned off.

Genes almost certainly play a role for about half of all stammerers. Dennis Drayna, a scientist at the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, has identified gene mutations that appear to be associated with stammering in a Pakistani family and others. But he and others say there are likely to be different mutations related to stammering in other families.

Environmental factors may contribute too. Trauma and stress do not cause stammering, but can exacerbate it, Dr. Ratner said, and stammering can cause anxiety that makes the experience worse.

A stammerer should get the help of a speech and language therapist.
In addition to speech therapy, I offer hypnotherapy, EMDR and neuroimagination and this proves to be helpful to address some of the psychological issues and fears related to stammering. However, on its own, hypnosis doesn’t 'cure' stammering, although it may be that immediately following a session, fluency is improved, even dramatically, but only if followed up with practice of technique, this is likely to last.

 

Richard Oerton recalls his experiences with King George VI's speech therapist Lionel Logue. “I must have been about eleven, and Lionel Logue about 67, when my father first took me to see him. I had a severe stammer and I should have been grateful to my father, who was a solicitor practising in north Devon: the train journey to London was long and tedious and Logue's fees were probably substantial. (During one of my visits, my father wrote him a cheque for too small an amount and was gently corrected.) But he knew that Logue had helped King George, and decided that he could help me if anyone could, so there I was.

I vividly recall Logue's kindness. In my experience, it has not been entirely unknown for speech therapists to criticise their patients' efforts, almost as if they are trying to bully them into fluency. Logue wasn't like that. Quite a slight man, with white hair and rather delicate features, his voice was always slow, warm and friendly, still with a trace of an Australian accent, and he gave me nothing but encouragement.

On that first visit, he paid close attention to my breathing and, having done so, told my father that he was sure he could help me. In this, I should disclose at once, he was wrong: my stammer did not improve noticeably under his care (nor, for that matter, was it ever to do so under anyone else's), but he did his best. Breathing was, in his view, very important. Like most people, he said, I breathed only from the upper part of my lungs. I must breathe also from the diaphragm. Apart from giving me more wind, the resulting movement of this lower part of my lung would "work against a nerve centre", so calming me down.

Of course he never talked about his relationship with the Duke of York, who came to the throne as King George VI after the abdication. However, my father, did venture to say on this first visit, "Aren't we all lucky that what happened did happen?", and Logue agreed to that.

Lionel Logue

Logue believed that stammering was often triggered by a traumatic experience - one of his patients had started to stammer as a child after being sucked into a swimming pool outlet - but I could produce no obvious trauma myself. I have seen Logue's view about this described as psychoanalytical, but of course it wasn't. A psychoanalyst would have wanted to uncover the unconscious meaning which the trauma had for the child at the stage of emotional development when it happened, and I'm sure this was not Logue's approach. Nor indeed was his approach, at least to me, in any way an overtly psychological one, except in the sense that it radiated warmth and reassurance. It seems that he encouraged the King to swear: he never suggested this to me, but I can see the psychological purpose behind it. Oddly enough, I decided quite instinctively to tell one of my own children to shout swear words when she had an episode of stammering which proved to be brief. It is said of some psychotherapists that they heal their patients more through their personalities than through their techniques, and I suspect that the patients whom Logue helped were helped mainly in this way.

By my second visit, I had succeeded in changing my breathing in the way he wanted, and he was pleased. From then onwards, I must have seen him, at irregular intervals, for about five years. To begin with, I went with my father or my mother, but later on I went by myself. When I first saw him, he was practising in Harley Street, but later he retired to a rather grand block of flats called Princes Court, opposite Harrods, and I saw him there.

All this was some sixty years ago, and I have forgotten most of what happened during these visits. I believe that he offered a few techniques, such as starting a word softly and slowly, but I think his main concern was to give me the experience of fluency: he got me to read aloud, sometimes from newspapers, and sometimes from exercise cards which he had prepared. I recall, for example, being made to intone, "This, that, these, those", "Lip, lap, lop", and similar sets of words, many times. And there was one exercise which sometimes reduced me, to Logue's delight, to helpless laughter: "Benjamin Bramble Blimber borrowed the baker's birchen broom to brush the blinding cobwebs from his brain".

My school, when the therapy began, was an independent preparatory boarding school in Chichester - anyone who feels affronted by the privileged education which this implies may be comforted to know that I hated nearly every minute of it - and on several occasions I was allowed to take the train to London on my own in order to see Logue. I think the school had reservations about the whole thing: soon after I started seeing him, the headmaster told my father that Logue's efforts seemed to have made my stammer worse rather than better. When my father reported this to Logue, he spoke briefly about the pettiness of some schoolmasters and said that it was bound to be worse during a period of transition.

Between visits I was supposed to do breathing exercises and word exercises, and to read aloud to someone. In term time this was done under Matron's supervision. I looked forward to my visits to her room because she often had a piece of toast left over from her tea: at school I was perpetually hungry and I can still remember the joy with which I consumed this dry toast. Once she gave me a book by Somerset Maugham to read aloud and I came upon the sentence, "They both married whores." I paused on this and asked, "What on earth is a whore?" - pronouncing it, because I had never heard the word, "wore" instead of "hore". Matron didn't attempt an explanation but said, "That isn't a very nice word, and actually that isn't a very nice book." She found me another.

I went on to public school but my father died while I was there and I left at sixteen. My sporadic visits to Lionel Logue continued, and for a while I stayed at a hotel in Cromwell Road, the Vanderbilt, where the charges were fortunately much lower than its name would suggest, and walked from there every few days to see him in Princes Court. He was kind, welcoming and encouraging as always, but every so often he would stop talking, put his hands between his legs, grimace and double up with pain. After a while the pain would recede and he would continue. Once he apologised, but added, as if to reassure us both, "But I know I'm teaching as well as ever I did." And once, when I said I hoped he would soon be better, he replied dismissively, "Oh, this isn't going to get any better."

This period of more concentrated treatment ended by mutual consent, but a little later I went with my mother to see him again. The door of his flat was opened by a nurse, who said he was too ill to keep the appointment. Then there was a scurrying and Lionel Logue himself appeared in pyjamas and dressing gown, trying to push in front of the nurse. "Oh," he said, "I want to see him. And his mother." But the nurse hustled him away. My mother, reasonably enough perhaps, though she seemed not to take in the pathos of what had just happened, complained that our appointment should have been cancelled before we set off from Devon. I myself was moved and saddened to have caught this glimpse of him. It proved to be the last. Not very long afterwards, listening to the wireless, I heard a news bulletin, its first words: "The death has been announced of Mr. Lionel Logue ..."."

 

References: http://www.stammering.org/index.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/26/us/26stutter.html?scp=8&sq=king's%20speech&st=cse
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-1361046/OSCARS-2011-The-Kings-Speech-proves-stammer-ashamed-of.html
http://www.nature.com/news/2011/110202/full/470007a.html

 

 

 

Sunday
Jan302011

Ich will (Quiero) Unconditional love

Consultations and sessions are also available via email, skype, or phone (assisted by an interpret if requested). Email rainer.arendt@doublecheck.ch or call +41788250803 or +41442121100 to arrange an appointment time with Dr. Rainer Arendt.

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 Tina Deininger & Gerhard Jaugstetter. Tango Motiv Nr. 197-2. Cadolzburg, 2002 (ars vivendi verlag).

 

Ich will, daß du mir zuhörst, ohne über mich zu urteilen
Quiero que me oigas sin juzgarme
I want you to listen to me without judging me

Ich will, daß Du Deine Meinung sagst, ohne mir Ratschläge zu erteilen
Quiero que opines sin acensejarme
I want you to speak your mind without giving me advice

Ich will, daß du mir vertraust, ohne etwas zu erwarten
Quiero que confies en mi sin exigirme
I want you to trust me without expecting anything

Ich will, daß du mir hilfst, ohne für mich zu entscheiden
Quiero que me ayudes sin intentar decidir por mi
I want you to help me without deciding for me

Ich will, daß du für mich sorgst, ohne mich zu erdrücken
Quiero que me cuides tin anularme
I want you to care for me without smothering me

Ich will, daß du mich siehst, ohne dich in mir zu sehen
Quiero que me mires sin proyectar tus cosas en mi
I want you to see me without seeing yourself in me

Ich will, daß du mich umarmst, ohne mir den Atem zu rauben
Quiero que me abraces sin asfixiarme
I want you to hug me without suffocating me

Ich will, daß du mir Mut machst, ohne mich zu bedrängen
Quiero que me animes sin empujarme
I want you to encourage me without hassling me

Ich will, daß du mich hältst, ohne mich festzuhalten
Quiero que me sostengas sin hacerte cargo mi
I want you to hold me without holding me down

Ich will, daß du mich beschützt, aufrichtig
Quiero que me protejas sin mentiras
I want you to protect me without lying

Ich will, daß du dich näherst, doch nicht als Eindringling
Quiero que te acerques sin invadirme
I want you to come closer without intruding

Ich will, daß du all das kennst, was dir an mir mißfällt
Quiero que conozcas las cosas mías que más te disgusten
I want you to know everything that displeases you about me

daß du es akzeptierst, versuchst es nicht zu ändern
que las aceptes y no pretendas cambiarles
that you accept this and do not try to change it

Ich will, daß du weißt.....daß du heute auf mich zählen kannst...
Quiero que sepas...que hoy puedes contar conmigo...
I want you to know ... that you can count on me today

Bedingungslos.
Sin condiciones.
Unconditionally

(Jorge Bucay)

Saturday
Jan292011

The traditional art of graffiti in the Engadine

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Romansh: rumantsch/rumauntsch/romontsch; German: Rätoromanisch; Italian:Romancio is one of the four national languages of Switzerland, along with GermanItalian and French. It is one of the Rhaeto-Romance languages, believed to have descended from the Vulgar Latin variety spoken by Roman era occupiers of the region, and, as such, is closely related to FrenchOccitan and Lombard, as well as other Romance languages to a lesser extent.

As of the 2000 Swiss Census, it is spoken by 35,095 residents of the canton of Graubünden (Grisons) as the language of "best command", and 61,815 in the "best command" plus "most spoken" categories. Spoken now by around 0.9% of Switzerland's 7.7 million inhabitants, it is Switzerland's least-used national language in terms of number of speakers.

Romansh is an umbrella term covering a group of closely related dialects, spoken in southern Switzerland and all belonging to the Rhaeto-Romance language family. The other members of this language family are spoken in northern ItalyLadin, to which Romansh is more closely related, is spoken by some 22,550 in the Dolomite mountains of Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol, and Friulian is spoken by between 550,000 and 595,000 people in northeastern Italy.

Romansh is spoken in the Swiss canton of Grisons or Graubünden, "the Grey League", which preserves the name of the self-defence organisation of Romance speakers set up in the 15th century. It became part of Switzerland in 1803. Germans once called this language Chur-Wälsch, "foreign speech of Chur" (the English word "Welsh" had the same origin), for Chur was once the centre of Romansh. This is cited as one possible explanation of the origin of the modern term "Kauderwelsch" meaning gibberish. However, most of Grisons, including Chur and even its cross-river suburb of Welschdörfli ("little foreign-language-speaking village"), now speak German; Romansh survives only in the upper valleys of the Rhine and the Inn. Romansh speakers nowadays almost always are multilingual, being able to speak standard German and Italian as well as the local Graubünden dialect of Swiss German.

Lovely literature has been published in Romansh since the mid-16th century. The Engadine dialect was first printed as early as 1552 in Jacob Bifrun's Christiauna fuorma, a catechism; a translation of the New Testament followed in 1560.

Here are the first verse of three verse poem by Peider Lansel (1863–1943), translated by M.E. Maxfield:

MASSA BOD! (TOO SOON!)
O sblacha fluoretta, (O, pale little flow'ret,)
tu vainsch massa bod! (Too soon thou art here!)
amo be suletta (Alone in the wildwood)
at dervasch nil god. (And full of vague fear.)

For further details see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romansh_language

 

Wall inscriptions in form of the Sgraffito have been popular in the Engadine since the 15th century, most of the traditional Engadine houses have them.

The typical Engadine house style with the massive stone front and small funnel-shaped windows that allowed a maximum of light to enter the interior with a minimum loss of heat.

The word graffiti originates from the Italian and means scratched. Graffiti designs are not painted but scratched into a lime plaster.

For your orientation a map of the Engadine, with the most important locations. Traveling there is curative for all kinds of sorrows and Seelenschmerz....

 

Texts and following images are examples from the beautiful book by Erna Romeril, Engadiner Lebensweisheiten. Crailsheim 2011 (Baier BPB Verlag). These rare photographic volumes I usually find at my favorite Zurich bookseller, Buchhandlung am Hottingerplatz, Cornelia Schweizer, Hottingerstrasse 35.

You will find this inscription in Samedan. L'umaun sainz'amur es scu ün pro sainza flur. A human being without love is like a meadow without flowers.

 

 

From Samedan. Quista chesa nun es tia, tü crajast cha la saja mia, neir quel chi zieva me gnaro co stabla dmura nu varo. The house you see before you is neither your house nor is it mine. Nor will it belong to those who come after us for no one finds a permanent home on this earth.

 

 

From Madulain. Dür cun dür nu fo bun mür. A good wall must be made of hard stone and soft mortar.

 

 

 

From Zuoz. Traunter her e damaun tia vit' hest in maun. Between yesterday and tomorrow is the time you have your life in your own hands.

 

 

From Zuoz. Sine arte sine amore non est vita. Life is not worth living without art and without love.

 

 

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