About

img_1066Past my prime, I can safely say that life has thrown me many opportunities and challenges and it still does – I learn and I grow. In another life I have been busy with temporary vegetable picking and other odd occupations. I was a librarian, a journalist, a columnist, a writer for a woman’s magazine.  Today I work as a communication specialist. This task  has thrown me quite around a bit as I  worked for several international humanitarian (eg. Doctors Without Borders) and multilateral organisations (UN), in Africa and India.  I have visited beautiful and ugly corners in this world.  I have seen war, famine, poverty, and sickness, and what it can do to us humans.

To research my novel “Der private Himmel” I spent some time with a tribe of the indigenous San in the East of Namibia.  Through all this, there is one thing that stuck with me. Life is unjust, and often unnecessarily so. Poetry and writing is my refuge, it helps me to digest. Not that I will be changing the world with it. But somehow I came to realize that music, art, poetry and literature often break barriers and boundaries and can overcome obstacles between humans. For the same purpose I also studied intercultural communication later in my life. The main goal was to at least try to understand what unites and what divides us. Trying to bridge the gaps is what keeps me going…

On a more personal note: I am Dutch by origin and Swiss by naturalisation, married to an artist and a fellow foreigner, and I live in Switzerland.

66 thoughts on “About

  1. hi eva – what a wonderful blog you have here, i look forward to reading more from you, and thank you for reading and following me as well – peace, beth

    • Hi Beth, found your blog through Robin, her post about “Word Views”. Upon your recommandation I watched Vivan las antipodas and loved it very much – so I went and visited your blog, and found it very inspiring too. Hence the following – thanks for following mine too! best, eva

    • Dear Salva
      thank you so much for the honour. But as you may have nocticed, I have barely time this year to keep up my blog – life is always taking over 🙂 so I have told this others before who kindly nominated me for an award: I sincerly appreciate the gesture, but will be unable to honour the procedure – simply for reasons of time. But I’ll gladly keep following your blog http://salvaveniaxxl.wordpress.com/ 🙂 Thanks again!

      • Thanks a lot for your kind reply. I understand very well; at present I am also a little bit struggling to keep the blog alive, due to work-overload … 🙂

        Wishing you all the best!
        Salva

  2. Die Poesie hier hat ihren eigenen, ganz persönlichen Stil. Meist sehr melodiös und eingänglich, immer jedoch als Mittler. Die sich vor dem inneren Auge öffnenden Bilder resonieren stark, die Assoziation gelingt jederzeit und fordert den Leser zur Reflektion. Danke dafür.

    • Thank you, do not understand Norvegian 🙂 but went to the website of the Rijksmuseum. I once briefly (long time ago) met Alain de Botton when he still lived in Zürich. He has had some interesting points of view. But that “Art is Therapy” is very true (for those who enjoy it and those who create it) and not new. Unfortunately we do not teach enough Art in schools – I bet there would be a lot less stressed out people walking around in the world 😉

  3. Thank you so much for stopping by and you a very talented writer!:)
    God bless you
    Lots of love
    Zara:)

    • Thanks likewise for visitimg my blog. II seem to have little time for blogging these days. But when I do I like to see what my fellow bloggers are working on.

  4. Congratulations, Eva! I nominated you for the Shauny Award and you may see some people wandering from my post, since I gave your link. I hope you may accept the award, or at least read the others who I nominated for this award! Take care and enjoy your day! Smiles. Robin

  5. Thanks for showing interest in what I put out too. I sincerely hope you continue to find my works entertaining & pleasurable. Be safe.

  6. Ciao Eva…Thank you for the follow! Please be aware that my blog is a bilingual one (as yours?).
    So you may get links to some poems in English as well as to some in Italian…
    When you do not know the language be patient, just ignore the email, please.
    I’m trying to keep the posting balanced between the two languages.
    Anna

  7. Thank you so much for dropping by my blog, and spending some time there.
    You have such a vibrantly beautiful web journal! Your writings enliven up the morning . Really glad to connect with you. Keep visiting. 🙂

    Best wishes and love
    Tanumoy

  8. Thanks for your thinking of me for the versatile blogger award. However, I don’t accept these awards. Sorry! In the spirit of it all I sometimes draw attention to other blogs which I hope other people will love to read.

    • No worries, I totally understand. It is quite time consuming to follow these awards. And I appreciate your efforts to support other bloggers in your own way 🙂

  9. You’ve been nominated for the Liebster Blog award for bloggers.(I was nominated for another award yesterday and it is at the top of the post.) Here is the set of criteria you should follow if you choose to continue with this.

    Look at my post “This is about nominations…” Down the page a ways is a statement iin light blue
    OKAY ROUND TWO
    Again, you have been nominated for the Liebster Blog Award. Please follow the directions after the OKAY ROUND TWO.
    Thanks for helping me and congratulations.
    If this is unclear let me know.
    Thanks again

  10. An awesome profile indeed. Having interacted with a number of international and multilateral organizations in Africa and India other countries makes you a person with an open mind a global citizen.

    Excellent blog and namaste from India 🙂

    • Dhanyavad or shukriya! That is very kind! I do feel blessed having had the opportunity to see many different ways of dealing with life and India has taught me a lot 🙂

  11. i loved seeing your site. Like running into a room full of color and cheerfulness… beautifully done up. And don’t say you can;t change the world with poetry…. if you and I and a few more poets join hands, we can! Have a good weekend and god bless u, Eva!

    • Thank you so much! That is immensly kind, and yes, maybe you can change something – I know that I prefer to express things rather than keep quiet, because voices need to be heard. Your blog is amazing too! Will follow gladly 🙂

  12. Thanks for wandering through my blog and liking my posts. I have had a chance now to wander through yours and am quite impressed with both your poetry and your history. What remarkable experience! Thank you for sharing.

  13. Interesting that someone would like a post about a lone security guard…but glad you did! You are well-spoken in your poetry style. Thank you for allowing me to make your acquaintance. —Jonathan Caswell, bythemightymumford.wordpress.com

  14. l am glad you liked my post (The L. A. Times….) please visit again.Warm regards.jalal

  15. Dear Eva Van Beek, profound about.Impressive background.Shedding light on human suffering around the world could help the United Nation and the Human rights agencies to do something .l write about human trafficking,Women’s suffering of the injustice always, specially in the Middle – East (the atrocity of honor killing.)Thank you for following my website.Sincerely jalal

    • Thank you so much Jalal Michael Sabbagh – I always wanted to fight against injustice, only my means (even when working for the UN and other organizations) remain limited. But the more people write about injustice (also in the media) the more impact it may have.

  16. Wow..thank you so much for coming to my blog because that led me to yours and just reading a few of your poems in the limited time I have this morning shows you are a writer of incredible quality!!! I am obviously going to follow your blog, and look forward to reading more over time. 🙂 🙂

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