Kein leises Servus: Wie ich mich in der aktuellen MK verabschiede – und wo man sich bewirbt, um selber Chefredakteur zu werden

Anmerkung nach Druckgang der letzten Ausgabe: Ein herzliches Dankeschön für die vielen netten Grüße und Glückwünsche! Vergelt's Gott. In der Süddeutschen Zeitung (SZ) hat Kollege Jakob Wetzl berichtet: "Von München in die Welt" In einer guten Stunde geht sie in Druck, die 30. Ausgabe der Münchner Kirchenzeitung im Jahr 2015. Und damit auch mein Abschied… Continue reading Kein leises Servus: Wie ich mich in der aktuellen MK verabschiede – und wo man sich bewirbt, um selber Chefredakteur zu werden

Day 170 of the Great Big Marathon 10k Swimming Adventure: Three months out from the race – the first outside swim of the year!

Finally! After more than seven months doing laps indoors, it was time to swim outside. As much as I enjoy my 6am swims in the indoor pool – this was a treat. And one I hope to repeat soon. [Begin v/o with Morgan Freeman's voice] Imagine a balmy evening after a long, hot summers' day in… Continue reading Day 170 of the Great Big Marathon 10k Swimming Adventure: Three months out from the race – the first outside swim of the year!

How to spot a swimmer on dry land

How do you spot a swimmer on dry land? It used to be easy: Just follow the faint trail of chlorine. Not anymore. With filtration systems improving these days, arguably the best way is to look for a certain type of person huddled in a large, fluffy parka, according to Mike Gustafson, who is dissecting… Continue reading How to spot a swimmer on dry land

Pope Benedict XVI: A personal tribute to the man who resigned two years ago today

My first encounter with Pope Benedict XVI. was marked by his absence. I stood, gently rocked by the waves of the Pacific, where he would stand in a few days' time: on the front deck of the boat that would take him into Sydney Harbour. A number of journalists had been invited ahead of the… Continue reading Pope Benedict XVI: A personal tribute to the man who resigned two years ago today

Wir brauchen ein Islamgesetz

An Deutlichkeit nichts zu wünschen übrig ließ Kardinal Reinhard Marx mit seiner Aussage zum Umgang mit dem selbst-ernannten “Islamischen Staat” (IS). Der IS muß gestoppt werden, so der Vorsitzende der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz zum Abschluß der Frühjahrsvollversammlung am Donnerstag. Er sprach damit aus, was nicht nur alle Bischöfe von Bundesregierung und Staatengemeinschaft verlangen, sondern auch die… Continue reading Wir brauchen ein Islamgesetz

Day 73 of the Great Big 10k Swimming Adventure: Cracking the 5k milestone (and thoughts on why I really hate sprint sets)

Yay. Have not had time to blog, but I actually reached a milestone in the Great Big Swimming Adventure this Tuesday morning: For the first time, I swam a straight 5k. After a crappy night's sleep (I woke at 1:30am and could not go back to sleep till about 3:30am, brain in overdrive, then woke… Continue reading Day 73 of the Great Big 10k Swimming Adventure: Cracking the 5k milestone (and thoughts on why I really hate sprint sets)

How the media is problematizing large families

Full disclosure: I am not only a father of four children but also a passive member of the association quoted below. There is some extremely interesting research and - speaking not just as a blogger but editor-in-chief of a weekly newspaper - devastating analysis of how the media creates and perpetuates stupid prejudices against families, especially… Continue reading How the media is problematizing large families

Day 54 of the Great Big 10k Marathon Swimming Adventure: Being “Pool-Blocked” …and a major life lesson about what matters most

Too much has happened again. Quick recap since my last update three days ago: Work trip to Augsburg meant I could give the indoor pool in Haunstetten a go - it was en route and I left a good hour earlier to swim there beforehand. Place is 1970s throwback to steel, glass and concrete; needs… Continue reading Day 54 of the Great Big 10k Marathon Swimming Adventure: Being “Pool-Blocked” …and a major life lesson about what matters most

Day 50 of the Great Big 10k Marathon Swimming Adventure: Building speed, experimenting with plant-based protein powder (and driving through blizzards)

Argh. I have been looking everywhere for the Garmin USB stick. Without it, I cannot transfer the data of my swims onto the computer. Anyway, till it shows up, let me just give you a breakdown of today and yesterday: 2 February 2015: Swam 3.400m all up - 136 lanes in the 25m pool. The… Continue reading Day 50 of the Great Big 10k Marathon Swimming Adventure: Building speed, experimenting with plant-based protein powder (and driving through blizzards)

Day 45 of the Great Big Marathon 10k Swimming Adventure: Cracking the 4k and dealing with neck pain

Brrr! I've just come in from an icy but breathtakingly beautiful morning outing with my wife. We took a refreshing (ok, bracing) walk in the snow up to a local hotel for a nice buffet breakfast (my wife won the voucher almost two years ago, and we finally got around to using it) and then we had a… Continue reading Day 45 of the Great Big Marathon 10k Swimming Adventure: Cracking the 4k and dealing with neck pain