Rüber to Münstermaifeld, Germany: 1978

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Maja Weidemueller on June 3, 2010

... on the beaches, in the desert, among the stars - wherever you want, dear Swaggie


Ian Stehbens on June 3, 2010

Dear Matilda,

And he sang as he watched and waited till his billy boiled.

And she waltzed ~~~~ and waltzed ~~~~ and kept on waltzing ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~, leaving the old man sitting beside the fire. With that much waltzing even the Australian Outback won't have horizons big enough to contain her!

But her voice could be heard,

as she waltzed beyond the horizon,


"You'll come a waltzing, m'darlin' with me."

Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda,

Who'll come a waltzing Matilda with me?

And her voice may be heard, as she waltzed beyond the horizon,

"You'll come a waltzing, m'darlin' with me."

Maja Weidemueller on June 4, 2010

She waltzed down the horizon,

and waltzing she returned

"where is my Swaggieman,

the one for whom I yearn?"


Sat down by the fireside

leaned towards his shoulder

listened to his tales of wide

and asked him just to hold her...


The sun came and they went waltzing

waltzing along the shore

Swaggieman and Matilda

no strangers any more.


Who'll come a-waltzing, my Swaggieman,

who'll cme a-waltzing m'darin with me?

Waltzing and carrying a bag of tales,

waltzing, my Swaggieman, with me.

Ian Stehbens on June 7, 2010

I just hope that you never stop waltzing, dear Matilda. ~~~ ~~~ ~~~

With this high quality verse in English, I cannot imagine what you might pen in your passionate Spanish or in your elegant Deutsch!

Maja Weidemueller on June 17, 2010

Language is just a shape, hiding or revealing contents my dear Ian ~ understanding does not depend on language ~ but thank you for appreciating my rudimentary English, feels good, I must admit. And, BTW, I promise to never stop waltzing ~ as long as my Swaggieman waltzes with me ~ Matilda ~~~~

Ian Stehbens on June 24, 2010

Right now, dear Maja, I am surrounded by the language of children expressed as art. The children of North Bali have prepared images of peace and conflict and I am impressed by their insights and hope. Eventually on return to base I will have to post some of their work on the Peacebuilders www.site for your comment and appreciation.

Special greetings from Bali,


Maja Weidemueller on June 28, 2010

Children are the greatest treasure on earth, lucky you! Hope you can give them hope and strength and inspire them to become truly human - great job you are doing. Proud share this with you dear Ian.

Love, Maja

Ian Stehbens on June 29, 2010

Dear ~~~~Maja~~~~

It was more a case of the children giving me hope and strength and inspiration!! But your encouragement is special to me. When I left North Bali I was given a document that establishes a Cinta (Love) Center in North Bali for the purpose of building peace, reducing violence and transforming conflicts. Those creating the centre are my former students, and I am so proud of them and what they are doing.

More another time.

Ian ~~~

Maja Weidemueller on June 30, 2010

Collecting the harvest dear Ian ~ must be a wonderful feeling after having tought for so many years ~ really proud of you ~ good luck in Medan.

Maja ~~~

Ian Stehbens on July 4, 2010

Exactly... Maja. Just as you must have been feeling in your recent closure and in the new invitation. I trust you feel the appreciation of your recent students as you move on into a new opportunity to inspire.


Maja Weidemueller on July 4, 2010

Its a strange moment in my life Ian ~ as if the earth held her breath ~ but the prospects are promisiing, and I am most thankful for this new beginning ~ will try to learn and to appreciate it. Thank you for being there...


Ian Stehbens on July 22, 2010

Thank you Maja for sharing your thoughts and changes and love with me. Take that waltz step with you as you go.


Bobsky. on January 16, 2012

Hi Ian Good wide view full of content village scene.(Like5) Regards Bob

Ian Stehbens on January 17, 2012

Thanks very much, Bob. Portion of this photo was used on the cover of one of my books on Settlement Patterns and Processes. But better than that, are the memories of the warm welcome I and my family received from the residents of the village.


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