Looking at
the Cup Half Full
since 1966

How do you pronounce that?

“Holzapfel” actually means crabapple (Holz = Wood, Apfel = Apple).

This is not German for beginners, though.

Just call me Klaus.

Conversation Starters

Non-violent Communication

This is simply another way to make the world a better place. We can keep yelling at each other (online and offline) or we tone it down and try to understand what others are actually trying to say. For starters I highly recommend Marshall Rosenberg’s book on the topic.

Common Sense

Need to discuss common sense?
Does someone need a dose of it?
Are the principles unclear?
Doubting its benefits?
Please get in touch!


We are ALL so much better off with a higher level of empowerment. Women, minorities, immigrants: stronger together with a sprinkle of Ubuntu on top please!


One of my strongest realizations is how limited our time on earth really is. Therefore having a purpose in life and using it as a guide is of high priority for me. This is not necessarily the easy route. I keep challenging myself. My journey has ups and downs and many of them have been recorded on this blog.

Random Acts of Kindness

Buying a cup for someone else. Paying for someone’s groceries. Giving flowers to a stranger. Shoveling someone’s driveway. Generally this is not something we talk about a lot. It’s something we simply do. Beware: Once you know how good it feels one can become addicted.


My quarrels with FIFA and the 2022 World Cup

My quarrels with FIFA and the 2022 World Cup

Dec 8, 20226 min read

I decided to boycott the 2022 World Cup long ago and haven’t watched a second of the footage. “Boycott” might not be the right word since I’m simply choosing not to watch the games. Of course, I was never a significant factor in economic terms. Yes, I bought a couple…

A canvas for the holidays

A canvas for the holidays

Dec 8, 20224 min read

For many years I used to live in an HOA (home owners associaton) controlled neighborhood in Westminster, just north of Denver. After my divorce I didn’t need to discuss home decoration plans with anyone else and felt like adding a splash of color to the neighborhood. I find the traditional…

FB June 2021

FB June 2021

Jun 30, 20214 min read

NHOP was a real someone. A total giant on the bass. When I hear Denmark I still think of him. Certainly better than your regular “Danish” at the grocery store ;) Updated Jun 02, 2021 7:09:14pm Jun 02, 2021 7:09:14pm No more Bibi. Can you believe it?  Let’s see how…

FB May 2021

FB May 2021

May 30, 20216 min read

https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2021/05/02/police-low-vaccination-rates-safety-concerns/ My solution would be quite simple: I’d put every single officer on.leave without pay until they come back vaccinated. I could foresee people suing a police department because they got covd from an officer that enforced their presence on them.  Of course the unions protect this behavior. Unfortunately they…

FB April 2021

FB April 2021

Apr 30, 20218 min read

Things in Germany look pretty dire. Instead of vaccinations, they are doing tests. The people are not happy. Red tape, political chaos, and now the national soccer team stumbles and loses against a country none of us ever learned anything about in school. Simply because it didn’t exist. North Macedonia…

FB March 2021

FB March 2021

Mar 31, 20214 min read

The first two are definitely true without a doubt. As for the great cars:A friend of mine had a Beetle where the heat was always running on full power. That was a little sub par when we ended up in a major traffic jam at 100 degree weather. My balls…

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