Friday, January 25, 2013

Meet My Twin!!

Doppelgängers in simple terms mean any double or look-alike of a person.

If you met your Doppelgänger today, what questions would you want to ask?

Photo: My Twin by Gonzalo Haro, Uruguay

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Learn something new everyday!

Today’s Word: “Gamba”

Gamba which stands for “Fog” in the Vili language is located in Gabon. According to wiki, Gamba is or was a oil hub in a village of fisherman and huntsman gatherers.  Here is the link

Gamba is also an instrument which looks like a cross between the violin and cello hence the more common name of Viola Da Gamba. 

Here is a link to the New York Chapter of the American Society dedicated to this decades old piece. 

Enjoy sounds of the Viola da Gamba

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

"I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy.  
I woke and I saw that life is all service.  
I served and I saw that service is joy."
 - Khalil Gibran

They say that when you are busy helping others the Universe helps you...take time to ponder.

Be well and Happy Tuesday!!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Celebrating Diversity

By Lisa Joseph
with reprint permission

peace in our hearts and love in the wind
doors open wide - welcoming
all races
from places
on a map so easy to share,
thoughts and dreams
and laughter, no fear.
in a time when equality is key
when joy’s within thee
when people join hands
helping one another
from distant lands.
to care, to know,
better dare to grow
seeing a future that is bright
where all colors shine in the light
from any corner - one race
feeling honored
that’s our place
to be red, blue, green - true
every shade, every hue
diversity - long overdue.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Just like a Star!!

“Begin doing what you want to do now. 
We are not living in eternity. 
We have only this moment, 
sparkling like a star in our hand
and melting like a snowflake...”
- Frances Bacon, Sr.

Corrine Bailey Rae "Like a Star"

Thursday, January 17, 2013

A Sunkissed Chance

“Life offers you a thousand chances... all you have to do is take one.”
― Frances Mayes, Under the Tuscan Sun
Enough said – No?

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

So the question is?

This is my mantra. I question everything. Once I got a fortune cookie message that stated: “Curiosity is Life”. I so agree; if we do not ask questions
…we will never discover new wonderful things
…we may never see life in a different way
…we will never grow as individuals
…we will never know the answer
…we will never learn new things
…we may never fully live
…we just accept
…they talk
…we do

Breakout – Breakaway – Break Free -- Change Minds – Change Laws – Change Seats
Photo:  Microsoft Clip Art

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

"And So It Goes With God" - Life of Pi

Writer Nicole Richards Sharpe aka "Ambrosia"

The film, Life of Pi, is based on the award winning novel of the same name by Yann Martel.  Ang Lee's directorial adaptation though is purely masterful.  Visually it is unadulterated moving art.  The story centers around the life of a young man, Piscene Patel or Pi for short whose search for God began at a very young age.  This role is played wonderfully by Suraj Sharma and then Irrfan Khan as the adult Pi. The adult Pi retells his story to a local novelist who is interested in a good story.  What he gets is more than a good story.  It is a life changing adventure that will have you look at your life through a different lens. 

When the boat that Pi's family is traveling on is shipwrecked, he is forced to survive on his own, drifting across the Pacific Ocean for months with a Bengal tiger from his parent's zoo named Richard Parker as his companion.  The story behind the tiger's name is interesting too. 

There are many analogies to life and humanity vs. animalism throughout the film.  Pi finds himself alone on the large lonely, frightening ocean of life.  Sometimes the ocean gives and sometimes it takes away.  The after effect of Pi's suffering is beauty; beauty of realization; beauty of the Creator.  Ang Lee did a terrific job weaving two thought provoking story lines together.  Your belief system will guide you as to which story you choose to believe.  I don't want to give away too much information for those who have yet to see the movie but I urge you to run out and see it in theaters where you will be able to experience all of its extraordinary elements to the fullest.

When the adult Pi ends his story, the novelist is dumbfounded.  Pi asks him, "Which story do you prefer?"  When the novelist chooses, Pi smiles and says very guru-like, "And so it goes with God".  Life of Pi is a must see.   

Monday, January 14, 2013

How does your garden grow?

Mistress Mary, Quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With Silver Bells, And Cockle Shells,
And so my garden grows. 


Why is this English Nursery  rhyme so important for today? Well, it is long believed that nursery rhymes like this one reference Catholicism, as well as famous ladies whom were the pillars in their communities and who hid their multitude of issues with home, country and foe behind good graces. Unfortunately, friend; this is no more. Good graces out the window, we hang our dirty laundry out these days like a badge of honor. It seems normal, but what does it really create – How does your garden grow?

Are we doing things to please the creator? Are we living without ego?
Are we allowing our light to shine? Do we take time to help our fellow man/woman?
Are we operating only from selfish mode? Do we take time to stop and smell the roses?
Are we in a place where the seeds we have planted prior are now blossoming into a garden filled with amazing color?

Well if answers in the negative have left you wondering…you have already taken the first step in consciously correcting damaging behavior. Today’s society, where we are moving through our everyday lives with a lack of constraint, ask yourself, are we building a better life for the future?. Have we watered, fertilized our garden? Have we expanded it to bloom and spread out making the world a better place? 

Look around, and plant seeds that you want to see produce tasty fruit. Nurture it with kindness, water it with love and fill it with loads of sunshine. You will be better off because of it and so will the folks around you.

Continue to bask in the light!

Photo: Microsoft Clip Art