Thursday, April 30, 2009
Oh. And if anyone knows how I can make these kind of images that I love so well, and pop up with according frequency (even though I clearly suck at posting them efficiently) on my blog, work - holler at your girl. Because sharing is caring.
Wash your hands. A lot.
Drink water - a lot.
And eat soup - preferably vegetable soup with onions and garlic for good measure.
Okay. Be healthy.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Now that we've found the silver lining... I'm going to (hopefully not so literally - although my klutz factor is wont to be rather high) hit the streets of Haifa - but you (yes. you.) can enjoy this song. *Train Song: Feist and Ben Gibbard cover Vashti Bunyan*
Head's up on the song? Courtesy NPR: Song of the Day
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Create in me a pure heart, O my God, and renew a tranquil conscience within me, O my Hope! Through the spirit of power confirm Thou me in Thy Cause, O my Best-Beloved, and by the light of Thy glory reveal unto me Thy path, O Thou the Goal of my desire! Through the power of Thy transcendent might lift me up unto the heaven of Thy holiness, O Source of my being, and by the breezes of Thine eternity gladden me, O Thou Who are my God! Let Thine everlasting melodies breathe tranquillity on me, O my Companion, and let the riches of Thine ancient countenance deliver me from all except Thee, O my Master, and let the tidings of the revelation of Thine incorruptible Essence bring me joy, O Thou Who art the most manifest of the manifest and most hidden of the hidden!
Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Sometimes I rely a little heavily on spell check - which the fine folks at blogger.com did not see fit to install with the standard version of A Day in the Life... - but it's cool because I keep my little handy dandy OED nearby, just in case style. One of the reasons I like my OED so well is because it tells me the origin of the word; sometimes, based on the origin of a particular word, I'm prompted to look up newer and different(er) words.
Just now, for my previous post (see below) in fact, I wanted to know how to spell mesmerize (I thought there were more z's than the doctor actually ordered) - so I looked it up. You will never guess what I learned!
mesmerism (n.) dated hypnotism.
- ORIGIN named after the Austrian physician Franz A. Mesmer
Kind of cool, huh?
Thank you for Control T - I swear sometimes it makes the music better."
*Excerpted from Things You Can Do, And Ways to Entertain Yourself When You've Read All of Your Books Several Times, And You Have No T.V. - coming soon to a self promoting e.t.s.y. blog store near you.*
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
And incase you missed it from a while back, let me remind you of one of the best and most powerful videos I've seen in a while. Watch, listen, learn, love.
Speaking of going places, I'm getting to that point in my service here at the Bahá’í World Centre where I need to figure out where to go and what to do....
Kind of daunting, but trust that my decision making process will - in some way, shape, or form - be reflected here. Stay tuned!
Friday, April 10, 2009
Yesterday I read two (!!) - I know, but I haven't read them in a while, and these two were already on my desk. So I thought to myself, self - you should read those and think about them for awhile. And you know what? After I read them - I felt totally better. So much so that I thought you might like to read them, too.
Courage transforms fear into determination. It is embracing life fully, without holding back, doing what must be done even when it is difficult or risky. When we are tempted to give up, courage supports us to take the next step. It allows us to face adversity with confidence. Courage opens us to new possibilities, and gives us the strength to sacrifice for what we love. At times we need courage to accept the truth, and to pick ourselves up after a mistake, ready to make amends and try again. Courage gives me the strength to make this journey with all my heart.
“Heart, be brave. If you cannot be brave, just go. Love’s glory is not a small thing.” – Jalal’u’Din Rumi
Hope is looking to the future with trust and faith. It is optimism in the face of adversity. Without hope, we lose our will to live fully. Hope gives us the courage to keep moving forward. It can be elusive when we have suffered often, yet it is the light that can redeem our dreams. With hope, we know we are not alone. There is always help when we are willing to ask. There are gifts to be gleaned from all that happens. With hope, we find the confidence to try and try again.
“The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.” – Barbara Kingsolver
p.s. I L.O.V.E. (!) this quote from Rumi - here it is again: “Heart, be brave. If you cannot be brave, just go. Love’s glory is not a small thing.” – Jalal’u’Din Rumi
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Last night I read book 4 (of 12). This book was actually much better paced than its predecessors - namely because Satan didn't spend 1,000 lines whinging about how he lost Heaven; nor did God wax epic (ahem...) about what a mess Satan made of things - but how He knew it was going to happen that way anyhow, so there.
Friends, there was dialogue in this one! And it actually made me giggle - get this, Satan (*as created in Milton's mind as a character in Paradise Lost) is funny. Check out what he says to Gabriel when he's caught red-handed in the Garden of Eden: (Gabriel asked him why he left Hell to come to Earth)
"Gabriel, thou hadst in Heav'n th' esteem of wise, And such I held thee; but this question asked Puts me in doubt."
*Milton was completely blind by the time he wrote Paradise Lost. In fact, he dictated it to his daughters....
Sunday, April 5, 2009
So I'm from Orange County, CA. You may hear people who think they know (but have no idea) refer to it as 'the OC' - this label actually makes me cringe. Since this is a family friendly (mostly) PG kind of a blog, I won't get into the deets....
Oh. And ps? I love Corinne Bailey Rae. It's like she put my exact thoughts in her video - and it's even filmed in Southern California.
Head's up on the video? Courtesy I *Heart* You - which you should totally be following....