28 February 2011

If God will Send His Angels by U2

"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.'"

26 February 2011

Inside of me ...

"Inside of me ... two dogs live. One of the dogs is mean and evil. The other dog is good. The mean dog fights the good dog all of the time." 
When asked which dog wins, she reflected for a moment and replied ...
 "The one I feed the most."

25 February 2011

Return to Innocence by Enigma

Love - Devotion
Feeling - Emotion
Don't be afraid to be weak
Don't be too proud to be strong
Just look into your heart my friend
That will be the return to yourself
The return to innocence
If you want, then start to laugh
If you must, then start to cry
Be yourself don't hide
Just believe in destiny
Don't care what people say
Just follow your own way
Don't give up and use the chance
To return to innocence
That's not the beginning of the end
That's the return to yourself
The return to innocence

23 February 2011

The Pantheon - Rome

Built more than 1800 years ago, the magnificent Pantheon building still stands as a reminder of the great Roman empire.

With its thick brick walls and large marble columns, the Pantheon makes an immediate impression on visitors. At the time the building was built, the most remarkable part of the it was the 43 meters high dome. It was the largest dome in the world until 1436 when  Florence Cathedral was constructed.

At the top of the dome is a large opening, the oculus, which was the only source of light.

The front portico has three rows of 8 columns, each one with a diameter of 1.5m. A huge bronze door gives access to the cylindrical building. 


Originally it was  a temple for all pagan gods, converted into a church in 609. The Pantheon now contains the tombs of the famous artist Raphael and of several Italian Kings. Its ecclesiastic interior design contrast with the temple's structural design, but the marble floor - which features a design consisting of a series of geometric patterns - is still the ancient Roman original.

The Pantheon borders the Piazza della Rotonda, a rectangular square with a central fountain and obelisk. The often crowded square is situated in the historic center of Rome, not far from the Piazza Navone, one of Rome's most beautiful squares.

22 February 2011

Night Bird by Deep Forest

“Every person is like a moon, every person has a dark side which they never show to anybody.”

21 February 2011

Tabula Rasa by Arvo Pärt

Every single one of us can do things that no one else can, love things that no one else can love...We are like violins. We can be used for doorstops, or we can make music. You know what to do.

About Arvo Pärt

Arvo Pärt Estonian classical composer and one of the most prominent living composers of sacred music.

Since the late 1970s, Pärt has worked in a minimalist style that employs a self-made compositional technique called tintinnabuli. His music also finds its inspiration and influence from Gregorian chant. Pärt was born in Paide, Järva County, Estonia. He now lives in Tallinn.

20 February 2011

Tribal Voice by Yothu Yindi

"We don't own mother Earth, the Earth owns us!”
Mandawuy Yunupingu

18 February 2011

Hello, I Love You by The Doors

“That's what real love amounts to- letting a person be what he really is. Most people love you for who you pretend to be. To keep their love, you keep pretending- performing. You get to love your pretence. It's true, we're locked in an image, an act.”
Jim Morrison 

17 February 2011

St. Peter's Basilica Dome by Michelangelo

St. Peter's Basilica is a major basilica in Vatican City, an enclave of Rome. St. Peter's Basilica stands on the traditional site where Peter - the apostle who is considered the first pope - was crucified and buried. St. Peter's tomb is under the main altar and many other popes are buried in the basilica as well. Originally founded by Constantine in 324, St. Peter's Basilica was rebuilt in the 16th century by Renaissance masters including Bramante, Michelangelo and Bernini.

The dome of St. Peter's was designed by Michelangelo, who became chief architect in 1546. At the time of his death (1564), the dome was finished as far as the drum, the base on which domes sit. The dome was vaulted between 1585 and 1590 by the architect Giacomo della Porta with assistance of Domenico Fontana, he built the lantern the following year, and the ball was placed in 1593.

The great double dome is made of brick and is 42.3 metres in interior diameter, rising to 120 metres above the floor. In the early 18th century cracks appeared in the dome, so four iron chains were installed between the two shells to bind it. The four piers of the crossing that support the dome are each 60 feet (18 meters) across.

Uniquely, Michelangelo's dome is not a hemisphere, but a parabola: it has a vertical thrust, which is made more emphatic by the bold ribbing that springs from the paired Corinthian columns, which appear to be part of the drum, but which stand away from it like buttresses, to absorb the outward thrust of the dome's weight.

St. Peter's Basilica dome was completed in 1626. 

16 February 2011

The Blinding of the Inhabitants of Sodom by Carle van Loo

This dynamic and fluently painted picture is an important and recently rediscovered composition from Carle Van Loo’s early career, remarkable for its brilliant colouring, dramatic lighting and soft brushwork. Listed by Rosenberg and Sahut in 1977 as a lost work known only from a sketch by Gabriel de St Aubin in the margin of the 1773 sale catalogue, now in the Musée du Petit Palais, Paris, the painting was rediscovered in the 1990s .

Sodom or Sodoma , in the Bible, the principal of the Cities of the Plain (the others being Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboiim, and Zoar, which was spared) destroyed by fire from heaven because of their wickedness. The cities were probably located near the south portion of the Dead Sea. 

The rise of Sodom and Gomorrah - Therion

14 February 2011

All about love ...

“I don't pretend to know what love is for everyone, but I can tell you what it is for me; love is knowing all about someone, and still wanting to be with them more than any other person, love is trusting them enough to tell them everything about yourself, including the things you might be ashamed of, love is feeling comfortable and safe with someone, but still getting weak knees when they walk into a room and smile at you.”

Simply Red - Say You Love Me

Being one of those grains of sand
I get blown all around the world
And what I make of it
Oh I don't know
What's the meaning of it
Oh I don't know

I've been around so many times
That the worlds turning in my mind
What do I think of it
Oh it's so so

What more can you be than the things they say you've been

Say you love me all around the world
Stay and hug me all around the world
Be yours a boy or be mine a girl
Just say you love me
Just say you love me

I never ever realised
It's so easy to make you cry
But did I break a bit
Oh I hope no
Have you forgot about it
Oh I hope so

But you never ever wonder why
In every single pair of eyes
There is a hunger in it
Or it's soul dies

What more can you be than the things they say you've been

Say you love me all around the world
Stay and hug me all around the world
Be yours a boy or be mine a girl

Say you love me all around the world
Stay and hug me all around the world
Be yours a boy or be mine a girl
Just say you love me

Come on now darling, say you love me
Oh yeah, please please say you love me
Come on say you love me

12 February 2011

Leave the lights on ...

"We all lose friends. We lose them in death, to distance and over time. But even though they may be lost, hope is not. The key is to keep them in your heart, and when the time is right, you can pick up the friendship right where you left off. Even the lost can find their way home when you leave the lights on."

08 February 2011

The world is a sad place ...

There are too many people, and too few human beings.

06 February 2011

Sad but true ...

“Without accepting the fact that everything changes, we cannot find perfect composure. But unfortunately, although it is true, it is difficult for us to accept it. Because we cannot accept the truth of transience, we suffer.”

04 February 2011

Echo ...

"Words are potent weapons for all causes, good or bad."

If I knew that those words you said would be repeated so many times inside of my head ... If I knew they would  open my eyes they way they did ... I would have asked you to say them before ... Hurtful words can leave life time scars ... but they can also set you free. Now I know, it was not love.

03 February 2011

Bring it on ...

“It often happens that the real tragedies of life occur in such an inartistic manner that they hurt us by their crude violence, their absolute incoherence, their absurd want of meaning, their entire lack of style.”

 Oscar Wilde  

As time goes by, life has a way of rearranging itself. People enter your life, and inevitably, they leave as well. Things have a tendency to happen that can turn your world upside down. You’ll come to realize eventually, that even though things are different, you are as well.
It is a good thing that tomorrow is another day. Tomorrow is just the beginning of the rest of my life.