Mini Euro Tour 2012

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Ahhhh! Finally, I took that long awaited vacation; a trip of a lifetime to Europe.

Guten Tag, Bonjour, Buon Giorno 🙂

My mini Euro tour lasted three months, and was mainly by car across Switzerland, France and Italy, before making a stop in Lebanon and then sadly, flying back home.

As I reminisce and smile, I put together this video to share with you an image or two from every stop. I hope you enjoy watching as well as listening to Maxx’s music, an upbeat song to portray the upbeat mode of these travels.

Cheers!

 

 

Quotes

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Image: dan / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

“Love reckons hours for months, and days for years; and every little absence is an age.” John Dryden

“As the rose-tree is composed of the sweetest flowers and the sharpest thorns, — as the heavens are sometimes overcast, alternately tempestuous and serene; so is the life of a man intermingled with hopes and fears, with joy and sorrows, with pleasure and with pains.” Robert Burton

“No cord or cable can so forcibly draw, or hold so fast, as love can do with a twined thread.” Robert Burton

“Adieu! Adieu! Thy plaintive anthem fades; past the near meadows, over the still stream, up the hill-side; and now ’tis buried deep; in the nest valley-glades: Was it a vision, or a walking dream? Fled is that music: do I wake or sleep?” John Keats

“Words are but pictures of our thoughts.” John Dryden

“A promise is a cloud; fulfillment is rain.” Arabian Proverb

“Silence is medication for sorrow.” Arab Prover

“Love sees sharply, hatred sees even more sharp, but jealousy sees the sharpest for it is love and hate at the same time.” Arab Proverb

” ‘Tis the most tender part of love, each other to forgive.” John Sheffield

“Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.” Zora Neale Hurston

“Love like a shadow flies when substance loves pursues; pursuing that that flies, and flying what pursues.” William Shakespeare

“Therefore love moderately: long love doth so; too swift arrives as tardy as too slow.” William Shakespeare

Taken from 55K Quotes App

And from a new perspective, there is always more quotes and phrases you can pick from The Four Letters of Love.

Silence

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I do not want to talk about self-publishing, or writing, or my books; I want to talk a little about silence, in quotes.

“‘Tis the little rift within the lute – That by and by will make the music mute, And, ever widening, slowly silence all.” -Alfred, Lord Tennyson

“A properly kept silence is a beautiful thing; it is nothing less than the father of very wise thoughts.” -Diodicus

“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” -Aldous Huxley

“And silence, like a poultice, comes to heal the blows of sound.” -Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Friendship is when silence between two people is comfortable.” -Unknown

“Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.” -Max Ehrman

“He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.” -Elbert Hubbard

“I have learned now that while those who speak about one’s miseries usually hurt, those who keep silence hurt more.” -C. S. Lewis

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“I have learned silence from the talkative, tolerance from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strangely, I am ungrateful to these teachers.” -Kahlil Gibran

“Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence.” -Robert Fripp

“My grief lies all within, And these external manners of lament Are merely shadows to the unseen grief That swells with silence in the tortured soul.” -William Shakespeare

“Silence is a friend who will never betray.” -Confucius

“Silence is sometimes the answer.” -Estonian Proverb

“Silence is the genius of fools and one of the virtues of the wise.” -Bernard De Bonnard

“Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn.” -George Bernard Shaw

“Spiteful words can hurt your feelings but silence breaks your heart.” -Unknown

“The human heart has hidden treasures, In secret kept, in silence sealed; The thoughts, the hopes, the dreams, the pleasures, Whose charms were broken if revealed.” -Charlotte Bronte

All quotes have been picked from the iphone app 55,000 Amazing Quotes, a wealth of quotes on many different subjects by numerous authors.

Vulcan Wisdom

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I have nothing new to add but I find Mr. Spock from Star Trek, a brilliant Vulcan mind and a much loved character I might add, has a quite fascinating insight on wisdom, and so I shall quote him.

 

 

“Logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end.”

“Those who cannot hear an angry shout may strain to hear a whisper.”

“It has always been easier to destroy than to create.”

“Logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.”

“Curious how often you humans manage to obtain that which you do not want.”

“Having is not so pleasing a thing, after all, as wanting.”

“Evil does seek to maintain power by suppressing the truth, or by misleading the innocent.”

“Insults are effective only where emotion is present.”

“Insufficient facts always invite danger.”

“Madness has no purpose or reason, but it may have a goal.”

“Pain is a thing of the mind. The mind can be controlled.”

“In critical moments men sometimes see exactly what they wish to see.”

“Change is the essential process of all existence.”

“Where there is no emotion, there is no motive for violence.”

“Humans make illogical decisions.”

“Humans do have an amazing capacity for believing what they choose and excluding that which is painful.”

“I have never understood the female capacity to avoid a direct answer to any question.”

“An ancestor of mine maintained that if you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”

“To deny the facts would be illogical.”

“Live long and prosper.”

 

 

If given the choice, I too would opt for logic versus emotion, for although we possess both, as Mr. Spock points out, humans often make very irrational choices indeed.

Happy Valentine with Love

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Happy Valentine

With Love

From Space (& From ESA with love)

And an “Undying Love” song

And a book of Poems and stories

And a two week feature at OWL

And a Valentine Day’s Special Review

To your loves and valentines ….

“Live long and prosper”

Mini book tour

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I would like to thank all the bloggers who are featuring me on their pages today for a mini blog tour prepared by lightningbookpromotions.

Here are the links, and thank you very much for having “The four letters of love” as part of a pre Valentine feature book on love!

John Hansen’s incessant droning

Chapter-by-chapter

Ruth Hill’s devotional thoughts

Everything to do with books

Book Lover stop

A blog about family, books and more by Heather

House Millar page

Guest post feature at Books, movies, reviews, Oh my

Nightly reading

Books are magic – Vidya’s blog

Silver’s Reviews

Radiant Light

And don’t forget you can still get the paperback copy with a 14% discount, code: 6KFVUBN2

Futile.

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My favorite word of the month is futile!

According to Wikipedia (http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Futile_cycle)

“A futile cycle, also known as a substrate cycle, occurs when two metabolic pathways run simultaneously in opposite directions and have no overall effect other than to dissipate energy in the form of heat.”

Thus the word futile. Two opposing forces cancel each other and the result is heat or futile. Heat in a non biochemical concept would be translated into frustration, in other words wasted energy, obviously without any result.

The common definition of the word futile is “incapable of producing a useful result.”
The most used expression of the word is “Resistance is futile” quoted by the Borg from Star Trek. (http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borg_(Star_Trek) )

14% for Feb 14th

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Hey everyone,

My new book The four letters of love is already out on Amazon in paperback.

For the upcoming beautiful and wondrous occasion of Valentine, I am offering a 14% discount off my book valid until midnight of Feb 14th. To your loved ones and your valentines! May your love prosper!

You may purchase a paperback copy of the book at the below links, using the code 6KFVUBN2 for your 14% discount.


Kindle version is on the way!

Poem, feeling or thought?

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It took one guest post to make me realize many things.
Ever since I wrote Why poetry and love? hosted by duo author Wodke Hawkinson, and came to the realization that a poem is a feeling, I was also able to understand why I was holding on so tightly to my poetry collection of A Heartstorm. Because it was still subjective.
Read about it in an interview at The Digital Ink Spot.

Now, I can admit that A heartstorm: A window to the soul in poetic forms to me is an account of the pain of growing and maturing and that I owe it thanks for my own maturity. That being said, I no longer have a problem with how others see it, for it is no longer mine. I only feel gratitude for what I have learned from it. I am also considering re-formatting the e-book and adding images as well. It is a long collection after all.

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The Four letters of Love, on the other hand is made to inspire for through the visions and the strength, I drew hope and courage to carry on. Love is not just about the way you feel for a lover, love includes loving one’s self, family, friends, surroundings and yes the creator. I suppose it also could be seen as a poetic attempt to satisfy our desperate need to believe in something called love.

Although a few have known the word love, most of us including myself, have probably never loved for our love was a selfish need, idea, feeling or even desire. I came to understand for instance that I have always loved the feeling rather than the person. But love needs not be about how we feel, for love can also be seen by looking into a stranger’s eyes all the way to their soul. While humans have the capacity to be really evil, we were all born innocent. Love surpasses one person’s needs, for love can lead to acts of great courage when love becomes pure.
Pure does not mean in my world heavenly, but without hidden agendas, without selfish desires, devoid of the constant need for gratification. By pure, I mean looking through to one’s soul and capturing the essence of that soul in all the beauty it possesses.
It may all sound a little crazy or impossible and I believe it is due to the fact that we never want to try, because it also means forgetting about ourselves for a while. And humanity is known to be somewhat selfish. I will leave it at that, and for those who will read either collection, I only hope they will find something to learn from it.

I have learned so much since last September, when I began publishing and now I find it is essential and crucial to get feedback and reviews, even interviews to promote the book before its official release. Little did I know when I first launched The thinking man, paralysis by analysis.

I am no longer sure however, that I would like to write more poetry. Although poetry is needed still in our world, just like a painting, or a song, I have come to find that it is not much sought.
In addition to that, my last account from the past two years involved a lot of reasoning and less poetry. My feelings are no longer so much about a subjective narration but refer to a global generalization. I think of these thoughts as wisdom quotes; perhaps I have finally matured.

I am not sure where the road will take me or how it will affect my writing. For the moment, I leave it at that as well.

To read about the reviews of The four letters of love see Rich Weatherly’s page and Bookescapes.

Thank you to all those who have been supporting me and the launch of this new book.

Love … again

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So for my upcoming new book on love, “The Four Letters of Love” that is, many have been really kind and helpful in assisting in the tough road of promotion.

As such, I would like to thank author Rich Weatherly for being the first to post a review of The Four Letters of Love on his blog, (you can read it here) and for being the first to own a signed paperback copy of the book. (on its way)

I also would like to thank duo authors Karen and PJ (Wodke Hawkinson) for hosting me on their pages for a guest post on love Why poetry and love? based on the book.

In addition, I would like to thank author Alesha Escobar for being kind to feature my book on her site, at aleshaescobar.com

More reviews to come, and possibly more love 🙂 HA!

See you soon on planet love … if such one does exist, we will find it.