Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Quote of The Day

"Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely."
~Karen Kaiser Clark

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

In a Sentimental Mood with amazing Mr. Les Goodson

In a Sentimental Mood and why I LOVE NEW YORK!

(click the link to watch Les Goodson playing In a Sentimental Mood.
If link doesn't work, copy and paste the link onto your browser)

On this particular evening, I was on my way home, tired and cold, and was about to take a taxi when I decided to quit being a sissy and take the train. Boy I am glad I did! In the subway station I met Les Goodson, the saxophone player that is playing in this video. His music put a big smile on my face and filled my heart with joy. I shot this little movie using my beloved iPhone. It amazes me that a musician of this caliber has to play in a subway station in order to make a couple of bucks. But in a selfish way, I am glad they do. This was a treat.

Les Goodson band plays at Paris Blues, every Wednesday, from 8pm-12am
2021 Adam Clayton Power Jr Blvd at 121st Street

Quote of The Day

“It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it.”

Lena Horne (1917-2010);

Singer, actress, civil rights activist

Thursday, March 24, 2011


What would happen if we took our instincts seriously? What if we stopped scanning the horizon with our binoculars and began instead examining our own decision making and behaviors through the most powerful of microscopes?

~Malcolm Gladwell

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Let's Colour Project - Walls Are Dancing, le clip officiel

thanks marcelo!

Quote of The Day

A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down.
Arnold H. Glasow

Washington Burger

Rat hair in our hamburger. Water that's not inspected. How can you sell tainted food and water to the American people? By cutting food and water protections from the federal budget. Don't let Washington cut food and water safety protections. Take action at, now.

black swan making visual effect

Unfortunately FOX took this movie down.... :(

little secrets...


"The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they're going to have some pretty annoying virtues.

"Success is a great deodorant. It takes away all your past smells. "

"It's not the having, it's the getting. "

"Some of my best leading men have been dogs and horses. "

"I feel very adventurous. There are so many doors to be opened, and I'm not afraid to look behind them. "

"I've always admitted that I'm ruled by my passions. "

"The Frank Sinatra of Shakespeare. "

"I've been through it all, baby, I'm mother courage. "

"Everything makes me nervous - except making films. "

"I'm a survivor - a living example of what people can go through and survive. "

"If someone's dumb enough to offer me a million dollars to make a picture, I'm certainly not dumb enough to turn it down. "

"I don't think President Bush is doing anything at all about Aids. In fact, I'm not sure he even knows how to spell Aids. "

"You find out who your real friends are when you're involved in a scandal. "

"I really don't remember much about Cleopatra. There were a lot of other things going on. "

"I fell off my pink cloud with a thud. "

"It is strange that the years teach us patience; that the shorter our time, the greater our capacity for waiting. "

"People who know me well, call me Elizabeth. I dislike Liz. "

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Open Shoulder Exercise

These super simple and quick exercises make a big difference !
My back actually stopped bothering me immediately!

Monday, March 21, 2011



"Nietzsche was the one who did the job for me. At a certain moment in his life, the idea came to him of what he called 'the love of your fate'. Whatever your fate is, whatever the hell happens, you say, 'This is what I need.' It may look like a wreck, but go at it as though it were an opportunity, a challenge. If you bring love to that moment - not discouragement - you will find the strength is there. Any disaster that you can survive is an improvement in your character, your stature, and your life. What a privilege! This is when the spontaneity of your own nature will have a chance to flow. Then, when looking back at your life, you will see that the moments which seemed to be great failures followed by wreckage were the incidents that shaped the life you have now. You'll see that this is really true. Nothing can happen to you that is not positive. Even though it looks and feels at the moment like a negative crisis, it is not. The crisis throws you back, and when you are required to exhibit strength, it comes."
(Joseph Campbell 1904-87, American writer, anthropologist and philosopher)


Sunday, March 20, 2011


Spanking new column, about tips on

Today's Tip:


Refrain from complaining when the complaining is of no use.

Laugh at yourself and at life. Not in the spirit of derision or whining self-pity, but as a remedy, a miracle drug, that will help you to put in perspective that seemingly terrible defeat and worry with laughter at your predicaments, thus freeing your mind to think clearly toward the solution that is certain to come. Never take yourself too seriously.

Quote of The Day

It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.
~Charles Dickens


Spanking new column, about tips on

Today's Tip:


TRYING TOO HARD, not so much.

(and that's, um, universal. Male, female, and mushrooms too)

Quote of The Day

Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn.
~Quoted by Lewis Grizzard in Kathy Sue Loudermilk, I Love You

Saturday, March 19, 2011


Spanking new column, about tips on

Today's tip:


Fulfill your responsibilities as a man, despite your insecurities and constant ability to place yourself in embarrasing and un-manly scenarios.
Be strong.
Take control of a the situation, rise to the moment.
Strap on a pair, grow some balls, stop being such a complete and utter wuss.

The expression comes from
the phrase "cowboy up", meaning "be tough, be strong, act like a real cowboy", which was in use in rodeo circles at least since the mid-1970's. "Man up" means, similarly, "be tough, be a man, do what a man should do.


QUOTE OF THE DAY, from my friend Izilda:
"Not even Nostradamus could have predicted the meeting of the first black North American president with Brazil's first female President. An ex-Marxist guerrilla militant nonetheless! This is a New World, thank God, and women and men of good will."
("Nem Nostradamos conseguiria prever o encontro do primeiro Presidente negro dos Estados Unidos com a primeira Presidenta da República do Brasil, ex guerrilheira. Novos tempos graças à Deus e aos homens de boa vontade.")

And to Izilda's quote I say:

It is the face on the new millenium, and what we think will be the end of the world in 2012. I say it is the end of the old, square, prejudiced and retrograde world! Call me an Optimist, but I BELIEVE~!

(São as caras to fim do mundo de 2012. Fim do mundo ANTIGO, careta, preconceituoso e retrógrado~! Pode me chamar de otimista...mas EU ACREDITO!)

From you have I been absent in the spring

From you have I been absent in the spring...
by William Shakespeare

From you have I been absent in the spring,
When proud-pied April, dressed in all his trim,
Hath put a spirit of youth in everything,
That heavy Saturn laughed and leaped with him,
Yet nor the lays of birds, nor the sweet smell
Of different flowers in odor and in hue,
Could make me any summer's story tell,
Or from their proud lap pluck them where they grew.
Nor did I wonder at the lily's white,
Nor praise the deep vermilion in the rose;
They were but sweet, but figures of delight,
Drawn after you, you pattern of all those.
Yet seemed it winter still, and, you away,
As with your shadow I with these did play.


Friday, March 18, 2011

To Spring by William Blake

To Spring by William Blake
O thou with dewy locks, who lookest down
Thro' the clear windows of the morning, turn
Thine angel eyes upon our western isle,
Which in full choir hails thy approach, O Spring!

The hills tell each other, and the listening
Valleys hear; all our longing eyes are turned
Up to thy bright pavilions: issue forth,
And let thy holy feet visit our clime.

Come o'er the eastern hills, and let our winds
Kiss thy perfumed garments; let us taste
Thy morn and evening breath; scatter thy pearls
Upon our love-sick land that mourns for thee.

O deck her forth with thy fair fingers; pour
Thy soft kisses on her bosom; and put
Thy golden crown upon her languished head,
Whose modest tresses were bound up for thee.

(pictures taken at Union Square on March 18th 2011)


Picasso's Words

Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that will never be again. And what do we teach our children? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France. When will we also teach them what they are? We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move. You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel. And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is, like you, a marvel?
You must work, we must all work, to make the world worthy of its children.

~ Pablo Picasso

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Scoop on St. Patrick

Everybody is Irish on Saint Patrick's Day. So it's no surprise that just about everyone (and their Irish uncle) is looking up the history of the patron saint of the Emerald Isle.

Over the past 24 hours, Web searches for "st. patrick" and "who was st. patrick" have both tripled. Add to that the related searches on "was st. patrick really irish" and "did st. patrick get rid of all the snakes in ireland." Here now are some quick answers to those questions and more.

Was St. Patrick Irish?
According to , St. Patrick was actually born in Britain. At the age of 16, he was captured by Irish raiders and transported across the sea to Ireland. After spending six years in captivity, Patrick escaped, traveled back to Britain, and trained to become a priest. Once his training was complete, he returned to Ireland "to minister to Christians already living in Ireland and to begin to convert the Irish."

Did St. Patrick rid Ireland of snakes?
Sorry, but no. It is true that there are no snakes in Ireland these days, but there never were any. National geographic that because Ireland is surrounded by chilly waters, there is no way snakes could migrate there in the first place. National Geographic speculates that the snakes could be symbolic of the "pagan ways" that St. Patrick drove out of Ireland.

Did Patrick use clovers while preaching?
Legend says that he did. writes that Patrick used a three-leafed shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to the locals. However, other sites call this story just a myth. And, by the way, a bit of trivia regarding four leaf clovers. They are indeed rare, but they aren't exactly one in a million. It's estimated that there is one four leaf clover for every 10,000 three-leaf ones.

Patrick's lasting legacy
According to author Thomas Cahill, Patrick may have been the first person in recorded history to speak out against slavery. In an interview with American Catholic, Cahill remarks: "The papacy did not condemn slavery as immoral until the end of the 19th century, but here is Patrick in the fifth century seeing it for what it is. I think that shows enormous insight and courage and a tremendous 'fellow feeling'—the ability to suffer with other people, and to understand what other people's suffering is like."

source: written for yahoo buzz by Mike Krumboltz - thanks!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Quote of The Day

It's nice to be important,
but it's more important to be nice.

~Author Unknown

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

[in-som-nee-ak] ...and the day after consequences

(In my sleepworking somnambulation state, that is my current view...)
I better catch up on sleep tonight....

Monday, March 14, 2011

Live Your Life Like It Matters

( In Scott Black’s powerful new book, he gives us “180 Ways” to live your life like it matters. Here's a couple that really resonated with me…)

-Focus on what you get to do rather than what you have to do. Choose to be excited about the opportunities you have today to positively affect people and outcomes. Think about the impact you can make and notice how your passion and excitement carry you through the day.

-Identify your goals for the week. People don’t plan to fail, but they do fail to plan. Some don’t set goals ... others fail to write them down. Be exceptional – be a goal getter! How will you know if you had a successful week or not? Begin with the end in mind. What are the things you want to accomplish? Write them down and monitor them.

Thanks mom :) - The morning glory is for you! Bom dia!

You CAN do it!

There once was a bunch of tiny frogs ...
who arranged a running competition.
The goal was to reach the top of a VERY high tower.

A big crowd had gathered around the tower to see the race
and to cheer on the contestants ...

The race began ... Honestly ...
no one in the crowd really believed that the tiny frogs
would reach the top of the tower.

You heard statements such as:
"Oh, WAY too difficult!!"
"They will NEVER make it to the top."
"Not a chance that they will succeed. The tower is too high!"

The tiny frogs began collapsing. One by one ...
except for those who, in a fresh tempo,
were climbing higher and higher.

The crowd, however, continued to yell,
"It is too difficult!!! No one will make it!"
More tiny frogs got tired and gave up ...

But ONE of them continued higher and higher and higher ...
This one wouldn't give up!

At the end, everyone else had given up climbing the tower,
except for the one tiny frog who, after a big effort,
was the only one who reached the top!

THEN all of the other tiny frogs, naturally,
wanted to know how this ONE frog managed to do it??
A contestant asked another tiny frog
how the one who succeeded had found
the strength to reach the goal?

It turned out
that the winner was DEAF!!!!

...The Wisdom of This Story Is...

Never listen to other people's tendencies
to be negative or pessimistic
because they can take your most wonderful dreams and wishes
away from you ... the ones you have in your heart!
Always think of the power that words have,
because everything you hear and read will affect your actions!

Be DEAF when people tell YOU that
YOU can not fulfill YOUR dreams!
And always keep thinking: I CAN DO THIS!


Quote of The Day

If only we'd stop trying to be happy we could have a pretty good time.
~Edith Wharton

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Quote of The day

The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.

~Mark Twain

Friday, March 11, 2011


aka: Thank God Is Friday

Quote of The Day

If nothing ever changed, there'd be no butterflies.
~Author Unknown

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Quote of The Day

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity;

an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty

~ Winston Churchill

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Quote of The Day

A bend in the road is not the end of the road... unless you fail to make the turn.
~Author Unknown

Monday, March 7, 2011

Divine Darkness

Ana by Edgar Allan Poe

(photo by Rafic Farah)

Guster - "Satellite" - (Stop Motion)

Happy Monday! Good morning tune... :)

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Ben Harper & Jack Johnson - Please Me Like You Want To

my boys. little good night treat. boy I love them.

Yoga practice of the Day

This is the music I picked for my Yoga practice today

"Change is not something that we should fear.
Rather, it is something that we should welcome.
For without change, nothing in this world would ever grow or blossom, and no one in this world would ever move forward to become the person they’re meant to be"


This unique video is of a tourist who sat on the beach to watch the seals and penguins on Gold Harbor, South Georgia. Unexpectedly, one of the seals is apparently attracted to her and, slowly works his way over. He seems to 'fall in love' and snuggles and flirts with her. It is quite beautiful, sweet and interesting scene. What really moved me when I watched this video was their loving interaction. For that moment in time they were not a human and a seal, but two living creatures exploring and digging each other. A sample of the power of love, completely cross-platform.

The seals are huge (6,000 lbs), yet the woman never seemed afraid...more amused...while someone shot the video of this incident. I would like to think that instead of fear, she kept her heart open, and the seal felt it.

Gold Harbor, South Georgia, is located off the southern tip of South America. (sub arctic) It is a small bay five miles S-SW of Cape Charlotte, with Bertrab Glacier at its head, along the east end of Georgia. The west end of the beach where a glacial stream flows is a breeding ground for various types of penguins and large seals.
It is not a frequent destination for tourists.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Quote of The Day

We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face...
we must do that which we think we cannot.

~ Eleanor Roosevelt