Friday, September 30, 2011

Quote of The Day

~ Stevie Wonder
(Rock in Rio, September 2011)

Thursday, September 29, 2011

 “The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, 
to taste experience to the utmost, 
to reach out eagerly and without fear for
newer and richer experiences.”
 ~Eleanor Roosevelt

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

One Beach

A film about creativity, optimism and having fun cleaning our beaches around the world.
Directed by Jason Baffa.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Lost 1984 Video: young Steve Jobs introduces the Macintosh

Russell Brand Elephant Man prank call and protest



This is so good! 
(click the link to listen and follow the lyrics printed below) 
ROCK ON HANUMAN - lyrics and music

1st verse
Hanuman G, son of the wind / lord of the monkeys Rama's best friend / you eliminate
illusion and destroy all sin / and your known as Shiva's incarnation / champion of truth
with the thunderbolt body / the mighty monkey god who embodies bhakti/ your the breath
of Ram, Prana Shakti / you achieve victory like the movie Rocky / you carry a club to
smash the thugs / your the perfect servant the embodiment of love / you’re the face of
Grace and your heart is pure / you make the whole demon race tremble when you roar
in service of the Lord your the demon destroyer / also known as the king of all warriors
your compassion in action devotion in motion / with the strength to leap the length
of  the ocean
Rock On,  Hanuman Rock On, Rock On
2nd verse
Hanuman G, you have the power / to be as small as a cat or as tall as a tower
you devour lust, ignorance, envy and greed / you succeed and never cower in the hour of
need / you leapt to Lanka and reassured Sita / don’t worry bout a thing cuz Rama’s
gonna free ya /you burned down Lanka when your tail was on fire / and to serve Lord
Ram is your only desire /when Ram's little brother was about to die / without a second
thought you began to fly / in search of a cure high in the Himalayas / but when you
weren’t sure which herb to take him / you brought the whole mountain back with one
hand / that’s why Hanuman your Rama’s best friend /you embody bhakti the yoga of love
that’s why Ram gave Hanuman a big ol hug
Rock On, Hanuman Rock On, Rock On
3rd verse
Hanuman G, there’s no monkey greater / but sometimes you have funny behavior
Once when Sita gave you a necklace / you bit it with your teeth like it was your breakfast
then Sita asked “Hanuman what was wrong with the mala” / you replied that you were
just tryin to find Rama / then someone said “Hanuman is Ram inside of you” / and in
that moment you revealed your Truth /you tore open your chest and inside your heart
Ram was shining like a diamond inside the dark / you said when your separate that’s
when you serve / but when your connected you and Ram merge / you’re the mighty
monkey of the epic Ramayana  / you repeat Ram’s name the holy Ramanama
singing Kirtan with the cymbals in your hand / going on and on like a one man band
singing Shri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram / rockin on and on till the break of dawn
Shri Ram Jai Ram, Jai Jai Ram

2004 & 2005 Collemattoni Brunello di Montalcino Trio for a great price. Amazing wines.

Astonishingly Well-Priced Brunellos From an Acclaimed Producer

Text from Janine Lettieri, the sommelier at Le Bernardin and the Waverly Inn:

As a sommelier at Le Bernardin and the Waverly Inn, I sold all of the big-boy Brunellos: Soldera, Biondi Santi and Gaja. Yes, they were great, but all of them are incredibly expensive. In terms of quality, Collemattoni wines can stand their ground against these legends. But coming from a small, up-and-coming winery, Collemattoni’s wines are much more affordable. This trio offers a delicious introduction.

Collemattoni was founded in 1984 by Aldo Bucci, the father of the current owner, Marcello. Bucci has a predilection for tradition, and his wines seduce with their purity and elegance. This wine is matured more than three years before release – two and a half in Slovenian oak, one in bottle.

It is vinified from 100 percent Sangiovese Grosso, a small-berry clone of Sangiovese that gives Brunello di Montalcino its structure and nobility. Collemattoni practices organic viticulture, transitioning over the last of the vineyards in 2011.

Tasting Notes
2004 Collemattoni Brunello di Montalcino
This wine is deeply aromatic, with a beautiful bouquet of exotic spices, black flowers, trampled rose petals, sweet black cherry and currant. Sweet toasty oak coats the palate, and the tannins are ample and velvety. This is mouth-filling and rich, with incredible concentration for a normale Brunello. This is a wine of great body and intensity, yet it is still balanced and supremely elegant. It can withstand serious long-term aging; I recommend cellaring this for 10 to 15 years.

2005 Collemattoni Brunello di Montalcino
Slightly more restrained than the 2004 and a bit less concentrated, this is still my favorite of the two wines for early drinking. It is high-toned, with alluring aromas of earth, smoke, fruit, flowers and spice. Succulent dark fruits, such as ripe black cherry and sugary plum, round out the palate. It exhibits more drying tannins and higher acidity than the 2004, making for a well-structured wine. Cellar this Brunello for at least 10 years.

Serving Suggestion
Decant both wines at least one hour before serving.

Food Pairing
Pair either of these Brunellos with a classic Tuscan pasta dish, such as pappardelle topped with rabbit ragù and garnished with olives, sage and Parmesan.

—Janine Lettieri

Critic Reviews

Wine Spectator
2004 Brunello di Montalcino
“Delivers fabulous aromas of crushed raspberries, cherries and strawberries, with flowers and a hint of vanilla bean. Full-bodied, with a solid core of fruit and silky tannins. Dense and very long. A serious, powerful and complex red, but needs some bottle age. This is the producer’s best wine ever. Best after 2012.”
—James Suckling (2009)
Wine & Spirits
2004 Brunello di Montalcino
“A young Brunello that’s turned in on itself, this yields little more than the black mineral earthiness of Sangiovese tannin. Air brings up scents of porcini, sour cherry, iron and thyme. For all the power of its profound structure, the wine is still mouthwatering. A candidate for long-term aging, this will likely be at its best 10 to 12 years from the vintage.”
The Wine Advocate
2004 Brunello di Montalcino
“The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino is a big, brawny wine loaded with ripe dark fruit, new leather, spices and earthiness. The wine blossoms onto the palate in a rich, expansive style as masses of perfumed fruit come to life. This is an especially dense, concentrated wine, and the tannins need some time to melt away, but readers who can be patient will be rewarded with a splendid Brunello. Anticipated maturity: 2014 to 2024.”
—Antonio Galloni (June 2009)
The Wine Advocate
2005 Brunello di Montalcino
“The 2005 Brunello di Montalcino shows lovely density and purity in an up-front style. Dark red cherries, flowers and sweet spices sit on a medium- to full-bodied frame. The tannins are a touch firm yet beautifully integrated. The wine opens up nicely in the glass, with floral, spiced notes that reappear on the delicate finish. ... This is a lovely effort from Collemattoni. The 2005 Brunello is made from vineyards in Sesta (50 percent), Sant’Angelo in Colle (30 percent) and Castelnuovo dell’Abate (20 percent). Today the wine is quite primary, but it should develop nicely in bottle. Anticipated maturity: 2010 to 2020.”
—Antonio Galloni (April 2010)
Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
2005 Brunello di Montalcino
“Good deep, bright red. Complex, varietally expressive aromas of violet, rose, red currant and ripe red cherry. Suave and fine-grained, with a downright silky texture and noteworthy precision to its red fruit and floral flavors. Finishes sappy and long, with sweet, very fine tannins and a lingering floral nuance. A beautiful Brunello that displays sneaky concentration.”
—Ian d’Agata (July 2010)

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Quote of The Day

Success is almost totally dependent upon drive and persistence. The extra energy required to make another effort or try another approach is the secret of winning.
~Denis Waitley 

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Quote of The Day

I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, 
and all the friends I want to see. 
~John Burroughs


During a BBQ a friend of a friend stumbled and took a little fall - she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) and had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes.
They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food. While she appeared a bit shaken up, Ingrid went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening.
Ingrid's husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital
- at 6:00pm, Ingrid passed away. She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ - had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke perhaps Ingrid would be with us today.

It only takes a minute to read this-
A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke...totally.  He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed and getting help to the patient within 3 hours, which could spare the patient brain damage and all that goes with it.
Read and Learn!
Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:
        1. Ask the individual to SMILE.
        2. Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.
        3. Ask the person to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE Coherently (i.e. It is sunny out today)
If he or she has trouble with any of these tasks, call emergency services immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.
After discovering that a group of non-medical volunteers could identify facial weakness, arm weakness and speech problems, researchers urged the general public to learn the three questions. They presented their conclusions at the American Stroke Association's annual meeting last February.
Widespread use of this test could result in prompt diagnosis and treatment of the stroke
and prevent brain damage.
A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this e-mail sends it to 10 people;
you can bet that at least one life will be saved.

you could save their lives. 
If everyone passes this to TEN people it will help

Friday, September 23, 2011

Jonathan Livingston Seagull - Anthem

For my friend Dadinho
Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality.   
~Emily Dickinson

art by ana cissa pinto. click image to enlarge

 Oh heart, if one should say to you 
that the soul perishes like the body, 
answer that the flower withers, 
but the seed remains.  
~Kahlil Gibran

My friend went to heaven - Meu querido amigo foi para o céu.

My dear friend passed away, and I am very sad today

 Meu querido amigo Dadinho foi para o céu. Eu estou muito triste e com saudades.

Dear Dadinho,
Thank you for being such an inspiration for so many people. We will miss you.
( I hope to find you playing some soccer when I get to heaven! )

Dadinho querido, obrigada por ser um amigo tão especial e uma inspiração para tantas pessoas. Sentiremos muito a sua falta. 
(Eu espero que você esteja jogando bola no céu quando eu chegar ai!)

I chose this poem for you. Your love will stay in our hearts forever.
Escolhi esse poema para você. O amor fica no coração para sempre.

From too much love of living,
From hope and fear set free,
We thank with brief thanksgiving
Whatever gods may be
That no life lives forever;
That dead men rise up never;
That even the weariest river
Winds somewhere safe to sea.
~ Algernon Charles Swinburne

Thursday, September 22, 2011


Last night I went to the Tribute to John Coltrane Jam in Harlem - All the cool cats were there and the music was incredible! (A tribute to JOHN COLTRANE )
The venue where this jam session took place is called Paris Blues and it is the authentic Harlem jazz venue. No tourists there! I am going back for sure. Lester (Mr Les Goodson) is organizing a Miles Davis Tribute, not to be missed! Keep tuned.

(all pics taken with my iPhone - click images to enlarge)

2021 7TH AVE. @ 121ST.
To get there take the A train to 125th Street and walk to 7th Avenue. Easy.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Quote of The day

"People do not lack strength; they lack will."
~Victor Hugo

Monday, September 19, 2011

Quote of The Day

How unhappy is he who cannot forgive himself.  
~Publilius Syrus

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Quote of The Day

~Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Friday, September 16, 2011

Quote of The Day

Happiness cannot be travelled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude. - Dennis Waitley

Tuesday, September 13, 2011



I spotted those peepers from the opposite side of the subway car. I made a beeline straight to where those turquoise magnetic marbles were and didn't even think before I asked Mr Killer Eyes if in fact those were real. "Excuse me sir, are those eyes for real?" And Mr Killer Eyes opened a killer smile, and said, "but of course they are darling!" Detecting my accent in record speed, he followed by asking me where I was from and when I told him that I was from Brazil, we were on for a long chat. Mr Killer Eyes, aka Calvin's dream is to go to Brazil someday. We chatted all the way from Canal to 23rd Street and I could not get enough of those unbelievable gems. I asked him if women have fallen for his eyes all his life. He grinned big and said: "Today I am happy that my eyes attracted the eyes of a Brazilian lady...That just made my day!"
People are ALWAYS open to compliments, and with a couple simple words you can make someone's day. Calvin was nice enough to let me take a picture of his eyes so I could share it on my Blog's 'Wonderful New Yorkers' page.

Quote of The Day

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is bliss, taste it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.
Mother Teresa

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Owen Wright vs Kelly Slater (click on the image)

When I was looking at my photos from the Quiksilver Pro NY final round day, I notice something...strange. (could not resist, the angle was just too good!)

click image to enlarge

I woke up with Trololo cat in my head!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Quote of The Day

Today, give a stranger one of your smiles.  
It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.  
~Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


Cristo by anacissapinto ©all rights reserved

click image to enlarge

Monday, September 5, 2011

Peace comes from within. 
Do not seek it without. 


photo by anacissapinto ©all rights reserved

Who carved Love

and placed him by

this fountain


he could control

such fire

with water?

Zenodotos (b.325 BC)

Sunday, September 4, 2011

"HOW TO GET THE GIRL (or boy)"

This is valid for both GIRL & BOY

Today's Tip:


Remember that movie "He's Just Not That Into You" (2009)?

That was a cute movie, but it also had a valuable lesson:

If he/she says NO, one, two...three times..


If she/he does NOT call you back, text you back, email you's NOT because

she/he is too is because she/he IS NOT THAT INTO YOU.

If they were into you, believe me, they would stop whatever they are doing and would get in touch with you. That's it. Yeah, you can say,- "she/he is insecure, afraid to fall in love, shy, busy with work...blah blah". Yeah, that might be true BUT if they are REALLY interested they will get over their BS and will contact you.

So darlings....don't beg. PLEASE. There's nothing worse than having to deal with someone that just doesn't get it! Actually, the other role is also not pleasant... rejection..ugh.

Be wise, if NO response..move on.