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2008-04-28

A LOVELY SONG BY KAREN CARPENTER

You're The One
By: Karen Carpenter


Every night, every day
You're the one I always dream of.
Every line of your face
Is sketched so plain inside my heart.


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You've grown so deep inside of me,
You're everything I feel and see.
And You're the One
You're the One I love.

All my life, all my love
I can feel when you're beside me.
All that's right, all that's wrong
Suddenly becomes so clear.

My heart has overtaken me
with feelings you awake in me.
And You're the One
You're the One I love.

Only you could move me enough
to believe in love one more time.
All I need to know for tomorrow
is that you're mine, mine for a lifetime.


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If our friends all around
find it hard to understand us.
You and I, understand
the other one so very well.

And that's what I've been looking for,
so I keep coming back for more.
'cos You're the One
You're the One I love.

You're the One
You're the One I Love.


Karen Carpenters's songs tug at one's heartstrings; vibrant and powerful, her voice gives a completely unique interpretation of the song's lyrics.

2008-04-23

QUOTATIONS TO PONDER ON

"Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies."

From : Erich Fromm

"Love is the beauty of the soul."
By: Saint Augustine

"I always prefer to believe the best of everybody, it saves so much trouble."
By: Rudyard Kipling

"Remember the two benefits of failure. First, if you do fail, you learn what doesn't work; and second, the failure gives you the opportunity to try a new approach."
By: Roger von Oech From: tpub.com


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"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.
But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.
It is of interest to note that while some dolphins are reported to have learned English -- up to fifty words used in correct context -- no human being has been reported to have learned dolphinese."


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"In order to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.
The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition.
In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time someting like that happened in politics or religion."

By:. Carl Sagan from: tpub.com.quotes

2008-04-20

EVERLASTING LOVE?

When I see old couples still together after long years, I admire them and know in my heart how they went out through a lot to nurture that love. It is because I am a witness to the struggles of one such couple - my parents.

Mama was 21 and Papa was 24 when they got married. They were so in love with smoke in their eyes, and a sweet song in their hearts and had vowed "to LOVE each other till death will they part".

One year after, I was born... and the problems started to appear. The added responsibility of taking care of me, had left them very little time for themselves. They love each other though and had always tried to find solutions to their problems. Yes, they had numerous fights too; about numerous things - but in the end - they had always forgave and understood each other.



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Years passed and the family grew. We became 5, then 6, then 7 and then finally 12.
( a lot huh!..lol) and the problems multiplied too as the family grew. Emotional problems , financial problems (we were not filthy rich) and relationship problems came into the picture; not only with me and my siblings but with both of them. There were times , I heard them raised their voices against each other and sometimes I could hear my mother cry. These occurrences kept me too awake into the night... thinking...wondering... what might be happening inside their room.

But when morning came and I glanced at them surreptitiously during breakfast, they were talking pleasantly as if nothing happened. That would give me so much relief that I would go to my room and cry. I was so happy, they were able to resolve their "issues".

There were times though, that the "fight" lasted for days, and these were the days that I prayed hard and long. In spite of these all, their love always triumphed. They always resolved their problems - our problems. I could see that they had learned to forgive and to compromise. They had learned to focus on the nobleness of their love and not on their shortcomings.

When I see them now, still sweet to each other - a 76 yr old man and a 73 yr. old woman holding hands - I smile and recall the trials and tribulations they went through to be able to stay together. They fought hard for their love, even when it seemed the love has gone. They had been against insurmountable odds and they had emerged victors. Because of this, their love grew more and transcended their human frailty and defects.

To mama and papa. I salute both of you.

THE UNCERTAIN UNCERTAINTY


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The uncertainty of something makes us hesitate to move forward. If we want to succeed, we should be courageous enough to take risks. Life is about taking risks. If we refuse to take risks, we would be wondering forever if we could have succeeded or not.

Take this specific example: Let's say your teacher encouraged you to join a Science Quiz Contest. You have never joined any competition before and it would be the first time for you, if you did. You felt that you were not ready yet, so you had refused to take the chance. The question will remain forever in your mind: "Would you have won, if you took the risk?" , and this will bug you for as long as you can recall that event. However, if you took the risk then - whether you succeeded or not - would not really matter. What counts was that you were brave enough to face the challenge.

Take the risk, give it your BEST shot and then cross your fingers(grin). Those who are willing to do this are the ones who usually make it to the top.

2008-04-18

THE MONKEY


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I remember a story related to me in grade school about how greed could cause one's downfall.

One day, a greedy monkey came across a squirrel in the forest. He saw that the squirrel had an armful of delicious peanuts. The monkey asked for one and the squirrel was generous enough to share some nuts with him. The monkey however; had other plans; he wanted all the nuts for himself. He grabbed them and climbed the tree - out of reach from the squirrel. In the monkey's haste, one nut fell and rolled to the ground. Instead of leaving that ONE nut for the poor squirrel, he still descended to retrieve it. Just as soon as he was down on the ground, a roaring lion shot past the squirrel and attacked him.

End of story.

Moral of the story : "Take only what you really need and leave some for others."
(BAWAL ANG MASIBA!)

2008-04-16

THE SOLUTION OF THE RUBIKS PUZZLE

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Courtesy of Sir Nino.

The rubiks puzzle is one way of relaxing without spending anything. It also sharpens logical analysis , adeptness and alertness. Try it!

2008-04-15

JUST A THOUGHT


I was typing a paper moments ago and a thought crossed my mind: "Do we really have the option to choose or is it true that what is meant to be, will be?" If I don't act now, will I regret enormously my inaction? Or are things predetermined that no matter what I do, things will always turn up the way they should? They also say, things happen for a reason; but do people have to bring with them a lot of luggage from past experiences - including the inconsequential "gewgaws" - and make these as reasons for present actions? We are influenced by our past exposures, by our family and friends. We "assimilate data" and process them in our "being". Sometimes, we turn paranoid and fear everything because of the skeletons in our closet. This however, is unfair to people around us, when we perceive them the way people have treated us in the past. I believe we have the option to choose and I believe also that what is meant to be, will be. Both apply to life but to different circumstances.

A DAY SUCH AS THIS ONE


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As usual the day in school was “toxic” as ever. There were deadlines to meet, paperwork to be accomplished, meetings to attend to and many more. I went through all these like a robot; performing competently but mechanically.

A day such as this one, I grope in the dark for my motivation – for my heart. Do I just exist to go through the hours like a machine? Oftentimes, I read and hear people say that to do something meaningfully – one must put her heart into it, or one must do it “with a heart”. What does this phrase actually mean?

The heart symbolizes love, so it simply means do something with love. But how can one do something with love when her heart is numb with pain and sorrow? How can one wake up in the morning and perform her daily task “with love”?

I am just thinking out loud .

2008-04-11

HOW DOES THIS STORY END?


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Once upon a time there was a man and a woman. They met and fell in love. They professed their love for each other - for always. As months went by - they came to know each other better, and the woman saw the goodness and quiddity of the man's soul. Although the man is not considered "successful" through social norms of measurement (car,money and success in career), she saw the "core" deep inside of her man's being...and she learned to love him more...But should there be a reason for true love?

The man however, started to notice these man made measurements of success; he had no wealth and successful career to speak of... and made this as a focus to start moving away...and the fact that they had not met yet! (yes - draw your own conclusions).


So the woman thought what would be the use of forcing herself into the life of someone who apparently does not want her anymore....who does not love her anymore....

HOW DOES THIS STORY END?

2008-04-06

A PARAGRAPH FROM A POEM


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A paragraph from the poem entitled:

"TERMINUS"

"Go, move on to the sunshine of joy,
and suffer no more my sweet.
gnarled fingers and wrinkles are done now,
and time for your restful sleep."


An inevitable moment in all of our lifetimes is the event of death. Death is believed to be a transition to another "lifetime", a new, great adventure, another phase of our metamorphosis into the "perfect being". What do you think? I would like to believe it is so.


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This is an excerpt from an article entitled:

The NDE and the City of Light

From: Kevin Williams' research conclusions
near-death.com
"Fifty of the near-death experiences I profile on this website which I gathered statistics on, 17% of them experienced a city of light. These cities of light have been described by various experiencers using such adjectives as: golden, beautiful, unearthly, fairy tale-like, indescribable, beyond anything that can be described, so superior to anything on earth, colorful, brilliant, heavenly, endless, crystalline, grand, paradise, and galaxy-like."
For near death experiences, visit the link below:
Near-death.com

2008-04-03

FOR BOOKWORMS

Books are interesting.


Books are treasures. "A quotation goes this way: "You can imprison the body, but you can never imprison the mind."

Make it a point to read at least a new book each week. You would be amazed at the
additional knowledge that you could acquire while enjoying yourself.

2008-04-02

A POEM BY ELIZABETH BROWNING


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XIV (If thou must love me, let it be for nought)

If thou must love me, let it be for nought
Except for love's sake only. Do not say
"I love her for her smile--her look--her way
Of speaking gently,--for a trick of thought
That falls in well with mine, and certes brought
A sense of ease on such a day--"
For these things in themselves, Beloved, may
Be changed, or change for thee,--and love, so wrought,
May be unwrought so. Neither love me for
Thine own dear pity's wiping my cheek dry,--
A creature might forget to weep, who bore
Thy comfort long, and lose thy love thereby!
But love me for love's sake, that evermore
Thou may'st love on, through love's eternity.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

I believe this is what TRUE LOVE is all about - loving someone without any reasons. You just love someone because you do.

For more of her poems, visit this site: poemhunter.com/elizabeth-barrett-browning

2008-04-01

I HAVE THIS DREAM


There is this song from the Beatles "IMAGINE" (composed by John Lennon) which goes this way:

Imagine there's no Heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one

Although some of the lyrics are quite impossible ("imagine there are no countries"); the message of the song is clear, that the " world will be as one."
Greed and hunger are indeed causing the wealth imbalance in countries. Not only greed but corruption too. These are immense problems that need to be addressed collectively. As I have read from the thoughts of one wise man; he said that " One must not say, he cannot do anything. One can always do something, and that is to start with one's self".

I have this dream of a world as one!