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We are All Rain Proof & Water Resistant

Even in the puddles of the dreariest days, we play!



Alone Again

Maudlin in the Rain

Biking Through the City’s  Streets 

Splashing in Puddles Rushing Off to Work

Taking the Time for the Joys of a Summer Rain Shower

Paris in the Rain – “I Will Never Be the Same!”

 Souls and Rain-Drops

Sidney Lanier 

Light rain-drops fall and wrinkle the sea,
Then vanish, and die utterly.
One would not know that rain-drops fell
if the round sea-wrinkles did not tell.

So souls come down and wrinkle life
and vanish in the flesh-sea strife.
One might not know that souls had place
weren’t not for the wrinkles in life’s face. 

“Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.”
Roger Miller

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…it’s learning to dance in the rain.” – Unknown

Rain  – James Rowe


Rain fell last night…quiet, gentle rain,

that tapped against my window pane,

and called me back from troubled sleep,

to soothe a heart too numb to weep. 

My loneliness was too deep and real,

and like a wound that would not heal,

it throbbed within me, and I knew

my arms were empty without you. 

But as I listened to the sound

of soft rain falling on the ground,

I heard your voice, tender and clear,

Call my name, and oh my dear,

I threw my window open wide,

to let the sweet rain rush inside.

It kissed my lips, my eyes, my hair,

and love, I knew that you were there. 

Tears that my heart could not release

Fell down from Heaven, bringing peace.


 Rain Videos

I Like London in the Rain – Blossom Dearie


Beauty of Rainy Days Bangkok


Famous Poems About the Rain


Love Poems


Quotes About the Rain


Video – Walkin in the Rain with the One I Love


25 Songs About the Rain


Enya – Listen to the Rain


Cracker – Another Song About the Rain


Country Western Songs About the Rain


Singing in the Rain


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Today, I took a moment to revisit an era when we were a highly spirited society and I succumbed to the opportunity to read a vivid account portrayed in a book by Ralph Blumenthal entitled: The Stork Club.  Blumenthal wrote about America’s most famous nightclub and about times long gone but memories not forgotten. His accounts from yesteryear reflect a period of passion, pleasantry, elegance and legendary glamour and chronicle not just a lost world but the escapades of a spirited Café society.

After reading the prizewinning New York Times journalist’s book, I feel very nostalgic and inspired to share just a few of the more enchanting aspects of this marvelous writer’s work. His research and insights bring back some wonderful and rarefied times that provided a backdrop for a very hedonistic society. 

Here is just a glimpse of the speakeasy days and the Stork Club Nights –

  • Romance, wooing and notorious courtships
  • Pressed powder, ruby-red lipstick and expensive perfumes
  • Irresistible thrills
  • Excesses of pleasure and passion
  • Riveting entertainment
  • Glittering mansions and wealth
  • Quality liquor
  • Show business glamour
  • Ethereal lives of movie stars
  • Colorful, world-famous nightspots attended by regulars
  • Tablehopping
  • Supercharged personalities
  • Sounds of from the Jazz age
  • Sparkling nightclub singers
  • Bandleaders and their big band sounds
  • Gangsters holding court with macho solidarity
  • Bootleggers
  • Secret cellars
  • Prohibition raiders
  • Famous ball players
  • Uniformed doormen
  • The privileged
  • Paternity suits
  • Extravagant decorated “Ladies” Rooms
  • Slumbering until after 3:00 p.m.
  • Fanciful gourmet faire
  • Black and white souvenir photographs
  • Large apartments in luxurious neighborhoods
  • Business and political connections
  • Mysterious whereabouts
  • Gin rummy
  • Aging socialites nervously eyeing themselves in restaurant mirrors
  • Radiant made-up faces of young women
  • Promotional geniuses
  • Dashing and sporty men
  • Aura of high-society folks
  • Postwar boom
  • Boxers out of the army
  • Racketeers
  • Theatrics
  • Glowing tributes to days gone by
  • Legendary appeal
  • Cryptic smiles
  • Bellhops in snappy uniforms
  • Lines of taxis and limousines
  • Inherited family fortunes
  • Family scandals
  • Safe returns from overseas missions

Additional Information on this Topic –

Video Stork Club


Stork Club


NYC in the 40’s


Stork Club –


Film Clip Stork Club


Excerpt from Book Stork Club


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Egyptian Pyramids

Great Tomb of Mausolus

Colossus of Rhodes

Colossus of Memnon

Pharos Lighthouse at Alexandria


 Temple of the Goddess Diana

Hanging Gardens of Babylon

 The ancient seven wonders of the world were remarkable for their size, structure and durability

More on this Topic –

Video – Great Pyramids


Pharos Lighthouse


Video Temple of Artemis at Epehesus


Temple of Diana


Colossus of Rhodes


Hanging Gardens of Babylon


Colossus Memnon



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Every place one visits is special in its own right. I have selected thirteen locations and posted corresponding videos which I believe are definitely worth visiting.  What do you think?

San Francisco – cable cars and the Golden Gate Bridge

Florida Everglades –  alligators and air boats

Louisville, Kentucky – steamboats

Chicago – deep dish pizza

Philadelphia – Philly cheese steaks

New Orleans – jazz festival

Monterey, CA.  –  Monterey Bay Aquarium

New York – cheese cake  and bagels

Washington DC. – Supreme Court  

Williamsburg, Virginia  – civil war reenactments

Kilauea  Hawaii –  erupting volcano

Cedar, Rapids Iowa – corn

Cambridge, MA. – Harvard

Videos of Attractions on the list –

Golden Gate Bridge


Where Idaho Potatoes Come From


Iowa Corn Harvest


Philly Cheese Steak




Interview Dean of Harvard


Supreme Court


Monterrey Bay Aquarium


New Orleans Jazz Festival


Recipe for Deep Dish Chicago Pizza  


Hawaiian Volcano Eruption


Florida Everglades


Williamsburg, Reenactments


San Francisco Cable Cars


How to Make a New York Cheesecake


H & H Bagels in New York


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What is it that makes the French so interesting?  I think it is:

  • Their history
  • Confidence
  • Intellect
  • Stories
  • Sensuality
  • Language
  • Architecture
  • Gardens
  • Sense of style
  • Way with words
  • Cuisine
  • Wines

Creative “French Thinking is anything pertaining to, but not limited to any one or more of the following items listed below:

  • Seduction of taste
  • Anything aesthetically pleasing to the eye
  • Artist’s society
  • Unique cultural elements and perspectives
  • Intrigue and mystery
  • Elegance and refinement combined with whimsy
  • Luxurious surroundings
  • Eclectic touches
  • Improvisation
  • Enlightenment
  • Vision
  • Inspiration
  • Romantic persuasion
  • Passionate thoughts worth recalling
  • Delight and personal satisfaction
  • Poetry
  • Racy novels
  • Expressive music
  • Humor and folly

Famous Three-star French Chefs –

  • Alain Ducasse 
  • Eric Ripert

Creative French Images –

  • Eiffel Tower
  • Mansard Roofs
  • French Country furnishings
  • Palace of Versailles
  • Tuleries Gardens

Celebrated French Authors –

  • Victor Hugo
  • Antoine de Saint-Exupery  (author of the “Little Prince”)

French Painters

  • Claude Monet
  • Van Gough
  • Renoir

A List of the Famous French who used their creativity in a productive and impressive way:


Charles Aznavour Mez emmerdes


Guillaume Apollinaire, Calligram message from a French Poet


Coco Channel


Brigitte Bardot – Film Star


Brigitte Bardot Makeup Tutorial


French Photographer Willy Ronis  – Master of human interest photography


A Tribute to Louis Malle


Louis Malle Film Maker discusses his process


A Tribute to Vincent Van Gough


Ananis Nin and Henry Miller


Images of French Design


Rodin Sculpture


Camille Claudel


Clip from the Movie Camille Claudel – Isabelle Adjani


French Guy Makes Music -D


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Easter Sunday is all about all things that are bright and beautiful! Christ arises from the dead and celebrations abound. Easter is a time of spiritual renewal, when we take inventory of our faith, and when we reunite with the beauty of nature. It is after a long dark period when we expressed hope over doubt, when no visible proof of Christ’s promises were evident. Easter is the time when we are rewarded for our uncompromising faith. He has risen from the dead and with him comes light of redemption. 


What it Means

A Spiritual Stimulus for Us All

Greater belief in hope

Evidence in things once unseen

Life after death exists

Christ was more than a prophet

We can trust in the words of the Lord

Promises kept

Serenity Afforded

 A Second Chance

Nature follows the spiritual laws (first there is winter and then comes spring)

Suffering related to our faith is never in vain or fruitless

God’s miracle working power restores all that is lost and broken

Christ is victorious and His truth apparent

His teachings are in the lessons of His complete surrender as evidenced by the crucifixion and

 the release brought about by His resurrection!

Fame, honor, wealth are transient things that change with the seasons but the rewards from God are everlasting in their existence!


Sunrise service

Easter Sunday mass

Church Services at the Vatican in Rome

Easter baskets filled with decorated eggs

Treasured Easter Eggs

Holiday photographs

Dressing up for Easter

Sweets and Cuddly Toys

Easter Egg Hunts at the White House

Easter Parades

Easter bonnets

Easter Shoes

Little baby chicks

Common Easter Faire –


Easter brunch at fancy hotels

Easter picnics with barbecue chicken, baked ham and corn on the cob and apple pie for dessert

Supper ham with cherry sauce, peas and carrots with mashed potatoes and homemade biscuits and gravy

Turkey with cornbread and sausage stuffing or braised lamb dinner with roasted red potatoes fresh mint sauce and asparagus with hollandaise sauce


More About The Resurrection and Easter

Bible Verses for Easter

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Different Sightings of Christ during the Resurrection


Video – A Case for Jesus’ Resurrection (historical facts)


Article – I Believe in the Resurrection


Resurrection of Jesus Christ – Redemptive history


The Easter Song – Enjoy!!!


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Yesterday, I came across a interesting book entitled: Anatomy for Interior Designers. It was unique because it focused a lot on the value of space. It was written in 1948. At the time it was published people were looking into various living options.

It inspired me to make a comparison between what was happening in the housing market then, and what we see today. I wanted to share my thoughts on downsizing to a studio and how living in a smaller space could actually work.

One of the most affordable accommodations one can possibly find is a one room studio apartment. A popular efficiency apartment has many benefits worth mentioning, with the first two being, less time to clean and more affordable rent.  Efficiencies require less maintenance and minimal monthly overhead expense. Unfortunately, there are drawbacks in such units, mainly a lack of extra space.  But, with the rising cost of rental rates, we are seeing people in and outside of urban environments, scaling down and opting to move into more financially feasible living arrangements.

The good news is that a studio apartment does not need to be a cramped restrictive living space that robs one of the joy of a home.  One only needs to be aware of the importance of certain features that make a room with four walls an ample breathing space.  Apartments with high ceilings can accommodate a built-in loft, which can provide a functional bedroom space by adding another room and creating a fine distinction and a far more charming atmosphere.

Of course, there are certain specifics to consider, most importantly, ease of comfort, considerable natural or correct lighting (unless a darker space is preferred) and any necessary floor plan elements, the most essential being those that meet accessibility requirements, in particular, easy entry to bathroom facilities and to the kitchen area.

There are many proportional furnishing options available to persons who elect to occupy a studio space.  Pieces such as sectional divans, dormitory style storage lockers stow hanging clothes compactly or semi-formal wardrobe cabinet’s house folded garments and numerous articles, while high-mounted shelves provide more surface area for books, CD’s and baskets filled with personal treasures.

In a studio space, day beds look like sofas. More space can be created by replacing standard furnishings with fold up card tables that can quickly vanish when not needed, and drop-leaf tables that can be pushed up against a wall when not in use.  Screens act as inconspicuous room partitions, and pocket doors can function as dividers that slide into walls where they remain hidden and tucked in, completely out of sight.  

Massive wall art of country scenes add to visual distortions, opening up optical fields of exaggerated square footage, which create the illusion of additional space. Track lighting can cast light on accents and draw attention to any number of accessories to create interest.  

Unlike larger apartments, everything in a studio must have its own home.  Smaller living spaces must be neat, orderly, and well-organized.  Variations of console furniture can conceal television equipment and stereos if they are infrequently used and until it is time to enjoy them, when and if the occasion demands.

Special window dressings, mainly wooden shutters or aesthetically designed defusing blinds, make the one room residence cozier and block out the sun’s glare and control morning or mid-day brightness.

Efficiency apartments once thought to be nothing more than tightly compressed, temporary living quarters are now considered a sensible and economical option.  As it turns out, efficiencies provide the type of residence that encourages a more minimal type of lifestyle, creating less demands on time and energy to maintain.

More on this topic –

How to Decorate a One Room Apartment


Country Studio Decorating


How to Chose Window Treatments


How to Create a Faux Headboard


How to Create Wall Art


Studio Examples


Efficency Apartment


How to decorate a one room apartment


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Living life and Loving it by embracing all that means the world to us. Nothing can compare to the things that matter most to us!

  • Ability to be alone with ourselves and our thoughts
  • Accomplishments that involve projects that we have completed
  • Actions intended to assist others and to help those in need to solve their own problems
  • Advantages in our careers that we recognize as great opportunities

  • Advice from those we can trust
  • Affection from those we love
  • Affluence in the things that matter most to us

  • Aid from those we permit to care for us
  • Allowances for our faults and the errors of others
  • Amazement at the things in our lives that are hard or impossible to understand
  • Amusement  and an appreciation for the ironies in life

  • Answers to questions we have the courage to ask
  • Appearance that suits our expectations
  • A healthy appetite for life

  • Appreciation from those we admire
  • Artistic flair and a strong appreciation for all that is aesthetic
  • Assertiveness when necessary
  • Assets that make us feel rich even if they appear worthless to others

  • Assurance of one’s capabilities to survive even the worst of conditions
  • Attitude that lends itself to social and professional agility
  • Awe for the wonders of the world


  • Fresh air
  • People watching
  • A walk on the beach

  • Café Olay
  • Croissants
  • The sound of rain

  • Window shopping in Paris
  • Riding the rapids
  • Ice cubes
  • Homemade ice-cream

  • Roller skating
  • Shaving
  • A massage
  • A walk in the park on the first day of Spring

  • A ride in a gondola in Italy
  • A good meal with a friend
  • A cup of hot piping coffee first thing in the morning

  • Coming home to a pet
  • Taking a look at a family album
  • Conversations with intelligent and curious children
  • Riding in a horse and buggy

  • Eating a regional delicacy
  • Listening to a favorite musical recording artist
  • Reading romantic poetry to a lover
  • Waking from an afternoon nap

  • Attending a play in NYC
  • Walking through a forest of redwood trees in Northern California
  • Taking a moment to recognize all that matters most

  • Belly laughter
  • Family heirlooms
  • A serving of homemade chicken soup when bedridden with the flu
  • A day trip to the Cape

  • A cookout on a camping trip
  • The first days of the autumn season
  • A letter from home
  • The anticipation of the arrival of a long-awaited guest

  • The first light of dawn after a night of stormy weather
  • Passing a grueling test
  • Feeling happy and perfectly content

  • Knowing you are in a place where you need to be to be of the most service
  • Make someone happy and you will be happy 2

More of The Same – exploring the extraordinary

Song – Make Someone Happy!


Video – When plain will never be the Same –


How to Write Your Own Poems


Do You Wanna Dance?


John Denver’s – Take Me Home, Country Roads


Van Morrison’s Into the Mystic


Dancing in the Moonlight


Sweet City Woman


Run for the Roses – Dan Fogelberg


Mr. Clown by Splendid


Rainbow in the Sky


Summertime w/ Ella Fitzgerald


How to Make Ice Cream


Canon Rock Violin


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Hardest Earned Accomplishments Imaginable


“No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars,

or sailed to an uncharted land,

Or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.”

Helen Keller


Helen Keller’s Favorite Song – sung with the spirit and in the rhythm of Courage


Muhammad Ali’s Speech 


Running Back’s – Unexpected Win – “Never Say Never!”


The Song of Success


 Dance of Life to Stop AIDS – a very revealing look at a HIV patient who is a real inspiration! 


Community College Gives Hard Earned Awards for Recognition and Efforts to the Most Unlikely Graduates


Never Too Old to Return to School – 92 Year Old Graduate (Final Triumph)


Cultural Value of Conservation Efforts – Environmental Stewardship Simply Defined


Quality of City-life Transformed by Mayor’s Vision (host G-20 Conference) Reducing Global Warming


Conserve New Delhi – Win-Win Solutions


Inner Resolve of 40 Surviving Orphans – Haitian Earthquake Peace Keeping Volunteers from Jordan


Greatest Tennis Player Ever – Roger Federer (Victory Personified)


Unrehearsed Rescue of Trapped Courageous Miners in Chile


Interview – First Female Astronaut


Raising Issues – Introducing Solutions for Improving Self-esteem


The complete history of the World’s most famous Triathlon


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A warm and comfy living space has its advantages.  First of all, it is a retreat where we can go  when we are exhausted and just need time to recuperate.

It is a place that allows us the ideal conditions with which to recover.  It is a safe haven where we can escape the heat or stay out of the cold.  It is a shelter.

It is an oasis, a private dwelling, basically, a place of our very own.

A cozy living environment is essential for entertaining. Home should be all about having friends and family over for social gatherings. 

A carefully planned living room will have enough seating to ensure that everyone has an area that they can make their own, even if it is only for the temporary.

A lot goes into making a space workable so that it suits not just the needs of its residents but their spirits too.  No place is cozy unless it meets the aesthetic requirements of the person who is occupying it. 

What one person considers appealing decor may be completely garish to another – “to each his own,” as they say.

But, one thing everyone can agree on is that there is nothing like the feeling a comfortable living environment offers.

Here are some of the things that make a room a delightful place to unwind in and to  just chill out.

  • Lots of natural light
  • Plenty of skylights
  • Artwork

  • Accent colors on the walls
  • A comfortable couch

  • A huge arm-chair with an ataman
  • Attractive window treatments
  • Thick plush carpeting

  • Wall hangings
  • Lots of light

  • Fresco walls
  • Wallpaper

  • Hand painted furniture
  • Mirrors in ornate or modern frames

  • Built-in shelving
  • Soft artificial lightning  
  • Crystal chandelier
  • A deep bathtub

  • A pleasant view out the windows
  • French doors

  • Rod iron balconies
  • Archways
  • A fireplace

  • Cross ventilation
  • A veranda
  • Bay windows
  • Window seat

  • Tile flooring
  • Parquet floors
  • Well organized closet and storage systems

  • Large flat screen television
  • Persian carpets
  • The perfect bedding
  • Clear passageways
  • Easy to access furniture groupings
  • Highly aesthetic room accessories

  • Wooden cabinets
  • Piano
  • Winding staircase

  • Mahogany or rosewood bookcases
  • Scatter rugs
  • An oriental screen
  • Firmly upholstered chairs

  • Drop-front desk or a wrap-around work surface
  • Stained glass panels
  • Leaded glass windows

  • A romantic dining place

  • A fantastic sound system

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