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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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHUVWEgHAy8

Beauty of Rainy Days Bangkok

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=envMHiIyRYk

Famous Poems About the Rain

http://famouspoetsandpoems.com/thematic_poems/rain_poems.html

Love Poems

http://www.1lovepoems.com/rain.shtml

Quotes About the Rain

http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/rain

Video – Walkin in the Rain with the One I Love

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfQHSwZX4sg

25 Songs About the Rain

http://www.beliefnet.com/Entertainment/Music/25-Songs-About-Rain.aspx?b=1&p=13

Enya – Listen to the Rain

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=686k9qcmzkw&feature=related

Cracker – Another Song About the Rain

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8zuQH27Qjk

Country Western Songs About the Rain

http://sunshine625.hubpages.com/hub/Country-Music-Songs-About-Rain

Singing in the Rain

http://www.beliefnet.com/Entertainment/Music/25-Songs-About-Rain.aspx?p=2

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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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6q0DhWALW1c&feature=related

Stork Club

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B81xdvNxeg4

NYC in the 40’s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vAbiNyf0qU&feature=fvwrel

Stork Club –

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stork_Club

Film Clip Stork Club

http://www.tcm.com/mediaroom/video/144785/Stork-Club-The-Original-Trailer-.html

Excerpt from Book Stork Club

http://www.thecityreview.com/stork.html

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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

 http://www.history.com/topics/seven-ancient-wonders-of-the-world/videos#the-great-pyramids-deconstructed

Pharos Lighthouse

http://www.history.com/topics/seven-ancient-wonders-of-the-world/videos#seven-wonders-the-pharos-lighthouse-at-alexandria

Video Temple of Artemis at Epehesus

http://www.history.com/topics/seven-ancient-wonders-of-the-world/videos#seven-wonders-the-temple-of-artemis-at-ephesus

Temple of Diana

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfwtuOYKffs

Colossus of Rhodes

http://www.5min.com/Video/Learn-about-the-Colossus-of-Rhodes-38365432

Hanging Gardens of Babylon

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-m4wJxWB2w4

Colossus Memnon

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Colossi_of_Memnon.jpg

 

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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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FNNGk4ejE4

Where Idaho Potatoes Come From

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0omrGNWAIU4

Iowa Corn Harvest

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0omrGNWAIU4

Philly Cheese Steak

http://www.videojug.com/film/how-to-make-a-philly-cheese-steak-sandwich

Harvard

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYku2i39KM8

Interview Dean of Harvard

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSUcwGMwc2E&feature=related

Supreme Court

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYku2i39KM8

Monterrey Bay Aquarium

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cE9KbgJMeEA

New Orleans Jazz Festival

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17yAv4xnSFM

Recipe for Deep Dish Chicago Pizza  

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/1768759/chicago_deep_dish_pizza_recipe_how_to_make_a_stuffed_chicago_s/

Hawaiian Volcano Eruption

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=488BkTUsMa4&feature=related

Florida Everglades

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=6572370n

Williamsburg, Reenactments

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dxY6yMTW8s

San Francisco Cable Cars

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcFBimT_rhA

How to Make a New York Cheesecake

http://www.howcast.com/videos/180893-How-To-Make-a-Classic-New-York-Cheesecake

H & H Bagels in New York

http://www.hhbagels.net/

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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:

http://daytranslations.com/Famous_french_people.aspx

Charles Aznavour Mez emmerdes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCP3QioXLHU&feature=autoplay&list=MLGxdCwVVULXdFfYfjdvMaQTbhKRV3Ih68&index=28&playnext=2

Guillaume Apollinaire, Calligram message from a French Poet

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3b79_PJiC5A

Coco Channel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3uoMKlSqS4&feature=related

Brigitte Bardot – Film Star

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mYN_YPNSw0&feature=related

Brigitte Bardot Makeup Tutorial

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1LrkBDUOA4&NR=1&feature=fvwp

French Photographer Willy Ronis  – Master of human interest photography

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEajpQHOvNU

A Tribute to Louis Malle

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBNvQe4vIYw&NR=1&feature=fvwp

Louis Malle Film Maker discusses his process

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUPYOfzFW-4&feature=related

A Tribute to Vincent Van Gough

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XemweIAvi8Q

Ananis Nin and Henry Miller

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6ckT2YNSio&feature=related

Images of French Design

http://www.google.com/search?q=French+Interior+Design&hl=en&rls=com.microsoft:en-us&rlz=1I7GPEA_en&prmd=ivns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=UtW0TfmIA4SDtgfX_unpDg&ved=0CCwQsAQ&biw=1151&bih=554

Rodin Sculpture

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCYjSYfH5zI&feature=related

Camille Claudel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLtz1hTTNy0&feature=related

Clip from the Movie Camille Claudel – Isabelle Adjani

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yT-oSkrrh0&feature=related

French Guy Makes Music -D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gm4E9o67Y-o

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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. 

THE RESURRECTION

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!

PRACTICING EASTER TRADITIONS

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

http://christianity.about.com/od/holidaytips/qt/easterbiblevers.htm 12

Different Sightings of Christ during the Resurrection

http://christianity.about.com/od/biblestorysummaries/p/theresurrection.htm

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYdzUYyIKMM

Article – I Believe in the Resurrection

http://www.bulletininserts.org/bulletininsert.aspx?bulletininsert_id=237

Resurrection of Jesus Christ – Redemptive history

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACKrry9PTNo

The Easter Song – Enjoy!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lALj7VG9960&feature=related

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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

http://www.ehow.com/how_5699586_decorate-efficiency-apartments.html

Country Studio Decorating

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y27gb7RKer8

How to Chose Window Treatments

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jkKcZjrYYQ&feature=related

How to Create a Faux Headboard

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_a56E_BlBg&feature=fvwrel

How to Create Wall Art

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1We0MBuFSk&feature=related

Studio Examples

http://www.bing.com/images/search?publ=EE32EEEF-977B-490E-A63A-FE224D2F2717&FORM=MFEIMG&crea=STND_MFEIMG_FY11H2_BR_CusImg_1x1&q=studio+apartment#x0y863

Efficency Apartment

http://www.ehow.com/efficiency-apartment/ 

How to decorate a one room apartment

 http://tinyhouseblog.com/tiny-house/ten-tips-for-decorating-a-small-studio-apartment/

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