Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The Gift of the Heart

Just now, before Christmas our main concern is to buy presents for our families and friends. Gifts are wonderful if they come from our love and honest intentions.

However, the greatest gift is coming from our hearts.

It is easy to take our feelings for granted and to assume that the people we care for know how we feel about them. But while those we love are often cognizant of our feelings, saying "I love you" is a gift we should give to our loved ones whenever we can.

The three simple words - "I Love You" - can make a world of difference in someone's life, take a relationship to a new level, or reaffirm and strengthen a steady bond.

It can be difficult to express your love using words, particularly if you grew up around people that never expressed their affections verbally. But you never should be afraid to say it; it is important to share your feelings with those that matters to you. Love exists to be expressed, not withheld.

Saying, "I love you" is a gift of the heart sent directly via words to the heart of a recipient. Even though it may not always look that way, love from the heart is an offering that is always unconditional and given without strings attached.

That is the true essence of the gift "I LOVE YOU".
Wishing you a day filled with laughter, happiness and all the love your heart can hold.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

We shall meet again...

The English translation of Solveig's Song:

The winter may pass and the spring disappear, the spring disappear;
The summer too will vanish and then the year, and then the year.
But this I know for certain: you'll come back again, you'll come back again.
And even as I promised you'll find me waiting then, you'll find me waiting then.

God help you when wand'ring your way all alone, your way all alone.
God grant to you his strength as you'll kneel at his throne, as you'll kneel at his throne.
If you are in heaven now waiting for me, in heaven for me.
And we shall meet again love and never parted be, and never parted be!

Lucia Popp: Solveig's Song from Grieg's Peer Gynt

With Thanksgiving Day approaching, I would like to dedicate this song to my dear husband, Len's memory, who departed this year February. Thank you for the 23 wonderful years!

This video was removed, please look up my May 17 2011 posting for the new video.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Veterans Day

This US holiday stretches back to the end of World War I and commemorates the nation's thousands of combat veterans who fought in the service of their country. It was proclaimed in 1919 to commemorate the termination (at 11 AM November 11,1918) of World War I.

On the first anniversary of the truce US President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation eulogizing fallen Allied soldiers, and referring to November 11 as Armistice Day. It became a holiday in the US, France, Great Britain and Canada.

The holiday acquired its present name in the US in 1954. In Canada and Great Britain it is called Remembrance Day for the millions who died during World War I.

Let us honor all those, living and dead, who served with US arm forces in wartime...