Thursday, December 29, 2011

For the Year of 2012...

New years come and new years go,
Pieces of time all in a row.
As we live our life, every second and minute,
We know we're privileged to have you in it.
Our appreciation never ends
For our greatest blessings: our family and friends.

Happy New Year!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Santo (Sacred Songs) - Juan Diego Flórez sings "Cantique De Noel"

Merry Christmas to All!

  (Esteban Murillo - 1618-1682, Adoration of the Shepherds, Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain)

Christmas Bells
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The worlds repeat
Of peace of earth, good-will to men!

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of the Christendom
Had rolled along
The unbroken song
Of peace of earth, good-will to men!

Till ringing, singing on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime,
A chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,
And with the sound
The carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

It was as if an earthquake rent
The hearth-stones of a continent,
And made forlorn
The households born
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;
"There is no peace on earth" I said;
"For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!"

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men."

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Warm message from Antrartica...

This picture of the Emperor Penguins is from the 2011 National Geographic Photo Contest. How appropriate for our Christmas Season!