Thursday, July 30, 2015

Along The River Lines

Quote of the day:
Everybody's damaged by something.
-Emma Donoghue

A swift glance.
Along the river lines.
Chopping trees to make logs.
The door to our hearts need new signs.

To withstand the forces of life.
And if tears fill oceans or a flume.
A crucifixion along the river lines.
Like laughter in an empty room.

A slight touch.
Above the face lines. 
Caressing skin to evoke emotions.
Like love that redefines.


Current Listen: Iyeoka -Simply Falling 

Monday, July 27, 2015

What I'm Reading Right Now (8)

Quote of the day:

There is no friend as loyal as a book.
-Ernest Hemingway

This week for my book reading, I've chosen the same author as the last time, but with an entirely different title. Jeffrey Archer's 'Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less' is my choice and it certainly is a page turner I must say. So special thanks to those who made mention of it in my previous book reading post. 

Since my last read was just one out of a seven part chronicle (with only 5 published so far), I will attempt to read a new book (not necessarily by Archer) each time I finish a part of the chronicle.

image: Amazon

Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less is Archer's first book. It is a tale about fraud, raw determination and revenge. A story about four men stopping at nothing to get back in full what was stolen from them. I am having a hard time putting it down, and its been a great read so far.

So tell me, what books(s) do you have in your reading list this week?


Current Listen: Creed -Higher

Plans For The Week (16)

Quote of the day:
If you don't take risks, you'll have a wasted soul. 
-Drew Barrymore

As fast as it appeared, July is silently coming to an end. Did you achieve all your goals? I managed to do most of mine, but not all. Good thing its not over yet as I can catch up with pending tasks. Its another week of plans and so here goes.

1. Read a book.
2. Carry out research work on a project.
3. Go over my long term goals.
4. Take new risks.
5. Go to bed by 11.
6. Be kinder and gentler to myself and others.
7. Smile more, worry less.
8. Keep dreaming big.

Have you made your plans yet? Here's wishing you a memorable week.

Peace & Love always. 

Current Listen: Sam Smith -Stay With Me

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Three Things To Inspire Your Weekend (18)

Quote of the day: 
The closest thing to being cared for is to care for someone else.
-Carson McCullers

image credit: Laura Ruffino -Facebook
Elizabeth Diamond, a 40yr old mother of four girls diagnosed with cancer in 2014, and who passed away in April has had her children adopted by her best friend, Laura Ruffino of New York-who made a promise to her after her cancer diagnosis. Laura who has 2 girls of her own with husband Rico. Fortunately their community has reportedly been rallying around them and providing support to the family as well. 

image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle
A new planet with similarities to Earth has been discovered by NASA. Named Kepler-452b, it is thought to be 60% bigger than our planet, and with a much longer, 385-day orbit around its sun. It is 1,400 light years away from Earth.  Above, an artist's concept compares Earth to the new planet.

image credit: Roger Federrer: Twitter
Roger Federrer has visited Malawi, to see first hand the progress his charity -The Roger Federrer Foundation has made over the last 10 years.  It was set up to make a difference in early education in the poverty stricken parts of Southern Africa. So far his foundation has built 50 pre-schools in the country. 

Peace & Love.

Current Listen: Michael Jackson - Billie Jean

Friday, July 24, 2015

NASA, Pluto, & The Essence of Dreaming Big

Quote of the day:
You might be poor, your shoes might be broken, but your mind is a palace. 
-Frank McCourt

Have you ever sat in solitude to dream, and to imagine wonderful things through the inner chamber of your mind? Well I have. It is often said that the mind is too beautiful a thing to waste. And I quite agree. It is a palace adorned with the most priceless of jewels. It is a fire needing continuous nurturing -a seed that requires watering to grow.

image Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI 

Most of you must by now be familiar with the news about New Horizons -NASA's space mission to the planet Pluto. A flurry of photos released shows Pluto in new light. And to think it was discovered in 1930 by American Astronomer, Clyde W.Tombaugh -It has taken this long for us all to see in vivid detail -a far cry from the blurry textbook photos we were taught in geography class.

In a recent BBC documentary, The Sky At Night: Pluto Revealed, the story of NASA's visit to Pluto which started a decade ago can be better appreciated.

So next time you sit in solitude, let your mind wander to how vast this universe is, to how much potential exists within you -if you'll take time to nurture and develop it, to how beautiful life is, to how new discoveries can teach us a lot about ourselves, and most importantly -how searching for answers among the stars can be a good thing.


Current Listen: Ed Sheeran -All Of The Stars

Thursday, July 23, 2015

How To Enable Clickable Links In A Blog's Comment Box

Quote of the day:
You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you might find, you get what you need. -Mick Jagger

In some comment boxes people leave their full website link, and while most are clickable, there are some that aren't. This post is to show you how to do that -leave a comment in a blog post, with a clickable link to your website.

It's a useful tool for anyone and it beats leaving behind an un-clickable link in the comments box. Although I don't normally link back to my blog while commenting on blogs, I do welcome that, and if its a new visitor it makes it even better to visit their website.

So in three easy step below you can do just that.

1. Visit the blog or website that you plan to comment on.
2. After writing your main comment, insert the following code underneath
< a href=""> Blogoratti </a>
3. Replace the website address (In this case, I used mine), to whatever your website link is. Also, change the title name (Again, I've used my name) to your website name or whatever name you wish.

Be sure to keep the code exactly as it is for it to work. You can also use the code to link to your most recent post. All the best!

Peace. Love. Light*

Current Listen: Ed Sheeran -All of The Stars

Monday, July 20, 2015

What I'm Reading Right Now (7)

Quote of the day:
In the light, we read the inventions of others; in the darkness we invent our own stories.  
-Alberto Manguel

I am currently reading a book by English author Jeffrey Archer titled 'Only Time Will Tell'. I picked up this book to read on my way back from my mini trip last week and it has truly turned out to be a great page turner, and a fast moving one at that.

image: Amazon

The book is a first in a series that tells the incredible story of a family across generations and the events that shaped their lives. The story of Harry Clifton which begins in 1920, and that of his family. He never knew his father-a dock worker, and he was told that he was killed in the war. Its a gripping tale of heartbreaks, secrets and triumph...

I'm more than halfway through and can say its been a great read so far. So tell me what books are you reading at the moment?

Current Listen: Bruno Mars - Locked Out Of Heaven

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Plans For The Week (15)

Quote of the day: 
Every sunset is an opportunity to reset. 
-Richie Norton

There are some moments when we need to get away from our present environment, that opportunity was one that I took in the previous week-to reset...and reboot. A good change of scenery is a great thing indeed. Fast forward to the coming week, and I've compiled my plans which I'll share below.

1. Meditate more often.
2. Read a book.
3. Attend an event for entrepreneurs.
4. Continue work on personal projects.
5. Sort out pending tasks.
6. Strive to be thankful each day.
7. Workout at least twice during the week.
8. Keep my dreams alive.

There goes my plans for the week, and I hope you've made yours too. Have a wonderful week!

Peace & Love always*

Current Listen:- Celine Dion -The Power of Love

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Three Things To Inspire Your Weekend (17)

Quote of the day:
Be the change that you wish to see in the world. 
-Mahatma Gandhi

image: ThebetterIndia
Meerah Shenoy from India and her initiative 'Youth4Jobs' which she started in 2012 has so far trained 6,000 disabled people and helped to put them in 200 companies so far. Meerah started the project in order to reach out to a vulnerable community in India. 

image: GQ
American actor, Leonardo DiCaprio's foundation has announced that it will donate $15 million towards environmental causes. and funding the work of groups who are working to solve humankind's greatest challenges suc as climate change and environmental degradation. 

image: ArchDaily
As seen on ArchDaily, Bridge House by Junsekino Architect And Design located in Thailand. It is a family home built with white mortar and steel structure and divided into two by a bridge. 

Have a great weekend!


Current Listen: Seal -Kiss From A Ross

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

6 Things To Do To Lift Your Spirits

Quote of the day:
When life gets you down, improvise as if crawling was part of the choreography. 
-Iveta Cherneva

We all have those moments when we become overwhelmed by life, family, work, friends, and the environment we live in. This change of disposition  can be quite depressing to crawl out of. Whenever I feel this way, I tend to want to isolate myself -away from everything, but more often than not, I gather myself together. Here are 6 of some of the things I do to lift my mood.

1. Reading. 
This is a great way to focus the mind and in the process derive meaning from whatever is being read. I read books, or inspirational articles, with a drink or tea by my side. This helps to calm my thoughts in a pleasing way.

2. De-cluttering.
While it may seem better to remain isolated, actually getting up and doing stuff around the house helps. I take the garbage out, do some cleaning and or laundry, and clear my working area. This helps to improve my mood, with a cleaner and more organized environment.

3. Music.
There is nothing as good as a great playlist to listen to when you are feeling down. But beware, some genres may make things worse off. So I listen to upbeat songs , and with my headphones on I get to also do stuff around the house.

4. Go For A Walk.
There's something about taking walks that relaxes the mind. Be it a stroll in the park surrounded by birds, and or people, or just a quiet walk around the neighbourhood. Walking is always a wonderful way for me to unwind, plus it counts as exercise.

5. Movies.
A good movie is definitely worthwhile. I tend to go for some comedy or blockbuster flicks. Of course with the former, laughter is guaranteed and helps to put me in a relaxed mood all the time.

6. Speaking To Someone.
Although it may seem a bad idea to communicate with anyone, I have found that placing a call to a friend or family member just to say hello helps. Every time I ended a call it always made me feel much better, as conversations tended to take different dimensions -which forced me to communicate and forget about my feelings -even if momentarily.

What do you when you are feeling down?

Peace. Love. Light*
Current Listen: One Republic -Counting Stars

Monday, July 13, 2015

12 Shades Of Metaphors

Quote of the day:
All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind. 
-Khalil Gibran

image: ArtMajeur

Her hope was a fragile seed.
Buried in the earth like her dreams.
Her emotions grew as tall as palm trees.
Tears damp like early morning leaves.

Her life was a broken mirror.
Shattered just like her reflection.
Her eyes distant like the moon and sun.
Fingers entangled like lovers in embrace at the door.

Her scar was a loathsome leech.
Camouflaged just like her thoughts. 
Her nobility flared like forest fires.
Fears bound like hairy knots. 

Serenity & Love always!

Current Listen: Adele -Skyfall 

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Plans For The Week (14)

Quote of the day:
Here we are, trapped in the amber of the moment. There is no why. 
-Kurt Vonnegut

At times I feel the days actually have shorter hours in them. But alas, it's the same clock showing tie that we all have and amounting to 24 hours. Our time is limited, best to make the most of it. So here goes most of my plan for the coming week.

1. Be grateful for life and everything in it.
2. Do something daily that makes me happy.
3. Call up old friends just to say hello.
4. Worry less. Relax more.
5. Create a weekly meal plan.
6. Acknowledge things I can't change, focus on those I can.
7. Plan a mini trip.
8. Keep dreaming big.

Happy Sunday. I wish you progress with your plan if you've already made it, and if not -making one may just make the week easier for you. Be the best in the new week!

Peace. Love. Light!

Current Listen: Coldplay -The Scientist 

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