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Friday, November 23, 2012

The Incredible Winter Light Festival in Japan


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Located in Kuwana City (Mie Prefecture) is Nabano No Sato, a flower-focused park featuring sprawling gardens and giant greenhouses. Running annually from mid November to mid March is one of Japan’s finest Winter Illuminations, including the famous tunnel of light.
The park also features an onsen (hot spring) and a variety of restaurants including the Nagashima Beer Garden. Open from 9am – 9pm, the park is a very popular tourist attraction so be prepared for crowds, especially on weekends. [Source:miejets.org].



Nabana no Sato

Photograph by André Sato on Flickr


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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

May you forever have a million reasons to be thankful.


Happy Thanksgiving to all of my friends!


I wish you all a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving. May you all be surrounded by your loved ones and people you care for. May you enjoy the wonderful smells and tastes of a time where we give thanks for what we do have. May you be warm in your hearts, with happy times to save for your memories. Relax. Enjoy. Give thanks.




 We Thank Thee

For flowers that bloom about our feet;
For tender grass, so fresh, so sweet;
For song of bird, and hum of bee;
For all things fair we hear or see,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee.
For blue of stream and blue of sky;
For pleasant shade of branches high;
For fragrant air and cooling breeze;
For beauty of the blooming trees,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803-1882



May all who share these gifts today
Be blessed by Thee, we humbly pray.
What God gives and what we take
'Tis a gift for Christ his sake;
Be the meal of beans or peas,
God be thanked for those and these;
Have we flesh or have we fish,
All are fragments from His dish.
~Robert Herrick 1591-1674



O Lord, that lends me life,
Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness!
~William Shakespeare 1564-1616



Thou that hast given so much to me,
Give one thing more--a grateful heart:
Not thankful when it pleaseth me,
As if thy blessings had spare days,
But such a heart whose Pulse may be
Thy Praise.
~George Herbert 1593-1633


Almighty One, in the woods I am blessed. Happy everyone in the woods. Every tree speaks through thee. O God! What glory in the woodland! On the heights is peace-- peace to serve Him.
~Ludwig van Beethoven 1770-1827



A Thanksgiving

For summer rains, and winter's sun,
For autumn breezes crisp and sweet;
For labors doing, to be done,
And labors all complete;
For April, May, and lovely June,
For bud, and bird, and berried vine;
For joys of morning, night, and noon,
My thanks, dear Lord, are Thine!
For loving friends on every side;
For children full of joyous glee;
For all the blessed Heavens wide,
And for the sounding sea;
For mountains, valleys, forests deep;
For maple, oak, and lofty pine;
For rivers on their seaward sweep,
My thanks, dear Lord, are Thine!
For light and air, for sun and shade,
For merry laughter and for cheer;
For music and the glad parade
Of blessings through the year;
For all the fruitful earth's increase,
For home and life, and love divine,
For hope, and faith, and perfect peace,
My thanks, dear Lord, are Thine!
~John Kendrick Bangs 1862-1922


Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.

May you forever have a million reasons to be thankful.
Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!
MRS.D.





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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Morning Magic by Frank Steele




Morning Magic

This is a guest post from Frank Steele, a freelance editor and proofreader who lives in the Dallas area and resides on the Web at www.steele-editing.com.

Mrs. D. asked me if I’d consider writing a post for her blog, and I didn’t have the faintest idea what to say. I’m an editor, not a writer, so inspiration doesn’t come easily for me. I was puzzling over it this morning as I went for a walk around our residential neighborhood, which is a quiet, pleasant area full of cozy little brick houses, trees, and parks. It was a beautiful fall morning, with crisp, clean air, and a sky so blue that it was almost fluorescent.


Image courtesy of Rey Nocum  



I’ve always loved the mornings. I think they’re magic, and this one was especially beautiful. It was still early, so the streets were deserted and the houses were quiet, although an occasional squirrel went bouncing by, chittering as it went. Birds sang happily in the trees, which still have their leaves, although they’re now all shades of yellow and red and brown. The sun was still low on the horizon, so its rays filtering through the trees and houses were like broad spotlights on the trees and grass, giving them a golden glow. Often there are bunnies, but I suppose they were still in their burrows this morning, staying warm.

The morning was magic, and the world was a magical place, full of possibilities. So as I was thanking God for such a beautiful day, it dawned on me what I should write about: Books also make the world a magical place, full of possibilities, and transport children to realms of wonder, no matter what’s around them.


When I was a child, growing up in Kentucky, I read a lot. My mom would take me fishing with her, and I’d always take books with me. We might be sitting on the bank of a bank of a muddy river, but I wasn’t really there. I was riding with Ivanhoe, or gazing across Walden Pond, or wondering how it could be both the best of times and the worst of times, or tumbling down the rabbit hole with Alice. I explored all sorts of new worlds while my mom fished.

Under the Bridge

Image courtesy of http://www.wunderground.com/


So thank God for children’s books, and for authors like Mrs. D., who uncover the magic in the world and open children’s eyes to the magic that surrounds them and the possibilities that lie within them. As children see new worlds through their books, they can’t help but be inspired to make this world a new and better one as well.




For bilingual children’s stories, children’s videos, coloring pages, activities, and more, please visit http://www.freekidstories.org/, a great site run by Frank’s talented daughter.



Dear Frank,
Thank you: It’s so little. It’s so big. It’s easy – and easy to forget, too. So THANK YOU for your time and devotion to my work. Not too many old-school professionals like you are left in this modern world. You are a blessing ...
  Mrs. D. 






        

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Looking is a gift, but seeing is a power.


 All art requires courage.  ~Anne Tucker




Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.
- Stella Adler




Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth.
- Pablo Picasso



 
There are more valid facts and details in works of art than there are in history books.
- Charlie Chaplin


 
Art is a technique of communication. The image is the most complete technique of all communication.
- Claes Oldenburg

     
An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.  ~Charles Horton Cooley





Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.  ~Henry Ward Beecher




  
Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. 
 ~Pablo Picasso



 
Painting is silent poetry.  ~Plutarch, Moralia




 
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.  Art is knowing which ones to keep. 
 ~Scott Adams



Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.  ~Leonardo da Vinci




Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression.  ~Isaac Bashevis Singer




To send light into the darkness of men's hearts - such is the duty of the artist. 
 ~Schumann




Art is the only way to run away without leaving home. 
 ~Twyla Tharp



Painting is just another way of keeping a diary. 
 ~Pablo Picasso



Art is made to disturb. Science reassures. There is only one valuable thing in art: the thing you cannot explain.
- Georges Braque



The moment you think you understand a great work of art, it’s dead for you.
- Oscar Wilde



True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.
- Albert Einstein



To see we must forget the name of the thing we are looking at. - Claude Monet





Art is the signature of civilizations.
- Beverly Sills





Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.
- Amy Lowell





Art is never finished, only abandoned.
- Leonardo da Vinci

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