Monday, December 30, 2013

Saturday, December 28, 2013

more

“To have more, you must first be more. To achieve more in your outer world, you must to go work on your inner world.” 

Wolfgang von Goethe

Friday, December 27, 2013

happiness

“The amount of happiness that you have depends on the amount of freedom you have in your heart.” 

Thich Nhat Hanh

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Monday, December 23, 2013

Crumble life: I will fall in love with your pieces poem 20

It was rather
beautiful: the way he
put her insecurities to
sleep.
The way he dove into
her eyes and starved
all the fears
and tasted all the
dreams she kept
coiled beneath her
bones.

Christopher Poindexter
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/157866412/crumble-life-i-will-fall-in-love-with

Saturday, December 21, 2013

happy winter solstice

“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.”

 Albert Camus

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

but love wins in the end

I love everything about you,
you're imperfectly perfect
Everyone's itching for beauty,
but just scratchin' the surface
Lost time is never found, can the
DJ please reverse it
In life we pay for change, let's
make every second worth it
Anything can work if you work it
when people say you don't deserve it
Then don't give in, 'cuz hate may win
some battles, but love wins in the end

Ludacris
All Around the World

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

so glad you are still with us, Horace



My One And Only Love

Happy to report that rumours of Horace Silver's death are
FALSE!
So glad you are still with us, Horace

Monday, December 16, 2013

Tiny eternities and Magnificent stars poem 6

All I want,
All I've ever wanted,
since the bones in me
began to grow,
is to know love,
and for love, too,
to know me.

Christopher Poindexter
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/158868265/tiny-eternities-and-magnificent-stars?ref=shop_home_active

Sunday, December 15, 2013

The power of love

"The power of love, as the basis of a State, has never been tried."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Your life has a purpose

"Your life has a purpose as long as you dedicate it to love. It's not what we do but who we are that forms our biggest contribution."

Marianne Williamson

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

RIP Jim Hall

thanks for all the beautiful music


'Beautiful Love'
Jim Hall & Michel Petrucciani
live at the Montreaux Jazz Festival

Monday, December 9, 2013

The Blooming of Madness

And in the end,
we are all just
humans,
drunk on the idea
that love,
only love,
can heal
our brokenness

Christopher Poindexter

Thursday, December 5, 2013

bless you, Nelson Mandela

"We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right."

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela has been a presence in my life my whole adult life.  I cut my political chops on the anti-apartheid movement in the 1980's.  I learned about humanity, justice, equality, forgiveness, commitment, the importance of using my voice to create change.  "Free Nelson Mandela" was an anthem of my youth.   

His release from prision in 1990 was a connecting point in a new friendship.  I remember phoning Christy when I heard the news of his release.  We never thought we'd see the day...  A group of us gathered to watch his interview with Barbara Frum on CBC.  Thanks, Barry, for having a television.

And then, I saw him speak.  His first public appearance outside of South Africa after his release.  I left work early, under the guise of a doctor's appointment.  The Montréal Jubilation Gospel Choir performed, the crowd gathered, the energy built.  The cheering & out pouring of love & respect settled, and a hush fell over the crowd.  I had lost my friend in the crowd and, I looked around at the people I was sharing this experience with.  A suit wearing, middle aged, seemingly conservative businessman stood beside me.  Tears streaming down his face.  23 years later, and I remember it in my heart as if it were yesterday.  

The event came to an end and people started to disperse, I had a floaty, other worldly feeling.  Kind of the post-meditation light & bright feeling.  I started making my way home, seeing Montréal & the people around me in a whole new way.  

Mandela had a second speaking engagement that day, at a church close to my home in St. Henri.  I passed by, in my floaty state of being.  The church was full to overflowing.  Hundreds of people surrounded the church, listening to him through the speakers mounted outside.  The hope that filled the streets was palpable.  

I think that it is that HOPE that has spoken to so many people over the years.  To be hopeful in times of hardship, to be forgiving in times of injustice, to be loving in the midst of anger, to be inspiring in times of hopelessness, to find a voice when being silenced.  This is the legacy Nelson Mandela leaves in my heart.  

Bless you, Nelson Mandela.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Tiny Eternities and Magnificent stars poem 9

She buried
       her ears
   into the calm
        of his heartbeat,
    and in a matter of seconds:
  fell terribly in love
        with the way
     her loneliness fell
 softly and suddenly,
         asleep,
      in his chest.

         -Christopher Poindexter
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/164069970/tiny-eternities-and-magnificent-stars

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

that is what loving someone is

"Go after her. Fuck, don’t sit there and wait for her to call, go after her because that’s what you should do if you love someone, don’t wait for them to give you a sign cause it might never come, don’t let people happen to you, don’t let me happen to you, or her, she’s not a fucking television show or tornado. There are people I might have loved had they gotten on the airplane or run down the street after me or called me up drunk at four in the morning because they need to tell me right now and because they cannot regret this and I always thought I’d be the only one doing crazy things for people who would never give enough of a fuck to do it back or to act like idiots or be entirely vulnerable and honest and making someone fall in love with you is easy and flying 3000 miles on four days notice because you can’t just sit there and do nothing and breathe into telephones is not everyone’s idea of love but it is the way I can recognize it because that is what I do. Go scream it and be with her in meaningful ways because that is beautiful and that is generous and that is what loving someone is, that is raw and that is unguarded, and that is all that is worth anything, really."
           Harvey Milk

Monday, November 25, 2013

The Universe and Her, and I poem 71

I recently connected with a poet & artist selling his works on Etsy, Christopher Poindexter.  Love poems written on an old typewriter - two of my very favourite things coming together!  I am so pleased that Christopher has given permission for his poetry to be featured here, at love is always the answer.  Visit us on Mondays, for a weekly hit of Christopher Poetry.  What better to start the week, but with a love poem?

The Universe and Her, and I

Love is many things and
sometimes we are never
really sure if it even
exists, but all I know
is that if you were to
show me her soul
in a photograph,
I wouldn't even ask
to see the others.

Christopher Poindexter
https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/Christopherspoetry
available for purchase!  https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/157788473/the-universe-and-her-and-i-poem-71

Sunday, November 24, 2013

the real lover

“The real lover is the man who can thrill you by kissing your forehead or smiling into your eyes or just staring into space.”

Marilyn Monroe

Saturday, November 23, 2013

and behold

I slept and dreamt that life was joy.
I awoke and saw that life was service.
I acted and behold,
service was joy.

Rabindranath Tagore
Bengali poet

Friday, November 22, 2013

looking back over a lifetime

"Looking back
over a lifetime,
you see that love
was the answer
to everything."

Ray Bradbury

Thursday, November 21, 2013

I love you without knowing

I love you without knowing
how, or when or from where.
I love you straightforwardly,
without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know
no other way than this:
where I does not exist, nor you,
so close that your hand
on my chest is my hand, 
so close that your eyes close
as I fall asleep.

Pablo Neruda
Sonnet XVII

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

I love you simply

“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.”

Pablo Neruda
100 Love Sonnets

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

in each other

“Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along.” 

Rumi

Monday, November 18, 2013

you will always look lovely

“A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” 

Roald Dahl

Sunday, November 17, 2013

the things you don’t see

"The role of the artist is exactly the same as the role of the lover. If I love you, I have to make you conscious of the things you don’t see."

James Baldwin

Saturday, November 16, 2013

fall in love over and over again

"Fall in love over and over again every day. Love your family, your neighbors, your enemies, and yourself. And don't stop with humans. Love animals, plants, stones, even galaxies." 

Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat

Friday, November 15, 2013

risk everything

"Love is everything it's cracked up to be. It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for. And the trouble is, if you don't risk everything, you risk even more." 

Erica Jong

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

tilt with the lightning

"To love is to tilt with the lightning, two bodies routed by a single honey's sweet."
 
Pablo Neruda

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

happy birthday, blue

"Because of the dog’s joyfulness, our own is increased. It is no small gift. It is not the least reason why we should honor as well as love the dog of our own life, and the dog down the street, and all the dogs not yet born. What would the world be like without music or rivers or the green and tender grass? What would this world be like without dogs?"

Mary Oliver
Dog Songs

My sweet dog, Blue, turns 14 today.  She has been a steadfast friend & teacher to me over the years.  
Really, she is the physical embodiment of joy & love.  How lucky am I to have such a bright soul in my midst?! 





Blue
Elaho back country, BC
Summer 2008

only because I love

"Everything I understand, I understand only because I love. Everything exists, only because I love." 

Leo Tolstoy

Monday, November 11, 2013

let yourself

"Love imperfectly.  Be a love idiot.  Let yourself forget any love ideal." 

Sark

Sunday, November 10, 2013

the things you don’t see.

"The role of the artist is exactly the same as the role of the lover. If I love you, I have to make you conscious of the things you don’t see."

James Baldwin

the most vital right

"The most vital right is the right to love and be loved." 

Emma Goldman

Saturday, November 9, 2013

nothing more truly artistic than to love people

"I tell you the more I think, the more I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people." 
 
Vincent van Gogh

Monday, November 4, 2013

always beautiful

“Weeks passed, and the little Rabbit grew very old and shabby, but the Boy loved him just as much. He loved him so hard that he loved all his whiskers off, and the pink lining to his ears turned grey, and his brown spots faded. He even began to lose his shape, and he scarcely looked like a rabbit any more, except to the Boy. To him he was always beautiful, and that was all that the little Rabbit cared about. He didn't mind how he looked to other people, because the nursery magic had made him Real, and when you are Real shabbiness doesn't matter.” 

Margery Williams 
The Velveteen Rabbit

Monday, October 21, 2013

a secret about human love

“There is a secret about human love that is commonly overlooked: Receiving it is much more scary and threatening than giving it. How many times in your life have you been unable to let in someone’s love or even pushed it away? Much as we proclaim the wish to be truly loved, we are often afraid of that, and so find it difficult to open to love or let it all the way in.” 
 
John Welwood

Sunday, October 20, 2013

I will love you until the stars burn out

"I have galaxies hidden between my bones and I will love you until the stars burn out."

Unknown

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

You really have to love yourself

"Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world."

Lucille Ball

Monday, October 14, 2013

the most beautiful thing you’ll hear

"Probably the most beautiful thing you’ll hear in a long while. Beauty all around us, it just needs the right people to tweak it. I’ve nothing else to add with my clumsy words: just go, follow the link and take five minutes; take a break and really listen to it."


Tom Waits (on Robert Wilson): “Wilson, he’s always playing with time. I heard a recording recently of crickets slowed way down. It sounds like a choir, it sounds like angel music. Something sparkling, celestial with full harmony and bass parts – you wouldn’t believe it. It’s like a sweeping chorus of heaven, and it’s just slowed down, they didn’t manipulate the tape at all. So I think when Wilson slows people down, it gives you a chance to watch them moving through space. And there’s something to be said for slowing down the world.”

 via the indie pedant

Sunday, October 13, 2013

welcome home

"Every mouth you’ve ever kissed was just practice. All the bodies you’ve ever undressed and ploughed in to were preparing you for me. I don’t mind tasting them in the memory of your mouth.
Was it a long journey? Did it take you long to find me?
You’re here now, welcome home."

Warsan Shire

Friday, October 11, 2013

Saturday, October 5, 2013

art is a personal act of courage

"Art is a personal act of courage, something one human does that creates change in another."

Seth Godin

love yourself

"If you can't love yourself, how in the hell are you going to love somebody else?!"

RuPaul

Friday, October 4, 2013

pursue the things you love

“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.”
 
Maya Angelou

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

I want you

"You are my inspiration and my folly. You are my light across the sea, my million nameless joys, and my day's wage. You are my divinity, my madness, my selfishness, my transfiguration and purification. You are my rapscallionly fellow vagabond, my tempter and star. I want you."

George Bernard Shaw

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

deep down in every human heart

"I always knew that deep down in every human heart, there is mercy and generosity. No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart that its opposite" 

Nelson Mandela

Monday, September 30, 2013

Sunday, September 29, 2013

your presence

"When you love someone, the best thing you can offer is your presence. 
How can you love if you are not there?" 

Thich Nhat Hanh

Saturday, September 28, 2013

magic


“Take a lover who looks at you like maybe you are magic.”
Frida Kahlo

Friday, September 27, 2013

Thursday, September 26, 2013

look into your own heart

“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”
 

 C.G. Jung

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

love to feel free

“You must love in such a way that the person you love feels free.”  

Thich Nhat Hanh

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Monday, September 23, 2013

trace the outline of your lips with mine

“I've been told that people in the army do more by 7:00 am than I do in an entire day. But if I wake at 6:59am and turn to you to trace the outline of your lips with mine I will have done enough and killed no one in the process.”

Shane Koyczan
Canadian Spoken Word Artist

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Saturday, September 21, 2013

I want to love you wildly

"I want to love you wildly. I don't want words, but inarticulate cries from the bottom of my most primitive being, that flow from my belly like honey. A piercing joy that leaves me empty, conquered, silenced."

Anais Nin

Friday, September 20, 2013

limitless

"When you can touch someone’s heart... that's limitless."

Steve Jobs

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Love is the only way

"Love is the only way to grasp another human being in the innermost core of his personality. No one can become fully aware of the very essence of another human being unless he loves him. By his love he is enabled to see the essential traits and features in the beloved person; and even more, he sees that which is potential in him, which is not yet actualized but yet ought to be actualized.

"Furthermore, by his love, the loving person enables the beloved person to actualize these potentialities. By making him aware of what he can be and of what he should become, he makes these potentialities come true."
 
Viktor E. Frankl
Man’s Search for Meaning

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

the whole universe is on our side

"When we meet someone and fall in love, we have a sense that the whole universe is on our side."

Paulo Coelho

Sunday, September 15, 2013

have a good attitude

"You have to make the best out of your life and have a good attitude."
 
Barbara Brody, 102

Saturday, September 14, 2013

a kiss

“A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.”  
Ingrid Bergman

Friday, September 13, 2013

accept who you are

"Try to understand the kind of person you are and accept who you are; but if you want to improve your situation, change it. Keep your eye on the stars and try to succeed at what you want to do."
 
Hilda Berner, 97

Thursday, September 12, 2013

eat right and do what you love

"Eat right and do what you love. Whatever you love to do is play; doing what you don’t like to do is work. I have never worked a day in my life!"
 
Dr. Laila Denmark, 114

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

look inside your soul

"Look inside your soul and find your tools. We all have tools and have to live with the help of them. I have two tools, my words and my images. I used my typewriter, computer and my cameras to fight injustice. Whenever I see a possibility of helping people who are in danger, I want to help them."
 
Ruth Gruber, 101

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

laughter keeps you healthy

"Laughter keeps you healthy. You can survive by seeing the humor in everything. Thumb your nose at sadness; turn the tables on tragedy. You can't laugh and be angry, you can't laugh and feel sad, you can't laugh and feel envious."
Bel Kaufman, 101

Saturday, August 31, 2013

imagine my heartbeat

"You are at once both the quiet and the confusion of my heart; 
imagine my heartbeat when you are in this state."

Franz Kafka

Friday, August 30, 2013

kindness

“Kindness in words creates confidence. 
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. 
Kindness in giving creates love.” 

Lao Tzu

Thursday, August 29, 2013

LOVE-ISM


~ so beautiful  ~

Choreographer Mor Shani is working on “Love-ism”. Love-ism is a long term study inspired by the book “Art of Loving” by Erich Fromm. In this study Shani wishes to challenge the perception and liquidity of the agreed upon, the sublime and the condemned. He asks: “when do supreme ideas about love like care, mutuality and dependency stop being sacred and become sinful? And what is it that distinguishes one kind of love from another?”
Video artist, Paul Sixta expands the conceptual grounds of Love-ism in close collaboration with Shani. He challenges the discussion by making the process of creation transparent, and is creating a film about the "Politics of Intimacy", researching the human experience of meeting significant others in and out of the studio. The stage product and the film will be presented as one piece.
Music: Scott Matthew

Friday, August 16, 2013

happy birthday, bill evans


A Time for Love
Alone
one of my all time favourite Bill Evans albums
Happy Birthday, Bill
thanks for reminding us it is always a time for love
xox

Thursday, August 8, 2013

your heart // your treasure

"Remember that wherever your heart is,
there you will find your
treasure."

Paulo Coelho
The Alchemist

Friday, August 2, 2013

like a tree

“Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.”

Kahlil Gibran
The Prophet

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Monday, July 29, 2013

awareness

"Awareness is like the sun. When it shines on things, they are transformed."

Thich Nhat Hanh

Saturday, July 27, 2013

hope

“The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope.”

Wendell Berry

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

to understand

"To understand the heart and mind of a person, 
look not at what he has already achieved, 
but what he aspires to."

Khalil Gibran

Sunday, July 21, 2013

touches your heart

"A friend is someone who reaches for your hand, but touches your heart." 

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

beauty all around

"I'm going to make everything around me beautiful. That will be my life." 

Elsie de Wolfe

Monday, July 15, 2013

in a moment

“Love grants in a moment what toil can hardly achieve in an age.”

Goethe

Sunday, July 14, 2013

love is freedom

“Love is the only freedom in the world because it so elevates the spirit that the laws of humanity and the phenomena of nature do not alter its course.” 

  Kahlil Gibran

Friday, July 12, 2013

Thursday, July 11, 2013

we can still love

"When we can do nothing else,
we can still love,
without expecting any
reward or change or gratitude."

Paulo  Coelho

Thursday, July 4, 2013

taking off the mask

"Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within." 

James Baldwin

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

love in motion

“There is little one can say about love. It has to be lived, and it's always in motion.”
 
 Rumi

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

learning to love ourselves



In this emotional talk, Kevin Breel speaks from the heart about his story with depression, 
how it's impacted his life, and why he is ultimately grateful for it.

a great reminder to be kind to others & ourselves
xox

Friday, June 28, 2013

A Companion To The Forgotten


Narayanan Krishnan is an award winning chef, nourishing people in need with food & love.
Inspiring!
What is your life purpose?

Thursday, June 27, 2013

sending love & light to Nelson Mandela

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” 

Nelson Mandela

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

compassion

“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It's a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.”

Pema Chödrön

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Saturday, June 1, 2013

bridges

"Love creates bridges
where it would
seem
they were impossible."

Paulo Coelho

Friday, May 31, 2013

And I was the Spirit of Love

Whirling and dancing like a spinning wheel
I saw myself as the source of existence
I was there in the beginning
And I was the Spirit of Love


Rumi

Thursday, May 30, 2013

O love

"O love, whose lordly hand
Has bridled my desires,
And raised my hunger and my thirst
To dignity and pride,
Let not the strong in me and the constant
Eat the bread or drink the wine
That tempt my weaker self.
Let me rather starve,
And let my heart parch with thirst,
And let me die and perish,
Ere I stretch my hand
To a cup you did not fill,
Or a bowl you did not bless."

Khalil Gibran 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

love with no boundaries

Love with no boundaries
your future depends on
your capacity to love

Paulo Coelho

Monday, May 27, 2013

the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word...

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” 

Dr. Leo Buscaglia

Sunday, May 26, 2013

beautiful world

"Help create a beautiful world our hearts tell us is possible." 

Charles Eisenstein

Friday, May 24, 2013

be the hand

"Be a hand that reaches out. Be a smile for those who have no reason to smile. Be a light for those who live in darkness. Show them what it means to truly LOVE."

Rumi

Thursday, May 23, 2013

truth :: beauty :: love

"Yesterday we obeyed kings and bent our necks before emperors. But today we kneel only to truth, follow only beauty, and obey only love." 

Khalil Gibran

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

a strength & a blessing so large

"Believe in a love that is being stored up for you
like an inheritance, & have faith that in this love
there is a strength & a blessing so large that you
can travel as far as you wish without having to
step outside it."

Ranier Marie Rilke

Monday, May 20, 2013

Sunday, May 19, 2013

recognize the wisdom

“You know that the teacher appears when you’re ready. Sometimes it’s a pop tune or an ad on the bus; sometimes it’s the handy man. Keep your heart open and you’ll recognize the wisdom when it shows up…wearing overalls and fedora.”

Danielle LaPorte

Saturday, May 18, 2013

true, necessary, kind

“If you propose to speak, always ask yourself, is it true, is it necessary, is it kind” 

Buddha

Thursday, May 16, 2013

love & compassion

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” 

Dalai Lama

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

relax & wait

“Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.” 

William S. Burroughs

Sunday, May 12, 2013

every day

"Basically, what we should be doing every day of our lives is taking care of ourselves--getting sufficient rest, eating well, exercising, making sure that we're touched lovingly, that we're supported by people who believe in us and encourage us." 

Susan Weed

Saturday, May 11, 2013

what is life?

“What is Life? It is the flash of a firefly at night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the shadow that runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.”

Blackfoot elder

Monday, May 6, 2013

hi.


http://www.etsy.com/listing/60050373/hi-i-am-in-love-with-you-ok-poster



Sunday, May 5, 2013

what love means :: a child's perspective


What Love means to a 4-8 year old: A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds, ’What does love mean?’ The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined

See what you think:

‘When my grandmother got arthritis , she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore.. So my grandfather does it for her all the time , even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.’ – Rebecca, age 8
 
‘When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different.You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.’ – Billy, age 4

‘Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.’ – Karl, age 5

‘Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.’ –Chrissy, age 6 

‘Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.’ -Terri, age 4

‘Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him , to make sure the taste is OK.’ – Danny, age 7

‘Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing , you still want to be together and you talk more. My Mommy and Daddy are like that.
They look gross when they kiss’ – Emily, age 8

‘Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents
and listen.’ –Bobby, age 7

‘If you want to learn to love better , you should start with a friend who you hate” –Nikka, age 6

‘Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt , then he wears it everyday..’ –Noelle, age 7

‘Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.’ –Tommy, age 6

‘During my piano recital , I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn’t scared anymore.’ – Cindy, age 8

‘My mommy loves me more than anybody. You don’t see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.’ –Clare, age 6

‘Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.’ –Elaine, age 5

‘Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.’ –Chris, age 7

‘Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.’ -Mary Ann, age 4

‘I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.’ –Lauren, age 4

‘When you love somebody , your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.’ - Karen, age 7

‘Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn’t think it’s gross..’ –Mark, age 6

‘You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.’ –Jessica, age 8

The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman’s yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there. When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said, ‘Nothing , I just helped him cry’.
 
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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

cultivate love and compassion

"It is time to fill the world with strong and powerful deeds. It is common knowledge that no great captain in the world has ever destroyed all of his enemies and lived with a sense of satisfaction. If one enemy is killed, two more will appear. It is important we cultivate love and compassion to all the sentient beings which is the way to bring peace to all."
14th Dalai Lama

Monday, April 29, 2013

strength & courage

"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage."

Lao Tzu

Sunday, April 28, 2013