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Sunday Song – Havana Nights

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Music touches us all in different ways.

It can heal hearts, calm our fears or create memories when heard.

2016©art and photography by Isadora DeLaVega

 Jesse Cooks * Havana *

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The announcement was made yesterday, that Cuban dictator Fidel Castro died, November 26, 2016,

His brother, Raul Castro, made the announcement on Cuban television.

His death has created joy in the hearts of those who fled his regime and live in the United States.

The news reports of Cubans cheering in Miami, Florida was everywhere.

Yet, others who are living in Cuba are mourning his loss.

He was 90 years old. He’s ruled Cuba for over 60 years.

And, has outlived 6 of our presidents in the United States.

Whatever your political belief, changes are going to happen.

Who can say if it will be for the good or the bad of the people.

Politically things are shifting and changing everywhere; including here in the United States.

Let’s hope these changes, if and when they happen, are peaceful and of benefit to the people they represent.

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Fidel’s Cigar by WRATH OF THE PEN

Fidel Castro  🙏  R.I.P.

For today, let’s enjoy the music of Cuba.

Isadora 😎

2016©Isadora De La Vega

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Sunday Song – Love is in the Air

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Love is a feeling of beautiful want

one person can bring to your Heart,

and a feeling of Loneliness deep down inside

whenever you must be part
anonymous

Love is in the Air music by John Paul Young

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Anniversary Al & Isa.webHappy 51 Anniversary to my Special Love 

Panin Pavel Tango for Love

 

 

 


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Peaceful Sanctuary

Colombia - La Popa Court yard.web‘La Popa’ Church Courtyard – Cartagena, Colombia

Bright azure skies,
crimson flowers.
A peaceful spot
to sit for
hours and hours.

Soft, muted moments
to gather calm,
in restful simplicity.

An unobtrusive sanctuary,
on a summer afternoon.
A painting
for our eyes
to glimpse upon.

2016©Isadora DeLaVega

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Nurture Yourself – A Parable – the Guests

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I read this parable about Love. It’s insightful. It’s touching. The ending has a profound lesson.

Perhaps, because of all the recent events in the news, we need to focus on Love again.

For those of you who grew up without the nurturing of love

and who are seekers of fulfilling those nurturing years without love I wish you to

Imagine Love and all you can be.
Imagine Love and all you want to be.
Imagine Love and all you are.
2016©Isadora DeLaVega

Soothing meditative music for you to listen to while reading this parable …. Namaste, Isadora

The Guests

A woman was in her garden, when she saw 3 old men with long white beards sitting in her front yard. She did not recognize them.
She said, “I do not know you. Are you hungry? Please come in and have something to eat.”
“Is the man of the house home?”
“No,” she replied. “He’s out”.
“Then we cannot come in,” they replied.

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In the evening when her husband came home, she told him what had happened.
“Go tell them I am home and invite them to come in!”
The woman went out and invited them in.
“We do not go into a house together,” they replied.
“Why is that?” she asked.
One of the old men explained: “His name is Wealth, he said pointing to one of his friends, and said pointing another, His name is Success, and I am Love.”
Then he added, “Now go in and discuss with your husband which one of us you would like to come in.”

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The woman went in and told the husband what was said. Her husband was overjoyed.
“How nice!” he said. “Since that is the case, let us invite Wealth!”
His wife disagreed. “My dear, why don’t we invite Success?”
Their daughter-in-law was listening from the other corner of the room. She jumped in with her suggestion: “Would it not be better to invite Love? Our home will then be filled with Love!”

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Let us heed our daughter-in-law’s advice,” said the husband to the wife. “Go out and invite Love to be our guest.”
The woman went out and asked the 3 old men, “Which one of you is Love? Please come in and be our guest.”
Love got up and started walking to the house. The other 2 got up and followed him, too.
Surprised, the woman asked Wealth and Success, “Why are you coming in? I only invited Love.”

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The old men replied: “If you had invited Wealth or Success, the other two of us would have stayed out, but you invited Love.
Wherever he goes, we go with him.
Wherever there is Love, there is Wealth and Success!!!!”

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Namaste
I honor the place in you
in which the entire universe dwells.
I honor the place in you
which is of Love, and of Truth,
of Light and of Peace.
When you are in that place in you
and I am in that place in me.
We are One.

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Reflection on the Lake

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Nature is painting for us… day after day… pictures of infinite beauty

Reflection

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***** Reflectiona reflection can be the image that you see that is a mirror-image of something.


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Sunday Song – Besame Mucho

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Dawning

The day was at the dawning

The sky was grayish blue

And soon the gay new morning

Would sparkle bright with dew

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And in a dreamlike quiet

Skies pierced with the ray of sun

We kissed and in embracing

We were somehow one

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Cesaria Evora – Besame Mucho (with lyrics)

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Have You Ever Wondered About ‘Friendships’.…?

friendships - handsThe following are some questions I’m sure many of you have thought about from time to time.

  1. What should we do with friends in our lives when we make them?
  2. How do you manage your time with friends?
  3. As a woman, should you just have female friends?
  4. Do we want to grow emotionally, spiritually and intellectually with friends?
  5. When are friends no longer friends? And, why?

Have you ever been friends with someone for many years but, one day, they disappear from your life leaving you to wonder:

What happened?

Have you had a friendship for a long, long time but, recently, the beginnings of aging and memory problems has changed the relationship despite your desire to prolong it. Our hearts falter to accept this inevitability. We know that terrible thief ‘Aging’ is breathing down their necks while snickering at you.

We’ve all had friendships that have ended without cause. The waning friendship may have been happening all along, slowly, without your noticing the changes.

Sometimes, a change in geographical location can end a friendship. We believe we’ll continue the friendship from a distance but, despite our denial, it won’t be the same.

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I’d been reading a few posts by Susannah Bianchi @ her blog ‘A Thing Girl’. Her blog is quite interesting. She takes me back to New York memories from time to time which I can relate to. As she says, “I write with a slant”. If you’d like to read the story that inspired this post click on the title: ‘No More Mimi’.

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I read the poem below shortly after a friendship I had had for quite a long time ended because of a move I’d made 27 years ago to another state. I happened upon this poem during that difficult time. I mentioned the title in my comment to Susannah. She hadn’t read it. I decided to post it for her and for anyone who has had a friendship end.

Enjoy,
            Isadora

2016©Isadora DeLaVega

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A Reason, A Season, A Lifetime

People generally come into your life for a Reason, a Season or a Lifetime.
Understanding this principle can enhance your relationships by helping you better serve others and learn or grow from what they have to offer.

Reason

When someone is in your life for a REASON, it may be they have come to assist you through a difficulty, or to provide you with guidance. They may be in your life to support you physically, emotionally, or spiritually.
A difficult person can challenge you to grow in patience, forgiveness, and/or understanding. Some people may test your strength, commitment, willpower, determination, and/or ethics. A positive and supportive person who comes into our life may seem like a blessing and godsend; and they are. In either case, the person has come into your life for the reason needed.
One day, seemingly without any reason, the relationship may come to an end. This may happen over time as you drift apart, or more suddenly. It may be a positive experience such as someone getting married or moving to another city to take a job offer. Or, the relationship may end through negative circumstances that force you to take a stand on an issue.
What we must realize is that a need has been met – for you and for them. Perhaps it was an unknown need, or maybe it was an answer to a prayer. If the relationship has ended, then reflect, give thanks, consider what you learned, think about what you could/would do better next time (even if you felt the relationship was a good one), forgive if needed, hope/wish/pray the best for that person, and then move on in your journey.

Season

Some people come into your life for a SEASON — an extended period of time. Just as there are seasons for planting, growing, and harvesting; in your  life, there are seasons when you are prepared to learn, grow, or produce. There are other times in your life when you’re not prepared to grow, learn, or even listen. So, when someone comes into your life at a certain season, it is  because the timing is right for what they can offer you.
This person may bring you an experience of great peace, joy, or happiness. They may empower you to do something you have never done before. They may you assurance and strengthen your self-confidence. Accept this, and embrace it. It is real. Yet, maybe for only for a season.
Consider… In life, you may have tasks on a – To Do List – as well as long-term projects that need to be pursued over a period of weeks, months, or years. In the same way, those who come into your life for a short-term Reason, may help you check something off our To Do List. Those who come into your life for a Season will remain for the duration of a more complex long-term purpose.

Lifetime

Some people are in your life for a LIFETIME. These people are, perhaps, the greatest blessing because they stick with you through the Reasons, Seasons, and through your entire lifetime. Lifetime relationships teach you lifetime lessons. These are often qualities, skills, and aspects of your character you must build upon in order to have a solid foundation for yourself and in service to others. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life.

TODAY THANK A PERSON WHO IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER HAS BEEN PART OF YOUR LIFE

~~- even if in some small way you can make them feel that you are indeed thankful for their presence as well as the beautiful moments that they have given you.
~~~Annonymous~~~

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Sunday Song – Summertime

Putumayo – Latin Jazz- 06 – Ray Barretto • Summertime

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AAAaaaahhhhh ….. the season of summer is upon us.
May the sun shine upon your love life ….
And may the summer breeze gently sing the song of “LOVE”

2016©Isadora DeLaVega

 If you have a favorite Summer song, feel free to add it in the comments so we can all enjoy …..

******* Florida has been having temperatures in the low to mid 80’s. It feel like summer.

******* Photograph was altered to create a painting in Photoshop. 2016©Isadora DeLaVega