Convergence of Interests

This happened on Saturday November 1, 2014 in the city of Vienna in Austria.

This is a public demonstration organized by the Kurds in Europe.

Here the interests of Europe and the Middle East converged.

They united in supporting the Kurds fight in Kobani to defeat the so-called Islamic State.

This is my answer to Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge – ConvergePhotos are visual spaces where shapes and lines, objects, and people come together

Reality is What You Think You Know

If you ever visited The Netherlands, you noticed that biking is not only used for sports but as one of the means of transportation. According to the National Cyclists Federation there are 13,5 million bikes in this country for a total population of 16,9 million inhabitants.

We use them to go to work, weddings, concerts, shopping, etc., and to transport ‘batches” of kids in one go, by using a special bike made for that. I cannot forget to mention that there is a bike that carries coffins to funerals as well. So, you got the picture.  Continue reading

There is Another Sky

Sunset over the clouds in Holland ©2014

Sunset over the clouds in Holland ©2014

While flying back home (Holland) from home (Brazil)… I made this photo through the glass window.

This back and forth journey is made of both joy and longing – balancing each other out, though – so no sadness inhabits my heart. As I looked outside, I thought of this poem of Emily Dickinson.

“There is another sky,

Ever serene and fair,

And there is another sunshine,

Though it be darkness there;

Never mind faded forests, Austin,

Never mind silent fields –

Here is a little forest,

Whose leaf is ever green;

Here is a brighter garden,

Where not a frost has been;

In its unfading flowers

I hear the bright bee hum:

Prithee, my brother,

Into my garden come!”

–Emily Dickinson

Is There Such a Thing Like a Comment’s Guide for Blogging?

Is there a guide to post blog comments?  During the courses Blogging 101 and 201, we wondered what’d be the blogosphere etiquette and exchanged ideas on that. We shared what we individually accepted as the right behaviors and moved on.

I for one, felt at ease to leave comments on the blogs I follow, and learned to appreciate that I derived more pleasure from the commentary left on my blog than the post I have written. Comments brought life to my words, and the interactions with readers created a community of minds, as well as it built strong bonds with like-minded people.

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By Heart

Music speaks through lyrics to tell stories. It touches hearts and minds because it connects them to life experiences – good or sad moments.

I hardly ever remember lyrics as my full attention focuses on the music alone. I always wondered why but don’t bothered to find an answer. People have a preferred music, poem, pet, hobby, etc. I may be the odd one out as I cannot make up my mind to choose only one of each of anything. Continue reading