Monday, June 27, 2011

Words of Wisdom

I have been collecting beautiful quotes for many years. The wisdom of great souls and minds can inspire us, teach us, and remind us to keep reaching toward that greatness of spirit, that expanse of love that lies within each and every one of us.....

 "Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year" 
Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible."
H.H. The Dalai Lama 

"If your ship hasn't come in, swim out to it."
Marcel Proust

"The earth laughs in flowers."
e.e. cummings

"I like not only to be loved, but to be told that I am loved."
George Eliot

"Do not worry if you have built your castles in the air. They are where they should be. Now put foundations under them."
Henry David Thoreau 

"The time for action is now. It's never too late to do something."
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

"Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage."
Maya Angelou

"In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed."
Kahlil Gibran

"Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake."
Henry David Thoreau

"Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit."
e.e. cummings

"Let us always meet each other with a smile, for a smile is the beginning of love."
Mother Theresa

"Be happy. It's one way of being wise."

"In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit."
Albert Schweitzer

"May the magic always be part of your life."

What are some of your favorite quotes?
Perhaps even your own!
Do share...


This post is dedicated to all of the amazing, brilliant ones who inspire me, who fill my heart with love, and who bring magic to the art of living every know who you are!
I love you and thank you....

Images: Paul Bates, Ivan Aivazovsky, SimplyHue, Maxfield Parrish, Ruche, Elenore Abbott, Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Warrick Goble

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

"Little Paris"

                                              Ah, Odessa....the pearl by the sea!
   Lovingly dubbed "Little Paris", this glorious port city welcomes the world from the northern end of the Black Sea. A major Greek colony in antiquity, Odessa evolved into Catherine the Great's vision of a "St. Petersburg of the South". Over the years, the city became populated with a melange of cultures, ethnicities, and nationalities. French, Italian, Greek, Armenian, Bulgarian, Jewish, was said that at the height of Odessa's glory, one could hear over twenty languages spoken in the streets. Odessa had become an extraordinary cosmopolitan jewel...this was a city unlike any other.

                                    Today, I invite you on a little tour....won't you join me?

                                        Sailing into port on a warm, breezy afternoon

The Potemkin Steps will take us into the heart of the city

Armand, Duc de Richelieu welcomes all

Strolling down the beautiful boulevard


               "Odessa is a city where the air is filled with all of Europe." - Alexander Pushkin    

Vorontsov Palace and Colonnade


The sublime Opera House

A leisurely stroll through the city....

Winter Wonderland

   As evening sets in, we bid farewell....until we meet again!


Images: Andrew Karpov, Alexey Sergeyev,, Matsiuk, Odessa Tourism,

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