Asi se baila el tango. “El Día Que Me Quieras” by da-AL and her hubby

Each year, a dear friend opens her home to her dance-loving friends. We share great food and either perform or just enjoy watching. The style of Argentine tango that my husband I dance is called Tango Elegante, taught by these outstanding teachers. Our friend’s daughter kindly shot this video of my honey and me… What’s […]

via Tango Elegante Video: “El Día Que Me Quieras” by da-AL — Happiness Between Tails by da-AL

Happy Sunday

Dear readers and blogger-friends:

Good morning and Happy Sunday to you all. As you can see we are still grilling in earnest as we faithfully proceed with one of the commitments we made to you in our three legged-mission for the next few weeks: read-write-grill. We miss you a lot but…

C’est la vie!

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GANESH CHATURTHI – 13TH SEPTEMBER

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

This great article by my dearest friend Harbans explains the popular Indian celebration of the birth of Lord Ganesh (the one with the elephant’s head) I believe that it is a very interesting read, not only for didactic reasons, but also to show how the biggest democracy in the planet is trying to coalesce the different castes and religious groups into some unifying identity. Moreover this Hindu deity resembles the Roman god Janus, keeper of the sanctity of the hearth with its smiling face directed inside the house and its menacing one facing the street; it has both an enabler aspect (for people with good intentions) and a blocking aspect (for evil doers) Master Harbans just said to me that Lord Ganesh is termed as”Vegan Harta”, which means that he keeps evil-doers away.

I am a great admirer of the writings of Thomas Merton–the Catholic monk and also Columbia University graduate–who said that our Catholic faith is too imbued with the Cartesian rationality and should re-connect with its Eastern Mysticism heritage. In fact Jesus Christ preached all his life in the streets of Jerusalem, not Paris or even Rome.

With the sheer volume of malice and malfeasance that we all live with in our societies, it is important to seek the protection of all the powers that be. Including Lord Ganesh.

May Lord Ganesh bring prosperity, both spiritual and material, to you all.

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INNER THOUGHTS

GANESHA

GANESH CHATURTHI – FELICITATIONS IN ABUNDANCE TO ALL ON THE OCCASION BIRTHDAY OF VEGHANA-HARTA ON 13TH SEPTEMBER 2018

 

Ganesha Chaturthi – The Birth Day Of Veghana-Harta (Obstacle-Averter) & Vegana-Karta (Obstacle-Creator For Evil Doers). Ganesh Chaturthi or Ganesh Chauth or Vinayaka Chaturthi or Ganesh Utsav would be celebrated with gaiety and enthusiasm on 13th September 2018 (Thursday). He is called the God of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. The celebrations start on Ganesh Chaturthi and continue for 10 days – called Anant Chaturdashi and also termed as the Ganesh Visarjana or Ganesha immersion in the water bodies. At the time of immersion of the idol of Lord Ganesha, the devotees, in procession, sing songs praising the Lord Ganesha up to their destination (water bodies near their homes).

On this day, the devotees keep the clay idols in their homes or in public glare in temporary made stages or…

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Happy vacations

Dear readers and fellow bloggers:

It is time to take a little vacation so we can recharge our intellectual batteries in earnest. My children and I like to take a pause in the summertime to enjoy quality time together. And one of the greatest pleasures in our culture is to light a barbecue fire for grilling. As the unforgettable Patrick Macnee said to the super-sexy Diana Rigg in “The Avengers” when they were having an informal picnic in the countryside: “Ah, this is one of the little pleasures in life…The ones that you can really enjoy.” Sage words that leave a mark.

We will take this opportunity to continue writing our second book in earnest, based on the highly successful “Emotional frustration” series that you have so enthusiastically backed. Thank you very much for your firm support by reading and commenting it. We are adding new material and upgrading the existing one. You will be our judge.

Please send us a copy of the purchase receipt of “Madame D.C.-Three voyages”  in Amazon to email@drmolaplume.com; we will assign you a number for the raffle contest. The first prize is a romantic weekend in a French chateau (with a ghost included)

We have received many messages asking us to continue the EF series; sadly we have to wrap it up so we can focus on writing the corresponding book. But don’t despair, ladies. We are planning a new series on Saturdays “pour frapper vos imaginations.”

We wish that you are having a relaxing and safe summer vacation time in the Northern hemisphere and a winter vacation in the Southern hemisphere with good company. We will return to study and write with the highest quality content we can possibly muster.

See you later!

Hasta la proxima!

A bientot!

Arrivederci!

 

 

 

 

Our valiant emissary to the Dark Side

In May 2008 my family and I proudly attended my graduation with a Doctoral degree in Health Policy and Management from Columbia University in a beautiful ceremony held at the main New York campus. One of the guests of honor was a short black man in his sixties with a goatee that exuded the patrician flair of a privileged upbringing and had an halo of unquestioned authority. He was Kofi Annan, the first black elected as General Secretary of the United Nations for two consecutive five years-term starting in 1997 and Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2001.

Africa’s foremost diplomat presided over the transformation of our world from a socio-political stage for the Cold War to its Globalization and the rise of Fundamentalism. He was recruited form the civil corps of the UN bureaucracy, after many years of service. He was a tireless diplomat that sought to find compromise between warring enemies in order to spare the civilian population from the consequences of famine, sickness and destitution. He had the guts to meet some of the most despicable tyrants and engage them in a much needed dialogue; he was severely criticized for sharing a cigar with Saddam Hussein in his quest to avoid war.

He renovated the peacekeeping forces of the United Nations by giving them much more resources and training of the personnel in the vagaries of non-conventional warfare. Sadly his biggest failures were the genocides of Rwanda and Bosnia, which were really the inevitable outcome of naively putting “soft Europeans” to confront the hardened warriors. If the defenseless refugees of Srebrenica would have been defended from the rogue Serbs by a platoon of American Marines or an elite battalion of the Indian Army, the story might have been different; at the very least they would have stood their ground and fought fiercely for the safe heaven.

He was born on April 8, 1938, in an aristocratic family of the city of Kumasi in what was then called the Gold Coast, which would later become the country of Ghana; he had a degree in Economics from Ghana and later also studied at Macalester College in Geneva and at the Sloan School of Management in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His first United Nations appointment was in the World Health Organization of Geneva in 1962 and he worked the rest of his life in different organizations of the institution. In 1990 UN secretary general Boutros Ghali appointed him first as his deputy and then as head of the peacekeeping operations. With the blessing of the suspicious American delegation to the UN, he was finally appointed as it secretary general on January 1, 1997.

After leaving the UN, he continued working for world peace from his position of head of the “Kofi Annan Foundation” based in Geneva, Switzerland. He had just returned from a trip to Zimbabwe last week when he fell ill and passed away on August 18th, 2018 in a Bern hospital.

He had the courage and determination to seek peace, even with the flimsiest of chances.

He had the stamina and patience to deal with the most abject members of Humankind.

He worked until his death to promote world peace, a necessary legacy for a sound future for our children.

Thank you very much Kofi for your priceless public service in the UN.

May God Almighty receive you in his Grace as a dedicated son of Africa.

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