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 […]
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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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@example.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!
Please welcome the sage words of Harbans Khajuria, a great Indian thinker and writer, besides being a close spiritual friend of mine across the oceans. This beautiful poem is an homage to the redeeming power of an honest, affectionate and stimulating relationship.
This reproduction of the tableau called “Supper of Emmaus” by Caravaggio shows a total stranger arriving at a roadside tavern and chatting with Luke and Cleopas, two of Jesus Christ’s disciples. Cleopas extends his right arm to touch him and the left arm towards us–a visual challenge as the stretched arms go in and out of the frame of reference. Jesus Christ is appearing to buttress their wavering faith. After this encounter, he will vanish.
The messenger may leave but the message stays behind. The essence of true friendship.
We are lucky if we can claim a few good friends in life that make a real difference. Harbans is one of them for moi. Thank you for your unique friendship, caro Il Chiaro. Enjoy his writings.