It Will Come…

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I was thinking about the best way to sum up the departing year, wondering what the right words would be until I found this song… The original version is from my childhood – from an old Russian movie about Mary Poppins, bringing back lovely memories. And I have the feeling it fits also today…when something is about to end and something new – to begin. Things change, winds do and so do we together with them…

The world keeps turning like a carousel,
Enchanted with an everlasting spell
With winds of malice, envy, strife and gall
Can’t count them all…

Can’t count them all-no life has been immune
To strife and anger that arise so soon
To crush our dreams and then instill our fears
With rains of tears and winds so fierce.

Day and night, the world of ours has ever been
Going ’round the sun,
Making all the storms of life and biting winds
Come full circle now.

Yet in this world there is a wind of change,
It comes to cause all things to rearrange.
It will come flying when the time is right-
To drive away the winds of strife.

Day and night, the world of ours has ever been
Going ’round the sun
Making all the storms of life and biting winds
Come full circle now.

Soon the raging winds will halt and cease
All the way beyond our range
It will come, this tender, fresh and warmer breeze
Called the wind of change…

Cherish each other&every moment that life gives you, and have a wonderful New Year!

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Time To Say “Thank you!”

Over the past weeks I have been nominated for 4 different awards and can’ t deny they all have come as lovely surprises. It means a lot to me to realize something I’ ve written has been noticed and even enjoyed. I want to thank you sincerely – your blogs, every single post and comment made are my inspirations.
I have always (well, my “always” on blogosphere lasts only for around 5 months) tried my best to follow the rules of awards but this time will make it a bit different. 4 in 1. Balancing in my way a bit the number of bloggers I have to nominate for each award and the questions to be answered/things to be told. Our blogs speak louder than any descriptions, don’ t they?

I was nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award by http://arjungabriel.wordpress.com/ – thank you very much, ArjunGabriel! His blog reveals the world around through many beautiful photos.

The rules that come with accepting this nomination are the following:
1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to them in your post (and put in the logo);
2. Share 7 things about yourself;
3. Nominate 15 or so bloggers you admire;
4. Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know.

My nominees for the One Lovely Blog Award are:
http://alarmingman.wordpress.com/
http://bentehaarstad.wordpress.com/
http://artisticmilestone.wordpress.com/
http://ayooutloud.wordpress.com/

The Reader Appreciation Award was sent to me by http://pommepal.wordpress.com/. Her fascinating blog is of a lifetime of experiences with new explorings continuing. Thank you, Pommepal!

These are the rules for this award:
1. Provide a link and thank the blogger who nominated you for this award;
2. Answer 10 questions;
3. Nominate 10-12 blogs that you find a joy to read;
4. Provide links to these nominated blogs and kindly let the recipients know that they have been nominated;
5. Include the award logo within your blog post.

The Questions:
Your favourite colour? Red and black. Though a radio host once tried to persuade me that black isn’ t a colour.
Your favourite animal? I like tigers a lot but will have to go with a cat. The very particular one – mine.
Your favourite non-alcoholic drink? A cup of green tea always tastes good.
Facebook or Twitter? Hmmm, more of a Facebook person I guess.
Your favourite pattern? Lines, curves and the undescribable ones.
Do you prefer getting or giving presents? Both are such a pleasure. How could it not be?!
Your favourite number? For some reason I think it is 4.
Your favourite day of the week? Wednesday. When the difficult start has passed and the inevitable end still is away.
Your favourite flower? Hyacinth. Fragile and strong at the same time and then the scent…mmmm.
What is your passion? Living and loving.

These are the nominees for the Reader Appreciation Award:
http://managuagunntoday.wordpress.com/
http://eof737.wordpress.com/
http://earthinbw.wordpress.com/
http://cinova.wordpress.com/

A nice surprise about being nominated for the Beautiful Blogger Award came to me from http://purplerosemary.com/. Thank you, PurpleRosemary! Her blog is a festival of photography, words, emotions and inspiration.

Here are the rules that come with accepting this award:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you
2. Attach the award to your site
3. Share 7 random facts about you
4. Nominate 15 bloggers for the Beautiful Blogger Award

My nominees for the Beautiful Blogger Award are:
http://subhanzein.wordpress.com/
http://theretiringsort.com/
http://suburbanferndaleark.wordpress.com/
http://danajoward.wordpress.com/

For the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award I was nominated by http://soumyav.wordpress.com. Each one of her poems is a true piece of art – heartfelt and profound. Thank you, Soumya!

And now – the rules for this award:
1. The Nominee of the Wonderful Team member Readership Award shall display the logo on his/her post/page and/or sidebar.
2. Over a period of 7 days (1 week), the Nominee shall nominate 14 readers that he or she appreciates – this can be done at any rate during the week. It can be all on one day or a few on one day and a few on another day, as most convenient to the Nominee.
3. The Nominee shall name his or her Wonderful Team Member Readership Award nominees on a post or on posts during the 7 day (1 week) period.
4. The Nominee must finish this sentence and post: ”A Great reader is…”.

Here are my nominees for the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award:
http://myindividualinsights.wordpress.com/
http://milnersblog.wordpress.com/
http://canoecommunications.wordpress.com/
http://euzicasa.wordpress.com/

Congratulations and let’ s keep inspiring each other through words and photos on our blogs!

Līgo Circle of Appreciation

The yearly Līgo celebration happens every summer solstice in Latvia.
At this time we adorn our heads with Līgos of flowers, oak leaves,
grasses and plants. We join circles around bonfires and celebrate life,
and our appreciation of each other.

Here’s our
Līgo Circle of Appreciation
among fellow bloggers.

For duration of 22 days, starting on 1st October 2012, we will be inviting
2 bloggers per day
to join the Līgo Circle of Appreciation.

PLEASE NOTE: This is an Appreciation, NOT an Award.

To fully participate in the Līgo Circle of Appreciation:
~
* Complete this sentence about blogging: ”A great blog is…
* Refer back to the blogger who invited you
* Invite 2 bloggers to join the Līgo Circle of Appreciation on a post
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Read more: http://managuagunntoday.wordpress.com/2012/08/23/latvian-ligo-nudity-fertility-lucky-jani-and-morning-dew

The Circle Begins:
1st October 2012
http://simplycaptured9.wordpress.com/ – a festival of colours, views & viewpoints
http://boomiebol.wordpress.com/ – art in wordsmithery

2nd October 2012
http://soumyav.wordpress.com/ – a passion for poetry and metallurgy
http://ritalovestowrite.com/ – a myriad of wonderful people from history

3rd October 2012
http://changeforbetterme.wordpress.com/ – a menu of dreams, tastes and cultures
http://kharmasjourney.wordpress.com/ – poetry written with the tip of a knife

4th October 2012
http://lavieeclectique.com/– from her heart to our stomachs; beautiful photos, restaurants and more…
http://ravenswitch.wordpress.com/ – a heart of gold, wiccan mind and constant eye on the penal system

5th October 2012
http://bluejeanacres.com/ – love, smiles and a healthy look at life through stories and photos
http://shortstoriesfromlife.wordpress.com/ – a colourful palette of moments and people around

6th October 2012
http://deepthinkings.wordpress.com/ – thoughts & impressions
http://call2read.com/ – poetry of emotion

7th October 2012
http://missayodele.com/ – colours, tastes, senses and things that matter
http://tchistorygal.wordpress.com/ – a waterfall of positivity through stories and photos

8th October 2012
http://satnavandcider.wordpress.com/ – travels, explorings and photos that speak louder than words
http://the-serenity-space.com/ – creating, sharing and inspiring in her special way

9th October 2012
http://luckydiplife.wordpress.com/ – stories of everyday people all around the world
http://gusgus64.wordpress.com/ – photos that don’ t leave you indifferent

10th October 2012
http://pommepal.wordpress.com/ – a blog of a lifetime of experiences and still going strong
http://trentlewin.com/ – a blog that shoots from the hip – but also finds the target every time

11th October 2012
http://livingonaslipperyslope.com/ – Celtic Catwoman. Very well-researched writing from the heart
http://exxtracts.wordpress.com/ – visual treasures of travel

12th October 2012
http://festivalking.wordpress.com/ – a surreal artist with far-reaching words to say
http://brittskrabanek.com/ – fiesta of dance, words, emotions and inspiration

13th October 2012
http://space1eleven.wordpress.com/ – a beauty of colours and energy from a cottage in Cornwall
http://bailingjo.wordpress.com/ – bursts of words, lightning and music

14th October 2012
http://cancerkillingrecipe.wordpress.com/ – a positive thinking inspiration
http://thedizons.wordpress.com/ – a blog of smiles, colours and warmth

15th October 2012
http://francineinretirement.wordpress.com/ – a blog of images and colours in action
http://ainewarren.wordpress.com/ – a writer from the heart, who gives all

16th October 2012
http://catbirdinoman.wordpress.com/ – a nomad exploring beauty of the world
http://ahamin.wordpress.com/ – a talented writer with a natural gift to capture reader’ s attention

17th October 2012
http://thewanderlustgene.wordpress.com/ – the heart, and soul of the adventurer
http://insidethemindofisadora.wordpress.com/ – stories that hit between shoulder blades

18th October 2012
http://jobryantnz.wordpress.com/ – a blogger whose road tok her homeward bound, and many places in-between
http://mothergrogan.wordpress.com/ – a journey of literature and nature

19th October 2012
http://deliberatelydelicious.wordpress.com/ – one of the most wonderful writers on WordPress + nice photography
http://firstandfabulous.wordpress.com/ – images and words warm to the soul

20th October 2012
http://fictionalmachines.com/ – a progression of captivating short stories
http://simplicitylane.wordpress.com/ – a softly-spoken blog from the heart

21st October 2012
http://bebs1.wordpress.com/ – a personal blog of a heart’s content
http://sarinishaquevoldy.wordpress.com/ – a blog recommendd to me by yepirate, and a delightful blog from an exotic land

22nd October 2012
http://thismansjourney.net/ – images and words with real meaning
http://canoecommunications.wordpress.com/ – moments that matter through photos and stories

The Liebster Blog Award

Yes, life is full of surprises (a few awards lately – thank you, readers!) and I have been  nominated for the Liebster Blog Award by Suraiya. The way she knows exactly how to create those filigree masterpieces of poetry is amazing. Thank you, my dear Suraiya!

With accepting the award there are certain rules to be followed:
1. Thank the person who nominated you
2. Answer 11 questions
3. Nominate 11 bloggers for the Liebster Blog Award and let them know they have been nominated

Here it is…almost like an interview:

1. The book that changed your life: I did some serious thinking on this one and decided it would be just fair to go with my first “ABC book” because after that one…the whole wide world of books was open. And there are so many of them that have changed my life bit by bit.
2. Your favourite author/writer: I won’ t call them “favourites” but there’ re a couple of writers whose books have always been (are) a pleasant discovery for me. With Gabriel García Márquez, Khaled Hosseini, Alessandro Baricco, Kahlil Gibran, Jhumpa Lahiri among them.
3. Your pet and its name: You know what people say…about dogs having owners and cats having staff… I am that “staff” – for Tibeta.
4. The craziest thing you have done: I think I would have to mention my decision to study Sinology (that has very little to do with sins) and my work as a DJ/radio host. Not sure which one was more crazy back then.
5. Your best friend: Love Of My Life – the Highlander with the Orient in his heart.
6. A childhood prank: Once I escaped kindergarten without warning anyone – I simply wanted to be at home very much. Came as a surprise or more precisely – like a shock. For all the adults around.
7. Favourite musician: Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner. Doesn’ t ring a bell? He is also known as Sting.
8. A place you would love to visit: There are so many but the most – the Middle East, South America and Central Asia.
9. If you had just 5 minutes left to live what is the one thing you would do? Hmm, would I know those are my last ones or not? Live it with a look back, no matter where life would have taken me. And most probably wish secretly there was a touch more time.
10. Favourite sport: Rugby.
11. How do you define love? The essence of life.

Tsk, tsk…the difficult part is done. And I am happy to announce my NOMINEES for the LIEBSTER BLOG AWARD:

One Lovely Blog Award

Last week I was nominated for One Lovely Blog Award by Chris – a blogger with the gift of capturing moments, mood and feelings in photos in really unique way. Thank you, it was a surprise!

Here are the rules that come with accepting this nomination:
* Thank the person who nominated you and link back to them in your post (and put in the logo)
* Share 7 things about yourself
* Nominate 15 or so bloggers you admire
* Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know

This and that about myself, well:

1. I am wandering in between photos and words trying to find the best way of expressing my emotions through them
2. Give me mountains any time of a year
3. I think it’ s never too late to learn, develop oneself, discover and re-discover
4. Tolerance is rather high on my list when it’ s about people being people
5. I take things too close to heart now and then (fortunately or unfortunately)
6. There is something and a half that attracts me about quotes 
7. One can’ t fake creativity – I enjoy seeing a sparkle of it around

And now the pleasant part – my nominees for One Lovely Blog Award:

http://managuagunntoday.wordpress.com/

http://exxtracts.wordpress.com/

http://innamazing.wordpress.com/

http://riverscribbles.wordpress.com/

http://historyoftheancientworld.wordpress.com/

http://toemail.wordpress.com/

http://starscrutiny.wordpress.com/

http://overwhelmedbyjoy.wordpress.com/

http://johncoyote.wordpress.com/

http://bwthoughts.wordpress.com/

http://ngtolentino.wordpress.com/

http://tebogondlovu.wordpress.com/

http://verticaltales.wordpress.com/

http://javiergme.wordpress.com/

http://thediaryofmeblog.wordpress.com/

CONGRATULATIONS, EVERYONE!

Wonderful Team Member Readership Award

I was recently nominated for the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award by Managua, who himself is not just the writer mastering many ways to capture the reader’ s interest but also a great reader whose opinion and comments are truly valuable. Thank you!

Being nominated:

1. The Nominee of the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award shall display the logo on his/her post/page and/or sidebar 
2. The Nominee shall nominate 14 readers they appreciate over a period of 7 days (1 week) – this can be done at any rate during the week. It can be ALL on one day or a few on one day and a few on another day, etc.
3. The Nominee shall name his or her Wonderful Team Member Readership Award nominees on a post or on posts during the 7 day (1 week) period.
4. The Nominee shall make these rules, or amended rules keeping to the spirit of the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award, known to each reader s/he nominates.
5. The Nominee must finish this sentence and post: ”A Great reader is…” (see above)
PLEASE NOTE RULES CAN BE ADDED TO/AMENDED if deemed appropriate; let’s be creative, and let’s grow & improve, but let’s also keep to the spirit of the award.

And now – fanfares&fireworks – my nominees for the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award:

http://shafiqah1.wordpress.com/

http://drsuraiyanasim.wordpress.com/

http://boomiebol.wordpress.com/

http://antodesimone.wordpress.com/

http://mashalfaizan.wordpress.com/

http://thejaggedman.wordpress.com/

http://memoirsofadragon.wordpress.com/

http://johnclinockart.com/

http://conorcullen.wordpress.com/

http://findingkelowna.com/

http://chrisbreebaart.wordpress.com/

http://snapflycook.wordpress.com/

http://space1eleven.wordpress.com/

http://meirozavian.wordpress.com/

CONGRATULATIONS!!!