Wednesday, 30 March 2011

More Music

This is the second in a series of music we've previously posted on our Facebook page.  A couple more will be forthcoming in due course.

    Saturday, 26 March 2011

    More Faces

    • Nothing encourages creativity like the chance to fall flat on one's face. ~ James D. Finley #quote
    • So I remember ev’ry face / Of ev’ry man who put me here. ~ Bob Dylan #lyrics

    • The fingers of your thoughts are molding your face ceaselessly. ~ Charles Reznikoff #quote
      • The problem with cats is that they get the exact same look on their face whether they see a moth or an axe-murderer. ~ Paula Poundstone #quote
      • This is the mark of a really admirable man: steadfastness in the face of trouble. ~ Ludwig van Beethoven #quote
      • A caricature is putting the face of a joke on the body of a truth. ~ Joseph Conrad #quote
        • What staggers me is not the persistence of illusion, but the persistence of the world in the face of illusion. ~ A.G. Mojtabai #quote
        • At any street corner the feeling of absurdity can strike any man in the face. ~ Albert Camus #quote
        • I try to stay in a constant state of confusion just because of the expression it leaves on my face ~ Johnny Depp #quote
        • Dare to wear the foolish clown face. ~ Frank Sinatra #quote
        • Facing it, always facing it, that's the way to get through. Face it. ~ Joseph Conrad #quote
        • We walked to the brink and we looked it in the face. ~ John Foster Dulles #quote
        • I concede nothing until they throw dirt on my face. ~ John Monks #quote
        • They wear so many faces, show up in the strangest places / To guide us with their mercy, in our time of need. ~ Becky Hobbs #lyrics 
        • I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.  Only I will remain. ~ Frank Herbert (Dune) #quote
        • Any idiot can face a crisis; it's this day-to-day living that wears you out. ~ Anton Pavlovich Chekhov #quote
        • What could be more convincing, moreover, than the gesture of laying one's cards face up on the table? ~ Jacques Lacan #quote
        • Having a baby is like getting a tattoo on your face. You really need to be certain it's what you want before you commit. ~ E. Gilbert #quote
        • Face the facts of being what you are, for that is what changes what you are.  ~ Soren Kierkegaard #quote
          • The future is an opaque mirror. Anyone who tries to look into it sees nothing but the dim outlines of an old and worried face. ~ Jim Bishop #quote
          • Oh let the sun beat down upon my face, the stars to fill my dreams. ~ Led Zeppelin #lyrics
          • And when man faces destiny, destiny ends and man comes into his own. ~ Andre Malraux #quote

            Monday, 21 March 2011

            Around Cuenca

            Cuenca (full name Santa Ana de los cuatro ríos de Cuenca) is the third largest city in Ecuador by population, which totals 467,000. It is the capital of the Azuay Province.  It is located in the highlands of Ecuador about 2500 m above sea level.  The center of the city is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Trust site because of its many historical buildings.

            Cuenca is a city of stairs, many of which lead to one of the 4 rivers in the city.

            Cuenca is the centre of the Panama Hat Industry.  Other crafts include leather jackets, ceramics, embroideries, baskets, gold jewellery and clothing.   Stores selling cheap Chinese goods abound, there are several modern malls in the City, crafts fairs always seem to be coming into town and as well there are oodles of places that sell Ecuadorian fine crafts & souvenirs. 

            Small stores serving mostly the indigenous people, are packed with goods from floor to ceiling but there are also elegant clothing stores, large, well stocked grocery stores, as well as huge public indigenous markets. 

            It's not unusual to see anything from a one-man band playing several instruments to the City's symphony orchestra (and everything and every skill level in between) at numerous venues around the town.

            Since the Spanish colonization, Ecuador became a Roman Catholic country. The Catholic Church had and still has an important place in the Ecuadorian government and society.  Shrines, churches, memorial crosses and often religious parades are in evidence just about everywhere you turn.

            There are opportunities for unique pictures every direction you look.

            As well as a green belt siding each of the rivers that flows through Cuenca, there are several parks & plazas, including:  Parque Paraiso, Parque Calderon, Luis Cordero, Victor J. Cuesta, De La Madre and San Blas.  The parks in Cuenca are well used by it's residents and provide a green place for contemplation or a formal garden area and benches to sit on and watch the world go by.

            Cuenca is the kind of place that you can easily spend a couple of days wandering the beautiful colonial streets and lingering in the churches and markets, taking in the atmosphere. One of Cuenca's bigger public markets is the 10 de Agosto, where you can get a good feel for local life.

            To see more pictures of Ecuadorian ChurchesAt the Market or Around Cuenca, click the links.

            Saturday, 19 March 2011

            Textures (of Ecuador)

            Ecuador is a country abounding in textures.  From exquisite stained glass to rough cobble stones, the country is a feast for your senses.  This collage is a tribute to Ecuador's textures.

            More Textures of Ecuador can be seen by clicking here.

            Wednesday, 16 March 2011

            Selfish Complains About Being Too Busy

            It's been an awfully busy few weeks.  Bossy & Selfish have gone to the dentist (Selfish 3 times).  Selfish has gone to the Doctor 4 times (or maybe more).  They've gone for car rides with friends, and eaten dinner and lunch out several times.  Selfish has wandered around town trying to get all the paper work necessary to get a drivers' license in Ecuador.  This has so far involved 4 trips and he hasn't even taken the classes yet.  One of the kids is mad at Bossy & Selfish and that involved 2 days of angst before they saw a reasonable perspective and just "let it go".   People came and went from out-of-town for a week & to top it all off it's tax time (Bossy's favourite time of the year ~ NOT).  And now, even though it's March, they still haven't had their mini-holiday which they had planned for January. 

            "I'm having an anxiety attack" Selfish told Bossy during one of their 3 times daily cozies. 

            "Oh why Selfish!?"  Bossy asked full of concern, wondering if he was worried about the Doctor appointments. 

            "We're too busy" Selfish explained.  "We're retired.  I like it when we get up in the morning and go for a walk with Princess and then come home and eat lunch and then I have a nap and then I play on the computer for a while and then I take Princess for another walk and then we eat supper and then it's the end of the day.  If I wanted to be this busy, I'd go back to work.  At least they pay me for that!"

            Bossy laughed and hugged Selfish just a tiny bit harder.  Then they got up to do their chores for yet another day. 

            Friday, 11 March 2011

            Heaven & Earth Quotes

            God put me on this earth to accomplish a certain number of things. Right now I am so far behind that I will never die. ~ Bill Watterson #quote

            Heaven or Hell? I doesn't matter to me, I have friends in both places! ~ Flint Joasaint #quote

            And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. ~ Kahlil Gibran #quote

            Independence?  That's middle-class blasphemy. We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth. ~ George Bernard Shaw #quote

            Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth. ~ Muhammad Ali #quote

            If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it: every arrow that flies feels the attraction of the Earth. ~ Longfellow #quote

            I don't want to die!  I've still got a headache! I don't want to go to heaven with a headache, I'd be all cross & wouldn't enjoy it! ~ Douglas Adams #quote

            We are here on Earth to fart around. Don't let anybody tell you any different. ~ Kurt Vonnegut #quote

            Men of genius are often dull & inert in society, as a blazing meteor when it descends to earth, is only a stone ~ Henry W. Longfellow #quote

            The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a Heaven of Hell, and a Hell of Heaven. ~ Milton #quote

            There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio / Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. ~ William Shakespeare #quote

            One knows less about one's own destiny than about anything else on earth. ~ Gabrielle Roy #quote

            Heaven did not seem to be my home; and I broke my heart with weeping to come back to earth ~ Emily Brontë #quote

            All I want is to stand in a field / and to smell green / to taste air / to feel the earth want me / Without all this concrete / hating me ~ P. Pulfrey #quote

            Imagine there's no heaven / It's easy if you try / No hell below us / Above us only sky ~ John Lennon #lyrics

            You would not easily guess / All the modes of distress / Which torture the tenants of earth ~ Percy Bysshe Shelley #quote

            Grant me some wild expressions, Heavens, or I shall burst. ~ George Farquhar #quote

            There is no gravity. The earth sucks. ~ Graf Fito #quote

            Don't Panic. The Earth is just being demolished for a hyperspace bypass. ~ The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy #quote

            There is no security on this earth, there is only opportunity. ~ General Douglas MacArthur #quote

            It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness. was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us  ...we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way ~ A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens #quote

            the earth laughs in flowers ~ e.e. cummings #quote

            The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven, not man's. ~ Mark Twain #quote

            Scientists tell us that the fastest animal on a cow that has been dropped out of a helicopter. ~ Dave Barry #quote

            We could have saved [the Earth] but we were too damned cheap. ~ Kurt Vonnegut #quote

            We do not inherit the earth from our fathers. We borrow it from our children. ~ David Bower #quote

            Heaven is high, Earth Wide. Bitter between them flies my sorrow. ~ Li Po #quote

            Business has to change the way it does business, or we will make no significant changes in the way we relate to the earth. ~ Dennis Weaver #quote

            Everyone who has ever built anywhere a new heaven first found the power thereto in his own hell. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche #quote

            Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth. ~ Henry David Thoreau #quote

            You're on Earth. There's no cure for that. ~ Samuel Beckett #quote

            Once in a golden hour / I cast to earth a seed / And up there grew a flower / That others called a weed. ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson #quote #poetry

            How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean. ~ Arthur C. Clarke #quote

            'But for what purpose was the earth formed?' asked Candide. 'To drive us mad,' replied Martin. ~ Voltaire (Candide) #quote

            Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: if you're alive, it isn't. ~ Richard Bach #quote

            We're terrible animals. I think that the Earth's immune system is trying to get rid of us... ~ Kurt Vonnegut #quote

            If there be a hell upon earth, it is to be found in a melancholy man's heart.  ~ Robert Burton #quote

            There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew. ~ Marshall McLuhan #quote