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Many times I've written about reflection of self on this blog, of working on finding your true self or about finding out who you really are or what you really want in life.
This morning as I was heading out the door of the place I was working at, the lady just flipped on the tele and I saw Stedman Graham talking about the very same thing. Stedman Graham, who most of us know as partner of Oprah Winfrey, was very inspiring in the very few minutes I heard him talk. So I looked it up just now and what I read is the very same thing I always talk about here on my blog (missed that opportunity to sell a book ;) )

Stedman says;

Part of what makes us human is our ability to be aware of our own existence, to both live and to reflect on our own lives.
It is this capacity for self-awareness that allows us to see our authentic selves and build our own identity, rather than letting others dictate who we are and what we do with our lives.
Inevitably, however, the stresses and routine of dai…

Music on Sunday, songs about clocks and time

Because it's that time of year again where I can moan about Daylight savings time again (why on Earth would we still be doing that anyway? Read this article on it I found rather disturbing)I thought songs about clocks and time would be relevant.

So here it goes;

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Quotes and Pics 171, Inspirational quotes

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The Netherlands; or how to demolish ones legacy

As we speak the reburial of King Richard III is taking place in Leicester. Unfortunately it is not being aired on any channel we can receive so as a lover of history I cannot watch it live. I have said it to several people over the last days that I find this remarkable but all I get as a comment is that they don't get what all the fuss is about; just some bones and who's to say it is that one king anyway? Dutch people are getting more and more on my nerves I have to say. They don't care about anything anymore. Not their own legacy and certainly not others. Who cares right? Tear it all down! Demolish every old building because the maintenance is too expensive. Insult your own King because you think he gets paid too much, who cares? Complain because your government wants to put windmills 20 km out of the coast and have more green energy that way.

Why would you mind wind turbines at sea if you get a better, cleaner Earth?
Complaining is all that they can do. If it isn't …

Richard III The Reburial of a King

King Richard III of England died (the last King of England who died on the battlefield actually) in 1485.
Richard, the last Plantagenet king, was killed in battle against Henry Tudor in 1485 and buried hastily without a coffin in a long-demolished monastery. His bones weren't found until 2012, when archaeologists excavated them from a Leicester parking lot. DNA tests, bone analysis and other scientific scrutiny established that the skeleton belonged to the King.

On Sunday, yesterday, a hearse carrying the monarch's remains, sealed inside an oak coffin, processed through Leicestershire's countryside to Bosworth, the battlefield where the monarch fell. Crowds lined the route of the cortege, and re-enactors in costume fired cannons in a 21-gun salute. Unfortunately Channel 4 aired that so we couldn't watch that. I just saw bits and pieces of it online.  Remarkable to witness a reburial of a King after all those years! It brought a tear to my eye even though this …

Music on Sunday, Classic Spring

It's Spring and even though you can't feel it quite yet outside you can see it in the buds and the flowers and hear the birds sing their song! So let's hear some classical music about spring and feel the sun come out!

I love this piece;

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Quotes and Pics 170, Outside

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Art on Friday; Comets, Meteors, Eclipses

Today we were supposed to see the partial Solar Eclipse here in Europe. I do say 'supposed to' because it was foggy and cloudy so we didn't see a thing here sadly. I was wondering though; are there any paintings about phenomena like these from like for example the Renaissance or later? Well there are;

In this fresco by Giotto di Bondone the Star of Bethlehem is shown as a comet - likely the most famous of all, Halley' Comet.
Astronomers Studying an Eclipse by Antoine Caron 
"Desolation des Peruviens pendant L'Eclipse de Lune. Voyage Historique de l’Amerique Meridionale."
The Spanish explorer Don Juan described the Peruvians' despair during an eclipse.
The Great Comet of 1680 over Rotterdam by Lieve Verschuier
A German etching of Kirch's Comet. 1680
Eclipse by Carl Schmitt (1889-1989)
The Rare and Antiquarian Book Collection of the Armagh Observatory
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Music on Sunday, Songs inspired by Folk Songs

Scarborough Fair
It's hard to find new topics for music sometimes and Songfacts is a lovely site for inspiration. I will put the explanation with the songs.

This is about the United Kingdom miners' strike of 1984. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher had instituted a policy where mines that were considered unprofitable were shut down. Bono wanted to explore the impact the strike had on the miner's friends and families. The song was inspired by folk music. Bono wanted The Joshua Tree to explore various forms of American music they had encountered while touring there.

This song was inspired by the 1987 Enniskillen bombing, when a bomb planted by the IRA exploded during a Remembrance Day service at Enniskillen in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, killing 11 people and injuring at least 63. Simple Minds lead singer Jim Kerr explained to Q magazine in 1989: "In the second part of 'Belfast Child' I'm trying to relate to people in Northern Ireland who'…

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Art on Friday; Ming Dynasty paintings

I love Chinese paintings, there's something about them that draws me to them. So today I'm focusing on paintings made during the Ming Dynasty.

Leaf album painting of flowers, a butterfly, and a twisted rock sculpture, by Chen Hongshou (1598–1652)
A Fisher in Autumn, by Tang Yin
A painting of birds by Bian Wenzhi
Snow Plum and Twin Cranes by Bian Jingzhao
A portrait of Xue Tao (far left) by an anonymous Ming Dynasty painter
 by Lu Ji
by Chen Zhou
Lady by Tang Yin
Landscape by Tang Yin
Apricot blossoms and peacocks by Lu Ji
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Books; Wonderful fun links

Reading, we all love it and don't have/take enough time to do it. But what do you want/need to read next? What if you don't have inspiration to find a book? There are many sites online who are willing to help. Here are some for your reading pleasure:

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Things to be grateful for

When I'm at home looking outside to my garden I'm quite happy with what I see. Maybe at one point in my life I did want to live in a big(ger) house with some land where I could keep some pigs and chickens and sometimes I still do, but I am really happy with my home and garden with all the critters that live in it. There are so many birds in my garden and now even mice, I know not for everyone but I like them, they're cute. In a few weeks the toads will come again and the snails, the butterflies and bees and the gang will be complete.

So I've decided I'm going to make a list (if not in writing then in my head) every day about things I'm grateful for; not in any specific order.

- The animals in my garden and in my house (my dog and bird)
my dog is getting old and has dragged me through many a thing where I was in tears over. 

- My health
Even if you’re health isn’t great, it could be worse and you likely still have some working parts to be thankful for.

- My mu…