All time favorite

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All time favorite

– Word –

Freedom – the state of being free  or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint; exemption from external control, interference, regulation, etc.; the power to determine action without restraint.

– Quote –

” For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.”
~ Judy Garland

"Clarity" by Sonam Mandal

– Poem –

Invictus

by William Ernest Henley

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

– Book –

“A place called freedom” by Ken Follett

Set in 1767, historical fiction story about young coal miner from Scotland who believes there must be more to life than working down the pit. The miner, Mack McAsh, eventually runs away in order to find work and a new life in London, where he becomes a leader amongst the working classes of the city and becomes a target for those who do not share his point of view. McAsh is framed for a crime he did not commit and sent to serve seven years hard labour in the colony of Virginia where he is forced to find a new life.

After I read the book, there was a period of 4-5 months that I couldn’t read another book. The spirit and the strength of the character had impressed me so much that nothing else could fit in the box of  “good to read”. Ken Follett is favorite author, I like all his work, but this one is a masterpiece in my opinion!

– Song –

I’m in trouble here, it’s going to be difficult to choose only one song.

I have weakness for songs with voices like Whitney Houston and Leona Lewis.

Whitney Houston – I look to you

Leona Lewis – Lost then found

But I also crazy love music with Spanish lyrics and tango rhythm, so much that I’ve found out, it makes me speechless and unproductive when it comes to poetry.

Cristina Aguilera – El beso del final

Ricky Martin – Juramento

Shakira – Tango Objection

After my first trip to Egypt I discovered Arabic music, it has such dreamy sounds, my favorite Arabic song is

Tamally maak/ I’m always with you/ – Amr Diab

And of course my last very dear discoveries-

Muse – Neutron star collision- Love is forever

Poets of the fall – Where do we draw the line

This is my “all time favorite list” for now, tomorrow who knows what might be on it. Today I’ll share with you Eric Clapton and “Tears in heaven”.

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– Movie –

“Shawshank redemption”

Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman have done such a great acting! It’s one of those creations where I better say nothing but – see it if you haven’t, there is no other movie like it!

My favorite quotes from the movie:

“The first night’s the toughest, no doubt about it. They march you in naked as the day you were born, skin burning and half blind from that delousing shit they throw on you, and when they put you in that cell… and those bars slam home… that’s when you know it’s for real. A whole life blown away in the blink of an eye. Nothing left but all the time in the world to think about it. “ ~ Red / Morgan Freeman/

“… some birds aren’t meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up DOES rejoice. But still, the place you live in is that much more drab and empty that they’re gone. “ ~ Red / Morgan Freeman/

It’s all about freedom, it always has been for me! I’m still looking for my own freedom and when there isn’t even a hint of it, watching this movie again and again does help, a little!

– Town –

I’m not sure if I have all time favorite town, being an absolute traveling soul, for me the best will be if I am every month in a different town, in a different country. Maybe one day I will settle down, but for now The World is my all time favorite place and I want to see every single inch of it.

– Animal –

Horse

– Flower –

White roses – give me one from your heart and I am yours forever …

– Food –

Cheesecake

Dear, yummy biscuits
with enchanting scent of cinnamon,
don’t hesitate and get into your best dresses.

Meet Mr. Wonderfully Melted Butter,
dance on the heart-shaped tray to exhaustion
and settle for a dreamy sleep.

I will weave a blanket
from a cheesy, cozy mixture and
a drop of tasty lemon to keep you safe all night.

Strawberries for good luck,
I’ll lead you to the Indesit fridge and
don’t worry, I won’t share you with anybody.

– Image –

"Crane" by Sonam Mandal

I’m really fond of Sonam’s photography!

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Thank you everyone for taking part in the challenge, it was incredible to read all your thoughts! Please leave the link to your posts in the comment section, you will have one week / July 30- August 6/ to do that. If you wish to read how others formed their thoughts into a season’s post, have a look at the comment section, I will make sure to include everyone joining!

Stay tuned for the last post connected to this challenge – Season winners – August 6, when I’ll make a post about favorites from your posts!

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Winter’s tale

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Winter

Winter came down to our home one night
Quietly pirouetting in on silvery-toed slippers of snow,
And we, we were children once again.
~Bill Morgan, Jr.

"Pamporovo" - ski resort area next to my home town in Bulgaria.

If it wasn’t for the cold in winter, I could love it. The white fairytale of snow, the song of flakes … looking at it through the windows it’s magical! If only there wasn’t the cold …


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– Word –

Dismally – causing gloom or dejection; gloomy; dreary; cheerless; obsolete.

Even with a negative meaning, I like the sound of the word. Like in winter, even with the cold there is some beauty in the snow.

– Quote –

“Time passes. Even when it seems impossible. When each tick of the second hand aches like the pulse of blood behind a bruise. It passes unevenly, in strange lurches and dragging lulls, but pass it does. Even for me.” ~ Stephenie Meyer

– Poem –

A Winter Dawn

by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Above the marge of night a star still shines,
And on the frosty hills the sombre pines
Harbor an eerie wind that crooneth low
Over the glimmering wastes of virgin snow.

Through the pale arch of orient the morn
Comes in a milk-white splendor newly-born,
A sword of crimson cuts in twain the gray
Banners of shadow hosts, and lo, the day!

– Book –

“Nana” by Emile Zola.

I know “Germinal is considered to be Zola’s masterpiece, but I personally love “Nana”. The ninth installment in the 20-volume Les Rougon-Macquart series, the story of Nana Coupeau’s rise from streetwalker to high-class cocotte during the last three years of the French Second Empire. The story doesn’t have a good end, Nana dies a horrible death from smallpox. And exactly this tragic and cold end makes me think of Winter … but reading Emile Zola is a delight!

– Song –

I enjoy mostly classical music in Winter, somehow it makes the days warmer and a bit longer, tasting sweet.

– Movie –

“The Cutting Edge” – Two dreams are shattered. Doug Dorsey gets injured in an Olympic hockey game in Calgary and the doctors say he can no longer play professionally. In the same time Kate Moseley- a figure skater – fails the gold … But somehow life gives them another chance and makes Doug and Kate partners on the ice. Dangerous skating routines, funny moments and a spray of love will lead them to the top!

Ice skating is my favorite sport not only in Winter and I love movies about ice-skating. I’ve seen “The cutting Edge” dozen times and still it’s the same enjoybale and spirit-lifting movie! There are four or five different versions of the movie, but the original one from 1992 with Moira Kelly and D.B.Sweeney is my favorite and the one that’s really specially made.

“The king of hockey and America’s ice queen just became a team!”

And I can’t just not share the last scene from the movie … so apologies for the over-crowded with videos post!

– Town –

I think I’d have the best winter in New York, I’ve heard it’s magical to be there … Let’s hope one day I’ll manage to visit! From the places I’ve been the best winter is at home for Christmas with my family. It’s much easier to swallow the cold when you’re with your loved ones!

– Animal –

Eagle

The Eagle
by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

He clasps the crag with crooked hands;
Close to the sun in lonely lands,
Ring’d with the azure world, he stands.
The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;
He watches from his mountain walls,
And like a thunderbolt he falls

– Flower –

Glory of the snow

courtesy BBC gardening online site

– Food –

Cider chicken with tagliatelle

  • 400 g tagliatelle
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 400 g chicken breasts, skinless, cut into chunks
  • 210 ml dry cider
  • 1 1/2 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 15 g butter
  • 1 large leek, halved lengthways and finely sliced across
  • 80 g mushrooms, sliced
  • 100 ml double cream
  • 1 tbsp chives, snipped to garnish

Cook tagliatelle to packet instructions.  Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan and fry chicken for 8 minutes, turning occasionally, until golden all round.  Add cider and mustard.  Season and simmer for 5-7minutes until slightly reduced.

Melt butter in a pan, add remaining oil and cook leek for 3 minutes.  Add mushrooms and cook for another 2 minutes. Add leek and mushrooms to chicken, stir in cream and simmer for 2 minutes. Toss cider chicken with tagliatelle.  Garnish with chives.

– Image –

Albena and Maxim - Bulgarian Ice skating couple. World champions in 2007.

Thank you everyone for taking part in the challenge and to the rest of you that will just read! Please leave the link to your posts in the comment section, you will have one week / July 23- July 30/ to do that. If you wish to read how others formed their thoughts into a season’s post, have a look at the comment section, I will make sure to include everyone joining! If you wish to see how the first part of the challenge was, click on Spring’s favorite, Summer’s favorite, Autumn.

Stay tuned for the next post on July the 30th – All time favorite

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© 2011  Broken Sparkles

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Autumn

For those who haven’t read about the challenge, here is the link to the post with details –
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Autumn

To be honest, I don’t find anything favorite about Autumn. So, this post will be more about what reminds me that my favorite season Summer is gone and the day is not that long anymore, the leaves … they fight for few more days of life and eventually fall, dry and ugly brown. It’s a whole procedure and ritual to get used to Autumn, to convince my body, spirit and soul that there will be few months without hot, starry nights and usually I manage at around mid-Winter, which is a success, believe me … Here in Greece we don’t really have Autumn, but I’ve spent enough Autumn seasons in Bulgaria.

"Autumn in Rodopi- mountains, Bulgaria"

– Word –

Evanescence The act or state of vanishing away; disappearance; as, the evanescence of vapor, of a dream, of earthly plants or hopes.

– Quote –

A wind has blown the rain away and blown the sky away and all the leaves away, and the trees stand.  I think, I too, have known autumn too long.  ~ e.e. cummings

– Poem –

People

by Blaga Todorova

they come,
when the dust crawls
on street corners,
when you need help
to inhale the ashes
left after demons fight.
kindness offered,
breaths undercover
making you a better man
a woman,
barely in charge, addicted
you accept them

they hold you,
when tears betray you
to let you know
there’s this salty taste of life.
no proof of sound to register
the beauty of arms around you.
in and out, up and down
the value of a friendly hand
matters in each second,
in moments when you realize
you can’t have
the whole pot of ice-cream alone.

they go eventually,
with a promise to return
but only in your deep sleep,
leaving empty
the guest’s cup of coffee
grounded on a shelf with bitter herbs.
they come and go
like trains in opposite directions,
like seasons changing the shade of the day
leaving you constantly sitting
on a cold bench at faraway metro station

They come and always go …

– Book –

“The Kite runner” – a novel by Khaled Hosseini. Published in 2003 and adapted into a film of the same name in 2007. It’s a story of  a young boy – Amir – from the Wazir Akbar Khan district of Kabul, who befriends Hassan, the son of his father’s Hazara servant. The story is set of events, from the fall of Afghanistan’s monarchy through the Soviet invasion, the mass exodus of refugees to Pakistan and the United States, and the rise of the Taliban regime.

– Song –

Miro – Ubivai me s lubov/ Kill me with love/ – the video above.

Lyrics translated to English:

You always look at me,
you constantly follow me,
you want me helpless,
you shoot mercilessly,
with every word, with every touch
you’re hurting me with roses
and their thorns and I bleed.

I’m not afraid from your arrows, love,
I’m not lost in a sin, I’m ready for you.
Without happiness I can survive,
but not without you and I won’t
notice even if you kill me with love.

Day after day, you want less from me,
the time flies by and I feel sad,
with every word with every touch
I’m hurting you  and the roses still
have thorns, but that’s their defense
against you, love …

– Movie –

“Amadeus”- The story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told by Antonio Salieri – confined to an insane asylum. No matter how many times I see this movie, the music and the play always keep me still on the couch from the beginning to the end.

– Town –

Autumn reminds me of my home town in Bulgaria, the season there is very vividly shown with all signs, but usually at this time of year I feel like having a little escape to Egypt/ Hurghada/, faraway from Fall’s emotions …

– Animal –

Deers

– Flower –

Freesia

– Food –

Green beans and potato casserole

– Image –

"Magic Autumn" by Paolo Frotti on Photochart.com

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“for we’re just like autumn leaves,
I close my eyes and I see you smiling,
not so faraway, yet not close enough.
The leaves keep twirling, until
we too, find ourselves lost.”

~ Sonam Mandal

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Thank you everyone for taking part in the challenge and to the rest of you that will just read! Please leave the link to your posts in the comment section, you will have one week / July 16- July 23/ to do that. If you wish to read how others formed their thoughts into a season’s post, have a look at the comment section, I will make sure to include everyone joining! If you wish to see how the first part of the challenge was, click on Spring’s favorite, Summer’s favorite.

Stay tuned for the next post on July the 23thWinter’s favorite.

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© 2011  Broken Sparkles

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