Season’s favorite challenge


When I started blogging, I stumbled on many prompts and challenges. I often thought I would like to create one myself and manage it through to the end. With my favorite season- summer- here and today’s morning coffee the idea came unexpectedly. I invite you to participate with me. Let’s enjoy some time together in the blog world.

Anyone is welcome!

The challenge will take place in July and it will include 5 posts.

2 July – Spring’s favorite

9 July – Summer’s favorite

16 July – Autumn’s favorite

23 July – Winter’s favorite

30 July – All time favorite

Each post has to contain your favorite: word, quote, poem, book, song, movie, town, animal, flower, food and image related to each seasonFor the last post on July 30, it should contain your all-time favorite.

If you are bi-or-multi-lingual and have a favorite word that is not English, please know the word is not limited to English. The poem may be written by you or by someone else. It doesn’t need to be titled with the name of the season. It needs to show what each season makes you write or think about. With the song you may include a video, but this is not a must rule. The town can be a place where you think a season is best spent, even if you haven’t been there. You can provide a recipe when you write about your favorite meal. Or, you can just name your favorite brand or include a little explanation of why exactly this is your favorite. Most of all the idea of this challenge is to share what we like with others. So be creative in any way you’d like! I would love to discover common or rare interests in the posts of others and to meet new people and be inspired by the desires of others.

After the challenge is over, I’ll choose the posts that I liked the most and create a winners’ tribute. My posts will be up every Saturday at 12:01 a.m. my time. I live in Athens, Greece. You will have a week – from Saturday to Saturday – to share your link in the comment section of my posts. Please feel free to use the banner for Seasons’ Favorite challenge that Sonam and I created. Thank you for the help Sonam! Also, I’d like to invite Cherlyn Cochrane from Over a cup of coffee. Cherlyn took part in a challenge called 31 days of blogging honesty, I enjoyed seeing her posting every day and now that the challenge is over, I’d like to give her more reasons to share with us her unique view on life. So, I think I said everything I was supposed to say about this challenge and if I haven’t, feel free to ask questions. I truly hope there will be enough people to find the idea appealing. I can’t wait for July and the first post of the challenge! Until then, be happy everyone! Peace & Love …

© 2011  Broken Sparkles

My other half …

One real lady …


Haris Alexiou - image courtesy of

Haris Alexiou -“(Χάρις Αλεξίου) (born 27 December 1950) is a Greek singer. She is considered on of the most popular singers in Greece and has been commercially successful since the 1970s. She has worked with important Greek songwriters and composers, has performed at top musical theatres all over the world and has received several awards. She has recorded over thirty albums and has been featured on albums of other musicians. According to the Greek discography researcher Petros Dragoumanos (2009), Alexiou holds the no 1 female ranking and totally the no 3 ranking, concerning the sales of the personal albums certified Gold or Platinum in Greek discography since 1970, behind the male singers George Dalaras and Yiannis Parios. Eight of her personal albums released between 1977 and 2003 have surpassed 100,000 sales, the only Greek female singer to do so. The fact that most of the above mentioned albums have been of a different music style, produced with different composers and released between constant time periods demonstrates her unique and indisputable figure in contemporary Greek music. She has lived in Athens since 1958, when she and her family moved there from Thebes. Her grandmother’s family migrated in 1924 from Seydiköy, İzmir.

Text courtesy – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Haris Alexiou is my favorite Greek, female singer and her song “Ο ανθρωπος μου” is a song I love very much.

“Ο ανθρωπος μου” literally translated means “My man”, but having in mind the context of the lyrics, to me it sounds better like “My other half”. To translate everyday, simple conversations from one language to another, usually it goes smoothly with me, but translating lyrics/ poems/, I think I need a special touch with the two languages. It’s challenging to keep the meaning and the words from one language and give the same drift to the other. So here is a kudos to all these people that do this kind of job for a living. I hope I’ve done a good translation. Enjoy the song, and if I ever manage to find words worth enough for the talent of this lovely lady, I might come up with a poem, but for now I’m speechless.

The only youtube video I could find was on Vevo,  and since is not allowed to be played on wordpress, you will need to press one more time to listen to the song. Thank you! If you can’t see the video in your country due to copyright issues, check this link or the video link Amy included in her comment! Amy thanks for letting me know about this little problem!



Ο ανθρωπος μου – Χαρις Αλεξιου

Θα έρθει μια φορά, να νιώσω πως κι εγώ ανήκω κάπου.
Θα έρθει σαν το φώς, άνθρωπος καθαρός κι εγώ η σκιά του.
Να μου κρατάει σφιχτά, σφιχτά το χέρι,
και λόγια καθαρά μόνο να μου φέρει.

Να γνωρίσω έναν άνθρωπο που λέει “ναι” και το εννοεί.
Να γυρίζω το κεφάλι και να μένει το χαμόγελο του εκεί.
Θαν τα λόγια του χρυσάφι, θα χει λόγο, θα χει μπέσα.
Θα χαράζει θα νυχτώνει και θα πέφτω πάντα μέσα.
Με στα μάτια να τον βλέπω και να μένω ο εαυτός μου.
Να το λέω να το εννοώ, πως είναι αυτός ο Άνθρωπός μου.

Κι αν πέρασα πολλά, μόνο σε μια στιγμή να τα διαγράψω.
Μπορώ να του δοθώ, να του παραδοθώ κι ας ξανακλάψω.
Φτάνει για μια φορά αυτός να φέρει,
δύο λόγια καθαρά, στ άδειο μου  το χέρι.


My man – Haris Alexiou

A time will come and I will feel that I belong somewhere.
He will come like a light, an honorable man, and I will be his shadow.
He will hold my hand tight
and bring me nothing, but honest words.

If I could meet a man who will say “yes” and will mean it.
Whose smile will remain there even if I turn my head away.
He will be the whisper of gold, he will have pride and honor
At sunrise and at sunset he will keep the side by me.
To look in his eyes and to remain myself.
To say and to believe he is my man.

I’ve suffered much, but I could erase it all in a moment.
I can surrender, even if I cry again
As long as there is a time when he will bring
Couple of honest words into my empty hand.


Jamie, the song is especially for you!


© 2011  Broken Sparkles

Eventide given away

Te extraño

Every eventide of
humid grasp with you,
was locked with
the amaranth satin
on the king size bed
and I gave it away to
the poor guy looking
for blanket on the street.

Every solemn oath
penetrating the silence
after the flight in April,
echoed in barbarian Latin,
harassing the treaty of peace
and I borrowed it to
the scout without speech
for his first victory in a battle.

Every “te amo”
written with lipstick
on the silk of my back
was burning the surface
of my sensuous portrait
and I shared it with
the bubbles in the bath,
ready to forget your glance.

Every blissful tear
after an illusion with you
was knitted in the steps
of our dance at night,
killing every sad twilight
and I donated that too,
to the ballerina in “Swan lake”,
she needed extra sparkles.

And now, counting the sullen
remains of your presence, it’s been
more than an hour that
I listen to “Noviembre sin ti”
and I wonder, why nobody
told me how perilous
one simple song can be …


Te extraño – I miss you

Te amo – I love you

Noviembre sin ti – November without you

Inspired by “Noviembre sin ti”- Reik


"Don't miss you at all" by don Paolo on


© 2011  Broken Sparkles