Ah, love can be such a cruel thing, especially when society frowns upon your 'age'
If you haven't watched the wonderful British Drama "Ladies in Lavender", then do yourself a favor
and do so ASAP.
Such a poignant story, with excellent performances by Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, and Daniel Bruhl.
Allow the strings/music of the talented Joshua Bell to sweep you away especially with the song below:
Quick summary: It's 1936, and two sisters in their twilight years, stumble upon a handsome Polish violinist who washes up on their shores thanks to a shipwreck. I think the video provides clips, so you get more of an idea of the story.
If you don't shed a tear at the end of this, you need a heart transplant.
P.S: Based on a short story by William J. Locke, which I now have to go hunt down!
I wonder if all those Bible Thumpers out there, especially those who act so puritan and self-righteous, or who pooh-pooh and turn up their noses at the concept of intimacy (and not just the 'Christian' way of doing things) ever just skip past the section known as "Song of Songs" or "Song of Solomon"?
Even if you aren't a big fan of The Book, as a reader (and writer), you've got to admire some of the poetry and flow of the songs themselves and believe me...reading some of this stuff, I think I see why it's not quoted often (if at all) in most churches.
Why let's take a look at the opening verses alone, shall we?
Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth-
for your love is more delightful than wine.
Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes;
your name is like perfume poured out.
No wonder the maidens love you!
Take me away with you - let us hurry!
Let the king bring me into his chambers.
.....oh, and it gets even more intimate than that in some sections!
And being the good girl I am, I ran scrambling for what 'experts' and 'scholars' had to say about this book, and it's fascinating seeing everyone trying to explain it all as God's relationship with the church etc. etc. Buuuut, I've read it, and tried to see the association, but all I see is simply two (or more) lovers not afraid to declare how they feel about each other. Call me a hopeless romantic.
So, I humbly suggest we take a moment to remove our religious glasses/hats/accessories, and simply sit back to enjoy a wonderful (and least talked-about) section full of beautiful poetic writing that's actually quite inspiring.
In lieu of all the recent immigration issues happening, I stumble across a section in this wonderful novel I'm currently reading - The Alienist - where the famous J.P. Morgan summarizes the reasons for immigration to the United States circa 1896:
"We are not obligated to provide everyone who comes to this country with a good life," Morgan went on. "We are obligated to provide them with a chance to attain that life, through discipline and hard work. That chance is more than they have anywhere else. That is why they keep coming."
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It is hot as b***s!!
Temp. high is 111 degrees - low of 90
There might be a sandstorm or something, because outside is dealing with windy conditions and sand
getting into your nose, mouth, throat, hair and everything in between.
....and we're in the city!
With that said, we picked a really sucky day for the desert safari experience because if it's
already this hot and windy...how is it going to be in the desert?????
*note to self - purchase scarf to cover head and face asap*
The Dubai Mall is ridiculous. If anyone can manage to traverse that place
without seeking medical attention afterwards, you should consider yourself a rock star.
We will be going to the tallest building in the world tomorrow: Burj Khalifa.
The other day, I tried taking a picture of it from ground level, and this was about as far as my poor neck could go:
Either way, can't wait to see how things look from way up there.
P.P.S: 'Life' begins at about 6 p.m. here, and by that, I mean that is when most people begin to move about on the streets, for obvious reasons. In the morning hours, there is activity, but it feels like it's only a few brave souls that dare walk about for too long. Hah! The good thing is the availability of underground roadways/tunnels etc, to take you from one place to the next.