Wisdom Wednesday ~ 19/10/2016

Life is about trusting your feelings and taking chances, losing and finding happiness, appreciating the memories, learning from the past, and realizing people change.  ~ Atul Purohit ~

Flower Black and White

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Music Monday ~ Resonate

resonate (v)

  1. Produce or be filled with a deep, full, reverberating sound.
  2. Evoke images, memories, to produce a positive feeling, emotional response, or opinion.
  3. (Of an idea or action) meet with agreement.
  4. Technical, produce electrical or mechanical resonance.

An idea or a feeling can resonate when expressed accurately or with passion.  When you can relate literally or figuratively, something resonates with you.   It can be a song, a speech, a circumstance. The response influences you physically and/or emotionally.

Resonate is a song written by Ben Spencer, recently moved back to his home province of Alberta after spending the past decade in Montreal.  The melody is almost like a hymn and it denotes people finding their way back home to Alberta, the place they call home. The song is the central theme of ATB Financial’s newest campaign: ATB Listens. Alex Vissia sang and played piano on the recording. The video was filmed in Calgary, but scenes highlighting the beauty of Alberta are edited in throughout.

As the time draws near for me to leave Canada, I’m feeling a little sad at heart.  I love Panama, and I love Canada.  Both countries are so different in many ways and yet upon closer examination similar.  Family circumstances are changing and that may bring some changes. I don’t often resonate with a commercial but it’s the music in this Alberta Treasury Branch advertisement that drew me to it as I prepare to return…to the campo.

If you like the song and would like to stream or buy it you can find it here, here, here, and here.

Resonate

Do you hear the sound
In the trembling ground
In the air, the wait so long

For the sole keepsake
Of an old heartache
Is a whisper, an echo, a song

I find my way back home by the birds and bones
By the westbound sun to a place I’m known
The streets will remember even if I don’t
I’ll find my way back home

Now a thorn finds place
In a torn shoelace
As green entwines the night

And the hymnal freights
Resonate
Lead me on by sweet starlight

I find my way back home by the words and moans
By a promise made and a promise owed
As gravity pulls from a moonlit road
I’ll find my way back home

 

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Snapshot Sunday ~ 16/10/2016

Tree Wasp Nest

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The Local Broadcast

Media Center

The Media Center at Rogers Place

The new local arena in Edmonton is Rogers place, home of the Edmonton Oilers. This is a behind the scenes look at the Media Center, control central for the television broadcasts.

To see other entries in this week’s photo challenge go here.

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Talk Thursday ~ What We’ll Never Know

A part of me wishes I could say and see and do as much as I could in my late twenties; another part is glad that I don’t worry about having my say or making an impression as I did when I was in my late twenties. Silence now seems generally deeper than any words I might be able to summon. ~ Pico Iyer ~

Today I bring you a new video from Pico Iyer.   He starts by speaking about a trishaw-driver in Myanmar, a story that he shared in his 1988, Video Night in Kathmandu. He talks about how the opposite of knowledge isn’t always ignorance. It can be wonder, mystery or possibility. How it is okay to admit that we don’t know it all. Even the wise Dalai Lama admits he doesn’t have the answer for everything he is asked.

Don’t underestimate the power of knowledge, but don’t be afraid to ask when you don’t have the answer.

Questions, after all, open more doors than answers ever could.

~ Pico Iyer ~

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Wisdom Wednesday ~ 12/10/2016

We cross our bridges when we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and a presumption that once our eyes watered. 
~ Tom Stoppard ~
(Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead)

Bridge

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Music Monday ~ Hymn For The Weekend

I know it’s not the weekend and I know it’s not Monday but I’ve started and stopped this post so many times I figured I’d just finish it already. 🙂

This past weekend was Thanksgiving long weekend in Canada.  My mom is feeling better and so I decided at the last-minute that I was able to take the three-hour trip to visit Daughter #2 in Edmonton.  And then the snow came.  But luckily when I left Saturday morning the roads weren’t bad going North.  The other side of the highway going South was a different story.  Today I’m heading back down the highway with a multitude of things on my mind that I wish I would have had time to do and a multitude of things to do when I get back to Calgary.

I asked for a suggestion for today’s video from Daughter #2 and I absolutely love the song and the visuals in it. Beyoncé is featured on this Coldplay song which doesn’t hurt either.  This song is about having a good time on the weekend but it’s also much more. The song to me, is about a divine person in your life, the ability to do wonderful things together and how their love can make you feel high. It is also about how life (and love) can make you feel good for a while, but like alcohol, a depressant, it can bring you down and make you feel low, low, low.

The video was filmed in Mumbai, India and it is very rich in colour and images. I hope you like it as much as I did. As usual leave a comment, either positive or negative. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Hymn For The Weekend
(feat. Beyoncé)

[Beyoncé:]
Drink from me, drink from me
Then we’ll shoot across the sky
Symphony
Then we’ll shoot across the sky
We’re on a…
Drink from me, drink from me
Then we’ll shoot across the sky
Symphony
(So high, so high)
Then we’ll shoot across the sky

[Coldplay:]
Oh, angel sent from up above
You know you make my world light up
When I was down, when I was hurt
You came to lift me up
Life is a drink, and love’s a drug
Oh, now I think I must be miles up
When I was a river, dried up
You came to rain a flood

[Coldplay & Beyoncé:]
And said drink from me, drink from me
When I was so thirsty
Pour on a symphony
Now I just can’t get enough
Put your wings on me, wings on me
When I was so heavy
Pour on a symphony
When I’m low, low, low, low

[Coldplay:]
I, oh, I, oh
Got me feeling drunk and high
So high, so high
I, oh, I, oh, I, oh
Now I’m feeling drunk and high
So high, so high
Woo!

[Coldplay & Beyoncé:]
Oh, angel sent from up above
I feel it coursing through my blood
Life is a drink, your love’s about
To make the stars come out

[Coldplay & Beyoncé:]
Put your wings on me, wings on me
When I was so heavy
Pour on a symphony
When I’m low, low, low, low

[Coldplay:]
I, oh I, oh I
Got me feeling drunk and high
So high, so high
Oh I, oh I, oh I
I’m feeling drunk and high
So high, so high

[Beyoncé & Coldplay:]
I, oh I, oh I
La la la la la la la
So high, so high
I, oh I, oh I
I’m feeling drunk and high
So high, so high

[Beyoncé:]
Then we’ll shoot across the sky
Then we’ll shoot across the…
Then we’ll shoot across the sky
Then we’ll shoot across the…
Then we’ll shoot across the sky
Then we’ll shoot across the…
Then we’ll shoot across the sky
Then we’ll shoot across the…

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Snapshot Sunday ~ 09/10/2016

Pumpkins

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Mist

I don’t ask for the meaning of the song of a bird or the rising of the sun on a misty morning. There they are, and they are beautiful.   ~ Pete Hamill ~

Misty

Here, warm, wet ocean air blows over a cooler land surface forming water droplets and creating a misty morning.

See other entries in this weeks photo challenge H₂O here.

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Talk Thursday ~ It’s All About the Pumpkin

Yes, I’m still in Canada.  Yes, it’s Fall.  Yes, the frost is on the pumpkin.  And pumpkin everything is everywhere.  I love pumpkin and I’ve eyed the pies in the stores, the pumpkin lattes, and the yummy Lofthouse cookies.

Keeping with the Fall theme and pumpkin I bring you a video today that is a bit of fun. Two (talking) guinea pigs discussing the Fall obsession with all things pumpkin but I don’t think that they are…in the campo.

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