Saturday, June 30, 2012

Lover's cove challenge #2

Linking after Elen Lackner

Kindness and confusion collided together.  Why send her away if he loved her?  Besides, love should be wildly exciting, not serene. "I'll be here", he said tenderly, sensing her turmoil. 

Lover's cove challenge - a very creative concept and fun. Join in and link up.


Thursday, June 28, 2012

ABC Wednesday - Round 10 - X is for ...

Xmas Songs

I couldn't think of any songs that start with X so Xmas songs seemed to be the best thing to do for this prompt.
So here are my favourite Xmas songs.

O Holy Night

Was composed by Adolphe Adam in 1847. The carol reflects the birth of Jesus and of mankind's redemption. It has been recorded by many artists including Luciano Pavarotti, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Andrea Bocelli, and Josh Groban.

But today I share Rhema Marvanne's version.

Youtube - O Holy Night

Mary did you know

Was written by Mark Lowry and Buddy Greene.
Also recorded by many artists like New Zealander Haley Westerna.
Here is Donny Osmond's version.

Youtube - Mary Did You Know

O Come All Ye Faithful - Adeste Fideles

Adeste Fideles was written around the 13th century and attributed to John of Reading though John Francis Wade was probably the author.

The English translation O Come All Ye Faithful was written by the English Catholic priest Frederick Oakeley.

It's one of my favourite carols.

Youtube - O Come All Ye Faithful

Have a joyful day and check out some other X entries at ABC Wednesday.

Warm Regards

Saturday, June 23, 2012

ABC Wednesday - Round 10 - W is for ...

Today I truly needed to hear this beautiful song by Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey.
A song that lifts my spirits whenever I'm feeling low.
It's such an inspirational song.

When you believe

Was written and composed by Stephen Schwartz for the 1998 DreamWorks animated feature The Prince of Egypt.

Youtube - When you believe

Here are some other "when" songs

When I need you

Written by Albert Hammond and Carole Bayer Sager was a 1977 hit for Leo Sayer when it reached number 1 on both the UK Singles Chart and the Billboard Hot 100.
This song brings back memories of my days at University

Youtube - When I need you

When will I see you again

Was written and produced by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. It was a hit song for the American soul group, The Three Degrees.
The song reached number 1 on the Adult Contemporary Chart, number 2 on the Pop Singles Chart and Disco Chart, and number 4 on the R&B chart in 1974. It was also at the top of the British Pop Chart.
The Three Degrees performed the song at Prince Charles' 30th birthday party at Buckingham Palace in 1977.
This is a song close to my heart.

Youtube - When will I see you again

Check out some other W entries at ABC Wednesday

Have a wonderful day.

Warm Regards

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Haiku - Postcard and Wisdom

Sensational Haiku Wednesday - Postcards

Postcards from afar
Pictures speak a thousand words 
Journeys captured, shared

Haiku Heights - Wisdom

Wisdom of ages
Helping hand in life's journey
Nature points the way


Saturday, June 16, 2012

ABC Wednesday - Round 10 - V is for ...

Such an easy one this week - I cheat a little 'cos this doesn't strictly start with "V", but it's such a beautiful song and one of my top 10 I had to slip it into this round of ABC Wednesday.

So here it is (La) Vie En Rose.

Was Edith Piaf's signature song and it was also written by her.
It was released in 1947 by Columbia records.
The English lyrics were written by Mack David.

Here is the English version sung by Edith Piaf

Youtube - La Vie En Rose - Edith Piaf

But the French version is even better. I love the way Celine Dion sings it and she's one of my favourite singers so here is her version.

Youtube - La Vie En Rose - Celine Dion

Wish you all a rosy life ... la vie en rose

Warm Regards

Lyrics and translation - not mine - so can't confirm they are correct.

Sunday, June 10, 2012


The "Summer" prompt at The Writers Post immediately took my mind zooming to this song by Cliff Richard

Summer Holiday:

Youtube - Summer Holiday

I love holidays and I love travelling. So here's a tiny glimpse into some of my Summer Holidays.

S - A surprisingly fun holiday was to Las Vegas in 2002. I had heard that there was a lot more to
     Vegas than  just the casinos but actually being there and experiencing it was greatly more than
     what I had imagined or expected. We had a blast.

U - An unforgettable holiday was in 1993 when we visited London. My cousin was living there
      at that time and 4 families converged from the US, India and NZ (us) to celebrate Christmas
      (yep, Christmas is in the Summer down under so it was our Summer holiday!). That was just
      an awesome holiday. 16 family members all under one roof after many years apart. Truly

M - The Summers in Mumbai, India, where I grew up, were very hot averaging 32C and my
       parents often took us for holidays to cooler places. One such holiday was to Kashmir in
       the northern part of India. I was quite young but I remember that holiday quite vividly
       particularly the first glimpse of the Himalayas. They are magnificent and a sight to behold.
       Someday I would like to go there again.

M - A most memorable Summer holiday was Christmas in New York at my brother's place.
       I wished for a white Christmas and got one. So thrilling. Christmas in New York is magical.

E - Exciting and entertaining, nothing beats Disneyland and Universal Studios. Even the rain
      bucketing down at Disney couldn't dampen our spirits. We had so much fin.

R - Rome is one of my favourite cities in the world. Rome is just so historical and so romantic.
      A traditional legend holds that anyone who throws coins into the Fountain of Trevi, is sure
      to visit Rome again. Yay - I threw mine into the fountain and look forward to visiting Rome
      again very soon.

It just seems strange to be writing a Summer post as it is Winter here in New Zealand.
But re-living those S-U-M-M-E-R moments warms me up and brings on a smile.

Wherever you are, have a happy, sunny day.

Warm Regards

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Haiku - Lock and Universal

Haiku Heights - Lock
Sensational Haiku Wednesday - Universal

Memories of you
Locked in the depths of my soul
Universal love

An eternal love
Your spirit makes my soul soar
And unlocks my heart

Across space and time
Universal connection
Unlocks mysteries


Thursday, June 7, 2012

ABC Wednesday - Round 10 - U is for ...

Unforgettable melodies that start with U

Written by Irving Gordon. The most popular version was recorded by the unforgettable Nat King Cole in 1961 and it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2000.
The song was originally called Uncomparable.

I love this song and it is beautifully sung by Nat King Cole. So here is his version.

Youtube - Unforgettable

Unchained Melody
Was a hit single for the Righteous Brothers in 1965. It was written by Alex North and Hy Zaret.
It has become one of the most recorded songs of the 20th century and has spawned over 500 versions in hundreds of different languages.

Youtube - Unchained Melody

Under the Boardwalk
Written by Kenny Young and Arthur Resnick, it was originally recorded by The Drifters in 1964.
The song is ranked #487 on the Rolling Stones 500 greatest songs of all time.

Here is Bruce Willis and The Temptations singing live.

Youtube - Under the boardwalk

Check out some other U entries at ABC Wednesday

Wish you all an ultra unforgettable day.

Warm Regards

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Dance with me

Oh no, I was late for an important meeting. I gathered up my notebook and my papers, grabbed my handbag and ran. Running in high-heels is an art form that I haven't quite mastered yet so I know I should've slowed down.

Around the corner I went and then crashed into a human wall. My papers went flying everywhere. I quietly muttered "So sorry" and heard the same come back at me.  He gathered up the papers and handed them to me. I looked up with a "Thank you" about to leave my lips when my eyes met his and I froze. I know that face I thought, I know those eyes. But how could I? I had never seen him before. He smiled and walked on.

The meeting was so boring, I couldn't wait to get out. Each face I looked at morphed into his. "Concentrate," I told myself, but my mind started to wander and I suddenly found my thoughts drifting back to 39 years ago ...

My first high school dance was coming up. There was so much excitement everywhere. I was a shy, quiet girl, chubby, awkward and timid. I wanted to go but I didn't want to be the one who no one danced with. Tickets were selling fast and I still hadn't bought mine.

We were lining up for assembly, supervised by school prefects. Each class had 2 allocated. They were both standing near me. All was quiet, then I heard the dreaded, "Suzy, I hope you bought a ticket 'cos I've sold all of mine." Relief, tickets were sold out, I had an excuse not to go. I shook my head. "Oh, he'll be sad if you don't come," she said, looking at him cheekily. I glanced at him quickly and caught his eye. "I've kept one for you," he said quietly. Then a ticket shot out at me. How could I refuse? I took it slowly and muttered that I would pay for it the next day. He wouldn't take the money.

We were all lined up in the school hall, nervous 13 year olds, excited and scared. I hid behind the girls in my class hoping no one would see me. And then I saw him, making his way towards us. I slowly inched behind the pillar praying, "Not me, please not me". He wove his way through the throng of my classmates and then he stood in front of me. "Would you like to dance with me?" he asked softly.

My heart was beating so fast. We danced quietly, not a word was said. And then a slow number came on. We stood looking at each other for a few minutes. I had no idea what to do. Did he want me to stay or did he want me to go? Questions went around and around in my head and then my little 13 year old brain panicked. So I turned and walked off the dance floor. He never asked me again. I watched him dance with one girl after another and I felt the sadness wash over me.

The meeting was finally over. I walked back to my desk and saw the message light flashing on my phone. One missed call was the message showing on the screen. I checked the missed calls and saw his name come up. I looked at it for what seemed an eternity and then I picked up the receiver. I pressed the message button. "Enter your password," came the command. Tap tap tap tap, I entered the password. My heart was beating wildly. "You have one message, press 1 to hear your message," the voice said again. My finger hovered over the number 1 and then slowly I pressed it. "Hello," said a deep quiet voice, "Would you like to dance with me?".

It's Saturday morning and I'm having breakfast out on my patio. The sun is shining, the skies are blue and the hills look so serene. My cup of tea in hand, I savour every sip as I watch him read the paper. Now and then he reads out a snippet that makes me laugh. I love the sound of his voice. My thoughts drift once again to that day in high school and a smile creeps over my face.

He puts the paper down, and looks at me with those beautiful, warm eyes. I'm sure he can read my thoughts. He stands up, walks to my side and takes my hand. "Would you like to dance with me," he says, with a twinkle in his eye.

Warm Regards

Linking to:

GBE2 = High School
BFF = Full Circle
Sandra's Writing Workshop Blog Hop = Write in the close first person

Friday, June 1, 2012

Lovers Cove Challenge # 1

Andy's Lovers Cove Challenge #1

Adding onto #17 Donna Hole
A rare gem to be adored and cherished from the depths of my soul

word count = 14 (challenge is 15 words or less)


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