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I Believe In Miracles

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by Viktoria Vidali on November 24, 2016

in General,Monthly Post,Poetry

I don’t believe in evolution
or creationism
or other isms on how we came to be
even the next new theory is predictably
one more among many plausible stories
trying to tame the inexplicable.
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Love Amongst The Aisles

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by Steve Donoso on August 15, 2016

in General,Guest Writers

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. ~ Pablo Neruda

I think true love is not only true personal love but totality of love, universal love to be in love with everything manifest and everything unmanifest. ~ David Lynch

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Vulnerability

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by Viktoria Vidali on February 7, 2016

in Quotations

The only choice we have as we mature is how we inhabit our vulnerability, how we become larger and more courageous and more compassionate through our intimacy with disappearance. ~ David Whyte

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Wisdom

by Viktoria Vidali on January 30, 2016

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The Duty Of The Artist

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by Viktoria Vidali on January 26, 2016

in Art,Quotations

I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance. The poet’s, the writer’s, duty is to write about these things. It is his privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart, by reminding him of the courage and honor and hope and pride and compassion and pity and sacrifice which have been the glory of his past. The poet’s voice need not merely be the record of man, it can be one of the props, the pillars to help him endure and prevail. ~ William Faulkner, Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech, 1950.

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The Patchwork Quilt

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by Viktoria Vidali on April 3, 2015

in General

High school and family reunions, alumni gatherings, birthdays, anniversaries, cultural holidays, or the chance meeting with an old friend – such are life events in which we retell stories and relive experiences we have in common. On these social occasions it seems second nature to compare what we remember with what others remember about our shared past.
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I Shall Not Live In Vain

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by Viktoria Vidali on May 9, 2014

in Quotations

If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.

~ Emily Dickinson

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Compassion And Inner Beauty

by Viktoria Vidali on March 5, 2014

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Oscar awarding-winning Lupita Nyong’o won Essence Magazine’s “Black Women In Hollywood Breakthrough Performance Award.” In a moving speech at the ceremony, Lupita said:

“What is fundamentally beautiful is compassion for yourself and for those around you. That kind of beauty enflames the heart and enchants the soul….”

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Practice Of Compassion

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by Viktoria Vidali on October 22, 2013

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Once we have a firm practice of compassion our state of mind becomes stronger which leads to inner peace, giving rise to self-confidence, which reduces fear. This makes for constructive members of the community. Self-centeredness on the other hand leads to distance, suspicion, mistrust and loneliness, with unhappiness as the result.
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Paying It Forward

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by Viktoria Vidali on October 12, 2013

in Great Things To Share

We entered a little coffeehouse with a friend of mine and gave our order. While we were approaching our table two people came in and went the counter. “Five coffees, please. Two of them for us and three suspended.” They paid for their order, took the two and left. I asked my friend: “What are those ‘suspended coffees?’” “Wait for it and you will see.” he answered. More people entered. The next order was for seven coffees and it was made by three lawyers – three for them and four “suspended.” While I still wondered what’s the deal with those “suspended” coffees I enjoyed the summer weather and the beautiful view towards the square in front of the café.

Suddenly a man dressed in shabby clothes who looks like a beggar came in through the door and kindly asked “Do you have a suspended coffee?” He got a coffee for free – no charge – he sat down and took a sip and a smile ran through his face. It’s simple – people pay in advance for a coffee meant for someone who cannot afford a warm beverage. The tradition with the suspended coffees started in Naples, but it has spread all over the world and in some places you can order not only a suspended coffee, but also a sandwich or a whole meal.

What difference can a cup of coffee make to someone?

While wandering a deserted beach at dawn, stagnant in my work, I saw a man in the distance bending and throwing as he walked the endless stretch toward me. As he came near, I could see that he was throwing starfish, abandoned on the sand by the tide, back into the sea. When he was close enough I asked him why he was working so hard at this strange task. He said that the sun would dry the starfish and they would die. I said to him that I thought he was foolish. There were thousands of starfish on miles and miles of beach. One man alone could never make a difference. He smiled as he picked up the next starfish. Hurling it far into the sea he said, “It makes a difference for this one.” I abandoned my writing and spent the morning throwing starfish.

Please support this movement to raise awareness about Suspended Coffee which is so much more than coffee. [Source]

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