Tuesday, June 30, 2009
A few things everyone should know
46. Don’t spend your life WONDERING. Take chances. You might never know what really happens if you try.
47. Don’t settle for something less than what you deserve.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Ten Most Unique Churches
Harajuku: Japanese Futuristic Church
This futuristic non Catholic church is located in Tokyo and it was first unveiled by the design firm of Ciel Rouge Creation in 2005. The ceiling is specially made to reverberate natural sound for 2 seconds to provide a unique listening experience for worshipers and tourists.
Saint Basil's Cathedral: The Red Square's Colorful Church
The St. Basil's Cathedral is located on the Red Square in Moscow, Russia.
A Russian Orthodox church, the Cathedral sports a series of colorful bulbous domes that taper to a point,
aptly named onion domes, that are part of Moscow's Kremlin skyline.
The cathedral was commissioned by Ivan the Terrible to commemorate the capture of the Khanate of Kazan.
In 1588 Tsar Fedor Ivanovich had a chapel added on the eastern side above the grave of Basil Fool for Christ,
a Russian Orthodox saint after whom the cathedral was popularly named.
Hallgr mskirkja: Iceland's Most Amazing Church
The Hallgrmskirkja (literally, the church of Hallgrmur) is a Lutheran parish church located in Reykjavk, Iceland.
At 74.5 metres (244 ft), it is the fourth tallest architectural structure in Iceland.
The church is named after the Icelandic poet and clergyman Hallgrmur Ptursson (1614 to 1674), author of the Passion Hymns.
State Architect Gujn Samelsson's design of the church was commissioned in 1937; it took 38 years to build it.
Temppeliaukio Kirkko: The Rock Church
The Temppeliaukio Kirkko (Rock Church) is a thrilling work of modern architecture in Helsinki.
Completed in 1952, it is built entirely underground and has a ceiling made of copper wire.
It was designed by architect brothers Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen and completed in 1969.
They chose a rocky outcrop rising about 40 feet above street level, and blasted out the walls from the inside.
It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Helsinki and frequently full of visitors.
Cathedral of Braslia: The Modern Church of architect Oscar Niemeyer
The Catedral Metropolitana Nossa Senhora Aparecida in the capital of Brazil is an expression of the architect Oscar Niemeyer.
This concrete-framed hyperboloid structure, seems with its glass roof to be reaching up,
open, to heaven. On 31 May 1970, the Cathedral's structure was finished,
and only the 70 m diameter of the circular area were visible.
Niemeyer's project of Cathedral of Braslia is based in the hyperboloid of revolution which sections are asymmetric.
The hyperboloid structure itself is a result of 16 identical assembled concrete columns.
These columns, having hyperbolic section and weighing 90 t, represent two hands moving upwards to heaven.
The Cathedral was dedicated on 31 May 1970.
Borgund Church: Best Preserved Stave Church
The Borgund Stave Church in Lrdal is the best preserved of Norway's 28 extant stave churches.
This wooden church, probably built in the end of the 12th century, has not changed structure
or had a major reconstruction since the date it was built.
The church is also featured as a Wonder for the Viking civilization in the video game Age of Empires II:
The Age of Kings.
Las Lajas Cathedral: A Gothic Church Worthy of a Fairy Tale
The Las Lajas Cathedral is located in southern Colombia and built in 1916 inside the canyon of the Guaitara River.
According to the legend, this was the place where an indian woman named Mara Mueses de Quiones
was carrying her deaf-mute daughter Rosa on her back near Las Lajas ("The Rocks").
Weary of the climb, the Mara sat down on a rock when Rosa spoke (for the first time) about an apparition in a cave.
Later on, a mysterious painting of the Virgin Mary carrying a baby was discovered on the wall of the cave.
Supposedly, studies of the painting showed no proof of paint or pigments on the rock - instead,
when a core sample was taken, it was found that the colors were impregnated in the rock itself to a depth of several feet.
Whether true or not, the legend spurred the building of this amazing church.
St. Joseph Church: Known for its Thirteen Gold Domed Roof
The St. Joseph The Betrothed is an Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church in Chicago.
Built in 1956, it is most known for its ultra-modern thirteen gold domed roof symbolizing the twelve
apostles and Jesus Christ as the largest center dome.
The interior of the church is completely adorned with byzantine style icons (frescoes).
Unfortunately the iconographer was deported back to his homeland before he was able to
write the names of all the saints as prescribed by iconographic traditions.
Ruica Church: Where Chandeliers are made of Bullet Shells
Located over the Kalemegdan Fortress in Belgrade, Serbia, the Ruica Church is a small chapel decorated with... with trench art!
Its chandeliers are entirely made of spent bullet casing, swords, and cannon parts.
The space the church now occupies was used by the Turks as gunpowder storage for over 100 years and it had to be largely rebuilt in 1920 after WWI. Though damaged by bombings there was an upshot to the terrible carnage of The Great War. While fighting alongside England and the US, Serbian soldiers on the Thessaloniki front took the time to put together these amazing chandeliers. It is one of the world's finest examples of trench art.
Chapel of St-Gildas: Built into the base of a bare rocky cliff
The Chapel of St-Gildas sits upon the bank of the Canal du Blavet in Brittany, France. Built like a stone barn into
the base of a bare rocky cliff, this was once a holy place of the Druids.
Gildas appears to have travelled widely throughout the Celtic world of Corwall, Wales, Ireland and Scotland.
He arrived in Brittany in about AD 540 and is said to have preached Christianity
to the people from a rough pulpit, now contained within the chapel.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Obama... Read this...
I am in Heaven now, sitting on Jesus' lap.
He loves me and cries with me; for my heart has been broken.
I so wanted to be your little girl. I don't quite understand what has happened.
I was so excited when I began realizing my existence.
I was in a dark, yet comfortable place. I saw I had fingers and toes.
I was pretty far along in my developing, yet not near ready to leave my surroundings.
I spent most of my time thinking or sleeping.
Even from my earliest days, I felt a special bonding between you and me.
Sometimes I heard you crying and I cried with you. Sometimes you would yell or scream, then cry.
I heard Daddy yelling back.
I was sad, and hoped you would be better soon.
I wondered why you cried so much. One day you cried almost all of the day.
I hurt for you. I couldn't imagine why you were so unhappy.
That same day, the most horrible thing happened.
A very mean monster came into that warm, comfortable place I was in.
I was so scared, I began screaming, but you never once tried to help me.
Maybe you never heard me.
The monster got closer and closer as I was screaming and screaming,
"Mommy, Mommy, help me please; Mommy, help me."
Complete terror is all I felt.
I screamed and screamed until I thought I couldn't anymore.
Then the monster started ripping my arms off.
It hurt so bad; the pain I can never explain.
It didn't stop. Oh, how I begged it to stop.
I screamed in horror as it ripped my leg off.
Though I was in such complete pain, I was dying.
I knew I would never see your face or hear you say how much you love me.
I wanted to make all your tears go away.
I had so many plans to make you happy.
Now I couldn't; all my dreams were shattered.
Though I was in utter pain and horror, I felt the pain of my heart breaking, above all.
I wanted more than anything to be your daughter.
No use now, for I was dying a painful death.
I could only imagine the terrible things that they had done to you.
I wanted to tell you that I love you before I was gone, but I didn't know the words you could understand.
And soon, I no longer had the breath to say them; I was dead.
I felt myself rising. I was being carried by a huge angel into a big beautiful place.
I was still crying, but the physical pain was gone.
The angel took me to Jesus and set me on His lap.
He said He loved me, and He was my Father. Then I was happy. I asked Him what the thing was that killed me. He answered, "Abortion.
I am sorry, my child; for I know how it feels."
I don't know what abortion is;
I guess that's the name of the monster.
I'm writing to say that I love you and to tell you how much I wanted to be your little girl.
I tried very hard to live.
I wanted to live. I had the will, but I couldn't; the monster was too powerful.
It sucked my arms and legs off and finally got all of me. It was impossible to live.
I just wanted you to know I tried to stay with you.
I didn't want to die.
Also, Mommy, please watch out for that abortion monster.
Mommy, I love you and I would hate for you to go through the kind of pain I did.
Please be careful.
Your Baby Girl
Monday, March 30, 2009
Life Quotes, Sayings, and Thoughts
Find the greatest life quotes and thoughts on life - from Gandhi, Mother Theresa, Winston Churchill, the Buddha, and others. We've distilled these from literally hundreds of quotes we've found.
Cherokee Saying about Life:
"When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice."~ Cherokee Expression
George Eliot Life Quote:
"It is never too late to become what you might have become."~ George Eliot
Albert Einstein Life Quotation:
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is. "~ Albert Einstein
Alexander Woollcott Life Quotation:
"There is no such thing in anyone's life as an unimportant day."~ Alexander Woollcott
Helen Keller Thoughts on Life:
"Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. "~ Helen Keller
Harold Whitman Thought on Life:
"Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."~ Harold Whitman
William James Life Quote:
"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does."~ William James
Montaigne Life Saying:
"My life has been filled with terrible misfortune; most of which never happened."~ Montaigne
Annie Dillard Life Quotation:
"The way we live our days, is the way we live our lives."~ Annie Dillard
Winston Churchill Life Quotation:
"We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give."~ Winston Churchill
Mohandas Gandhi Life Quote:
"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."~ Mohandas Gandhi
Ursula K. Le Guin Life Quotation:
"It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end."~ Ursula K. Le Guin
Kevin Welch Saying About Life:
"There'll be two dates on your tombstone And all your friends will read 'em But all that's gonna matter is that little dash between 'em. "~ Kevin Welch
Thoughts on Life from the Buddha:
"Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it. "~ The Buddha
Dawna Markova Saying on Life:
"I will not die an unlived life. I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid, more accessible, to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise. I choose to risk my significance; to live so that which comes to me as seed goes to the next as blossom and that which comes to me as blossom, goes on as fruit."~ Dawna Markova
Josh Billings Life Quote:
"Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well."~ Josh Billings
Jonathan Swift Saying about Life:
"May you live all the days of your life."~ Jonathan Swift
Mother Teresa's Thoughts on Life:
"Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.Life is beauty, admire it.Life is bliss, taste it.Life is a dream, realize it.Life is a challenge, meet it.Life is a duty, complete it.Life is a game, play it.Life is a promise, fulfill it.Life is sorrow, overcome it.Life is a song, sing it.Life is a struggle, accept it.Life is a tragedy, confront it.Life is an adventure, dare it.Life is luck, make it.Life is too precious, do not destroy it.Life is life, fight for it."~ Mother Teresa
Stephen Covey Life Quote:
"We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey."~ Stephen Covey
Abraham Lincoln Life Quote:
"And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years."~ Abraham Lincoln
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Some Beautiful Shots of My Beautiful Cousin