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Always show your best side!

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“Love who you are, embrace who you are. Love yourself. When you love yourself, people can kind of pick up on that: they can see confidence, they can see self-esteem, and naturally, people gravitate towards you.”

Lilly Singh

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Trump mentioned God three times today!

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I don’t recall ever hearing Mr. Trump invoke the name of God during his campaign. Today at inauguration he thought he should mention the almighty in order to make us all feel a little better. Nevertheless, I found the speech poor, lacking of personality and credibility with lots of big promises that very unlikely he will be able to maintain. In the end it all comes down to what we, the people, can and will do about it. Everybody deserves a chance, so let’s keep this door a little open and see what happens….

 “The only difference between the Republican and Democratic parties is the velocities with which their knees hit the floor when corporations knock on their door. That’s the only difference.” Ralph Nader

My gut feelings and my faith tell me that until God shuts a door, no human can shut it.

Olusegun Obasanjo

Sketch of the day – be yourself!

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Ink on paper sketch of a woman sitting.

The self is not something one finds, it is something one creates. Thomas Szasz

Happy Lent everyone!

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According to Wikipedia: The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer through prayer, penance, repentance of sins, alms-giving, atonement and self-denial.

We all know what it means but seem to have forgotten what it really means… Sure the fasten and all that may seem like an incredible huge challenge, even more so for a Sommelier and wine lover like myself. And the 40 days seem like a bloody eternity to me. Not speaking about the food we have to cut back… But lets face it, is it really that hard? If we put our minds into it and acknowledge what life is giving us every single day we should be able to pull it off. Don’t you think? We take everything for granted and have stopped appreciating what lies in front of our eyes, especially the most mundane things, like food and wine for instance.

“Lent comes providentially to reawaken us, to shake us from our lethargy.” Pope Francis

So what luxuries are you giving up for this Lent? I would love to hear it, no matter how small or big the challenge!

The Manger of Contention!

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Merry Christmas,

Aaron Senoner has some Christmas greetings for you:
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This article below about our nativity appeared in the local newspaper and the title says “The manger of contention”. The Pastor of a little town in South Tyrol, Italy, insisted about exhibiting the nativity in his community. He did an amazing job displaying the artwork and trying to convey the true meaning of this modern untraditional nativity. The king on the left represents the Power which is faceless, with no hands and no voice, but with a microfon around its neck. The power that goes after the weak and helpless. Maria with baby Jesus on her lap, shaped like a cradle and symbolising the letter “T” for Tau. The Tau was Saint Francis favourite symbol standing for peace, redemption and the fulfilled life.

For some to me unknown reason it caused some disagreement amongst the locals. The black background apparently symbolising darkness and death. What stuns me most is the close mindedness of some people that fail to see the bigger picture and always seem to find something negative in whatever they come across. Nevertheless, I wish them too a very blessed Christmas and hope they can see beyond their conventional thinking and embrace the true meaning of Christmas and the message such artwork is trying to convey.

Merry Christmas

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This is the article in German:

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“All we want, whether we are honeybees, ponderosa pines, coyotes, human beings, or stars, is to love and be loved, to be accepted, cherished and celebrated simply for being who we are. Is that so very difficult?” Derrick Jensen

Monday photography: Beyond the clouds!

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Once you step over the barbed wire there is only one thing left.

Mountain peaks to be seen far away, imagining their shape and size.

Beyond the clouds is where you want to be and finally be free

“Life is travelling to the edge of knowledge, then a leap taken.” D.H. Lawrence

Wood Portal: Silhouette

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This wood portal is hand carved in bass wood and shows the skinny silhouette of woman. What is a silhouette first of all? It implies the outline of a shape, the shape of the body from a particular angle. Originally the name comes from the France’s finance minister name who had to cut costs during the crisis. The door itself is a symbol of the unknown, the new, the good and the bad things we leave behind. We open and close a lot of doors throughout our lives, some we are forced to close and some we don’t dare to open. The more we open though, the more possibilities we will encounter and challenges we will face. We pay too much attention on what is happening around us and keep forgetting what really matters. The beauty within ourselves, in this case the beauty of a woman that is barely noticeable because of too many distractions around us. We have to take a close look to actually see…
I like the quote by Naomi Wolf: “No matter what a woman’s appearance may be, it will be used to undermine what she is saying and taken to individualize – as her personal problem – observations she makes about the beauty myth in society.”

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