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The beating heart of freedom !

“The press must be free; it has always been so and much evil has been corrected by it. If
government finds itself annoyed by it, let it examine its own conduct and it will find the cause.”

A free and truly independent press - fiercely independent when necessary - is the red beating heart of freedom and democracy. - Dan Rather

A free and truly independent press – fiercely independent when necessary – is the red beating heart of freedom and democracy. – Dan Rather

Freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of religion all have a double aspect - freedom of thought and freedom of action. - Frank Murphy

Freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of religion all have a double aspect – freedom of thought and freedom of action. – Frank Murphy


Undeva in Apuseni !

Libertatea locuieşte în munţi. - Thomas Mann

Libertatea locuieşte în munţi. – Thomas Mann

Dacă n-ar fi avut alături munţii cei mari, şi dacii şi-ar fi construit piramide. - Valeriu Butulescu

Dacă n-ar fi avut alături munţii cei mari, şi dacii şi-ar fi construit piramide. – Valeriu Butulescu


Pe cale de disparitie !

Pentru Roşia Montană
Este mare tevatură,
Dar de fapt este pomană,
Noi dăm aur, ei cianură…

(epigramă de Gabriela Genţiana Groza)

(fotografii din Arieseni – 56km de Rosia Montana)


Cugetari !

Trebuia totuşi să plec. Numai cei ce se tem de singurătate stau în cumpănă când e vorba să plece mai departe. (Octavian Paler)

Trebuia totuşi să plec. Numai cei ce se tem de singurătate stau în cumpănă când e vorba să plece mai departe. (Octavian Paler)

Seninătatea era pentru greci, la fel ca pentru noi, o nostalgie. Încât înclin să cred că poţi căuta în lumea clasică şi ceea ce n-a existat. Important fiind ceea ce cauţi. (Octavian Paler)

Seninătatea era pentru greci, la fel ca pentru noi, o nostalgie. Încât înclin să cred că poţi căuta în lumea clasică şi ceea ce n-a existat. Important fiind ceea ce cauţi. (Octavian Paler)

Şi cred că lângă acel zid m-am lămurit ce este un "străin": cineva în care nu poţi avea încredere decât după ce te convingi că nu-ţi vrea răul. (Octavian Paler)

Şi cred că lângă acel zid m-am lămurit ce este un “străin”: cineva în care nu poţi avea încredere decât după ce te convingi că nu-ţi vrea răul. (Octavian Paler)

Noi suntem ca un cântec, nu credeţi? Un cântec nu se poate cânta niciodată de la sfârşit spre început. Trebuie să-l cânţi totdeauna îndreptându-te spre sfârşit. (Octavian Paler)

Noi suntem ca un cântec, nu credeţi? Un cântec nu se poate cânta niciodată de la sfârşit spre început. Trebuie să-l cânţi totdeauna îndreptându-te spre sfârşit. (Octavian Paler)

Undeva spre limita disperării, eu am găsit totdeauna speranţa. (Octavian Paler)

Undeva spre limita disperării, eu am găsit totdeauna speranţa. (Octavian Paler)


I need to keep living !

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I need to dream.

I need to believe.

I need to know that I have some control in my life.

That if I work hard, that I will be rewarded.

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That life is not arbitrary.

I need to believe that bad things happen to good people, for a greater reason.

That dedication, sacrifice, hard work, discipline are all worthy attributes that will eventually produce extraordinary results.

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That if I live a certain lifestyle, that my family will be better for that.

That there is a direct link between my actions and my results.

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That If I prepare properly that I can face the insurmountable foe and look him in the eye and say “Bring it on, I can take whatever you can dish out.”

I need to keep living in order to save me from dying.

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The view from above !

From the top of the Galata Tower in Istanbul !

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Along the shores of the Bosphorus !

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“To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child. For what is the worth of human life, unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history?”
― Cicero

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Gate from heaven and earth !

A minaret is a distinctive architectural feature of mosques,usually either free standing or taller than the connected support structure.
Other than providing a visual cue to a Muslim community, the main purpose of the minaret is to provide a vantage point from which the call to prayer is made.

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The earliest mosques lacked minarets, the call to prayer performed elsewhere; hadiths relay that the Muslim community of Medina gave the call to prayer from the roof of the house of Muhammad, which doubled as a place for prayer. Around 80 years after Muhammad’s death the first known minarets appeared. ( Paul Johnson, Civilizations of the Holy Land.)

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The tallest minaret, at 210 metres (689 ft.) is located at the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco The tallest brick minaret is Qutub Minar located in Delhi, India. ( Jamal Malik, Islam in South Asia)


Why Dream ?

“Life is a difficult assignment. We are fragile creatures, expected to function at high rates of speed, and asked to accomplish great and small things each day. These daily activities take enormous amounts of energy. Most things are out of our control. We are surrounded by danger, frustration, grief, and insanity as well as love, hope, ecstasy, and wonder. Being fully human is an exercise in humility, suffering, grace, and great humor. Things and people all around us die, get broken, or are lost. There is no safety or guarantees.

The way to accomplish the assignment of truly living is to engage fully, richly, and deeply in the living of your dreams. We are made to dream and to live those dreams.”
― S.A.R.K

“Usually, when the distractions of daily life deplete our energy, the first thing we eliminate is the thing we eliminate is the thing we need the most: quiet, reflective time. Time to dream, time to contemplate what's working and what's not, so that we can make changes for the better.”  ― Sarah Ban Breathnach

“Usually, when the distractions of daily life deplete our energy, the first thing we eliminate is the thing we eliminate is the thing we need the most: quiet, reflective time. Time to dream, time to contemplate what’s working and what’s not, so that we can make changes for the better.”
― Sarah Ban Breathnach


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It is not too late…yet!


Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque), Istanbul

It was built from 1609 to 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I. Its Külliye contains a tomb of the founder, a madrasah and a hospice. The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is still popularly used as a mosque.

The design of the mosque is the culmination of two centuries of both Ottoman mosque development. It incorporates some Byzantine elements of the neighbouring Hagia Sophia with traditional Islamic architecture and is considered to be the last great mosque of the classical period. The architect, Sedefkâr Mehmed Ağa, synthesized the ideas of his master Sinan, aiming for overwhelming size, majesty and splendour. – (Wikipedia)


The purpose of our existence is to exist.

“I am the sum total of everything that went before me, of all I have been seen done, of everything done-to-me. I am everyone everything whose being-in-the-world affected was affected by mine. I am anything that happens after I’m gone which would not have happened if I had not come.”
Salman Rushdie


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“Art is the proper task of life…”

“We have art in order not to die of the truth.”  ― Friedrich Nietzsche

“We have art in order not to die of the truth.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

“Creativity takes courage. ”  ― Henri Matisse

“Creativity takes courage. ” ― Henri Matisse

“You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.”  ― Friedrich Nietzsche

“You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”  ― Pablo Picasso

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” ― Pablo Picasso

“Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.”  ― Pablo Picasso

“Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.” ― Pablo Picasso

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”  ― Pablo Picasso

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” ― Pablo Picasso


The signs of progress ?

The signs of progress…?


Still Another Day

“The days aren’t discarded or collected, they are bees
that burned with sweetness or maddened
the sting: the struggle continues,
the journeys go and come between honey and pain.
No, the net of years doesn’t unweave: there is no net.
They don’t fall drop by drop from a river: there is no river.
Sleep doesn’t divide life into halves,
or action, or silence, or honor:
life is like a stone, a single motion,
a lonesome bonfire reflected on the leaves,
an arrow, only one, slow or swift, a metal
that climbs or descends burning in your bones.” - Pablo Neruda

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The world offers itself to your imagination…

“You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.

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Meanwhile the world goes on. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes, over the prairies and the deep trees, the mountains and the rivers. Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again.

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting – over and over announcing your place in the family of things.”


Another World

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Meaningful Abstraction

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Qatar’s Story ! (Underpaid – most probably // Overworked – not always)

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Today’s End !

“Dusk is just an illusion because the sun is either above the horizon or below it. And that means that day and night are linked in a way that few things are there cannot be one without the other yet they cannot exist at the same time. How would it feel I remember wondering to be always together yet forever apart?” – Nicholas Sparks

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“Hope” is the thing with feathers…

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“Hope” is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all

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And sweetest in the Gale is heard
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm

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I’ve heard it in the chillest land
And on the strangest Sea
Yet, never, in Extremity,
It asked a crumb of Me.”

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by Emily Dickinson


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The slow arrow of beauty !

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“The slow arrow of beauty. The most noble kind of beauty is that which does not carry us away suddenly, whose attacks are not violent or intoxicating (this kind easily awakens disgust), but rather the kind of beauty which infiltrates slowly, which we carry along with us almost unnoticed, and meet up with again in dreams; finally, after it has for a long time lain modestly in our heart, it takes complete possession of us, filling our eyes with tears, our hearts with longing. What do we long for when we see beauty? To be beautiful. We think much happiness must be connected with it. But that is an error.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

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The particulars count !

“Life on earth is a whole, yet it expresses itself in unique time-bound bodies, microscopic or visible, plant or animal, extinct or living. So there can be no one place to be. There can be no one way to be, no one way to practice, no one way to learn, no one way to love, no one way to grow or to heal, no one way to live, no one way to feel, no one thing to know or be known. The particulars count.”

Jon Kabat-Zinn

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