Thursday, July 30, 2015

Poem: Along The River Lines

Quote of the day:

Everybody's damaged by something.
-Emma Donoghue

A swift glance.
Along the river lines.
Chopping trees to make logs.
The door to our hearts need new signs.

To withstand the forces of life.
And if tears fill oceans or a flume.
A crucifixion along the river lines.
Like laughter in an empty room.

A slight touch.
Above the face lines. 
Caressing skin to evoke emotions.
Like love that redefines.


Current Listen: Iyeoka -Simply Falling 

Monday, July 27, 2015

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What I'm Reading Right Now (8)

Quote of the day:

There is no friend as loyal as a book.
-Ernest Hemingway

This week for my book reading, I've chosen the same author as the last time, but with an entirely different title. Jeffrey Archer's 'Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less' is my choice and it certainly is a page turner I must say. So special thanks to those who made mention of it in my previous book reading post. 

Since my last read was just one out of a seven part chronicle (with only 5 published so far), I will attempt to read a new book (not necessarily by Archer) each time I finish a part of the chronicle.

image: Amazon

Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less is Archer's first book. It is a tale about fraud, raw determination and revenge. A story about four men stopping at nothing to get back in full what was stolen from them. I am having a hard time putting it down, and its been a great read so far.

So tell me, what books(s) do you have in your reading list this week?


Current Listen: Creed -Higher

Plans For The Week (16)

Quote of the day:
If you don't take risks, you'll have a wasted soul. 
-Drew Barrymore

As fast as it appeared, July is silently coming to an end. Did you achieve all your goals? I managed to do most of mine, but not all. Good thing its not over yet as I can catch up with pending tasks. Its another week of plans and so here goes.

1. Read a book.
2. Carry out research work on a project.
3. Go over my long term goals.
4. Take new risks.
5. Go to bed by 11.
6. Be kinder and gentler to myself and others.
7. Smile more, worry less.
8. Keep dreaming big.

Have you made your plans yet? Here's wishing you a memorable week.

Peace & Love always. 

Current Listen: Sam Smith -Stay With Me

Saturday, July 25, 2015

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Three Things To Inspire Your Weekend (18)

Quote of the day: 
The closest thing to being cared for is to care for someone else.
-Carson McCullers

image credit: Laura Ruffino -Facebook
Elizabeth Diamond, a 40yr old mother of four girls diagnosed with cancer in 2014, and who passed away in April has had her children adopted by her best friend, Laura Ruffino of New York-who made a promise to her after her cancer diagnosis. Laura who has 2 girls of her own with husband Rico. Fortunately their community has reportedly been rallying around them and providing support to the family as well. 

image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle
A new planet with similarities to Earth has been discovered by NASA. Named Kepler-452b, it is thought to be 60% bigger than our planet, and with a much longer, 385-day orbit around its sun. It is 1,400 light years away from Earth.  Above, an artist's concept compares Earth to the new planet.

image credit: Roger Federrer: Twitter
Roger Federrer has visited Malawi, to see first hand the progress his charity -The Roger Federrer Foundation has made over the last 10 years.  It was set up to make a difference in early education in the poverty stricken parts of Southern Africa. So far his foundation has built 50 pre-schools in the country. 

Peace & Love.

Current Listen: Michael Jackson - Billie Jean

Friday, July 24, 2015

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NASA, Pluto, & The Essence of Dreaming Big

Quote of the day:
You might be poor, your shoes might be broken, but your mind is a palace. 
-Frank McCourt

Have you ever sat in solitude to dream, and to imagine wonderful things through the inner chamber of your mind? Well I have. It is often said that the mind is too beautiful a thing to waste. And I quite agree. It is a palace adorned with the most priceless of jewels. It is a fire needing continuous nurturing -a seed that requires watering to grow.

image Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI 

Most of you must by now be familiar with the news about New Horizons -NASA's space mission to the planet Pluto. A flurry of photos released shows Pluto in new light. And to think it was discovered in 1930 by American Astronomer, Clyde W.Tombaugh -It has taken this long for us all to see in vivid detail -a far cry from the blurry textbook photos we were taught in geography class.

In a recent BBC documentary, The Sky At Night: Pluto Revealed, the story of NASA's visit to Pluto which started a decade ago can be better appreciated.

So next time you sit in solitude, let your mind wander to how vast this universe is, to how much potential exists within you -if you'll take time to nurture and develop it, to how beautiful life is, to how new discoveries can teach us a lot about ourselves, and most importantly -how searching for answers among the stars can be a good thing.


Current Listen: Ed Sheeran -All Of The Stars

Thursday, July 23, 2015

How To Enable Clickable Links In A Blog's Comment Box

Quote of the day:
You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you might find, you get what you need. -Mick Jagger

In some comment boxes people leave their full website link, and while most are clickable, there are some that aren't. This post is to show you how to do that -leave a comment in a blog post, with a clickable link to your website.

It's a useful tool for anyone and it beats leaving behind an un-clickable link in the comments box. Although I don't normally link back to my blog while commenting on blogs, I do welcome that, and if its a new visitor it makes it even better to visit their website.

So in three easy step below you can do just that.

1. Visit the blog or website that you plan to comment on.
2. After writing your main comment, insert the following code underneath
< a href=""> Blogoratti </a>
3. Replace the website address (In this case, I used mine), to whatever your website link is. Also, change the title name (Again, I've used my name) to your website name or whatever name you wish.

Be sure to keep the code exactly as it is for it to work. You can also use the code to link to your most recent post. All the best!

Peace. Love. Light*

Current Listen: Ed Sheeran -All of The Stars

Monday, July 20, 2015

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What I'm Reading Right Now (7)

Quote of the day:
In the light, we read the inventions of others; in the darkness we invent our own stories.  
-Alberto Manguel

I am currently reading a book by English author Jeffrey Archer titled 'Only Time Will Tell'. I picked up this book to read on my way back from my mini trip last week and it has truly turned out to be a great page turner, and a fast moving one at that.

image: Amazon

The book is a first in a series that tells the incredible story of a family across generations and the events that shaped their lives. The story of Harry Clifton which begins in 1920, and that of his family. He never knew his father-a dock worker, and he was told that he was killed in the war. Its a gripping tale of heartbreaks, secrets and triumph...

I'm more than halfway through and can say its been a great read so far. So tell me what books are you reading at the moment?

Current Listen: Bruno Mars - Locked Out Of Heaven

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Plans For The Week (15)

Quote of the day: 
Every sunset is an opportunity to reset. 
-Richie Norton

There are some moments when we need to get away from our present environment, that opportunity was one that I took in the previous week-to reset...and reboot. A good change of scenery is a great thing indeed. Fast forward to the coming week, and I've compiled my plans which I'll share below.

1. Meditate more often.
2. Read a book.
3. Attend an event for entrepreneurs.
4. Continue work on personal projects.
5. Sort out pending tasks.
6. Strive to be thankful each day.
7. Workout at least twice during the week.
8. Keep my dreams alive.

There goes my plans for the week, and I hope you've made yours too. Have a wonderful week!

Peace & Love always*

Current Listen:- Celine Dion -The Power of Love

Saturday, July 18, 2015

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Three Things To Inspire Your Weekend (17)

Quote of the day:
Be the change that you wish to see in the world. 
-Mahatma Gandhi

image: ThebetterIndia
Meerah Shenoy from India and her initiative 'Youth4Jobs' which she started in 2012 has so far trained 6,000 disabled people and helped to put them in 200 companies so far. Meerah started the project in order to reach out to a vulnerable community in India. 

image: GQ
American actor, Leonardo DiCaprio's foundation has announced that it will donate $15 million towards environmental causes. and funding the work of groups who are working to solve humankind's greatest challenges suc as climate change and environmental degradation. 

image: ArchDaily
As seen on ArchDaily, Bridge House by Junsekino Architect And Design located in Thailand. It is a family home built with white mortar and steel structure and divided into two by a bridge. 

Have a great weekend!


Current Listen: Seal -Kiss From A Ross

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

6 Things To Do To Lift Your Spirits and Increase Happiness

Quote of the day:

When life gets you down, improvise as if crawling was part of the choreography. 
-Iveta Cherneva

We all have those moments when we become overwhelmed by life, family, work, friends, and the environment we live in. This change of disposition  can be quite depressing to crawl out of. Whenever I feel this way, I tend to want to isolate myself -away from everything, but more often than not, I gather myself together. Here are 6 of some of the things I do to lift my mood.

1. Reading. 
This is a great way to focus the mind and in the process derive meaning from whatever is being read. I read books, or inspirational articles, with a drink or tea by my side. This helps to calm my thoughts in a pleasing way.

2. De-cluttering.
While it may seem better to remain isolated, actually getting up and doing stuff around the house helps. I take the garbage out, do some cleaning and or laundry, and clear my working area. This helps to improve my mood, with a cleaner and more organized environment.

3. Music.
There is nothing as good as a great playlist to listen to when you are feeling down. But beware, some genres may make things worse off. So I listen to upbeat songs , and with my headphones on I get to also do stuff around the house.

4. Go For A Walk.
There's something about taking walks that relaxes the mind. Be it a stroll in the park surrounded by birds, and or people, or just a quiet walk around the neighbourhood. Walking is always a wonderful way for me to unwind, plus it counts as exercise.

5. Movies.
A good movie is definitely worthwhile. I tend to go for some comedy or blockbuster flicks. Of course with the former, laughter is guaranteed and helps to put me in a relaxed mood all the time.

6. Speaking To Someone.
Although it may seem a bad idea to communicate with anyone, I have found that placing a call to a friend or family member just to say hello helps. Every time I ended a call it always made me feel much better, as conversations tended to take different dimensions -which forced me to communicate and forget about my feelings -even if momentarily.

What do you when you are feeling down?

Peace. Love. Light*
Current Listen: One Republic -Counting Stars

Monday, July 13, 2015

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12 Shades Of Metaphors

Quote of the day:
All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind. 
-Khalil Gibran

image: ArtMajeur

Her hope was a fragile seed.
Buried in the earth like her dreams.
Her emotions grew as tall as palm trees.
Tears damp like early morning leaves.

Her life was a broken mirror.
Shattered just like her reflection.
Her eyes distant like the moon and sun.
Fingers entangled like lovers in embrace at the door.

Her scar was a loathsome leech.
Camouflaged just like her thoughts. 
Her nobility flared like forest fires.
Fears bound like hairy knots. 

Serenity & Love always!

Current Listen: Adele -Skyfall 

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Plans For The Week (14)

Quote of the day:
Here we are, trapped in the amber of the moment. There is no why. 
-Kurt Vonnegut

At times I feel the days actually have shorter hours in them. But alas, it's the same clock showing tie that we all have and amounting to 24 hours. Our time is limited, best to make the most of it. So here goes most of my plan for the coming week.

1. Be grateful for life and everything in it.
2. Do something daily that makes me happy.
3. Call up old friends just to say hello.
4. Worry less. Relax more.
5. Create a weekly meal plan.
6. Acknowledge things I can't change, focus on those I can.
7. Plan a mini trip.
8. Keep dreaming big.

Happy Sunday. I wish you progress with your plan if you've already made it, and if not -making one may just make the week easier for you. Be the best in the new week!

Peace. Love. Light!

Current Listen: Coldplay -The Scientist 

Saturday, July 11, 2015

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Three Things To Inspire Your Weekend (16)

Quote of the day: 
Watch out for each other. Love everyone and forgive everyone, including yourself. Forgive your anger. Forgive your guilt. Your shame. Your sadness. Embrace and open up your love, your joy, your truth, and most especially your heart. 
-Jim Henson

image: Bob Golden Retriever
As seen on on Huffington Post, Bob the dog lives in brazil with his owner -Luiz Junior, and other furry and feathered friends. And lately, Bob has taken the internet by storm from the photos of him and his friends. 

image: Forbes
American Investor, Warren Buffet has donated $2.84bn to charitable causes. According to the Guardian, his most recent donation of Berkshire Hathaway stock to five different charities is part of his plan to gradually give away all his fortune. It's his tenth donation over the years and brings his total charitable contributions to about $21.5bn. 

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As Seen on ArchDaily, a holiday home located on the island of Schiermonnikoog, off the north coast of the Netherlands and by architects De Zwarte Hond. The holiday home's design had much attention paid to making the house environmentally sustainable. 

Current Listen:  Sade -No Ordinary Love

Thursday, July 09, 2015

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Poem: If We Must Leave

Quote of the day:

The past screams louder than the future. The future is mute, but it’s not deaf.  -Jarod Kintz

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I sealed love in an envelop.
And dreams in a bottle thrown out to sea.
If it reaches you then we can envisage to elope.
Go secretly and whisper not to evident trees.

I buried my feelings underneath the frail earth.
And when I returned it was gone.
Like the rising sun missing at dawn.
All that was left was your scented chiffon.

I slept but my heart was wide awake.
To work, to tend, to  heal, to reveal.
Secrets do not have to be unmasked.
Unseal the tempestuous past, leave the future sealed.

Peace & Love*

Current Listen:- Scott Holmes -October

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

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7 Things I Learned While Keeping A Beard

Quote of the day:

A man with a beard was always a little suspect anyway. You couldn't say you wore a beard because you liked a beard. People didn't like you for telling the truth. You had to say you had a scar so you couldn't shave. -John Steinbeck

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I wondered why lately, I've been getting a lot of questions concerning my beard. And as I sat to write this post, my mind wandered to a scene that played out a few months back -and a memorable one at that. You see, I was practically stopped in public by a gentleman who complemented my beard and then proceeded to start a conversation, no scratch that -a question and answer session, not only about how long had I grown it for, but also he asked for grooming and product tips.

Ten minutes later, and after a healthy discussion- or so it seemed, about grooming and whatnot (totally awkward for me, but hey there's a first time for everything right?), I went on my way. And afterwards I thought -well that was a quite random moment. As it turns out, that was the defining moment.

So here are the top 7 things I've learned while keeping a beard.

1. A beard is a great conversation starter. Ever been too shy to talk to people first? Well there you go, thank me later.

2. The first 3-6 months are the hardest. Its going to itch a lot during this period. If you can win this battle, then its smooth sailing from there.

3. It makes you look older. Self explanatory.

4. Random people will ask about your grooming habits.  For example, do not be surprised when a shop assistant asks you how long it took for it to grow, and what grooming tips you can offer -all these while you are at the check out point.

5. Some will question why you are growing a beard, some will hate it, but most will love it. Again, self explanatory really.

6. Grooming is key. With time you will learn what products work for you, and what doesn't. Keeping it neat and tidy is always a plus. Not a mean feat I'd say, but well worth the effort.

7. Some will assume you are religious. Again, self explanatory.

If don't have a beard that's fine. If you are out there with a beard -or thinking of growing one (I've had mine for about 2 years), all I can say is keep growing!


Current Listen: Manchester Orcehstra -Virgin 

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Plans For The Week (13)

Quote of the day: 
Attract what you expect, reflect what you desire, become what you respect, and mirror what you admire. -Unknown

I find that writing down my intent for a new week helps. It definitely gives a great push -a shot in the arm and a motivation to get as many things done as possible.

My plans for the new week are outlined as usual.

1. Workout as much as possible.
2. Meditate.
3. Create new personal finance goals.
4. Go for walks.
5. Continue working on personal projects.
6. Sleep on time.
7. Try out some new recipes.
8. Keep dreaming big.

There goes most of my plans, have you made yours yet? I wish you a magnificent week.

Peace & Love*

Current Listen:  Swedish House Mafia - Don't You Worry Child

Saturday, July 04, 2015

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The Effects of Negative News On Our Psyche

The Effects of Negative News On Our Psyche
Quote of the day:

The more wonderful the means of communication, the more trivial, tawdry, or depressing its contents seemed to be.  -Arthur C. Clarke


Each day we are bombarded with bad news. No matter how hard we try to bypass it (Sometimes I shut myself off from television, apps and or internet news), the news just keep coming. It can be said that the way we consume information has greatly changed, and as such we seem to be beset with an endless array of negativity on a daily basis and in different forms -some of which may or may not impact our emotions wrongly.

It's hard enough dealing with life. And bad news sells obviously. If bad news make you weary sometimes -then it's time to tone down and prioritize the negativity. There a lot of positive things happening around us -which is one of the reasons I started the '3 things to inspire your weekend' theme -to throw light on the good, and focus less on the negative.

In addition, bad news can sometimes be good -events that lead to actions being taken that turn to good news, for example. I guess what I'm trying to say is that we mustn't allow ourselves to get lost in all the negativity, thereby missing out on the positive of life.

So if you feel overwhelmed, stepping away from social media and T.v can make a huge difference.


Current Listen: Seal - If You Don't Know Me By Now

Friday, July 03, 2015

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Three Things To Inspire Your Weekend (15)

Quote of the day: 
I've got nothing to do today but smile. -Paul Simon

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Nasir Sobhani, a 26yr old barber who lives in Australia spends his one day off from work as a barber to give back to the society. He takes to the streets, giving homeless people haircuts -part of an initiative he calls "Clean Cut, Clean Start." 

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71- yr -old Gunhild Swanson has become the oldest ever female ultramarathon runner. According to HuffingtonPost, The Western States Endurance Run is the world's oldest 100-mile race -and among its toughest.  This was Swanson's third Western States race. She finished this year 6 seconds from the 30-hour cutoff, a record for the 70-and-over category. 

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As seen on Afrotourism, La Manga beach villas located at Ilashe Island, in Lagos City, Nigeria. Surrounded by breath taking views, and fun activities, it certainly is a great weekend getaway. 

Have a wonderful weekend.
Peace & Love*

iamblogoratti (Twitter & IG)

Current Listen:  D'angelo -Another Life 

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Why Your Dreams Matter, And Why You Should Begin Now

Quote of the day:
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
-H. Jackson Brown Jr.

One day you will look back at life filled with past events fading away into the distance, with a slight longing and yearning. Your eyes may even be filled with remorse for the things that you wished you had done, and for the opportunities that passed by you - of which you only gave a passing glance.

One day you will dream of the times that you wanted to try something new, but got discouraged by your own discouraged by those close to your heart. Someday everything will come into perspective, like the deep clouds t hat form on the horizon during a rain cloud.

One day you will remember today. The day you allowed your fear to overcome your dreams. Or the day you let your dreams overcome your fears. Your choice.

Have a happy July folks.

Peace. Love. Light*
iamblogoratti (Twitter & IG)

Current Listen: Dido -White Flag