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“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” – Mark Twain

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Ferry… Hemex… glittering blue bag and orange dress… splitting ways at the turn of heads, voices drowned in the empty echoes of footsteps

眾裡尋他於藍海水的閃爍與橘色的暮,驀然回首,卻錯過在漪蘆。

Stumbled upon this beautiful poem by Robert Frost –

Dust of Snow
The way a crow
Shook down on me
The dust of snow
From a hemlock tree
Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I had rued.
– Robert Frost

So real and subtle, like the quiet ripples that form when a dragonfly touches the surface of a pond. No metaphor, just simple images and a true-to-the-heart feeling, and it provokes beautiful imagery and emotions. This reminds me that lyric writing should be like this, keep it true, keep it simple, keep it close-to-the-heart.

別讓我步過 – 王雅文

痴情意外 – 陳慧嫻

藍色的愛麗絲 (痴情意外原版) – 玉置浩二

剪愛 – 張惠妹

沙灘 – 陶喆

沙堡壘 – 容祖兒

聽海 – 張惠妹

思憶季節 – 張學友

浪淘沙 – 羅文 + 華星新秀 (莫鎮賢、歐陽德勛、林楚麒、戴蘊慧、蘇永康、張衛健、杜德偉)

幾許風雨 – 羅文

人生何處不相逢 – 陳慧嫻

I was in the bookstore alone for an hour. Upon leaving, a book having a yellow cover with simple graphics and an interesting title caught my attention. The book is titled “Beautiful Oops!” (by Barney Saltzberg).

Being a fan of children’s book, I began flipping the pages. It put a smile on my face by page 2.

Beautiful Oops!

Turn little mistakes into heart's delights

There’s a torn on page 1 – half page down, from the right edge to the center of the page; when you turn the page, the tear becomes the big, cheerful smile of a cute crocodile.

Each page features a “mistake” – a crease, a crumble, a cut or a stain, but each turns into a heart-warming delight.

You can decide to let little mistakes ruin your day, or put a smile on your face – it’s all perspectives and attitude.

This children’s book is a wonderful read for children, yet insightful for all.

And what makes it more beautiful is that the author is a fellow singer-songwriter!

Beautiful Oops!: http://www.barneysaltzberg.com/?q=node/103

Barney’s Myspace: http://myspace.com/barneysaltzberg

Sometimes, we forget why we’re doing what we’re doing, and why we’re celebrating what we’re celebrating; the origin lost, the real reason being washed by the waves of commercial opportunities… Let the pure voices of children remind us of why we’re celebrating Christmas, and what the true meaning of the celebration is.

Merry Christmas!

After a downpour in the morning on Dec 22, 2010, the sun came out and greet the afternoon sky, where “troubles melt like lemon drops”.

Looking at the huge, colorful perfect arc hanging in the sky, it made me think of the voice of angel on earth and in heaven – Eva Cassidy. Her “Over the Rainbow” is one of the vocal versions that is powerful enough to hold my breath and touch my heart.

Over the Rainbow – Eva Cassidy

Rainbow on Dec 22, 2010

Where troubles melt like lemon drops

Rainbow on Dec 22, 2010

Is there a pot of gold at rainbow's end?

ah-ha~

The Beatles on iTunes

The Beatles on iTunes

Apple Front Page - 2010 Nov 15

Apple's Unforgettable Tomorrow

This homepage got me.

The line
Tomorrow is just another day.
    slowly fades in… followed by
That you’ll never forget.

Ingenious marketing by Apple.

Projects like this one makes my heart smile — a dad and his son spent 8 months to develop a home made video recording weather balloon to let into outer space. What a cool family project for father-son bonding that also widens the sight of the young son, teach him how big the world is but yet we can, with effort, learn more about it, piece by piece.

The world is big, but the sky isn’t really the limit. If we work towards traveling beyond the clouds, we can indeed fly through the haze, and discover how possibilities can become reality with our own eyes.

Homemade Spacecraft from Luke Geissbuhler on Vimeo.