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Friday, December 16, 2011

Love Token 114: I love you, I love you, I love you

Below is a letter written by Stieg Larsson the famed author of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” series.

He wrote this letter to the love of his life Eva before a journey he thought he might not return from, though he didn’t pass away for many years after; his parting words were no less profound.

I read this in Vanity Fair a few months back and stumbled across it again today via You, Me & Charlie - and thought it was worth the share.

What a beautiful letter that provides a slice of closure to help the heart through the grieving process.

Stockholm, February 9, 1977

Eva, my love,

It’s over. One way or another, everything comes to an end. It’s all over some day. That’s perhaps one of the most fascinating truths we know about the entire universe. The stars die, the galaxies die, the planets die. And people die too. I’ve never been a believer, but the day I became interested in astronomy, I think I put aside all that was left of my fear of death. I’d realized that in comparison to the universe, a human being, a single human being, me … is infinitely small. Well, I’m not writing this letter to deliver a profound religious or philosophical lecture. I’m writing to tell you “farewell.” I was just talking to you on the phone. I can still hear the sound of your voice. I imagine you, before my eyes … a beautiful image, a lovely memory I will keep until the end. At this very moment, reading this letter, you know that I am dead. There are things that I want you to know. As I leave for Africa, I’m aware of what’s waiting for me. I even have the feeling that this trip could bring about my death, but it’s something that I have to experience, in spite of everything. I wasn’t born to sit in an armchair. I’m not like that. Correction: I wasn’t like that … I’m not going to Africa just as a journalist, I’m going above all on a political mission, and that’s why I think this trip might lead to my death. This is the first time I’ve written to you knowing exactly what to say: I love you, I love you, love you, love you. I want you to know that. I want you to know that I love you more than I’ve ever loved anyone. I want you to know I mean that seriously. I want you to remember me but not grieve for me. If I truly mean something to you, and I know that I do, you will probably suffer when you learn I am dead. But if I really mean something to you, don’t suffer, I don’t want that. Don’t forget me, but go on living. Live your life. Pain will fade with time, even if that’s hard to imagine right now. Live in peace, my dearest love; live, love, hate, and keep fighting. …

I had a lot of faults, I know, but some good qualities as well, I hope. But you, Eva, you inspired such love in me that I was never able to express it to you. …

Straighten up, square your shoulders, hold your head high. Okay? Take care of yourself, Eva. Go have a cup of coffee. It’s over. Thank you for the beautiful times we had. You made me very happy. Adieu.

I kiss you goodbye, Eva.

From Stieg, with love.

All our imperfections aside - love is pure, love is true.


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Do Not Despair

This video...the words could do it justice.
It speaks for itself incredibly well. 

Charles Chaplin, Speech from The Great Dictator


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Love Token 113: Life's A Happy Song

Zachary Scott for The New York Times

I love The Muppets and I love Bret McKenzie.

So needless to say, the following put a lovely smile on my face today.

BTW have you gone to see the new Muppet's movie yet?
I really want to check it out!



Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Cut & Paste Tuesdays

In my dreams I imagine one kick-ass book club party here


love LOVE love LOVE

I am a lover, not a fighter.
This tailspins off a campaign that is near and dear to my heart.
I saw this graphic image today and wanted to share.


Love Token 112: You Me & Charlie

I stumbled onto Diana Agron's blog today and I really LOVE it.

While I admit I am not a "Gleek", I like this actress and her perspectives.

Check it out here

Diana posted this wonderful poem and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.


We live in a modern society.
Husbands and wives don’t grow on trees, like in the old days.
So where does one find love?
When you’re sixteen it’s easy, like being unleashed with a credit card
in a department store of kisses.
There’s the first kiss.
The sloppy kiss. The peck.
The sympathy kiss. The backseat smooch.
The we shouldn’t be doing this kiss.
The but your lips taste so good kiss.
The bury me in an avalanche of tingles kiss.
The I wish you’d quit smoking kiss.
The I accept your apology, but you make me really mad sometimes kiss.
The I know your tongue like the back of my hand kiss.
As you get older, kisses become scarce.
You’ll be driving home and see a damaged kiss on the side of the road, with its purple thumb out.
If you were younger, you’d pull over, slide open the mouth’s red door just to see how it fits.
Oh where does one find love?
If you rub two glances, you get a smile.
Rub two smiles, you get a warm feeling.
Rub two warm feelings and presto-you have a kiss.
Now what?
Don’t invite the kiss over and answer the door in your underwear.
It’ll get suspicious and stare at your toes.
Don’t water the kiss with whiskey.
It’ll turn bright pink and explode into a thousand luscious splinters, but in the morning it’ll be ashamed and sneak out of your body without saying good-bye, and you’ll remember that kiss forever by all the little cuts it left on the inside of your mouth.
You must nurture the kiss.
Turn out the lights.
Notice how it illuminates the room.
Hold it to your chest and wonder if the sand inside hourglasses comes from a special beach.
Place it on the tongue’s pillow, then look up the first recorded kiss in an encyclopedia: beneath
a Babylonian olive tree in 1200 B.C.
But one kiss levitates above all the others.
The intersection of function and desire. The I do kiss.
The I’ll love you through a brick wall kiss.
Even when I’m dead, I’ll swim through the Earth, like a mermaid of the soil, just to be next to your bones.

The Archipelago of Kisses, by Jeffrey McDaniel


Friday, December 2, 2011

Love Token 111: You Can Do What You Want

Every now and then a little pick me up and a dose of Cat Stevens can be just what my heart & soul ordered.

"Be Yourself; Everyone Else Is Taken"
Oscar Wilde

Happy Friday All!


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Love Token 110: Acceptance


Brutal, I know.

Someone pressed the fast-forward button on my life and well, here we are.

My life is surrounded by happiness, peace, calm and love.
It is constant, it is alive and it is nutured.
It emcompasses many tokens that are my soul food.
It has room to grow, challenge, change, and develop on a daily basis which makes this continuous journey so exciting.

I will be jumping back on this train of documentation, just had a few balls in the air that I needed to bring down :)

While a lot of my blogger curating has been invested now with Pinterest, I want to keep my blog and my pins seperate.

It can be a challenge some days, but hey it just means a little more focused effort on my part.

I saw these quotes today and had to share.

We are the sum of our parts, flaws and all - and as long as we are genuine, gracious, kind and authentic I think we are all doing a good job.

"I must learn to love the fool in me — the one who feels too much, talks too much, takes too many chances, wins sometimes and loses often, lacks self-control, loves and hates, hurts and gets hurt, promises and breaks promises, laughs and cries. It alone protects me against that utterly self-controlled, masterful tyrant whom I also harbor and who would rob me of human aliveness, humility, and dignity but for my fool."

Found here (psst... a new fav blog of mine)
Theodore I. Rubin, MD (via modernhepburn)
(Source: verbosevina, via modernhepburn)


Thursday, September 22, 2011

Friday, September 2, 2011

Love Token 109: Children Book Lessons

This one is an oldy but a goody.
So many truths in stories from long ago.

"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but really loves you, then you become Real."

"Does it hurt?" asked the Rabbit.

"Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. "When you are Real, you don't mind being hurt."

"Does it happen all at once, like being wound up," he asked, "or bit by bit?"

"It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't often happen to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out, and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real, you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."

The Velveteen Rabbit, Margery Williams


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Cut & Paste Tuesdays

I love the water.
While I am not the most confident or strongest swimmer. I love being surrounded by its presence.
There is something about being on a boat - the sense of exploration and wild abadonment that nothing else matches.


Love Token 108: The Universe Has A Plan

Things come and go - money comes and go, tee-shirts come and go. Sometimes there are greater forces at work than we are aware of. You just gotta role with those f**king punches.
- David, How to Make it In America

Life is. Paths are where they lead.
As confusing as it may seem.
Things happen for a reason, good or bad -they happen.
And knowing that is half the battle to the light at the end of  the tunnel.

It seems this theme has been reoccuring in my life the past few days.
Things are fortunately great for me, but I cannot help but think about others who feel as if life is beating them down and I wanted to share these thoughts.


Friday, August 12, 2011

Love Token 107: Wind In My Hair

Wind In My Hair While Biking Downhill.
Love it.


Friday, July 15, 2011

Love Token 106: Splash of Cold Water On The Face

Seriously, this month has been insanely busy.
But the daily motions are not being taken for granted.
I have had a really great time even though things are in over drive.
  1. Visits from family & friends
  2. Serenity get-a-ways
  3. Waving good-bye to 29 and greeting the unknown of 30
  4. Giggles
  5. Kisses from the sun
  6. Hugs
  7. Laughter
  8. Toes in the sand
  9. The sound of the ocean
  10. The smell of cedar
  11. The look of love

So while my life is in fast-forward with minimal moments to take a breath... I know each day is a gift and being alive, healthy and happy is a huge success on its own.


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Cut & Paste Tuesdays

This image brings me up, makes me feel light and free.
Perfect for the feel that summer can bring.


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Cut & Paste Tuesdays

I saw this photo and thought this would be a dreamy magical area to curl up with a cup of tea and get lost for a few hours in a really good book.

It really defines for me sailing away with your own imagination.

I just love it and since I can't afford this kind of concept yet, I will definitely cut and paste myself into it for the day.


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Cut & Paste Tuesdays

Life has been a wee bit busy, but I had to include this photo for cut and paste Tuesday.
Love it.


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Cut & Paste Tuesdays

Another walk down nostalgia lane for Cut & Paste Tuesday.
I love(d) my own private space ever since I was a little girl.
I relished in making forts/tents out of blankets, chairs and to weigh it down with the heaviest books I could find.
Whenever I would have a sleepover I had the opportunity to share my fort designs - and no matter how many times the blankets pulled and the books fell onto our little heads - we loved it.
It was "our" space
I was so obsessed with this little ritual that probably for the sake of reducing brain damage my sister bought me a tent for my 9th birthday to set up indoors/outdoors at my pleasing...
I ... loved it....
Do you remember your private little get-aways?
Was it a playhouse, treehouse, fort, tent...and weren't they just THE BEST!

Enjoy :)


Monday, June 13, 2011

Push Through

A quote near and dear to my heart is from the brilliant and way ahead of his time, Albert Einstein.

I loved this quote so much I made it my 2005 New Years Mantra...6 years later I still try to put this intention into practice everyday.

I have always found it motivating and encouraging.

That through the bad, the hard, the ugly life can bring - there is an opportunity to change.. to prevail, to move foward.

Here is another supportive quote I stumbled across today

Love it

I hope these motivators help you get through your week no matter what curve balls are thrown your way.


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Journey

The journey is the thing
- Homer


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Love Token 105: Beauty Icons

I love these modern day true blue beauties.

They are true blue because they have natural beauty that the glamour and spotlight has heightened to a jaw dropping incredible level.

As much as inner beauty is paramount, they definitely inspire me on the outward beauty & style level.

So F-U-N.



Cut & Paste Tuesdays

When I was a very little girl, every night after my father read to me I would sit on my window ledge and think of all the magic and wonder the world could offer me.

I loved this time, it peaked my imagination for days/weeks to come and assured me that my journey was just getting started and the unknown would be an exciting whirlwind adventure of my choice. 

Now looking back in hindsight, this "huge bay window" I thought I had was just a regular window, and because I was soooo tiny I could fit on the ledge, my huge room was also the size of a small walk-in closet, but I LOVED IT, kids do not notice those things.

Looking up into the sky is still a favourite past-time, day or night it lets my mind drift and soar to parts that the normal day does not usually offer.

I came across this photo yesterday and it reminded me of my nightly window gazing ritual and it made me smile.
I love dusting off old archived memories.

Another must for my future house, as for the view - well... hopeful but not required ;)


Monday, June 6, 2011

"Ain't This The Truth"

A behavioural Utopia!


Love Token 104: Sun, Surf, Yoga, Breathe, Release, Take In

Sometimes I read JM and TP's blog and it is like they pull the very thoughts out of my head and beautifully translate them onto paper via the written word or imagery.
Great couple, great essence just GREAT

As the weather warms up on the lower island, the beauty unfolds to a heightened level.
It encompasses mine and the hub's loves all in one.

Sun, Beach, Yoga, Waves, Quality of Life, Being Present, Soaking it All In.
The following excerpt and  image sum it up all up

Tristan Prettyman

I hope we all take in this summer, absorb, injest and rejuvinate the aweso-maziness of this great world we live in and the portion of it we are lucky enough to call our home.

I know this summer to-do list is something I would write!

Sometimes I pinch myself to make sure this isn't a dream being surrounded by the beauty of it all, and I am happy to say I embrace the pain of the pinch, for I know this much is true and real.

Happy Monday


Friday, June 3, 2011

Love Token 103: Weekend Love


Fridays are always a feel good wrap up to the week.
I hope everyone has a great weekend and enjoys these little gems inspired by TGIF, I know they put a smile on my face :)



You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserves your love and affection