Sunday, December 16, 2012

When a Child is Born

Click on the picture to listen to the song

One week left to Christmas. I share one of  my favorite songs of the holiday:
When a Child is Born
with Johnny Mathis.
A ray of hope flickers in the sky
A tiny star lights up way up high
All across the land dawns a brand new morn
This comes to pass when a child is born

A silent wish sails the seven seas
The winds of change whisper in the trees
And the walls of doubt crumble tossed and torn
This comes to pass, when a child is born

A rosy hue settles all around
You got the feel, you're on solid ground
For a spell or two no one seems forlorn
This comes to pass, when a child is born

And all of this happens, because the world is waiting.
Waiting for one child; Black-white-yellow, no one knows...
But a child that will grow up and turn tears to laughter,
Hate to love, war to peace and everyone to everyone's neighbor,
And misery and suffering will be words to be forgotten forever.

It's all a dream and illusion now,
It must come true sometime soon somehow,
All across the land dawns a brand new morn,
This comes to pass when a child is born.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Annunciation by Leonardo

I've shared this painting once before, but I thought it wouldn't harm to show it once more. This masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci, painted between 1472 and 1475, is one of my very favorites, residing in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.
It's Advent now, and I think it's a beautiful illustration of what the Christian world is celebrating: The birth of Christ. Here, many months earlier, the young virgin Mary is greeted by an angel, who tells her that she is going to have a child, and that this child will be the world's savior.
She looks mildly surprised, doesn't she, and who wouldn't be... It's incomprehensible. A mystery.
A wonderful, powerful, holy mystery, and that's what we are about to celebrate.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The Intouchables

If you haven't yet seen this movie, go and see it now.  The Intouchables is one of the best cinematic experiences I've had in a long time. Based on a true story, we meet a paralyzed man and his assistant, and the whole thing is filled with different life situations, grief, laughter, seriousness and comic. It's definitively a feel-good-movie, but in addition to this, Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache dare to dig a little deeper, show real people and the whole scale of human feelings.
This French movie holds a great cast, with François Cluzet and Omar Sy in the leading roles, beautiful and interesting photography, what is it more to say, other than - go and see it!