27 decembrie 2016

Photo of the Day: © Leonetto Voliani. Tuscany. Italy. 1950.

When I'm with you/ I want to be the kind of hero/ I wanted to be/ when I was seven years old. (Leonard Cohen - The Reason I Write)
© Leonetto Voliani. Tuscany. Italy. 1950.

13 decembrie 2016

30 noiembrie 2016

El Greco - Sfântul Apostol Andrei (1600)

Sfântul Apostol Andrei, al cărui nume am fost binecuvântată să îl port, înfățișat într-o pictură aparținând lui El Greco (1600).

21 noiembrie 2016

Illustration by Rofusz Kinga

But I love your feet/ only because they walked/ upon the earth and upon/ the wind and upon the waters/ until they found me. — Pablo Neruda
 Illustration by Rofusz Kinga

19 noiembrie 2016

Nopţi întregi de nesomn se scurg ca o clipă...

© Carson Ellis

Nopţi întregi de nesomn se scurg ca o clipă, scăldate într-o bucurie şi o fericire de nesecat, iar când zorile trandafirii îşi trimit primele raze, revărsându-se în odaia sumbră şi învăluind-o cu draperii fantastice de lumină îndoielnică, cum se întâmplă la noi la Petersburg, visătorul nostru vlăguit, stors de puteri, se aruncă în pat şi adoarme în voia spiritului său bolnav, zguduit de extaz, cu un fel de durere copleşitor de dulce în inimă.

― Dostoievski, Nopţi albe (1848)

18 noiembrie 2016

Profesioniștii: Sofronie Drincec

Un interviu de exceptie cu episcopul Sofronie Drincec, un reprezentant de marcă a lumii ecleziastice româneşti: http://www.eugeniavoda.ro/ro/emisiuni/teologie/sofronie-drincec

Dialogul cu PS Sofronie Drincec face parte dintr-un DVD consacrat emisiunii "Profesioniştii", lansat în anul 2009. DVD-ul mai cuprinde interviurile realizate de Eugenia Vodă cu ieromonah Iustin Marchiş, preot Constantin Coman, IPS Bartolomeu Anania şi PS Virgil Bercea.

15 noiembrie 2016

Movie of the Day: Love in the Afternoon (1957)

Gary Cooper (Frank Flannagan) & Audrey Hepburn (Ariane Chavasse / Thin Girl)

2h 10min | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 30 June 1957 (USA)

Director: Billy Wilder
Writers: Billy Wilder & I.A.L. Diamond (screenplay), Claude Anet (novel)
Stars: Gary Cooper, Audrey Hepburn, Maurice Chevalier

Memorable Quotes

Ariane Chavasse: I'm against violence. In my opinion, there's too much shooting in the world, and not enough love.
Frank Flannagan: How's that, again?
Ariane Chavasse: I mean, if people loved each other more, they'd shoot each other less!

Claude Chavasse: This is a great honor. Come right in, Mr. Flannagan.
Frank Flannagan: You know me?
Claude Chavasse: Do I know you? Does an art student know Picasso?

Ariane Chavasse: Papa, you are a cynic!
Claude Chavasse: I guess I am.
Ariane Chavasse: You enjoy your work!
Claude Chavasse: I guess I do.
Ariane Chavasse: You'd enjoyed it even if you weren't paid for it!
Claude Chavasse: I wouldn't go that far.

Ariane Chavasse: You know who I am, Mr. Flannagan, I'm the girl in the afternoon.

Frank Flannagan: [on knowing about his numerous conquests] Aren't you a little too young for that?
Ariane Chavasse: I was about to ask you a similar question. Aren't you a little too old for that?
Frank Flannagan: That hurts! First you save a man's life, then you stab him. Is that kind?

Ariane Chavasse: I always tell you what I'm doing, but you never tell me what you're doing.
Claude Chavasse: Because I love you and want to protect you from the sordid stuff I must deal with.
Ariane Chavasse: I bet when Mama was alive you told her what you were doing.
Claude Chavasse: Your Mama was a married woman. Ariane Chavasse: I'm so glad!

Ariane Chavasse: They're very odd people, you know. When they're young, they have their teeth straightened, their tonsils taken out and gallons of vitamins pumped into them. Something happens to their insides! They become immunized, mechanized, air-conditioned and hydromatic. I'm not even sure whether he has a heart.
Michel: What is he? A creature from outer space?
Ariane Chavasse: No. He's an American.

Frank Flannagan: Everything about you is perfect.
Ariane Chavasse: I'm too thin! And my ears stick out, and my teeth are crooked and my neck's much too long.
Frank Flannagan: Maybe so, but I love the way it all hangs together.

Frank Flannagan: He who loves and runs away, lives to love another day.

Monsieur X: Please, monsieur, is the news good or bad?
Claude Chavasse: That depends. Is this your wife?
[Hands over a photograph]
Monsieur X: It looks like her.
Claude Chavasse: Then I regret to inform you that it looks bad.
Monsieur X: Then there IS another man!
Claude Chavasse: There is. And I regret to say that he looks good.

Frank Flannagan: Goodbye, thin girl.
Ariane Chavasse: Goodbye, Mr. Flannagan.
Frank Flannagan: You promised.
Ariane Chavasse: You don't have to worry about me, Mr. Flannagan. There've been so many men before. There'll be so many after this. It's gonna be another one of those crazy years. While you're in Cannes, I'll be in Brussels with the banker. He wants to give me a Mercedes Benz, a blue one, it's my favorite color. And while you're in Athens, I'll be with the duke again in Scotland. But, I don't know whether I'll go yet, because another man's asked me to spend the summer with him in Deauville. He owns race horses. He's very rich. He's number twenty. I mean number twenty one, you're number twenty. So, you see Mr. Flannagan, I'll be perfectly all right. I'll... I'll be all right... I'll be all right!

[last lines]
Claude Chavasse: [voiceover] On Monday, August 24th of this year, the case of Frank Flannagan and Ariane Chavasse came up before the superior judge in Cannes. They are now married, serving a life sentence in New York, state of New York, USA.

14 noiembrie 2016

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: The Little Prince

“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

“You - you alone will have the stars as no one else has them...In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing, when you look at the sky at night...You - only you - will have stars that can laugh.”

“All grown-ups were once children... but only few of them remember it.” 

“What makes the desert beautiful,' said the little prince, 'is that somewhere it hides a well...”

“I did not know how to reach him, how to catch up with him… The land of tears is so mysterious.”

“The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart.”

“It's the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.”

“Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them”

“You're beautiful, but you're empty...One couldn't die for you.

― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince