Tag Archives: Foto

… we don’t have snow in San Diego, but…

… luckily, my dear friends bring the snow to me. Thank you!

Happy Friday!; Wish you a great weekend!; Stay warm!; and for those who observe Shabbat, Shabbat Shalom! 🙂

From Sweden:





From Austria:



From Switzerland:





From Poland:



… and from the USA:






“Seven Spanish Angels” – Willie Nelson & Ray Charles


Seven Spanish Angels, sung by Jamey Johnson and Alison Krauss (45′ and 45″ on the video)

He looked down into her brown eyes
And said “say a prayer for me”
She threw her arms around him
Whispered, “God will keep us free”
They could hear the riders comin’
He said, “this is my last fight
If they take me back to Texas
They won’t take me back alive”

There were seven Spanish angels
At the altar of the sun
They were prayin’ for the lovers
In the valley of the gun
When the battle stopped and the smoke cleared
There was thunder from the throne
And seven Spanish angels
Took another angel home

She reached down and picked the gun up
That lay smokin’ in his hand
She said, “Father, please forgive me
I can’t make it without my man”
And she knew the gun was empty
And she knew she couldn’t win
But her final prayer was answered
When the rifles fired again

There were seven Spanish angels
At the altar of the sun
They were prayin’ for the lovers
In the valley of the gun
When the battle stopped and the smoke cleared
There was thunder from the throne
And seven Spanish angels
Took another angel home

… have a musical weekend :-)

For our friends in North America, turn on to PBS at 9:00 p.m. ET for the 2015 Gershwin Prize for Popular Song (great artists paying homage to Willie Nelson). “This year’s all-star tribute features performances by Nelson, as well as Edie Brickell, Leon Bridges, Rosanne Cash, Ana Gabriel, Jamey Johnson, Alison Krauss, Raul Malo of The Mavericks, Neil Young, Promise of the Real, Buckwheat Zydeco and past Gershwin Prize honoree Paul Simon.”

Last year’s show for Billy Joel can be watched here.

Have a great weekend! Shabbat Shalom for those who observe Shabbat! 🙂

Olof Palmes 2015 Award


2015 – Gideon Levy and Mitri Raheb


“The 2015 Olof Palme Prize is awarded to the Palestinian pastor Mitri Raheb, and the Israeli journalist Gideon Levy , for their courageous and indefatigable fight against occupation and violence, and for a future Middle East characterized by peaceful coexistence and equality for all. By their work they both give a ray of hope to a conflict that has plagued and continues to plague millions of people and to endanger world peace.As preacher and pastor in the Lutheran church, Mitri Raheb sends a clear message to the young generation of Palestinians: ”We want you to live, not die, for Palestine.” In a Bethlehem confined on three sides by the walls of the occupying Israeli power, and with Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture that he founded and his innovative artistic education in film, art, and drama, Raheb has made it possible for young people to investigate their Palestinian identity, to nurture beauty, and to invest in a culture of life as tools for a creative resistance against suffocating confinement and nation building.Gideon Levy is working for peace and reconciliation by means of a passionate search for truth and a fearless faith in the victory of reason in a region infested by prejudice and violence, propaganda and disinformation. With parents who were forced to emigrate from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, and as a true patriot, he has made reconciliation with the Palestinian people the mission of his life.”http://www.palmefonden.se/2015-gideon-levy-and-mitri-raheb/

… Drummond (1902-1987)


(from Veja, a Brazilian weekly magazine)




My father rode off on his horse to the fields.

My mother sat in a chair and sewed.

My little brother slept.

And I, on my own among the mango trees,

read the story of Robinson Crusoe.

A long story that never ends.


In the white light of noon, a voice that learned lullabies

In shanties from the slave days and never forgot them

called us for coffee.

Coffee as black as the old black maid,

pungent coffee,

good coffee.


My mother, still sitting there sewing,

looked at me:

“Shhh … Don’t wake the baby.”

Then at the crib where a mosquito had landed.

She uttered a sigh … how deep!


Far away my father was riding

in the ranch’s endless pasture.


And I didn’t know that my story

was more beautiful than Robinson’s Crusoe.


Multitudinous Heart – Selected Poems – A Bilingual Edition – By Carlos Drummond de Andrade – Translation By Richard Zenith – Farrar, Straus and Giroux – June 2015.





Astrup – 1915


Marsh Marigold Night, c 1915, by Nikolai Astrup. Photograph: Dag Fosse/Kode Art Museums of Bergen

For more information about this Norwegian painter, please access the Guardian at: http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2015/dec/30/nikolai-astrup-lost-artist-norway-edvard-munch