Wherever you may be and whatever you are doing - If you are bathed in sunshine or wrapped in snow - take a few moments to enjoy and reflect on Helen Keller's wise words:
"It is beyond a doubt that everyone should have time for some special delight, if only five minutes each day to seek out a lovely flower or cloud or a star, or learn a verse or brighten another’s dull task. What is the use of such terrible diligence as many tire themselves out with, if they always postpone their exchange of smiles with Beauty and Joy to cling to irksome duties and relations? Unless they admit these fair, fresh, and eternal presences into their lives as they can, they must needs shut themselves out of heaven, and a gray dust settles on all existence. That the sky is brighter than the earth means little unless the earth itself is appreciated and enjoyed. Its beauty loved gives the right to aspire to the radiance of the sunrise and the stars."
Show someone you care by baking some sweet treats for Valentine’s Day. Harris Communications has products to help you make special ILY candy or cookies. Find ILY Candy Molds, an ILY Cookie Cutter and ILY Party Picks for decorating your baked goods. Put on an ILY Apron (in blue or red) and be inspired to bake up some holiday treats.
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Beethoven's music changed a lot after he lost his hearing. He became much more wild and free in his composing. Was it because he experienced music so much differently when he couldn't hear it? One man with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra is trying to teach kids to experience Beethoven's music like the composer himself did.
An Australian short film, "Here In Silence" is garnering recognition all over the world! DWIF Actress Phillipa Russell, one of the leading actors in it, has gotten Best Actress in Australia. Gorgeous work, Phillippa! Subtitled in English. http://vimeo.com/116647062