Happy Easter!

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Just a quick note to say Happy Easter to all my friends, family, and fellow bloggers.   Whatever this Easter brings for you, whether its an abundance of faith, or spring cleaning the closets, I hope it finds you happy and safe.  

 Although it is Christianity’s most important holiday, for me personally it is a time of renewal, springtime and cleansing.  As I look out my window at the sudden down-pouring of snow, I realize its not very ‘spring-like’, but snow does have a cleansing effect.  I have also realized that it is this 4-day Easter weekend that brings out the spring cleaner in me.  I always tend to go deep deep deep in the closet space, and throw away one or two things I haven’t worn in 10 years, but somehow managed to talk myself  into keeping during last year’s Spring clean.

So enjoy this Easter with family or friends and I hope you find your own personal renewal and growth.  And remember, only 256 sleeps to Christmas.

Darlene

U2’s No Line On The Horizon!

No Line on the Horizon cover      Bono at the Church of Light in Osaka 

I love this cd.  The 12th studio album from U2 is the first studio cd since “How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb”.   It reflects not only great writing talent, but portrays the fabulous musicians they are, and Bono’s vocals are top notch. 

Two of my favorite tracks are ‘Moment of Surrender’ and the title track “No Line on the Horizon”.   I also really like “Magnificent”!  The music of U2 automatically puts me in a good mood, and this cd is no exception.   It’s just good music!

Produced by Steve Lillywhite, Brian Eno, and fellow Canadian Daniel Lanois,  who has worked with such greats as Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, and Robbie Robertson. 

Above, is a picture of the cd cover, which is beautiful in that it is so simplistic.  It is a picture of Lake Constance, taken by Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto.  This photographer also took a picture Tadao Ando’s Church of Light, which Bono visited when he was in Osaka Japan in 2006.   (the other picture above)

Go out and buy this cd, you won’t regret spending the money.  And when I bought my copy, it says $1 from the purchase, will go towards the Global Fund, which goes to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.  So there you go, you not only get a great cd, you could help save a life.

Enjoy!

Darlene

U2 Are Coming to Canada!

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U2 are coming to Canada, 2 dates only.  September 16th & 17th in Toronto.  Tickets go on sale to the public Monday, March 30th.  I can’t wait.  Even though it means airline tickets, hotel rooms and the works, I will be going to Toronto to see this band live.  I have all of their cd’s to date, plus 3 live DVD performances.    They are playing one Canadian location only, and its Toronto.  Thankfully, a second date has been set.

The new album ‘No Line On the Horizon’ is the first in five years.  Canadian Record Producer Daniel Lanois also had a hand in this cd, writing a few of the tracks with Brian Eno.   If you don’t already own the cd, go out and buy it, it’s fantastic.   

Information about the tour, the cd, past cd’s and their special projects can be found on their website www.u2.com.  This band from Dublin Ireland has captured the hearts of people around the world with their music and their effort to ease poverty, disease and social injustice.   I think the quote on their website from Mahatma Ghandi says it all, “We must become the change we want to see in the world”.  

Enjoy

Darlene

Breaking Dawn!

Stephenie Meyer's Breaking Dawn

I just finished Breaking Dawn, the 4th in the Twilight Series.  I loved this book, much better than I liked Eclipse.  As soon as I read Twilight, I got New Moon and Eclipse.  I wasn’t sure how I felt about the direction the Eclipse book had taken with Jacob and Bella’s “friendship”, it was a little too ‘close’, if you know what I mean.

(Stop reading now if you haven’t read this book yet)

So when I got the 750 page Breaking Dawn, I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy it, but enjoy it I did.  I liked reading about Bella becoming a vampire, and even though I don’t thoroughly understand the ‘imprinting’ of Jacob to Renesmee, I thought Stephanie Meyer did a good job of keeping it within the lines.  I know it got some negative reviews, but I enjoyed the final book.  I liked how the book was split up between Bella’s view and Jacob’s view,  and the friendship that came between these werewolves and the vampires.  I liked it.  And for the most part I liked the series.

The Twilight DVD was released on Saturday, March 21st, but I haven’t been able to find one yet to buy.  All sold out.  However, I will own it, after seeing it in the theatre and loving it.   I am looking forward to the next movies as well.

The book I’m reading now….. ‘Dream of my Father’, Barack Obama’s first book.  I’ll keep you up to date.

Darlene

Wine Anyone?

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I love red wine!  And I am always looking for different wines to try.  If anyone out there is willing to share their favorites, let me know.  I would love to try them as well.  I am looking forward to hearing about your favorites, and why you like them!

Here are a few of my favorites.

1.  Marques de Riscal, a Spanish Rioja Reserva, is one of my favorites.  A Spanish Reserva is usually aged 3 years after the grapes are picked and one of those years in Oak.  This makes the oak subtle, but distinct.  This is a fantastic wine, goes with everything.

2.  Francis Ford Coppola Black Diamond Claret.  Another one of my favorites, and a great treat wine.  A rich dark color, the 2006 is a favorite, because of the long cool season that year.  Grapes didn’t get harvested until September 26th that year and it makes for a smooth wine.

3.  Chateau de Serame.  I am not usually a fan of french wines, but I really like this one.  The 2004 is one of my favorites, and I do like the 2001, but it does have more of a kick to it.   Hints of Black Plum and Blackberry’s, it has a great aroma.

4.  Shiraz – I love a good Shiraz, including the french one Fat Bastard and the Australian Shiraz Coonawara.   I also really like the Jacob’s Creek Shiraz from Austraila, and it’s a great value, and under $15.

I look forward to hearing from you and telling me what your favorites are. 

Cheers,

Darlene