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☆ Sparrow ☆
07 September 2008 @ 10:39 pm
I decided to continue blogging after all....but I'm moving. The address of my new journal is:


I am going to keep my LiveJournal account so I can read and comment you all, but for the rest...I am out! Hope you will come and visit from time to time! ( ^)> <3

☆ Sparrow ☆
04 September 2008 @ 05:19 pm
It's September and it's back to work for Sparrow. I've had a busy day at the uni...busy but pleasant. I took care of some bureaucratic stuff, gathered some material on Anglicanism for the two papers I am writing and got back in touch with all my uni colleagues/friends/buddies. On my way home I took a stroll through a very nice park close to my house and took some pics of the pond. Everything is still very green, though a couple of trees are beginning to turn colours....And this reminds me: I REALLY want to go to the botanical garden one of these days, before autumn kicks in: maybe I can organize a afternoon there with some of my picture-loving friends! ( ^)>

Ok.....pond pics! ( ^)>

Current Mood: creativecreative
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20 August 2008 @ 10:53 pm
So a couple of evenings ago I took some firework pictures! Actually, I'm not so sure this is how you should be photographing fireworks :-D! But I like them anyway, they're weird and colourful, so....here they are! ( ^)>

Current Music: Pet Shop Boys - Always on my Mind
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07 August 2008 @ 10:22 am
Star: a physical demonstration of the fact that even though some things may seem small and marginal they often are not so in reality.

Current Mood: blahobscure....
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03 August 2008 @ 12:23 pm
So I've been watching some of the videos of yet another calligraphic artist on YouTube, who, by the way, is very good at painting birds, and after looking at my journal, which is linked in my YouTube page, he decided to make me some sparrows! ( ^)> Also, the few words he wrote to describe his video I found very cute :-D :" Someone called into my page and watched a video and commented. I looked at their page and they were really Sparrow oriented. :o) So, I thought today I would paint some typical Ohsi Yang Chinese Sparrows". Thank you, thank you for this beautiful painting!

Watch the video....his art is amazing! ( ^)>

Brave sparrows who are not afraid of spiders!
Current Mood: artisticartistic
☆ Sparrow ☆
02 August 2008 @ 02:11 pm
So it seems that apart from meaning "bright" this ideogram also means "to understand", "understandable", "clear", "evident", "intelligent"...It's fascinating how in all cultures, and the Chinese culture is no exception, light is associated not only to physical illumination, but also to intellectual, moral and spiritual enlightenment. Anyhoo, to get to the point...what is more bright than the sun (日) and moon (月) together? (and don't you dare say "VY Canis Majoris"! :-D)

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30 July 2008 @ 11:08 pm
.....so I made her a lolcat! ( ^)>

Current Mood: chipperchipper
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27 July 2008 @ 07:27 pm
You can really tell we've had a rainy spring this year....! ( ^)>

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24 July 2008 @ 11:22 am
So for some time I have been watching the videos of a Chinese calligraphic artist on YouTube in which she tries to communicate and teach her art to others. After a couple of weeks I could no longer resist: I wrote her a PM and asked her if she could make a video of her drawing a sparrow! And you know what? She did! She did TWO! Yay! Thank you, nice Chinese lady! ( ^)> I think this was one of her first attempts at drawing a sparrow (she usually does trees, plants and flowers, you can see them in her other videos: they're stunning!), but still the result is amazing and very cute! ( ^)>

So here are the videos! Enjoy the calligraphic sparrow!

Current Mood: amusedamused
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22 July 2008 @ 09:26 am
"Give me a birdie, please...on the rocks....hold the olive".

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17 July 2008 @ 08:18 pm
It's sea pics! Yay! YAY! ( ^)>

Current Mood: lazylazy
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10 July 2008 @ 05:31 pm
...hanging out in the middle of the sky...! ( ^)>

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04 July 2008 @ 09:38 pm
I spent the whole afternoon reading Augustine of Hippo's commentaries on the Gospel of John for a paper I am writing....which isn't even on Augustine but I figured that this should be a must reading for one whose research project is on 17th century England. And you know what? I found them really interesting: powerful rhetoric and amazing imagery. Also I believe I realized even more how much Donne's own homiletics owes to the man's writings.

....And what better setting for all this reading than my uni, which is located in a deconsecrated augustinian monastery dating back to the XI century. Historians say that Luther spent a night here...for all I know, the office in which I have spent countless afternoons working on my stuff could have been his bedroom! :-D

Ok, time for...a tree pic! <3

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02 July 2008 @ 10:07 pm
Here are some pics I took a few days ago of some cute little bees at work! ( ^)> And this time I'm pretty sure they're actually bees!

Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: My old Queen CDs <3<3<3
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29 June 2008 @ 10:15 am
So a couple of days ago, after the lunch-break of a congress we were attending, me and F. went to check out how the pretty tree growing out of the city walls was doing (the one I wrote about in my May 9th post) and  - my! - he is doing so well! Of course, now he is covered with leaves, only they are wonderful, gigantic, heart-shaped leaves, that are like velvet at the touch. Amazing! I still have no idea of what kind of tree this could be, but I noticed some fruits were beginning to grow here and there, so I may be able to find out when they ripen.

.....Oh.....I just love that tree. He's my hero, he has gone such a long way. And now for some pics! ( ^)>

Current Mood: exanimatehot!
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19 June 2008 @ 07:59 pm
....what do I do during the night, instead of sleeping? I ponder, I sigh, I meditate, I look at the moon...I take pics.

(...but isn't there an ideogram for "full moon"....?)

Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted
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11 June 2008 @ 10:05 pm
.....but I just love taking pictures of them while they are sleeping! :-D Here's my little princess! ( ^)> <3<3<3

Current Mood: sleepy. . . .
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06 June 2008 @ 08:15 pm
You can truly tell summer is coming when the jasmine starts to bloom! Too bad I couldn't take a picture of the amazing smell that lingered about when I took these! I just love these little, white, heaven-scented flowers! ( ^)>

Current Music: English madrigals
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30 May 2008 @ 08:40 pm
I just noticed this wonderful painting out of my window and of course I took a picture. Such marvellous stories clouds tell: these make me think about the creation of the earth and of the sea, of a sort of primordial landscape. The light of God shines from above and calls all things into being, from the heavens to the world of matter....have I been reading the Cambridge Platonists too much? :-D

Current Mood: peacefulI love, therefore I am...
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26 May 2008 @ 10:27 pm
In spite of my general dislike for insects, I took these today...and I must confess I almost find the little bee to be rather cute here! ( ^)>

Current Mood: busybuzzzzzy :-D
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It has been raining for two days, but it's a nice rain, the kind that makes plants greener and more luxuriant, preparing everything for the summer. The roses are in full bloom and the jasmines are beginning to bud; so lovely! Anyhoo...since we had rain all day today here's a pic full of sunshine I took some days ago! I just love the pattern of the lizard: he is so cute! ( ^)>

Current Mood: sleepysleepy
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11 May 2008 @ 05:21 pm
The festivity of Pentecost awakens so many thoughts and reflections. At first there was the fall, the shattering, the separation of the language of birds from that of rivers, of the language of the woods from that of the mountains, and the language of man was no longer a perfect reflection of all things created. Then men crumbled further into thousands of different pieces, and they had different tongues and different symbols and different gestures and different ways, and they could no longer understand one another. And then the Spirit came with the voice of a mighty wind, bearing a spark of the primordial utterance onto men, and said:  I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams...on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy...I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath. The Spirit manifested itself through tongues of Fire -the fire of purification, renewal and transformation- but its symbol is also the rose, image of the divine Love. And Love is the original language that will heal the wounds and fix the cracks of all things, the Light that will bring us clarity and true knowledge. And through the spark of love and compassion in our hearts we can start to imagine and feel, and half-perceive the language we lost at the beginning of time, which shall come again when He comes again. The language of flowers, the language of the trees, that of the stars and that of the sea, made whole in an endless chant of praise.
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09 May 2008 @ 12:35 am
I was walking to the library this afternoon (or should I say yesterday afternoon since is waaay past midnight?) and I saw something marvelous. There's what I thought was a a weird little tree growing close to my uni (I took a picture of it during last winter's snowfall, just go to my post dated January 4th to see it): up to now I figured it was dead, since it basically looked like a dried up branch literally sticking out the medieval walls of my town. But when I passed by it yesterday I was amazed: the most wonderful lilac flowers had bloomed from it and now people stop and look at it, tourists take pictures by it...he has become quite the king of the valley! :-D Mirabilia mundi...

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07 May 2008 @ 11:09 am
...re-thinking about something I had seen the day before.

Walking upwards, light
Of green mirrors reflecting
The afternoon sun.

I don't know if this could ruin the poetic spell of unbound allusions and suggestions, but I also took a picture of the thing that "inspired" me this little poem so if you're curious...