366 days of gratitude


This is my favorite week of the year.

It’s too late to worry about what hasn’t been done in the past 12 months and too soon to be concerned about starting on the to-do list for the next 52 weeks.

There’s nothing much that has to be done and all day to do it.

Today, I walked, read, met friends and shared dinner with them.

It was a day filled simple pleasures for which I’m grateful.

Word of the day


Quafftide – drinking time or season.


Quote of the day


Bienaventurados los pobres porque saben, con certeza, que no ha de quererles nadie por sus riquezas.

Bienaventurados los que alcanzan la cima porque será cuesta abajo el resto del camino.

Bienaventurados los que aman porque tienen a su alcance más de un cincuenta por ciento de un gran romance.

Bienaventurados los que están en el fondo del pozo porque de ahí en adelante sólo cabe ir mejorando.

Bienaventurados los que presumen de sus redaños porque tendrán ocasiones para demostrarlo.

Bienaventurados los que contrajeron deudas porque alguna vez, alguien hizo algo por ellos.  – Joan Manuel Serrat who celebrates his  73rd birthday today.


Blessed are the poor, for they know for certain that no one is to love them for their riches.

Blessed are those who reach the summit because it will be downhill the rest of the way.”

Blessed are those who love because they have at their disposal more than fifty percent of a great romance.

Blessed are those who are at the bottom of the well, because from then on, it is only possible to improve.

Blessed are those who boast of their journeys because they will have occasions to prove it. 

Blessed are those who incurred debts because sometime, someone did something for them.

The words are from the song Bienaventurados:

December 27 in history


537  The Hagia Sophia was completed.

1571 Johannes Kepler, German astronomer, was born  (d. 1630).

1773  George Cayley, English scientist, inventor, and politician, was born (d. 1857).

1822 Louis Pasteur, French scientist, was born (d. 1895).

1831 Charles Darwin embarked on his journey aboard the HMS Beagle.

1836 The worst ever avalanche in England occurred at Lewes, Sussex, killing 8 people.

1845  Ether anesthetic was used for childbirth for the first time by Dr. Crawford Williamson Long in Jefferson, Georgia.

1901 Marlene Dietrich, German actress and singer, was born (d. 1992).

1915 William Masters, American gynecologist, was born (d. 2001).

1918 The Great Poland Uprising against the Germans began.

1922  Japanese aircraft carrier Hōshō became the first purpose built aircraft carrier to be commissioned in the world.

1932  Radio City Music Hall opened in New York City.

1941 Michael Pinder, British musician (Moody Blues), was born .

1943 Joan Manuel Serrat, Spanish musician, was born.

1945  The World Bank was created with the signing of an agreement by 28 nations.

1948 Gérard Depardieu, French actor, was born.

1949 Indonesian National Revolution: The Netherlands officially recognised Indonesian independence.

1968 Apollo Program: Apollo 8 splashed down in the Pacific Ocean, ending the first orbital manned mission to the Moon.

1951 Ernesto Zedillo, President of Mexico, was born.

1955 Brad Murphey, Australian racing driver, was born.

1978 Spain became a democracy after 40 years of dictatorship.

1979  Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan.

1987 Rewi Alley, friend of China, died of heart failure and cerebral thrombosis at his Beijing residence.

Rewi Alley dies

2001  The People’s Republic of China was granted permanent normal trade relations with the United States.

2004 Radiation from an explosion on the magnetar SGR 1806-20 reachedEarth – the brightest extrasolar event known to have been witnessed on the planet.

2007 – Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated by a suicide bomber.

2008 – Israel launched 3-week operation on Gaza – Operation Cast Lead.

2009 – On the Day of Ashura in Tehran, government security forces fired upon demonstrators.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.

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