Τρίτη, 29 Δεκεμβρίου 2015

SARA starring Jessica Clark





Jessica Clark is one of my favorite openly lesbians actors. Before her amazing performance in "A Perfect Ending" movie, she has played a lesbian role in the short film "Sara".

"Sara" is a story about two women who change each other's lives over the course of one summer in New York City.








Παρασκευή, 25 Δεκεμβρίου 2015

Τετάρτη, 23 Δεκεμβρίου 2015

Θανάση Κωσταβάρα, Η ΜΟΙΡΑ ΜΙΑΣ ΓΕΝΙΑΣ



Σαν πουλιά σκοτωμένα, φιμωμένοι οι στίχοι μας.
Κι όμως, κάτι κατορθώσαμε κάποτε.
Κάτι πιστέψαμε πως χρωστάμε ακόμα.
Γι’ αυτό, έστω και με κομμένη τη γλώσσα
δίχως μιλιά
δεν σταματάμε
να τραγουδάμε.
Έξω από το τραγούδι, ο άνθρωπος
δεν είναι παρά ένα φοβισμένο αγρίμι.
Μέσα στο τραγούδι η καρδιά του χτυπάει πιο ανθρώπινα.
Ανάβει μυστικά φεγγάρια στα σκοτεινά, στα έρημα βράδια
κρατάει συντροφιά στους ξένους, στους κυνηγημένους
δίνει στους απελπισμένους κουράγιο.
Ας το πούμε μια φορά ακόμα: δίχως Ποίηση
δεν ξέρω αν υπάρχει ελπίδα στον κόσμο.
Πάντως δίχως τραγούδι
δεν υπάρχει Ομορφιά
Από «ΤΗΣ ΜΟΝΑΞΙΑΣ ΚΑΙ ΤΗΣ ΛΥΠΗΣ» - 2007

Τρίτη, 8 Δεκεμβρίου 2015

Το ποίημα για ν' αντέξει στο χρόνο





Τα ποιήματα αποτυχαίνουν
όταν αποτυχαίνουν οι έρωτες.
Μην ακούτε τι σας λένε
θέλει ερωτική θαλπωρή
το ποίημα για ν’ αντέξει
στον κρύο χρόνο…


Κατερινα Αγγελακη Ρουκ

Τρίτη, 1 Δεκεμβρίου 2015

Keeping Quiet by Pablo Neruda



Now we will count to twelve
and we will all keep still.

For once on the face of the earth,
let’s not speak in any language;
let’s stop for one second,
and not move our arms so much.

It would be an exotic moment
without rush, without engines;
we would all be together
in a sudden strangeness.

Fisherman in the cold sea
would not harm whales
and the man gathering salt
would look at his hurt hands.

Those who prepare green wars,
wars with gas, wars with fire,
victories with no survivors,
would put on clean clothes
and walk about with their brothers
in the shade, doing nothing.

What I want should not be confused
with total inactivity.
Life is what it is about;
I want no truck with death.

If we were not so single-minded
about keeping our lives moving,
and for once could do nothing,
perhaps a huge silence
might interrupt this sadness
of never understanding ourselves
and of threatening ourselves with death.
Perhaps the earth can teach us
as when everything seems dead
and later proves to be alive.

Now I’ll count up to twelve
and you keep quiet and I will go.

Σάββατο, 7 Νοεμβρίου 2015

Monet, colorful silence






What keeps my heart awake is colorful silence.

—  Claude Monet

On creativity


“There is another reality, the genuine one, which we lose sight of. This other reality is always sending us hints, which without art, we can’t receive.”
 Pablo Neruda 



“The compensation of growing old [is] that the passions remain as strong as ever, but one has gained — at last! — the power which adds the supreme flavour to existence, — the power of taking hold of experience, of turning it around, slowly, in the light.” 
Virginia Woolf

Woolf ends with an exquisite summation of her personal philosophy — the only direct articulation of it to appear in any of her writing:
From this I reach what I might call a philosophy; at any rate it is a constant idea of mine; that behind the cotton wool is hidden a pattern; that we — I mean all human beings — are connected with this; that the whole world is a work of art; that we are parts of the work of art. Hamlet or a Beethoven quartet is the truth about this vast mass that we call the world. But there is no Shakespeare, there is no Beethoven; certainly and emphatically there is no God; we are the words; we are the music; we are the thing itself. And I see this when I have a shock.



Source: brainpickings

Χωρίς αναισθητικό

Χωρίς καταφυγή
σε σελίδες γνωριμιών και τσατ.
Χωρίς τσιγάρο, χωρίς αλκοόλ.
Χωρίς ουσίες στο αίμα.
Χωρίς σινεμά.
Χωρίς τηλεόραση.
Χωρίς βιβλίο.
Χωρίς τηλεφώνημα.
Χωρίς αναισθητικό.
Κατάματα, κατάσαρκα
η αφεντιά μου κι εγώ.
Κατάμαυρα, κατάλευκα, κατάσαρκα
η μοναξιά μου κι εγώ
πετάμε....

F.L.Y.
(First Love Yourself)

Ανακτορία Φ.




Σάββατο, 17 Οκτωβρίου 2015

Αρχαία μυστικά.

Ήρεμα, ατάραχα, ακύμαντα νερά
Ένιωθα μέσα τους να καθρεφτίζεσαι
Μ' ακολουθούσε η σκιά σου
Λίμνες συγκοινωνούντα δοχεία
κρύβουν καλά τα αρχαία μυστικά τους
όπως τα κρύβεις κι εσύ.

Κοίτα το καθρέφτισμα των λιμνών
Θαύμασε το παιχνίδισμα των νερών
και σώπασε...

Α.Φ.





Παρασκευή, 16 Οκτωβρίου 2015

The Secrets (2008) Movie Trailer





Naomi, the brilliant and pious daughter of an ultra orthodox rabbi finds herself at a crossroads of life choices when her mother dies and she is expected to immediately marry her father's prodigy. Distressed yet determined, she begs that her father allow her one year to study at a women's religious seminary in Safed, the birthplace of the Kabala in order to prepare herself for the sacrifices she will make as a wife. Her father relents and Naomi's life begins to take an unexpected turn. Devote but lively, Naomi and her new friend Michelle befriend a beautiful, mysterious older woman, Anouk, (Fanny Ardant) who is ill and living nearby who may or may not be Jewish, and may have committed a crime of passion. Naomi devises a series of rituals which will somehow purify Anouk and purge her of her sins, but as these stretch the borders of Jewish law they must be kept secret. Eventually this journey into the forbidden leads to a growing attraction between the two girls and more crossroads are faced. The Secrets presents the complexities of a religious lifestyle in a vibrant environment of youth, rebellion and desire.


You can watch the film online here.

Παρασκευή, 9 Οκτωβρίου 2015

John Steinbeck on Falling in Love




New York
November 10, 1958
Dear Thom:
We had your letter this morning. I will answer it from my point of view and of course Elaine will from hers.
First — if you are in love — that’s a good thing — that’s about the best thing that can happen to anyone. Don’t let anyone make it small or light to you.
Second — There are several kinds of love. One is a selfish, mean, grasping, egotistical thing which uses love for self-importance. This is the ugly and crippling kind. The other is an outpouring of everything good in you — of kindness and consideration and respect — not only the social respect of manners but the greater respect which is recognition of another person as unique and valuable. The first kind can make you sick and small and weak but the second can release in you strength, and courage and goodness and even wisdom you didn’t know you had.
You say this is not puppy love. If you feel so deeply — of course it isn’t puppy love.
But I don’t think you were asking me what you feel. You know better than anyone. What you wanted me to help you with is what to do about it — and that I can tell you.
Glory in it for one thing and be very glad and grateful for it.
The object of love is the best and most beautiful. Try to live up to it.
If you love someone — there is no possible harm in saying so — only you must remember that some people are very shy and sometimes the saying must take that shyness into consideration.
Girls have a way of knowing or feeling what you feel, but they usually like to hear it also.
It sometimes happens that what you feel is not returned for one reason or another — but that does not make your feeling less valuable and good.
Lastly, I know your feeling because I have it and I’m glad you have it.
We will be glad to meet Susan. She will be very welcome. But Elaine will make all such arrangements because that is her province and she will be very glad to. She knows about love too and maybe she can give you more help than I can.
And don’t worry about losing. If it is right, it happens — The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.
Love,
Fa

Τετάρτη, 7 Οκτωβρίου 2015

Μες στη βροχή



Στάθηκες δίπλα μου και μου κράτησες την ομπρέλα
και ρίγησα που βρέθηκα ξαφνικά τόσο κοντά σου,
κάτω από τη σκέπη σου.
Καθώς άνοιγες τα φτερά σου μες στη βροχή,
η γκρίζα πολιτεία φωτίστηκε.
Δεν άντεξα να μείνω λίγο ακόμα δίπλα σου.
Δεν άντεξα να γυρίσω να σε κοιτάξω
και χάθηκα μες στο σκοτάδι της νύχτας.

Α.Φ.

Κυριακή, 4 Οκτωβρίου 2015

A dream within a dream by Edgar Allan Poe



Take this kiss upon the brow! 
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow-
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream; 
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone? 
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand-
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep- while I weep! 
O God! can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp? 
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave? 
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream? 



Τρίτη, 15 Σεπτεμβρίου 2015

"Go to the limits of your longing" by Rainer Maria Rilke



God speaks to each of us as he makes us,
then walks with us silently out of the night.
These are the words we dimly hear:
You, sent out beyond your recall,
go to the limits of your longing.
Embody me.
Flare up like a flame
and make big shadows I can move in.
Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror.
Just keep going. No feeling is final.
Don't let yourself lose me.
Nearby is the country they call life.
You will know it by its seriousness.
Give me your hand.
Book of Hours, I 59

Αλκίνοος Ιωαννίδης - Δεκέμβρης 1903 (Καβάφης)





Solang geb ich von meiner Liebe nichts preis-
solang ich nichts sag ueber dein Haar, noch ueber Lippen, Augen;

aber dein Gesicht, das schloss ein meine Seele, 
den Klang deiner Stimme mein Gedaechtnis bewahrt,
Septembertage, die aufgehn in meinen Traeumen,
die formen und faerben meine Worte, Saetze,
woruber auch immer ich spreche, welchen Gedanken ich sag.

Konstantin Kavafis



Κι αν για τον έρωτά μου δεν μπορώ να πω —
αν δεν μιλώ για τα μαλλιά σου, για τα χείλη, για τα μάτια·
όμως το πρόσωπό σου που κρατώ μες στην ψυχή μου,
ο ήχος της φωνής σου που κρατώ μες στο μυαλό μου,
οι μέρες του Σεπτέμβρη που ανατέλλουν στα όνειρά μου,
τες λέξεις και τες φράσεις μου πλάττουν και χρωματίζουν
εις όποιο θέμα κι αν περνώ, όποιαν ιδέα κι αν λέγω.
(Από τα Κρυμμένα Ποιήματα 1877;-1923, Ίκαρος 1993) 

Τετάρτη, 8 Ιουλίου 2015

Ακρογιαλιές δειλινά





Ζειν επικινδύνως , ζειν παραλόγως

είναι να πιστεύεις ότι η ζωή σου όλη

εξαρτάται από μια δόση.

Ζειν επικινδύνως, ζειν παραλόγως

είναι να νομίζεις ότι η ευτυχία σου

εξαρτάται από κάποιον άλλον.

Ζειν επικινδύνως, ζειν παραλόγως

είναι να χάνεις

τις ακρογιαλιές και τα δειλινά

την αβάσταχτη ομορφιά της ζωής.



Α.Φ.

Τρίτη, 23 Ιουνίου 2015

issues in our tissues


Both the Indian yogis and the Daoist yogis in China noticed a correlation between particular emotions and certain areas of the body: fear is centered in the kidneys, anger in the liver, worry in the stomach, fright in the heart and grief in the lungs. These associations make a lot of intuitive sense even to us Westerners. When we grieve our lungs go into spasm (called crying); when we are frightened suddenly our heart skips a beat (or we suffer a heart attack and become “frightened to death!”); when we fret the rate of ulcers rises;[1] when our liver becomes damaged we may subject our loved ones to bouts of extreme rage (as most families of alcoholics are only too aware); and when we are afraid our adrenal glands activate readying us to run away or fight that which confronts us. Fortunately, we are also beneficiaries of positive emotions as well: the home for beauty is in the lungs; joy in the heart; creativity in the stomach; kindness in the liver; and wisdom in the kidneys.
Poses in yoga work the body physically and energetically, stimulating the meridian lines that correspond to the major organs of the body and sometimes eliciting strong emotional responses. In the example of the woman who experienced fear while she was in Straddle Pose, she may have created a deep stress along the inner thighs, the adductor muscle group, through which the liver and kidney meridians run. This stress may be sufficient to trigger an emotional response if there is some blockage psychically or emotionally in the pertaining organs of the liver and kidneys.
Regardless of the cause of the emotional response, the prescription is the same: awareness with dispassion. Watch what is occurring without trying to change it, without running away from it, without giving into it in despair or resignation. Of course, as we have already discussed, if you really feel you are past your edge and are too deeply into an emotional state, then back off! But if the emotions are just challenging, not dangerous, stay and observe the raw experience that is occurring. This is when something interesting is about to happen. Don’t miss it!

Ask yourself constantly, “What is this?”

Note the emotions and the associated physical sensations in detail to yourself: what are you feeling, what is your breath like, your heart rate, is there increased tension in your jaw, shoulders, neck? For example, if you are feeling fear, notice what fear feels like: “my breath is shorter and choppy; my shoulders are tense; my thoughts are foggy and I can’t focus.”
Don’t judge these sensations as good or bad and don’t try to change them; just observe them as they are. If you would like to work more deeply with these feelings check out the exercise described in YinSights called A.W.A.K.E.N. It is based on cognitive behavioral therapy where a similar program is offered to help people cope with anxieties, phobias, and debilitating fears.
To sum up, when a strong emotion arises in the middle of a yoga practice pay attention to it. If it is too strong, back off and perhaps even stop the practice for that day. If this continues to happen to the degree that you can no longer practice skillfully, then seek help from a qualified yoga teacher or counseling. However, if the emotions are challenging but not dangerous, use this opportunity to take your yoga practice to a new level: play the edge of the emotion without going over the edge. Start to observe what is actually occurring, without adding anything to the experience and without taking anything away from it.
One last thought, and for this I will quote Rod Stryker: “If you have never laughed or cried in a yoga class, what are you waiting for?”


source: elephant journal

Ασθένειες του χαρακτήρα....


Ξεκινήστε την παρακολούθηση των σκέψεων σας . Αφιερώστε πέντε λεπτά κάθε βράδυ γράφοντας πώς αισθανθήκατε εκείνη την ημέρα. Θυμηθείτε τις καταστάσεις που αντιμετωπίσατε και τα συναισθήματα που νιώσατε. Ποια αρνητικά χαρακτηριστικά του χαρακτήρα αποκαλύψατε; Τι σκοπεύετε να κάνετε αύριο ώστε να αρχίσετε να βελτιώνετε τον εαυτό σας και να αλλάξετε τα συγκεκριμένα γνωρίσματα του χαρακτήρα; Είναι πολύ σημαντικό να γράψετε τα πάντα. Προσπαθήστε να σκέφτεστε περισσότερο πράγματα που σας κάνουν ευτυχισμένο. Αυτό είναι το θαύμα της θετικής σκέψης. Όταν επικεντρωθεί σε πράγματα που σας αρέσουν, είναι σαν να προχωρείτε σε μια διαφορετική συχνότητα δονήσεων, και το σώμα αρχίζει να θεραπεύει τον εαυτό του. Ακόμα καλύτερα, θα υπάρξει ένας μεγαλύτερος αριθμός καλών πραγμάτων στη ζωή σας, γιατί ό, τι σκέφτεστε γίνεται πραγματικότητα, καθώς και τα προβλήματα που σας ενοχλούν. Επικεντρωθείτε σε πράγματα που μπορείτε να απολαύσετε και παρακολουθήστε πώς όλα αρχίζουν να αλλάζουν.
Δοκιμάστε το διαλογισμό. Κατά τη διάρκεια του διαλογισμού, το σώμα και το μυαλό ηρεμεί και θεραπεύει τον εαυτό του. Η ασθένεια είναι απλά ένα σήμα του σώματός μας για έναν λανθασμένο (ή, μάλλον, μη ευεργετικό) τρόπο ζωής. Πρώτον, εκδηλώνεται ως άγχος, φόβος, και αρνητικές σκέψεις. Μόνο τότε, εφόσον δεν γίνεται καμία προσπάθεια να εργαστεί για τον εαυτό του, το σώμα στέλνει ένα πιο ισχυρό σήμα για να κινήσει την προσοχή σας και να σας κάνει να σκεφτείτε τι κάνετε λάθος, με τη μορφή των φυσικών συμπτωμάτων. Αφήστε μόνο τα χρήσιμα και σημαντικά πράγματα στη ζωή σας. Γιατί ό, τι είναι χρήσιμο για σας είναι πάντα χρήσιμο και για τους άλλους.

Things to remember

Remember you are exactly where you need to be right now.
It may not seem like it, but the entire Universe has orchestrated itself to create your life where it is right now.  It may not be where you want to be right now, but sometimes you have to go through a bit of bramble to get to the clover field.
So when you feel like you’ve failed or that you’ll never reach your goals, remind yourself that the Universe didn’t say no, it just said not yet. Continually remind yourself that you are in the perfect place right now, and continue moving forward in faith.

Be kind and gentle with yourself. You’re doing the best you can.
You don’t have to beat yourself up over not “getting there” fast enough, or as fast as the people you wish to be like. As long as you can come away at the end of the day knowing you gave it your all, that’s all anyone can truly do.  Your light is shining, no matter how small the flame.  Even if your flame is the smallest in the world, it will still cut through the darkest night.
You could even think of a flower garden.  Each flower blooms at it’s own pace and shows it’s unique beauty as it does so.  Continue reaching for the light, allowing yourself to be nurtured.  Much like the flower, your life will come into bloom as well.

You deserve your own unconditional love and forgiveness.
“Be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.”- Max Ehrmann
Begrudging yourself or holding on to negative thoughts about yourself will not bring you justice – the grief and pain will only end up affecting you.
Let go of the bitterness and resentment towards yourself or your situation. Let go of the negative feelings and remove the focus and attention to the unwanted. Forgiving yourself for making a mistake and allowing yourself to “love YOU no matter what” is wonderful. It will lead you to even more positive feelings of understanding, compassion and empathy, allowing you to grow into a better experience.

There’s always a solution, keep looking!
Sometimes you might feel like you’ve reached the end of the road. Lucky for you, there’s always a small dirt path called faith that you can continue to follow when times get tough.
Follow a path of positive faith and just watch new solutions appear. It may be a simple solution, and it may only be a part of the solution that you need to put together. The puzzle pieces are always there – it’s up to you to put the picture in place.
The only comparing and competing you should be doing is with yourself.
As mentioned multiple times throughout this article, there’s no need to try to compete or catch up with those who are in your field.  Be the best version of YOU.  Be the change you want to see in YOURSELF.  Allow the future vision of YOU to be your hero.
You can’t always change things, but you can ALWAYS change the way you look at things.
The present moment was created as a collective manifestation of your past thoughts, words and actions.  Sometimes, this can be so tough that you may feel like you’re not good enough to get through it, and if you’re reflecting on the reality that you’ve created, it may even make you feel like you’re not good enough to handle your co-creative ability.
The bottom line is that times can get tough – but there’s nothing wrong with believing you’re tougher.  Because when you believe you ARE good enough to create the life you desire, and you believe that YOU ARE good enough to make it through any situation.  When this happens, the way you look at things suddenly change, and before you know it, your reality positively changes with it.

Τετάρτη, 10 Ιουνίου 2015

Sarah Harvey, I had to be broken so I could meet you.


I had to be broken so I could meet you.
Because being broken made me courageous.
And I needed to be brave enough to show you my flaws,
Which are actually the things you love the most.
And you needed to be brave enough to show me your flaws,
Which are actually the things I love the most.

I had to be broken so I could meet you.
Because brokenness made me real.
You had to be broken so you could meet me.
Because brokenness made you real.
And, what we both wanted
More than anything
Was to be
Real.

Πέμπτη, 4 Ιουνίου 2015

Μικρές αγγελίες

Εν μέρει για να ξεχαστώ,
εν μέρει την ώρα να περάσω,
την νύχτα χθες περιδιάβαινα
ιστοσελίδες με αγγελίες γνωριμιών.
Άφθονες προσδοκίες, ευσεβείς πόθοι, υποσχέσεις,
έρωτες με αύριο ή χωρίς.

Κι αφού θαύμασα τη μοναξιά του κόσμου,
καθώς και τη δική μου,
πως γίνεται όλοι να ζούμε και να αναπνέουμε τις ίδιες επιθυμίες
και τους  ίδιους φόβους,
και να φοβόμαστε να τους ομολογήσουμε;  
θα ξαναγύριζα στη σιωπή μου,
αν δεν ψυχανεμιζόμουν ότι κάπου εδώ κοντά
κι εσύ τριγυρίζεις.....

A, να, ήρθες συ με την αόριστη 
γοητεία σου. Στην ιστορία του μέλλοντος ούτε
μια γραμμή δεν θα βρίσκεται μια σένα και για  μένα,
κ’ έτσι πιο ελεύθερα μάς έπλασα μες στον νου μου.
Η τέχνη μου στο πρόσωπό σου δίνει 
μιαν ονειρώδη συμπαθητική εμορφιά.
Και τόσο πλήρως σε φαντάσθηκα,
που χθες την νύχτα αργά, καθώς  παραδινόμουνα
στην αγκαλιά του Ορφέως—
εθάρρεψα που μπήκες μες στην κάμαρά μου,
με φάνηκε που εμπρός μου στάθηκες· 
χλωμή και κουρασμένη, ιδεώδης εν τη λύπη σου,
Αρχάγγελος χωρίς σπαθί.
Κι ύστερα ξύπνησα. 



Α.Φ. 
ΥΓ. Πατώντας πάνω στο "Καισαρίων" του Καβάφη