Love and Lesiure in Giardini di Via Stendhal

Enjoy this fantastic appreciation of the Italian city of Milan. I am so glad, that similar to this blogger, I have experienced Milano with the local Italians, savoring in the authentic Italian culture of family and enjoying the beauties of life. Enjoy and let us know your thoughts of Milan.

Seeing and Savoring Italy

Although writing has become a routine part of my day, like Stendhal I find time spent in Milan to be entirely devoted to leisure and love.

Milan and its metropolitan commune are home to a branch of our Italian cousins and flying into Malpensa has always been a starting point for my taste travels in Italy. Before leaving on an Italian version of Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride through Northern Italy, Tuscany and Umbria visiting regional producers (many now friends) that I source for my business, I spend time in Milan with la famiglia. Time spent with generational layers of the past wrapped around new memories of the present with a loving Italian family I am so happy to know. Wonderful times eating, cooking, shopping and seeing Milano through their eyes and getting to know Italy in a unique and personal way. Stendhal obsessed unhappily for years about the unrequited…

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Where We Stand

Something soulful going on here

Reaching past suffering

A celebration of Unity

You can

Be Aware

Where we stand

Finding yourself walking a labyrinth

Shocking truth revealed

All around us lessons

You can

Redeem You

Where we stand

Materials and ingredients you use

Do you suffer?

You should play healing

You can

Speak out

Where we stand

Challenging convention and choosing both

Watch own promises

Feed your soul risk

You can

Choose You

Where we stand

Feeding your soul pure care

Your life exposed

New thinking new possibilities

You can

Breathe easier

Where we stand

Embracing all cultures, people, anyone

Life Source Resource

Encounter standards and ambiguity

You can

Free You

Where we stand

Enjoy every day smile bold

Path to peace

Experience the game beauty

You can

Guide stars

Where we stand

Something soulful going on here

Powerful, I am

Discover celebration of Unity






Let’s Just Create!

You know…when it really comes down to it…there’s no excuse for not creating. Why should I put off any longer what I want to make, what I want to bring to life? If it really is important to me, if it really is something I’m passionate about, then I must create it! And today, that’s what I did. Continue reading

Creative Juices Flowing – Ideas?

Lately, I’ve been listening to this fun little desire inside me to make things with my hands. Over Christmas it resulted in hand-made ornaments and festive Christmas decorations on a budget. Now, I’m thinking of making bookmarks and wine glass charms that can be delightful for me and my family, as well as great personalized gifts for friends. So where do I start? Continue reading

Get Inspired: Blog Ideas for 2014

When we ask for guidance or help and are open to it, inspiration and motivation comes from all types of sources. Perhaps this blog post about our New Year will encourage you in that way for your blogging or other ventures. If you like it, pay it forward. Happy 2014! News

Write more. Paint more. Photograph more. 

Do something amazing. Go down a different path.

Challenge myself. 

New year’s resolutions — you might make ’em, or you may think they’re trite and a waste of time. Whatever the case, you’re here, aren’t you? Exploring, contemplating your next blog post, and scheming up 2014. We closed out 2013 with a showcase of year-long, daily, and weekly projects, so let’s brainstorm ways, big and small, to get your work out into the world in 2014.

Think big

the wanderers

Photographer and writer Stephanie Dandan at Infinite Satorisets off for Asia soon to work on a photo storybook called The Wanderers. Traveling solo, Stephanie will meet other explorers on her journey and tell their stories. She lays out her project on Kickstarter, and its design aesthetic — and her nomadic and adventurous spirit — echo the work she publishes on her blog.

But thinking…

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My Blog Loves You! 2013 Review

It’s that time again when WordPress releases those magical little fairies to dazzle up reports for us on our blogs in the year prior. These are not just reports to me, but stories on the unseen joys of blogging. Below is the short story (aka report) for my personal blog, Amalia Vida. The numbers and stats are exciting because they represent the people, readers and fellow-bloggers, who brought it all about.

I want to extend my heartfelt thanks for all of you that make my blog possible and growing. Thank you for reading and following, liking and commenting, for sharing and just simply taking the time to check it out and enjoy. I greatly appreciate you and hope you continue on with me into this new, exciting year, of 2014.

Happy New Year of creative blogging fun!

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,200 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

You and Facebook?

facebook-iconCan you remember the days when we didn’t have Facebook? I’m in my early thirties, so I certainly do…yet I realize, as the years go by, there’s upcoming generations that don’t know a time without the powerful online social network. Do you like Facebook? It’s use is not limited to just personal profiles anymore. For some time now, it’s a powerful tool for business as well. What’s your interaction with FB? Personal? Business? Maybe it’s both… Continue reading