My Favorite Song This Week!

There are always many reasons for people to love a particular singer. However, I am the kind of person that pays more attention to songs than the people who sing them. I am not a new song chaser, either. Sometimes I will just discover some songs released months ago and suddenly start looping it. If you look at my playlist you are very likely to find more songs that were popular years ago than new ones. To be honest, if you go back to those old songs, you will be surprised by how good they are.

Earlier this week, I came across this song Secrets that was released in July, 2014. I have to admit that I had no idea who the singer was at that time. I just watched the video and was so deeply touched that I started to loop it right away.

I like it not only because it sounds nice, but also because it makes me want to cry and smile at the same time. It has me recall the days when I struggled to pretend to be the perfect girl others expected me to be. The feeling of being someone else was nothing but sad. Yet like the lady sings, “I’m over it”. When I saw how she shared her secrets bravely and happily, I really understood how she felt. This is not giving up, but truly accepting myself and show some attitude.

I don’t care if the world knows what my secrets are. You cannot hurt me because I am true to my heart.


Fall into Venice

[taken in Venice on January 16, 2015]

We arrived in Venice early in the morning. It was January. The second we walked out of Venice station, I turned my collar to the cold and damp and complained to my friend who was wrapping herself up tightly with a heavy woolen coat. Neither of us knew at the moment that we would be so taken away by the beauty of this city just a few minutes later.

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Mikhail: Looking Like The Cool Cat That He Is

Mikhail is back! No more doldrums for this old cat! He’s suave and deboner in his cave. I’m guessing there must be a heated floor in there for him. I was fortunate to have a young lady to walk with yesterday. She was interested in finding the flamingo exhibit which started my mini-tour of our zoo. She was pleasant to talk to and interested in all of our animals. What a pleasant way to spend a beautiful morning! The zoo is now going back to its regular opening time of 9:00 a.m. instead of 10:00.

Mikhail Back In Shape

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Five Themes for Writers and Readers

I am sure I am not the only one who would spend hours playing with themes and designs.

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In the past, we’ve highlighted some of our favorite themes for longform enthusiasts and bloggers who just want to write. Today, let’s take a look at five free themes, launched in the past several months, that offer a distraction-free writing and reading experience.


radcliffe readabilityRadcliffe combines bold typography with a clutter-free post layout, as shown above. Ideal for longform writing, the theme works blissfully out of the box for those focused on lots of text. The default headline font Abril Fatface is strong but not overbearing, while the Crimson font for your body text completes this pleasurable reading experience.

Calling out text in various ways also looks fantastic — for example, the blockquote styling is simple but sophisticated:

Radcliffe blockquote

But don’t be fooled by Radcliffe‘s simple design. Your photography has a place here, too: full-width featured images give your posts visual flair, while galleries also look lovely, as seen on Sage and…

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