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There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart.

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Under The Blue Door

Art by Catrin Welz-Stein

Art by Catrin Welz-Stein

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Laura Pausini, omri (Italian pronunciation: [ˈlaura pauˈziːni]; born 16 May 1974) is an Italian pop singer-songwriter and record producer. As a child, she was encouraged by her father to join him during his performances in local piano bars. After competing in local singing contests, Pausini signed her first recording contract. She rose to fame in 1993, winning the newcomer artists’ section of the 43rd Sanremo Music Festival with her debut single “La solitudine”,[1] which became an Italian standard[2] and an international hit, topping the charts in Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium.[3][4][5] Her eponymous debut album was released in Italy on 23 April 1993[6] and later became an international success, selling two million copies worldwide.[7]

Its follow-up, Laura, was released in 1994 and confirmed her international success, selling three million copies worldwide.[8] During the same year, she released her first Spanish-language album, Laura Pausini, composed of ten adapted songs originally included in her previous works. The album was certified diamond by the Association of Phonographic and Videographic of Spain,[9] making her the first non-Spanish artist to sell more than one million copies in Spain.[10]

As of 2014, she has released ten studio albums, two international greatest hits albums and two compilation albums for the Hispanic and Anglophone market only, respectively. She mostly performs in Italian and Spanish, but she has also recorded songs in English, French and Portuguese.[11] Her only English-language album, From the Inside, was released in 2002, but failed to satisfy commercial expectations both in North America and in the rest of the world. In 2006, her record Io canto was the best-selling album of the year in Italy.[12] In 2004, Allmusic’s Jason Birchmeier considered Pausini’s sales “an impressive feat for someone who’d never really broken into the lucrative English–language market”.[13] As of 2011, according to Warner Music Italy, Pausini had sold more than 45 million records.[14]

During her career, she has won numerous music awards, including three Latin Grammy Awards, a Billboard Latin Music Award and four World Music Awards. In 2006 she also became the first Italian female artist to win a Grammy Award,[15] receiving the accolade for Best Latin Pop Album for the record Escucha.[16] She has been honoured as a Commander Order of Merit of the Italian Republic by President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi.

 

Click here to listen to Gente in Italian

 

Click here to listen to Gente in Spanish

 

GENTE (ITALIAN)

Si sbaglia sai quasi continuamente
Sperando di non farsi mai troppo male
Ma quante volte si cade
La vita sai è un filo in equilibrio
E prima o poi ci ritroviamo distanti
Davanti a un bivio
Ed ogni giorno insieme per fare solo un metro in più
Ci vuole tutto il bene che riusciremo a trovare in ognuno di noi
Ma a volte poi basta un sorriso solo
A sciogliere in noi anche un inverno di gelo
E ripartire da zero
Perché non c’è un limite per nessuno
Che dentro sè abbia un amore sincero
Solo un respiro
Non siamo angeli in volo venuti dal cielo
Ma gente comune che ama davvero
Gente che vuole un mondo più vero
La gente che incontri per strada in città
Prova e vedrai ci sarà sempre un modo
Dentro di noi per poi riprendere il volo
Verso il sereno
Non siamo angeli in volo venuti dal cielo
Ma gente comune che ama davvero
Gente che vuole un mondo più vero
La gente che insieme lo cambierà
Gente che vuole un mondo più vero
La gente che insieme lo cambierà
Insieme lo cambierà, proverà
Gente che proverà
Lavori lo cambierà, riuscirà
Gente che riuscirà
Insieme ci riuscirà, cambierà
Gente che cambierà

 

GENTE (SPANISH)

Una vez más, casi continuamente
Vuelve a caer, y volverá a equivocarse
Mucho más fuerte si cabe

La vida es un hilo en equilibrio
Que al separar dos puntos equidistantes
Puede acercarles

Y cada día juntos, haciendo sólo un metro más
Se necesita todo, todo lo bueno y lo malo que tengas en ti

Aunque después te baste una sonrisa
Para fundir todo un invierno de hielo
Para empezar desde cero

Porque no hay un límite para nadie
Que dentro de él tenga valores eternos
No hay más misterio

No somos…
Ángeles, no nos caímos del cielo
La gente que busca el amor verdadero
Gente que quiere un mundo sincero
La gente corriente de cualquier ciudad

Prueba y verás que siempre hay algo nuevo
Dentro de ti para empezar otro vuelo
Directo al cielo

No somos…
Ángeles, no nos caímos del cielo
La gente que busca el amor verdadero
Gente que quiere un mundo sincero
La gente que unida lo cambiará

Gente que quiere un mundo sincero
La gente que unida lo cambiará

Unida lo cambiará, lo verás
Gente que luchará
Unida lo intentará, lo verás
Gente que arriesgará
Unida lo logrará, lo verás
Gente que cambiará

plan a plan b

You are going to fail. In working towards your goals, your dreams and your projects, sooner or later you are going to fail. Not always, of course, but every now and then. We all fail. It is inevitable. Thinking you can’t fail is naive. Nobody can have an endless run of continuous success.

The good thing is, if you have the courage to face your fear of failure and are willing to try, the chances of failling drop down. They drop every time you try again because you gain experience, and if nothing else, at least you learn what doesn’t work.

With a little vision, planning and preparation you have a good chance of achieving your goals. If you are willing to try, that is. If you don’t try, you have already failed. It is a fight, between you and your fear, and only one can win.

Ultimately, we are all going to fail, the thing is to choose how. As for me, I’d like it to be trying.

How about you?

thescript

A few months ago I went to a concert with my family, and we saw three of the most popular groups: American Authors, The Script and OneRepublic. It certainly was the event of the year.

Today I present you with Hall of Fame, from The Script. I hope you enjoy it.

Happy Sunday!

 

HALL OF FAME

Yeah, you could be the greatest
You can be the best
You can be the king kong banging on your chest
You could beat the world
You could beat the war
You could talk to God, go banging on his door

You can throw your hands up
You can beat the clock
You can move a mountain
You can break rocks

You can be a master
Don’t wait for luck
Dedicate yourself and you can find yourself

Standing in the hall of fame
And the world’s gonna know your name
Cause you burn with the brightest flame
And the world’s gonna know your name
And you’ll be on the walls of the hall of fame

You could go the distance
You could run the mile
You could walk straight through hell with a smile

You could be the hero
You could get the gold
Breaking all the records they thought could never be broke

Do it for your people
Do it for your pride
Never gonna know if you never even try

Do it for your country
Do it for your name
Cause there’s gonna be a day
When you’re…

Standing in the hall of fame
And the world’s gonna know your name
Cause you burn with the brightest flame
And the world’s gonna know your name
And you’ll be on the walls of the hall of fame

Be a champion
Be a champion
Be a champion
Be a champion
On the walls of the hall of fame

Be students
Be teachers
Be politicians
Be preachers

Be believers
Be leaders
Be astronauts
Be champions
Be true seekers

Be students
Be teachers
Be politicians
Be preachers

Be believers
Be leaders
Be astronauts
Be champions

Standing in the hall of fame
And the world’s gonna know your name
Cause you burn with the brightest flame
And the world’s gonna know your name
And you’ll be on the walls of the hall of fame

(You can be a champion)
You could be the greatest
(You can be a champion)
You can be the best
(You can be a champion)
You can be the king kong banging on your chest

(You can be a champion)
You could beat the world
(You can be a champion)
You could beat the war
(You can be a champion)
You could talk to God, go banging on his door

(You can be a champion)
You can throw your hands up
(You can be a champion)
You can beat the clock
(You can be a champion)
You can move a mountain
(You can be a champion)
You can break rocks
(You can be a champion)

You can be a master
(You can be a champion)
Don’t wait for luck
(You can be a champion)
Dedicate yourself and you can find yourself
(You can be a champion)
Standing in the hall of fame

Read The Script’s history in Wikipedia.

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Helping others never goes out of style.

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A few months ago I went to a concert with my family, and we saw three of the most popular groups: American Authors, The Script and OneRepublic. It certainly was the event of the year.

During the following weeks I will feature my favorite songs from theses three bands. Today, I leave you with The Best Day of My Life from American Authors. I hope you enjoy it.

Happy Sunday!

 

THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE

(Ooh, Ooh-Ooh, Ooh)

I had a dream so big and loud
I jumped so high I touched the clouds
Whoa-Oh-Oh-Oh-Oh-Oh-Oh (Whoa-Oh-Oh-Oh-Oh-Oh-Oh)

I stretched my hands out to the sky
We danced with monsters through the night
Whoa-Oh-Oh-Oh-Oh-Oh-Oh (Whoa-Oh-Oh-Oh-Oh-Oh-Oh)

I’m never gonna look back, Whoa-Oh
Never gonna give it up, No-Oh
Please don’t wake me now

(Ooh, Ooh-Ooh, Ooh)
This is gonna be the best day of my life
(Ooh, Ooh-Ooh, Ooh) My li-i-i-i-i-i-ife

(Ooh, Ooh-Ooh, Ooh)
This is gonna be the best day of my life
(Ooh, Ooh-Ooh, Ooh) My li-i-i-i-i-i-ife

(Ooh, Ooh-Ooh, Ooh) Whoo
(Ooh, Ooh-Ooh, Ooh)

I howled at the moon with my friends
And then the sun came crashing in
Whoa-Oh-Oh-Oh-Oh-Oh-Oh (Whoa-Oh-Oh-Oh-Oh-Oh-Oh)

But all the possibilities
No limits just epiphanies
Whoa-Oh-Oh-Oh-Oh-Oh-Oh (Whoa-Oh-Oh-Oh-Oh-Oh-Oh)

I’m never gonna look back, Whoa-Oh
Never gonna give it up, No-Oh
Just don’t wake me now

(Ooh, Ooh-Ooh, Ooh)
This is gonna be the best day of my life
(Ooh, Ooh-Ooh, Ooh) My li-i-i-i-i-i-ife

(Ooh, Ooh-Ooh, Ooh)
This is gonna be the best day of my life
(Ooh, Ooh-Ooh, Ooh) My li-i-i-i-i-i-ife

(Ooh, Ooh-Ooh, Ooh)
(Ooh, Ooh-Ooh, Ooh)

I hear it calling
Outside my window
I feel it in my soul (Soul)

The stars were burning so bright
The sun was out ’till midnight
I say we lose control (Control)

(Ooh, Ooh-Ooh, Ooh)

(Ooh, Ooh-Ooh, Ooh)
This is gonna be the best day of my life
(Ooh, Ooh-Ooh, Ooh) My li-i-i-i-i-i-ife

(Ooh, Ooh-Ooh, Ooh)
This is gonna be the best day of my life
(Ooh, Ooh-Ooh, Ooh) My li-i-i-i-i-i-ife

(Ooh, Ooh-Ooh, Ooh) This is gonna be, this is gonna be
This has gotta be, the best day of my life (Ooh, Ooh-Ooh, Ooh)
Everything is looking up, everybody up now

(Ooh, Ooh-Ooh, Ooh)
This is gonna be the best day of my liife
(Ooh, Ooh-Ooh, Ooh) My li-i-i-i-i-ife

To read more about American Authors in Wikipedia click here

The Leader's Zone

I found this study from the Hay Group, that I’ve found very interesting. If you want to learn what the Top 20 Companies do for Leadership Development read on, or click here to go to the original article at Hay Group’s website, but don’t miss it.

The 2014 Best Companies for Leadership survey findings

Now in its ninth year, our Best Companies for Leadership study has a simple, single purpose. We identify the organizations with the best leadership practices and then see what we can learn from them. Our study is the largest global research survey of its kind, with more than 17,000 individuals at 2,100 organizations participating. And it’s truly global in nature, with responses from 115 countries.According to this year’s survey, the Best Companies for Leadership take a determined and disciplined approach to help leaders develop and rise within their organizations. A key finding from this year’s study…

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El Zen de la Salud

How Exercise Changes Your Brain To Be Better At Basically Everything

Recent studies have revealed more complex and nuanced ways in which exercise activates and affects the brain.

By Jane Porter

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The brain is fundamentally a lazy piece of meat, according to neuroscientist Gregory Berns. But take the body attached to it on a brisk walk or jog and suddenly your meat-brain is lighting up like a Lite-Brite.”The more streamlined and compact your white matter is, the faster and more efficiently your brain functions,” Christopher Bergland writes in Psychology Today. “The real enemy is sedentarism. … Just a little bit of movement every day helps preserve the integrity of your brain’s white matter.”

What exactly is going on in there?

“When we exercise, blood pressure and blood flow increase everywhere in the body, including the brain,” Justin Rhodes, associate professor of psychology at the University of Illinois at…

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Did you know that the average life expectancy is only 984 months? If you put it that way, they don’t seem like many.
Now, substract 240 for every 20 years you have already lived.
Doesn’t that perspective make you think every month left to live should be unforgetable?

So, here’s a Quick Guide to Have an Unforgetable Month:
1. Figure out what would have to happen for you to have an unforgetable month.
2. Now, go do it.

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