That Particular Scene………..

That one moment when a song totally captures the emotion of a particular scene in an episode, that even after you’ve finished the whole anime your mind still goes back to that scene and the song lingers on…..

I am talking about Episode 6 of the anime, Zombie-Loan. That last moment between Chika and Shiba and the haunting melody of the song played. That particular scene, when in a split second, Shiba seemed to realize something but chose to act cold and indifferent toward Chika till the end.

“Let’s go somewhere right now, Shiba……”


(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?

Coming down off the nova somewhere near the boiled egg that is the Royal Albert Hall, we watch Paul’s sun crossed with John’s star and hold ice cream hands. Someone slipped on a cassette as the one you wanted left with someone else but somehow it was cool because as the music filled the shadows, you heard a sound that was a million miles away from fakery and a step away from your heart.

Just like it always did, this sound puts the swagger back into your step, the rush into your blood but somehow, and I don’t know how, they had become deeper, wider, soulful, better at their craft, inspired by so many things like a world that is tilting who knows where and the applause they always knew was theirs but waited so impatiently to receive. Words cut you from all angles, backed up by a monumental sound that rises high, high and high to crash against your rocks and then changes, majestically and magically to soothe the wounds inside.

As you are dragged inside on this trip abandon, you hear a council estate singing its heart out, you hear the clink of loose change that is never enough to buy what you need, boredom and poverty, hours spent with a burnt off guitar, dirty pubs and cracked up pavements, violence and love, all rolled into one, and now all this.

At the end you flip over and start again because now you are not isolated. they have gone to work so that you can go home. High above the day turns pink and you feel your feet lift above the ground as new roads open up in front of you. In this town the jury is always rigged but the people know. They always know the truth. Believe. Belief. beyond. Their morning glory.

P.H. in the summer of ’95

(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?

Schoep the Dog….and the Photo that Captured the World


-sleep now sweet angel-

-sleep now sweet angel-

Schoep passed away in July 2013.  He was 20 years old.

I love dogs and Schoep’s story is an inspiration to me. I remembered seeing this photo years ago and it has never left my mind since then. The photo speaks of the unconditional love between Schoep and his human dad, John Unger.  Schoep was already suffering from arthritis when this photo was taken last August 2012. To make him feel better, his human dad would carry him and let him warm up in the waters of Lake Superior. When John was told by Schoep’ s vet that his beloved dog is already nearing the end of his life, he called his friend, Hannah, a photographer, to take photos of him and his beloved companion. Hannah perfectly captured the moment when Schoep fell asleep in his human dad’s arms while being carried in the water.

John is lucky for finding Schoep after a year of looking in various shelters. And Schoep was lucky to have a human dad like John who knows how to love unconditionally. Theirs is an inspiring story. Schoep passed away knowing that he was loved and cared for dearly not only by his human dad but by the thousands of people who were moved after seeing the photo. These people also made it possible for Schoep to live a year longer through their donations for Schoep’s laser treatment for arthritis.

Schoep lived a long life – a life filled with love. I salute John for being a great human companion to Schoep.
I also want my furry baby, Momiji, to live a long life. My boy is 4 years old now and so far everything has been good. He is a bit sickly but he’s strong and a fighter. I love being with him all the time. He is like my vitamin. He makes me happy. He makes me feel loved. He is the center of my life. I am thankful to have him by my side. 
P.S.  John has a new furry companion now named Bear……
-credit to Hanna Stonehouse for the image-

Mao Oh Mao!!!

Date: February 2014

-you go girl-

-you go girl-

It was truly a magnificent performance, a scene-stealer!!!! I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen.

I would have loved to see you standing at the podium at the end, a medal around your neck. But things don’t always work out as planned.

Still even with a very low ranking on your short program you didn’t let it defeat you. You came back!!! And you came back with a vengeance. You gave the crowd an amaaaazing performance, something to remember in the years ahead!

It saddens me that I will no longer be able to see you in the Olympic ice competing. You were a joy to watch, truly captivating.

This performance made me cry, you made me cry. I couldn’t ask for more. It was all I was hoping for and more.

I adore you Mao. You are my favorite skater, always will………………..

7 Tips to Moving On after a Break-Up


-which way to go?-

-which way to go?-

So he left you for another girl and now you want to run after him to beg for another chance? Some girls would be contemplating murder by then but you seem to want to make a fool of yourself. Don’t you think you’re being too pitiful and unreasonable? It’s one thing to fight for your love but it’s a whole new different scenario to make a fool of yourself.

How about deciding to move on for a change? Tips to moving on after a break-up are found everywhere and all you need to do is take a closer look.

1. Free your closet of all things related to him: This is simple. Just rid your closet of all the trash.
2. Erase his number in your phonebook: You need that one remaining space in your phone book for the number of the pizza delivery.
3. Indulge in a new hobby to keep yourself busy: Nope, I didn’t mean cliff-diving. Try crocheting.
4. Volunteer: Time to show that Good Samaritan nature for a change, before it fades away.
5. Go out with friends: No, not to look for a new guy; just F-R-I-E-N-D-S.
6. Go on vacation: Time to gather up all those vacation brochures and choose one. Be sure to come back though.
7. Spend time with family: They can understand your whole over-dramatic approach to the break-up and will still support you, believe me.

So the guy you love left you. Big deal. He doesn’t love you anymore, which means he’s not into you anymore and has already found someone new. It’s now time to move on, get a new life, quit being a whiner, and get a new haircut.


Geena’s Song


♫♫♫ Tell me everything’s alright
        Don’t tell me it’s not right,
       And ask me to let go
       If loving you is all I know,
      Don’t leave me in the cold

     Without you it’s not better,
    Without you nothing matters,
    Nothing matters  ♫♫♫


alessandra de rossi




“There are things that are thought of as fantasies merely because they’re far away. That’s how it is in the world of stars. Just as it is with people who are too beautiful, they disappear easily. I realize now how beautiful of a person he is. And therefore how far away he is from me. He’ll disappear someday, too, just as people who are too beautiful often do.” – Gil Ra-Im