Few people shine our lives as guiding lights. True gem in life.
Orphaned at birth and stigmatized by his village, Abdel Halim Hafez turned to music. He grew up in an orphanage and at age 14, he joined the Egyptian Music Institute, and learned to play multiple instruments. His first break came as a last-minute draft to substitute for a singer in On-The-Air performance; only to be heard by a famous radio broadcast supervisor who offered him a record deal and served as his mentor. At the peak of his success, he lost his beloved fiancée to a chronic illness; a tragedy he never recovered from and is reflected on his heartfelt throbbing songs. All through his life, he struggled with a water-born parasitic disease (Schistosomiasis), which took his life from liver failure at age 47 in Kings College Hospital in London on March 30th, 1977. "Fist time in love". Take a listen: https://youtu.be/Jh4Yhsm-fSY
Twenty one Egyptians killed near the Libyan board-RIP-May God bless their souls. Three Young Lives Cut Short at UNC. Gun in the wrong hands or hate crime? The outcome is the same-Loss for humanity- Bright compassionate young lives cut tragically short-RIP- Pray for the families and friends.
People have strong feelings about their birthdays. They need to know their long-term friends are willing to take time to recognize them once a year. It's not the flowers, or the presents, or the party that matter. It's the spiritual appeal that someone is bearing witness to their life and is willing to honor them on their special day.
Egyptian-Born Greek Singer, Demis Roussos (1946-2015). Vocalist, bass guitarist, guitarist, trumpeter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXFwrDEuD3Q Goodbye Demis RIP. "When forever has gone" http://youtu.be/hIrFollH3rU
Smile gracefully, it's contagious! Happy New Year
Time magazine names Ebola fighters Person of the Year. Those who answered the call! http://time.com/time-person-of-the-year-ebola-fighters/
Mind-Set and Attitude of Gratitude. "When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed" Maya Angelou
“Friends are the family you choose” – Jess C. Scott “The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship”. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Walk the Path- Halim Hafez, The Dark Skin Nightingale (1973)-- Translation: The night embraces the worries, there is no moonlight, there is no stars. I walked, I walked, I walked the path, and my steps, my steps, got longer and longer. The wind, the wind is churning my way. Oh! the journey of pain, oh the life of sorrow. I walked the path for many years; the path got weary, but I didn't shatter. I endured my pain, and walked on my despair. I dissolve my doubts with every sunrise. And I got lost, lost, in the middle of the crowd and I continue, I will continue my journey, my journey of pain. http://youtu.be/OYspH83aAYA