Do you agree? Coelho & the Heart.

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I’m reading the Alchemist. First I read Eleven Minutes because a reviewer compared Lie To Me an exposé on sex for money to Coelho’s novel; then Manuscript Found in Accra and now, I’m reading The Alchemist. Of course, I underline and highlight and drive my iPad crazy… When I read Coelho, my heart fills and my soul is at peace. Here’s a copy of the official blog, posted today by Paolo Coelho.

“Why do we have to listen to our hearts?” the boy asked when they had made camp that day.

“Because, wherever your heart is, that is where you’ll find your treasure.”

“But my heart is agitated,” the boy said. “It has its dreams, it gets emotional, and it’s become passionate over a woman of the desert. It asks things of me, and it keeps me from sleeping many nights when I’m thinking about her.”

“Well, that’s good. Your heart is alive. Keep listening to what it has to say.”

“My heart is a traitor,” the boy said to the alchemist when they had paused to rest the horses. “It doesn’t want me to go on.”

“That makes sense. Naturally, it’s afraid that, in pursuing your dream, you might lose everything you’ve won.”

“Well, then, why should I listen to my heart?”

“Because you will never again be able to keep it quiet. Even if you pretend not to have heard what it tells you, it will always be there inside you, repeating to you what you’re thinking about life and about the world.”

“You mean I should listen, even if it’s treasonous?”

“Treason is a blow that comes unexpectedly. If you know your heart well, it will never be able to do that to you. Because you’ll know its dreams and wishes, and will know how to deal with them.

“My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer,” the boy told the alchemist one night as they looked up at the moonless sky.

“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.”

“Every second of the search is an encounter with God,” the boy told his heart.

“Everyone on earth has a treasure that awaits him,” his heart said. “We, people’s hearts, seldom say much about those treasures, because people no longer want to go in search of them. We speak of them only to children. Later, we simply let life proceed, in its own direction, toward its own fate. But, unfortunately, very few follow the path laid out for them—the path to their destinies, and to happiness. Most people see the world as a threatening place, and, because they do, the world turns out indeed, to be threatening place.”

“So, we, their hearts, speak more and more softly. We never stop speaking out, but we begin to hope that our words won’t be heard: we don’t want people to suffer because they don’t follow their hearts.”

From “The Alchemist”

http://paulocoelhoblog.com/2018/02/14/character-of-the-week-the-alchemist/

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Lie to Me: An Exposé on Sex for Money

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The Top Love Stories of the 21st Century.

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I found this lovely article and thought I’d share TOP 10 LOVE Stories of the 21st Century.  Thanks, BookPage at Kobo

Everyone has a different opinion of Valentine’s Day. It’s a groan-worthy Hallmark holiday. The most romantic day of the year. An occasion to watch bad romantic comedies with friends. An excuse to eat an entire box of Russell Stover candies.

No matter how you feel, you can probably agree that books that celebrate love—whether pulse-pounding romantic love, obsessive love, familial love or love between friends—are books to cherish. In honor of Valentine’s Day, we want to share our Top 10 Love Stories of the 21st Century (so far). Now grab a hunk of chocolate and keep reading . . .

Bel Canto (2001): Would any list of love stories be complete without this novel? The relationships in a group of terrorists and hostages sound anything but sexy—but trust me that this unusual cast will have you crying and sighing after about 30 minutes of reading. Bonus: You’ll find yourself in love with opera after author Ann Patchett has cast her spell.
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The Time Traveler’s Wife (2003): Audrey Niffenegger’s story of Henry (a punk-loving, time-traveling librarian) and Clare (an artist) has become a contemporary classic. It’s clever, heart-breaking and romantic—and I envy the reader who hasn’t discovered it yet.
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The History of Love (2005): “Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.” Need I say more about Nicole Krauss’s wonderful book?
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The Myth of You & Me (2005): Leah Stewart’s graceful story attempts to answer this central question: Can a friendship ever be mended once the bonds of trust have been shattered? This is one of our favorite novels about the complicated love between friends.
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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (2005): Lisa See writes beautifully about two girls in 19th-century China who build a friendship that exceeds even their love for their own families.
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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007): Junot Díaz’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel addresses teenage love, obsessive love, unrequited love and more. It’s hip, high-energy and hysterical.
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The Post-Birthday World (2007): Lionel Shriver’s cleverly constructed novel (think Sliding Doors) is about passionate love, comfortable love and the love that could have been. If you love to ask “What if?” this book is for you.
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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2008): This delightful novel about the people of the Channel Island of Guernsey includes a tender love story that will make your heart flutter. Even better, the novel itself is practically an ode to book lovers. (And the way author Annie Barrows finished the book for her dying aunt Mary Ann Shaffer is lovely, too.)
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My Abandonment (2009): This pick falls into the “unconventional” category of love stories, but we think Peter Rock’s spare, haunting novel is one of the most fascinating stories of parent/child love published in recent years.
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Marriage and Other Acts of Charity (2010): Kate Braestrup’s memoir of navigating a later-in-life romance and a new marriage will leave you moved and filled with joy.
Read more in BookPage.

Do you agree with the list? What are your favorite love stories of the 21st century?

I would LOVE to add my memoir LOVE The Beat Goes On

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For You, Fifty Shades Freed

In your eyes, I’m alive
Inside you’re beautiful
Something so unusual
In your eyes
I know I’m home (yeah)
Every tear, every fear
Gone with the thought of you
Changing what I thought I knew
I’ll be yours for a thousand lives

I’m free as a bird
When I’m flying in your cage
I’m diving in deep
And I’m riding with no brakes
And I’m bleeding your love
And you’re swimming in my veins
You got me now

Been waiting for a lifetime for you
Been breaking for a lifetime for you
Wasn’t looking for love ’til I found you
Ooh na-na ayy
For love, ’til I found you (oh)

Skin to skin
Breathe me in
Feeling your kiss on me
Lips are made of ecstasy
I’ll be yours for a thousand nights (a thousand lights)

I’m free as a bird
When I’m flying in your cage (so lost)

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Love Attacks Back … a poem

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Love Attacks Back

 

I try…

it’s my game, you see

minutes, maybe an hour

tick by without thinking

and then all it takes is

a word, a love word, a laugh word

and your face fills my mind

and my heart swells with hope

 

for a brief moment, I allow hope

and then I remember

your pain

 

I think of you walking alone

death denying moments

a game you are losing

 

and I hate them all

and I want to stop 40,000 more at risk

and I don’t know how

 

big boy’s games

murderous filthy games

 

and then stillness comes over me

and love attacks back

 

it’s what you would want, I know

it’s what you would want me to remember

©Lynda Filler, LOVE REHAB

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Lip Service

I taste a salty tear,

let it fall

the furrows aging my face

no longer smiling

the pain

raw

 

it seems with time

I remember

too much, too clear, too sad

 

did you tell my sister you loved me?

that I was distant?

             explain to me how an infant can be distant

 

it matters not, now,

 

I accepted your cool demeanor

all the while thinking there was something wrong with me

 

when my babies were born

you asked me should you come

             how could you ask me

             why didn’t you need to be with me?

(I was so scared)

             didn’t you want to hold them?

a newborn baby, a gift of God,

your grandchild

a baby powder bundle of love

 

it’s my birthday soon,

yours two weeks later

 

I face my sad

I am healing

 

I offer lip-service-forgiveness

I’m not sure I will ever understand you

 

© Lip Service, LOVE REHAB 

 

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