Simona Halep conquers Roland Garros!

It has finally happened! A Romanian player has won the Roland Garros tennis tournament and….it had to be Simona, of course! She deserves these magic moments, she has worked a lot for this and we, Romanians, are also celebrating this amazing victory with her, today and this whole year while she has this title.

After defeating A. Kerber and G Muguruza in the previous matches, showing a great condition, Simona has met today a new entry in the top ladies of the world tennis – Sloane Stephens. Never underestimating her opponents, she prepared and had a lot of work to manage finally to get and enjoy the most beautiful victory of her life, the dream she has had for 12 years. The moment was magical and all the Romanians in Paris and everywhere prayed for her to win and supported her all along the match.

After 40 years, as in 1978 another Romanian player Virginia Ruzici won the same cup, the Roland Garros cup for ladies comes back to Romania, to Constanta. I would say that the French reporters on tv were right – Constanta has moved to Paris! And, yes, the Roland Garros trophy has moved to Romania, a very happy Romania!  

  THANK YOU FOR THIS AMAZING VICTORY, SIMONA!

 

 

 

Cred ca pentru vorbitorii de limba romana nu mai este nevoie de cuvinte…toti o stim pe Simona, toti visam de mult timp la aceasta zi. Azi am mers la biserica mea din cartier si m-am rugat pentru Simona si pentru victoria ei. Am simit ca are nevoie de putin ajutor divin, de putina forta magica…pentru a atinge racheta si mingea astfel incat sa castige. Bucuria ei este si bucuria mea, oriunde m-as afla in aceasta lume. Suntem din aceeasi tara si nu am vreun merit in victoria ei insa in mod virtual o imbratisez ca pe o veche prietena si ii multumesc pentru fericirea pe care mi-a oferit-o astazi, 9 iunie 2018. Sunt momente unice si am vrea sa dureze vesnic insa titlul il pastreaza doar pentru un an, insa un an minunat in care are voie sa mai faca pauze, sa faca plaja la Barcelona sau sa iasa cu prietenii ei din Constanta si sa nu uite niciodata acest moment magic. Azi si pentru un an este romanca cea mai iubita de la noi, nu e asa? 

MULTUMIM SIMONA PENTRU ACEASTA VICTORIE SI FELICITARI !!!!!!

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16 Mai – celebrarea parintelui Vladimir Ghika 16 Mai – Fête du Bienheureux Vladimir Ghika

Vladimir GhikaLe 16 mai, l’eglise Sacre Coeur de Bucarest fete le bienheureux Vladimir Ghika, nom bien connu autant par les orthodoxes roumains que par les catholiques aussi.  Le texte suivant est repris du site de l’eglise ( https://sacrecoeur.ro/ )

Voici ce que Jean Daujat écrivait en L’apôtre du XXe siècle Monseigneur Ghika:

 » Sa vie, son témoignage, sont d’une actualité extraordinaire […]
Parce que l’Amour infini se donne totalement, nous devons aussi nous donner totalement. Mgr Ghika insistait beaucoup sur ce don total de soi à Dieu, sans restriction, sans réserve, sans partage, pour les laïcs comme pour les prêtres, pour les gens mariés comme pour les religieux, dans le monde comme dans le cloître : lui-même l’a vécu et réalisé dans sa vie bien avant de recevoir le sacerdoce. Au fur et à mesure que grandissait sa charité, il a voulu cette offrande volontaire de lui-même de plus en plus totale, il l’a poussée jusqu’à renoncer à sa fortune, jusqu’à la ruine de sa santé, jusqu’à risquer la lèpre au service des lépreux, jusqu’à rester sous la persécution au service des persécutés, finalement jusqu’à cette mort misérable dans un cachot de prison, fin logique en pays de persécution d’une vie donnée à Dieu et à ses frères et consommation définitive de l’offrande volontaire de lui-même par amour : certes, on ne peut parler de martyre au sens le plus strict du mot puisqu’il n’a pas été tué, mais au sens large la qualification de martyr lui convient bien puisqu’il s’est exposé volontairement à une mort qui devait résulter de la longue suite des privations et des mauvais traitements .  »

Après l’arrivée du communisme Monseigneur Ghika a fait le choix de rester dans son pays la Roumanie, auprès de ses compatriotes en souffrance. Malgré une santé précaire il continue son activité sacerdotale. Le 18 novembre 1952 il est arrêté. Il subit plus de quatre-vingts interrogatoires nocturnes, il est menacé, battu et torturé et, après un simulacre de procès, est condamné à trois ans d’incarcération dans la prison de Jilava près de Bucarest. Ici, il prêche, raconte ses souvenirs et un peu de joie illumine les visages qui l’entourent. Pour lui, les murs de la prison n’existaient pas. Il était libre, parce qu’il faisait la volonté de Dieu ( Didier Rance, Courage et fidélité. L’Église gréco-catholique unie) . Le 16 mai 1954, il meurt d’épuisement.

Victory for the bees! Victorie pentru albine!

Hello everyone! I hope you are well and enjoying this amazing spring, wherever you live on this beautiful Earth.

I have to share with you the great news of the day – the governments of the EU member states have voted for the bees.  The EU has just adopted the long-waited, historic ban on neonicotinoid bee killer pesticides. Everyone understands finally that, without bees and their life-saving products, we would be dead. I am happy I tried to help a bit, by signing many petitions and writing an article about bees last February and will do my best also from now on to protect, respect and help the bees wherever they live so that they can offer us their divine results of their daily work: honey, pollen, mother bee milk, honeycomb. 

I hope you can enjoy fruits and bee products in many ways, not only for their good authentic taste but also for their amazing benefits for your health, thus your lives!

Take care, I wish now to taste some chestnut honey – an absolute marvel! Bzzz  Bzzz 🙂

Bees victory !

Va trimit ganduri bune si salutari tuturor si sper ca va bucurati de aceasta primavara frumoasa oriunde va aflati.

Doresc sa impartasesc cu voi o veste buna pe care abia am aflat-o – guvernele tarilor UE au votat astazi contra neonicotinoidei, un pesticid care a ucis deja multe populatii de albine in Europa. Sper ca lumea dar mai ales politicienii sa inteleaga ca fara albine, nu putem avea fructe si nici produsele extraordinare ale acestora, unele fiind folosite si in tratarea unor tipuri de cancer (miere, polen, laptisor de matca, fagure de miere).   

Sper ca va puteti bucura, in functie de preferinte, de toate tipurile de fructe existente la voi si de produsele albinelor, nu doar pentru gustul lor delicios, dar mai ales pentru beneficiile excelente pe care acestea le au pentru sanatatea si vietile voastre.

Va pup, ma duc sa gust o miere de castan….absolut magnifica!  Bzzzzz   Bzzzzz  

 

Photo: Courtesy of Sum of Us

Earth Day, William Shakespeare, Simona Halep

la castelul Ansembourg

As 22nd of April is Earth Day, I try every year to do something for the Earth on this day. This year,  I have planted a raspberry bush and tried to help for some good ecological causes.

Here is an article in Romanian for everyone from home who is interested in knowing more plastic packages and doing something to reduce it, received from ‘Zero waste Romania’:

https://www.prwave.ro/studiu-ambalajele-din-plastic-nu-previn-risipa-alimentara/ 

Also, the bees everywhere in Europe and in the world need our help; you can read another article in French and decide if you can also help with a few dollars these people: ‘Le 27 avril, les gouvernements de l’UE se prononceront sur l’interdiction d’un certain nombre de pesticides néonicotinoïdes et c’est l’avenir des abeilles qui est en jeu. Nous savons que ces pesticides sont responsables de la disparition massive des abeilles et il a été démontré que ces mêmes pesticides tuent également les oiseaux. Après des années de campagnes menées par des membres de SumOfUs tels que vous, nous avons finalement obtenu de L’UE qu’elle organise un vote. Nous ne devons en aucun cas manquer cette occasion. Nous sommes prêts à placarder notre message sur les sites d’information bruxellois les plus influents et les principaux journaux des pays de l’UE susceptibles d’influencer le vote mais nous avons besoin de votre soutien pour y parvenir. Pouvez-vous faire un don de $1 pour financer des annonces promouvant la protection des abeilles pour aider à influencer le vote ?’  You can donate something here:

 
For those interested in the current situation concerning the bees populations in Europe, you can also read this in:
 
 
Also, WWF Australia is trying to teach and get support from people all over the world, in order to support the koalas, well-known species currently endangered; if you have some time to spare, read and help in any way, please have a look at their stories here:
                                      http://www.wwf.org.au/get-involved/save-koalas
 
Last but not least, little things help: turn off the lights/computers/smartphones/cooker/air conditioned when you do not need them, plant some colourful flowers in your balcony/garden to help the bees, reuse the water in which you wash fruits/veggies for watering plants, recycle plastics/papers/glass/batteries/light bulbs and eat less meat; just remember that we are not the masters of everything and every being on Earth so we should not be selfish. This planet is here for all and we should not take everything around for granted.
 
Another interesting thing, with no connection with those written above – 23rd April is the birthday of a famous English playwright, William Shakespeare that stressed all of us in school :):) Still, I think he was a nice and smart guy… and very romantic; here is something he said, to help you look for what is essential and important in relationships of any kind today so that you will only have happy and positive experiences:
      ‘What’s in a name? / that which we call a rose,
By any other name/ would smell as sweet.’      And I wrote this from memory 😉
 
And as I felt happy about the news, something from tennis again, congratulations to Simona Halep and our girls who were amazingly wonder women in the Fed Cup matches during  last week-end. I hope that after their victory, they found a bit of time to relax and recuperate their energies. Here is what Simona said after the victory:
 

 

 

 

 

 

Peace Paix Pace

Martin Luther King 

 

Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta (Georgia,USA) and died on the 4th of April, 1968 in Memphis (Tennessee); he became a Baptist minister and social activist who led the civil rights movement in the USA from the mid-1950s until his death by assassination in 1968. His spiritual leadership was essential to that movement’s success in ending the legal separation of Afro-Americans in the South and other parts of the United States of America. King rose to national prominence as head of the Southern Christian Conference which promoted non violent tactics  such as the massive March on Washington  (1963), to achieve civil rights.  He was awarded the Nobel prize for Peace in 1964. Unfortunately, in the US, they do not like too much peace-makers…it disturbs too much the gun producing companies… So, they killed John Kennedy, Martin Luther King, etc….it affected their business of creators of wars. Peace does not bring money, people! So, beware, if you like peace, stay away from USA.

I hope your soul is well resting in peace, after 50 years since you had to leave this world…. and can still illuminate us from above, Michael King Jr.

 

 

 

 

Easter and good Les Paques et le bien Pastele si binele din suflet

Dear friends, readers, foreigners

This is a letter written from my heart to you, just now, before Easter. Some of you may celebrate it, some not. What matters is to celebrate each and every thing without destroying, but by creating. Thus, please, be so good for this Easter and give up the lamb. I know you think animals do not have a heart…that they enjoy being killed for our exaggerated meals….but could you imagine someone’s baby aged 3 months being killed as food for some giants that have whatever celebration? How would those people feel? This is that happens to lambs for years…they are killed at 3-4 months just because the meat ‘is tender’…I gave it up for good for many years and God is not angry with me for that, I assure you. You can replace this meat with anything else – other type of meat or protein meal, vegetables, cheese, anything  if you have imagination.

If you think I am wrong and that animals have no soul at all, please read this:

                            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hachik%C5%8D

I wish all of you a Happy Easter, with health, joy, wishes come true and warmth in your hearts!

Chers amies et amis, je vous ecris quelques lignes pour vous dire une priere pour cette Paques. Meme si vous celebrez ou pas, je pense que c’est humain de profiter de toutes les fetes sans detruire ou tuer sans raison. Et c’est pourquoi s’il vous plait, soyez si bons pour cette Pâques et abandonnez l’agneau. Je sais que vous pensez que les animaux n’ont pas de cœur … qu’ils aiment être tués pour nos repas exagérés … mais pourriez-vous imaginer que le bébé de quelqu’un de 3 mois soit tué comme nourriture pour des géants qui ont quelque célébration?   Comment se sentiraient ces gens? C’est ce qui arrive aux agneaux pendant des années … ils sont tués à 3-4 mois juste parce que la viande est “tendre” … J’ai renoncé a le manger pendant de nombreuses années et Dieu n’est pas fâché contre moi pour ça, je vous assure.  Vous pouvez remplacer cette viande avec n’importe quoi, un autre type de viande ou de protéines, des légumes, du fromage, etc. si vous avez un peu d’imagination.

Si vous pensez que les animaux n’ont pas de coeur, lisez cet article, s’il vous plait:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hachik%C5%8D

Je vous souhaite à tous  Joyeuses Pâques, avec santé, joies, des souhaits devenus réalité et de la chaleur dans vos coeurs!

 

 

International Day of Sleep 16 martie – Ziua Internationala a Somnului

I don’t know who has heard of this event but I would like to share it with you. It seems that the 16th of March was chosen to celebrate the benefits of healthy sleeping.         

Even if I am no doctor, I can tell you honestly that sleep is one of the best ways to stay healthy and strong; this does not mean that you can sleep 10 hours and then go and eat cheese burgers and fries because this is not the solution. But, together with a good diet, emotional health and some active time, it builds up the way to live long and well.

For some more info you can have a look on the official website:                

                                            http://worldsleepday.org/ask-the-sleep-experts#basic

Ending this little article, I would say that the most important advantage of getting enough sleep is that it is boosting the immunity and supporting the brain; so try to use wisely the hours of a day for work, sleep and relaxation and may you live happily 100 years, never forgetting about love, which is always the best 🙂 !

 

 

baby sleeping

 

The photo belongs to: http://www.olgavuscan.ro