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Rest well…

6 Sep

Mr. Luciano Pavarotti, rest well, my friend. A light has gone out in this world but another bright one has gone on in the heavens for eternity. May you find never-ending joy as you bring your beautiful music back to the bosom of our Lord and our Lady…

Threebie Freebie!!! :D

6 Sep

Freebie time, friends!!!

So sorry for being remiss in keeping my blog updated these past few days… have been all tied up with design work (which is sort of related to scrapping but not really 😉 , if that makes any sense), trying to complete layouts challenges along with my darling U&R playmates (thanks, Lisa, for leading the pack!!!), doing some moderating duties, and well… all the kazillion things wives and mothers do in their real lives. 😀

But you, my friends, are always on my mind! So here, to make up for lost time, are three freebies rolled into one! 😀

Threebie Freebie

The first is one that I actually made for my Photoshop Challenge layout. If you haven’t tried Jessica’s Photoshop Friday tutorials, you’re missing half of your life! Click on my link to her blog over there on the right —>>> and go to Photoshop Index and play, play, play!!!

The other two I just made because… well, have I told you I love words? I have? Okay then. 🙂

So here they are, all in black and white (as the comments I’ve received tell me that you prefer B&W wordart), 300 ppi, large-sized (about 6inches across) so that you can downsize as you wish. Here’s a tip that I tried with the thicker letters of the wordart… if you zoom in reeeal close, you can actually use the paint bucket tool to color the letters to your own liking. 😀 That way, you can change the colors of the individual words! Pretty neat, huh? Note that the font letters must be thick though, or the paint bucket will fill up your whole layout. Eek. 😕

Download the threebie freebie HERE… Zip password is quoteme Hope you like it and have fun! Don’t forget to leave some love on my blog! Thanks in advance!

ETA: Sorry, link is no longer available.

PS. I’m preparing a nice little new kit for you… stay tuned!!! 😉

PS. Couldn’t resist the play of words in the title “Quo(te) vadis” 😀 It’s Latin for “whither thou goest?”

How much is it, really?

6 Sep

photo by brunosub at stock.xchngToday was one of the days when I decided to open the papers instead of waiting for the news on TV or online… I have to say I was not happy I made that decision today.

First I came upon the news about a student of the University of the Philippines (where I attended university eons ago), who died from suspected fraternity hazing rites. 😡 I just don’t get it. What’s so great about risking your life to be counted among a group of so-called brothers who feel the need to hurt you before they welcome you into the family? There’s got to be something really, really twisted about that.

Then I read a front-page article on abortion in this country. I could’ve cried. I know this is a testy topic. But I’ve never kept silent on something that counts among my principles, and this is not going to be the first time I will speak out. Abortion is termination of life. Life. Life that does not belong to us, no matter it is transmitted through our humble bodies. We are not the Author of Life, God is. Only he has the right to give and the right to take away. He is generous enough to trust us with the soul of His child–His child! What do we do with that trust? It is a crime to murder children, men, and women on the street. What makes it acceptable to take the life of those who have no voice yet, who register their presence in this world with a tiny heartbeat hidden underneath their mother’s, who rely on their mothers to protect them until they can do so themselves? They have no fighting chance while they are hidden in the womb… does that mean that it is right for us to take over the reigns of their life, their future, their dreams, their mark on this world and puff it out, just like that? This is as much as I will say. It hurts me to the very bottom of my soul.

What is the price of life? Has it become such a common commodity that it is so easy to throw it away, senselessly?

Needless to say, I closed the papers, completely devoid of any desire to read any more. Ugh. Bad news, so early in the morning.

Sad news.  Bleeech.  😦

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