"I am an excitable person who only understands life lyrically, musically, in whom feelings are much stronger as reason. I am so thirsty for the marvelous that only the marvelous has power over me. Anything I can not transform into something marvelous, I let go. Reality doesn't impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.” - Anais Nin. Anaïs Nin was an author born to Spanish-Cuban parents in France, where she was also raised. She spent some time in Spain and Cuba but lived most of her life in the United States where she became an established author
"What of an act of desperation? Is it only to understand how, or is it better to understand why? The night was still…too still, yet the chatter in my head would not cease. So I reached out for something, anything to silence the noise." What I needed was…
Ok, so I have been trying to learn German for awhile now. I purchased some CD's from, lets just say, "Another Vendor" and never got anywhere. So one night Mike and I were binge watching TED Talks on Netflix and came across one by Luis von Ahn. You might also know him as the inventor of Captcha. You know those annoying (by his own admission) letter and number sequences you sometimes have to enter so that you can proceed further into a website or platform. It helps distinguish you from a program that is just trying to spam that particular site. In any event. on his TED Talks show he spoke also about Duolingo. Duolingo allows the user to learn a foreign language for FREE. Yes, FREE. In turn they hope that you will, after you have advanced enough, translate foreign books, articles and papers for their clients. You don't HAVE TO but it would be nice if you "pay it FOrward" and do some translating for Duolingo which is where they make their money. They do not allow advertising on their platform which makes it a joy to work on. After 1 year of faithful studying I have advanced to level 14 and am translating. It is really fun.
The other good thing about Dulingo is that the lessons you learn force you to not only annunciate the language correctly but you also learn to spell the words as well. They just received some additional funding too. You can read all about it on techcrunch by clicking here. Duolingo can be viewed by going to duolingo.com. We can be reached at www.onepassionplace.com. On twitter we are @heartsfolly and we are on Facebook too!
Just in case you would like to see the TED Talks show we viewed, here it is
Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin talks about what we can learn from American presidents, including Abraham Lincoln and Lyndon Johnson. Then she shares a moving memory of her own father, and of their shared love of baseball.
Doris Kearns Goodwin writes insightful books on the US Presidency (JFK, LBJ, FDR and Lincoln, so far), telling each president's personal story against the backdrop of history.
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Where Can You Purchase Wine Gifts and Hostess Gifts For The Holidays? Right Here of Course! With FREE Engraving Too!
Welcome to November! Time to think about the holidays, hostess gifts and gifts for those who love wine and gifts for those who enjoy entertaining. We've got you covered. From home bar items for your home all the way to gifts for entertaining, gifts to bring to a holiday party and the perfect wine lovers gift; Our New Wine Accessory Kit With FREE Engraving!
You can never go wrong when you bring a bottle of wine to a party, but how about taking it to the next level? We have two wine gifts for you to look at that can do just that.
First, it is our personalized wine box with wine accessories. What else can we say but WOW! Think about this, you purchase a special bottle of wine for your gift recipient and then take that special purchase and place it into our cherry finish wine box! Best part? You can engrave this gift for FREE! Perhaps engrave your gift recipients name(s) and the date of the occasion, or write a short quote to remember the event. Either way, its awesome!
Next, no wine lover should be without a wine accessory kit. And ours will satisfy even the most discriminating of tastes. It also arrives in a wood, cherry finish presentation box and inside you will find all the tools a wine lover will need to enjoy their favorite spirit. And once again we are offering FREE engraving on this piece. It will be there "go to" accessory and will always be remembered.
We also wanted to mention that while these make wonderful hostess gifts for the holidays, anniversary gifts for that special couple, they are also great for corporate gifts and client gifts. Two great wine gifts both at an affordable price.We also carry flasks, wine and beer games, engraved wine glasses, rock glasses, shot glasses, engraved decanters and so much more!
We also offer the most unique wine cork cages and wine display racks.
We have totally overhauled our Home and Bar section to include some great gifts for wine lovers and "Spirit Connoisseurs." We have added some very creative wine holders, really creative cork cages, wine decanters, super fun drinking games, flasks, engraved wine and pilsner glasses and personalized wine cases. Not to mention our brand new wine accessory kit. You can see the whole collection by clicking here.
One thing to keep in mind, the holidays are fast approaching, so take a few moments and see what onepassionplace.com has done about making your holiday gift giving so much easier this year. By the way on twitter we are @heartsfolly and on facebook click here to like our page
It's common to pair wines with food, but why stop there? Pair your favorite bottle with your favorite film and display your wines in this fun metal Movie Reel wine rack. Perfect for anniversaries, holiday gift giving, birthday or our very favorite reason "Just Because!"
Features: * Unique Fun and Functional Design * Great Conversation Piece * Perfect For a Home Theater Room * Base is Weighted For Stability * Holds 4 Standard Size Wine Bottles
New items for home and bar are being added daily! So, check us out on twitter, we are @heartsfolly or on Facebook to get the latest news on "whats new!"
We love blogging and we LOVE Twitter and Facebook too! New personalized gifts, holiday gifts and creative corporate gifts are coming in every week! Check us out on Twitter - @heartsfolly and on Facebook we can be found at onepassionplace.com