Dear Diary…

17/09/2010 at 7:00 am (Words)

A very good friend I had since I was 7… but a habit I had to drop since it got harder to keep them hidden. Especially since I have a kid brother… I’ve hid the diaries in high cupboards when he was small, then started writing in a different language when he was taller, then locked all of them (I have a big pile, one for each year) in a cupboard and locked it… they are still there, my diaries.

Well, I have come across online diaries recently… It’s not the same as writing your heart out on fresh leaves… and doesn’t exactly feel like a friend — I used to address my diaries Anne… starting each page with a “Dear Anne…”

A blog can be turned into a diary too… blogs were actually called online journals at the beginning. But only if you are ok with anyone reading your thoughts… and the privace policy of the blog service is ok for you…

Here are some good links to online diaries… most let you keep a private one… but some of them have additional features too!

Penzu

Dear Diary

Open Diary

JEM Diary

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Hidden Alcove has found a new hiding place…

13/07/2010 at 4:19 am (Words)

Yes… the alcove is now located on the other side of the world. Now the alcove is a place with warm blankets and hot coffee  but still provides the best place to think about the motherland and the new big home.

There’s a lot to blog about, and it has been great to come back and see all the visitors who came during my absence. It seems the alcove has become a portal to different areas… and that is way better than the original intent of the blog.

So… my dear readers there will be a lot of new posts coming very soon 🙂

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A Catholic Wedding

15/05/2010 at 9:05 pm (Wedding, Words) (, , , , , )

These modern days where we get to interact with others belonging to many beliefs and cultures, it won’t be a surprise to find most of the invitees to a Catholic wedding are non-Catholic.

That’s why now it’s important more than ever to have a good Wedding Program provided for the guests. It helps to avoid confusion, explains new or old traditions, says thank you in a nice way and most of the time becomes a souvenir.

So many things can be added to a Wedding Program. The Essential Parts of a Wedding Program outlines most of these points. This is not just for a Catholic wedding but a good article to guide you in composing any wedding program.

The wedding program itself can be of various designs. Made of just a single sheet folded twice, then the fan design, the booklet or even with an elaborate paper folding design. Depending on what you include in it and the budget, the appropriate style can be chosen.

For instance, if it just provides the hymns to be sung, a single sheet is more than enough. If you want your guests to take it home as a souvenir, it’s a good idea to make it a pretty booklet with detailed descriptions of your wedding Ceremony, and also small enough to carry in a purse or pocket.

For the souvenir kind programs, it’s nice to add little quotes – religious or otherwise, that express ideas close to the couple getting married. Good examples for a Catholic wedding ceremony can be found in following locations.

Catholic Wedding Program shows a sample program without the hymns.

Plan Your Wedding Ceremony offers a selection of Catholic Readings and Vows that can be added in the program.

Wedding Vows Q & A also has a well categorized collection of vows to suit any sort of ceremony.

And finally some links to the lyrics of popular Wedding Hymns. It’s always best to speak with the officiating priest and the choir about your selection of hymns. In some places it’s not allowed to include popular songs like “You by my side” among the hymns. Then some hymns are not allowed in Catholic churches if they’re not Catholic Hymns. Find several versions of them on You tube and decide on your selections.

Wedding Songs : Catholic Wedding Songs

Wedding Hymns

Church Wedding Hymns

Catholic Wedding Hymns doesn’t give lyrics but offers a guide on where hymns are necessary in the ceremony

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Tweak Your Text

04/05/2010 at 6:39 pm (Facebook, Words) (, , , , , , , )

Ever seen the weird text messages in facebook? The letters typed backward, upside down or mirrored? Use these fun text generators and have fun 🙂 none of these require downloads.

.: How to type upside down letters & backwards text

Flip My Text ( mostly to rearrange the letters and also to turn upside down )

Anagram Maker (try creating an anagram with your name… mine is ‘Hid In IT’)

TypeMirror lets you generate Reversed Text, Rainbow Text and Broken Caps (mix of lower and uppercase)

Upside Down Text (for backward and/or upside down effect)

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More Text Art from Fairyland

17/04/2010 at 6:35 pm (Facebook, Words) (, , , )

Since the arrival of many new creatures at the fairyland, the fairies are busy creating lovely text art. My other post – Fairyland’s Text Art – featuring my favourite art was somewhat popular. So here’s a list of text art threads from facebook itself for those who search for them. More will be added when I find them.

-~ ღ°`¤.°ღ Text Art ღ°`¤.°ღ A DIY Guide & GALLERY ღ°`¤.°ღ ~

ღ°`¤.¸„¸.°ღDISPLAY YOUR TXT ART HERE ღ°`¤.¸„¸.°ღ

Fairy Art – containing a good amount of Christmas themed art

It’s Called ASCII Art

Animals – a collection of animal pictures from Text Art Share Group features several discussion topics on text art (Holidays, Quotes, Birthdays, etc….)

ELLHNIKA ART TEXT (valte ta edw) – from Fairyland The Greek Team

Some other sites with nice collections of text art:

From Fairyland Friends – Fairyland ASCII Art, More Fairyland ASCII Art, Even More Fairyland ASCII Art

Christopher Johnson’s ASCII Art Collection – so many text art beautifully categorised

The Collection – A-Z keyword collection featuring text art

Facebook ASCII Art – on the right side of the page the text art categories are listed

ASCII Picture Collections – listed according to artist names

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Fairyland’s Text Art

11/02/2010 at 5:01 pm (Facebook, Words) (, , , , )

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There are many wonderful things about Fairyland (on facebook) One of them is the text art fairies (we) use as comments/post when they water in another garden.

Here’s a collection of some of my favourites…. None of them are mine….  this is going to be a long post with time…

If they look a tiny bit skewed, no worries… that’s because of the line spacing here. On fairyland they look perfect.

Here’s another post from my blog – More Text Art From Fairyland – featuring other places where you can find extensive collections of text art.

While you’re waiting for creatures take a look in this post in the forums  🙂

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Grotesque

05/01/2010 at 9:25 pm (Words) (, )

“I suppose, Watson, we must look upon you as a man of letters,” said he. “How do you define the word ‘grotesque’?”

“Strange–remarkable,” I suggested.

He shook his head at my definition.

“There is surely something more than that,” said he; “some underlying suggestion of the tragic and the terrible. If you cast your mind back to some of those narratives with which you have afflicted a long-suffering public, you will recognize how often the grotesque has deepened into the criminal. Think of that little affair of the red-headed men. That was grotesque enough in the outset, and yet it ended in a desperate attempt at robbery. Or, again, there was that most grotesque affair of the five orange pips, which let straight to a murderous conspiracy. The word puts me on the alert.”

– Sir Arthur Conan Doyle –

What is the word stands out the most in above excerpt? It was the first time I came across it. The reason it fascinates me is, it sounds exactly like it’s meaning. But it’s only today I really searched for it’s meaning.

It was interesting to learn that grotesque is from ancient Rome – an ornamental style. The word has the Latin root grotto, which means cave. But it was actually used to refer to rooms and corridors of  Domus Aurea, Nero‘s unfinished palace.

So in the end grotesques became intertwined with all forms of arts. Have you seen those weird statues on gothic (and also some not-so-gothic) buildings? I thought those were called gargoyles. Apparently, they’re called gargoyles only when they act as water sprouts. If not they’re grotesques or chimeras.

Like in Sherlock Holmes’s adventure, grotesque characters appear in literature too. According to Wikipedia, a grotesque character invokes in a reader both disgust and empathy, the given examples include Quasimodo (The Hunchback of Notre Dame) and Beast form Beauty and the Beast.

Ok, I can’t bear to call Quasi a grotesque, but it explains things perfectly.

Added to these there’s also movies, music groups, an X Files episode, a chess problem and also a sans-serif typeface named grotesque.

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