2008 a time to...


Somewhere in Africa...Baba Mvula is sat on his chair gazing at the sunset. Florence, his granddaughter, sits beside him “Baba, tomorrow is the last day of the year….according to the calendar of the wazungu. What do you see for the next year?” Baba Mvula closes his big dark eyes, takes a deep breath and says, “Our land begins to open its eyes. Our people awake from their deep sleep, and decide that the present situation is no longer acceptable. Our land is shedding tears of blood; the wind carries the cry of our people throughout the world.” Florence starts having goose-skin; Baba Mvula continues “we need to go back to our roots: we need strong tribes, we need our chiefs and kings back; we need our healers back (not these false ones, whose sole interest is making money, not helping people); we need tribal counsellors; warriors…” the old man takes another deep breath and proceeds “our roots combined with what the wazungu taught us can, and will, change our land. What I see now is not good: the children of Mohammed killing the children of Abraham and Jesus, what is the point of that? Our women being stoned because of bearing children (in our tradition any child is a blessing regardless where, when and how it was conceived); these people covering our women’s head; excising our girls, controlling their femininity; arranging marriages; brain-washing our people to follow the words of a man instead of the words of The Creator; these excessive powers given to men…[nodding] This is not us, this is not Africa!” in awe Florence stares at her grand-father and says “so, 2008 is a time to…open the African horizon!” in shock Baba Mvula states “what horizon?! I’d say that 2008 is time for the African people to wake up from their worst nightmare!”…

Somewhere in Portugal…“My dear mama, I have arrived to Portugal and I am well. I can hardly believe that I am finally in Fernando Pessoa’s country: it is beautiful!! I already had the opportunity to interact with some of the locals: they are African, Asian and Gypsy descendants…extremely affable people!
What I did find odd, mama, is the fact that although Portugal is so cosmopolitan it does not respect its cultural diversity: did you know that most TV commercials do not include all the ethnic communities living here? Appalling!! I heard a politician speaking of social integration the other day; but under these circumstances how can there be integration if people do not relate with nor feel welcomed by the Portuguese culture?
I don’t mean to shock you, mother (heavens no…never!), however I must present four shocking aspects of this society: 1- the Gypsies are despised, they are practically outcast (people do not want them in their neighbourhoods)…and to think that Spain offered Joaquín Cortés to the World; 2- most curricula vitae whose photo is of a black person or Brazilian are put aside (even if he/she has better qualifications than any other), and most black people are not promoted; 3- apart from the Eastern Europeans, most ethnic communities are encouraged to live in the same places; 4- their agendas do not include other religious holidays…only Catholic…and I thought England could be awkward sometimes! How I miss the Carnival at Notting Hill…*sigh*…ah, the weekly fair in Bradford…
Anyway, mother…I wish you a Happy New Year! And to Portugal I say: 2008 is a time to stop suffering from the Hitler-Germany-wanna-be Anxiety!"

Somewhere in the world…A group of enlightened men and women of all ethnic backgrounds, religions and philosophies of life gather to enter 2008 in great joy and harmony. Music is loud, laughter slashes the air, bodies move to the sound of music…23:58…everybody raises their glass in the air…10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1…2008!!!! Champagne, water and juice flow; kisses, hugs and firm hand-shakes are given; the dancing proceeds; the hope of a better and more peaceful world invades everybody’s heart…

Happy New Year! May 2008 bring loads of love, spiritual progress, health, joy and prosperity (in its many forms)!


Now follow me to next door…let’s see Livingsword’s perspective of 2008…knock here


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  1. Max as usual you present an intriguing embroidery of thoughts…

    Somewhere in Africa...

    I will save others the time of looking up “wazungo” (Wazungu is Swaheli for "people on the move" and is used in Eastern Africa as a not too friendly term to describe tourist and other people who spend their time wandering around the country. Other sources subscribe it to meaning “white people” I found several other variances upon these two definitions).

    This makes this use of the word interesting as it applies to a Western calendar and this merges nicely with people on the move as the calendar is “moving” to a new year…

    The descriptions of the characters and Africa have a genuine feel to them; you can almost feel the land, breath the air and hear the sounds…

    The article says:
    Baba Mvula continues “we need to go back to our roots: we need strong tribes, we need our chiefs and kings back; we need our healers back (not these false ones, whose sole interest is making money, not helping people); we need tribal counsellors; warriors…” the old man takes another deep breath and proceeds “our roots combined with what the wazungu taught us can, and will, change our land.

    I respond:
    The older looks to the past for answers to the present and the future, this hardly represents a visionary step into the future…It is the classic Lexus and the Olive Tree (Thomas Friedman) conflict, how to adapt to new ways of thinking, technology, globalization and preserve the valuable parts of your culture, your society…Although he allows for a combination of things from the “wazungu” he still wants to harness them to the failed past…

    The article says:
    What I see now is not good: the children of Mohammed killing the children of Abraham and Jesus, what is the point of that?

    I respond:
    The children of Mohammed are simply accurately emulating their founder….an emulation that is appalling…To respond likewise from a Christian perspective would be anti-Jesus…

    Obviously the treatment of women that you describe is abhorrent…

    The article says:
    brain-washing our people to follow the words of a man instead of the words of The Creator;

    I respond:
    “Brain-washing”….what does this imply about those receiving the deceptive information….? What exactly is the brainwashing? Who is he saying The Creator is (there is a huge assortment of views on this)? Also the words “our people” makes it seem that there is a union of the people to a certain cause or belief, whereas the diversity is divided upon this issue…

    Which makes the next part of the article “these excessive powers given to men…[nodding] This is not us, this is not Africa!” challenging to ascertain, perhaps the question of looking for who Africa is will not lead to improvements, perhaps it would be better for them to look at who they want to be…

    Therefore I suppose this puts me in the same viewpoint as Florence “so, 2008 is a time to…open the African horizon!”….I see no hope in her grand fathers views…and without hope it is extremely challenging to move forward…By the way if not for the provided date this conversation could be from many times in African history…

    Somewhere in Portugal…

    “Fernando Pessoa’s” is an interesting way of representing the probable views of the writer (both the fictitious writer and the originating artist)….

    I have admit that since I have not been to Portugal the idea of it being cosmopolitan is not what would have first come to mind…

    When immigrating to a country or just being a visitor one must take into account the indigenous culture, history etc that have stirred up the idea for going to the country in the first place, who should adapt in these situations? How do you blend together….?

    I would never move to a country if there was not a comfortable fit with the preexisting society…I would expect to do the majority of adaptation or I should have stayed where I was…Yet a nation is enriched by its diversity, how to make this work properly is presently one of the most important tasks of nation states…

    The carnival at Notting Hill looks like a lot of fun!

    Max when you say:”2008 is a time to stop suffering from the Hitler-Germany-wanna-be Anxiety!" What exactly do you mean?

    Somewhere in the world…

    This sounds like a great party!!!!! I hope the music is not too loud as to destroy the harmony of the neighbors!!! LOL

    I like the way you ended with some hope…

    Happy New Years to you, yours, and all of your kind blog guests! I am very interested in the “spiritual progress” part :)

    As you said: “Now follow me to next door…let’s see Livingsword’s perspective of 2008…knock here”

    I would like to say the door is wide open come on in….all are welcome….I will attempt to provide an interesting and entertaining “time”….

    Well done my friend!!!! Always fun to walk down the hall to your place…I don’t mind loud music….LOL

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  2. happy new year max, hopefully it doesn't get too cold for you. thanks for the link at the end too.

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  3. Max another great post. You know we are all blessed now to live in Canada, because it is muliticultural country and very diversified. When I lived in Europe, we had some discrimination going on, but never really against our family. I think we always got along even with the bad neighbour. Anyway, funny how your posts are always related to something I either experienced or heard. So I was watching News TV, and I guess you know about Bhutto's assassination. In the past couple of years I actually started to pay more attention to politics, and tell you, I just don't trust politicians. Well I just can see how the opposition leaders are now trying or setting themselves up to support the affected communities here in a benefit for getting votes for the next election - so my point is that sometimes what is perceived as good will for other cultures, it is really a good will to benefit oneself.

    Max, glad to be back, and love your style of writing and ideas. You and I have to include LS - have something unique going on.

    Wishing you all the best in the New Year 2008. Anna :)

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  4. I love crossed stories like that, it's like Pulp Fiction or Crash movies!

    Our land begins to open its eyes. Our people awake from their deep sleep, and decide that the present situation is no longer acceptable. Our land is shedding tears of blood; the wind carries the cry of our people throughout the world.

    Beautifully put... the first part in Africa is very emotional. So close to the truth... I hope Africa wakes up from the nightmare too.

    I wish you a great year Max... you're gonna see 2008 before me in Europe, let me know if the year looks good! :D

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  5. lovely reading....Here's wishing u and ur dear ones also a wonderful year ahead...May the beauty of this festive season,fill your life with the laughter of loved ones, the warmth of good cheer and all the joy to light up your heart. And hope the dawn of the New Year marks the beginning of a prosperous future!

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  7. Hello LS;

    Thank you so much :D!

    LOL LOL Thank you for your help *bowing*! To tell you the truth, Mzungu (the singular form of Wazungu) means European (yes, it can be read as white people; but just for you to know I was called Mzungu in Africa; because my skin is too light for a mixed person...basically anyone who is either European or light skinned is called Mzungu) - in Swahili (which is also spoken in the north of Mozambique). Then you have Mlungo which means the same (in Ronga and Xangana)
    This word is not derrogative, it is a form of differentiating Africans from Europeans (since they were the ones who colonised Africa). Africans are far more generous then many, on this side of the world, when referring to different people than thesemlves (one example of this is when they want to be nasty towards white, they call them "monsters" [Dzohoh, in Manhambana, a dialect from the region of Inhambane, Mozambique; or Magwere in Ronga); and there are historical reasons for this: when they first saw white men arriving to their land they thought they were monsters since they were different from what they were used to see (or perhaps it was a premonition lol...they were sensing the atrocities that would be done in their land, to their people).

    "This makes this use of the word interesting as it applies to a Western calendar and this merges nicely with people on the move as the calendar is “moving” to a new year…" - lol interesting interpretation of it, LS; I like it :D! However it was to stress that our time is different from the African bush time. It is interesting the answer you get when you ask somebody's age: "she/he is already a mother/father" as if this could give us a precise age; but they don't care, they don't worry much about it...it's interesting!

    "The descriptions of the characters and Africa have a genuine feel to them; you can almost feel the land, breath the air and hear the sounds…" - thank you :)! I actually know them well LOL....

    "The older looks to the past for answers to the present and the future, this hardly represents a visionary step into the future…It is the classic Lexus and the Olive Tree (Thomas Friedman) conflict, how to adapt to new ways of thinking, technology, globalization and preserve the valuable parts of your culture, your society…Although he allows for a combination of things from the “wazungu” he still wants to harness them to the failed past…" - LOL my friend, the past is our root to success. We have to use some positive things from the past and mix them with the positive things from the present. Evolution, development doesn't mean to forget our past, our history; au contraire: it means to evolve based on our roots. The Russians have a saying "if you dwell in the past you lose an eye; but if you forget the past you lose both eyes"; and my History professor used to say "Understanding the past is vital to build the future"...so, how can one ignore its past (failed or not)?
    Africa's failed past was its naïveté: they allowed the Europeans to divide them, and thus they were conquered. But the worst was when the Europeans left, and my brothers allowed themselves to be conquered again by communism and now Islamism (instead of using ancient basic forms or organisation, such as: tribes, chiefs, kings, counsellours).
    Everything combined, Africa was doing very well as animists (believing in One God, up there; and their things down here, on earth).
    You spoke of "failed past" and "looks to the past for answers to the present and the future": saying this is the same as telling Israel to forget their land, because it was lost to the Syrians, Babylonians, Romans, Islamics, and Europeans. It is the same as telling the Irish to forget their Land because they were conquered by the British; or the Scottish to lose their identity; or the Welsh. And why not Portugal going back to Spain while we're at it?

    "Obviously the treatment of women that you describe is abhorrent…" - I agree.

    “Brain-washing”….what does this imply about those receiving the deceptive information….?" - it doesn't imply anything, it clearly states that Africans allowed themselves to be brain-washed specially by Muslims (and you know that I do not belong to any religious group, so I am rather impartial when looking at events)...look at what is ocurring in Somalia, North of Nigeria, Chad, Sudan, North of Kenya, Mauritania, Guinea (Conacre and Bissau) etc...they are ruining the continent.

    "What exactly is the brainwashing?" - it is convincing them that the Muslims see them as equals (as long as they convert), when it is not true. First they flash the dollars in their face, monetarily encouraging them to convert and then after convincing them that following Mohammed's message is the best and that white people treat them as rubbish, they leave them with nothing but the Qoran.

    "Who is he saying The Creator is (there is a huge assortment of views on this)?" - God up there, the One he never saw, but fears more than anything on Earth: Olorum. And he didn't need to read about Him to fear Him; he just looked around at His work.

    "Also the words “our people” makes it seem that there is a union of the people to a certain cause or belief, whereas the diversity is divided upon this issue…" - remember that Africans once were together, united; in terms of a common project (development of the African Union). Look at Ruwanda: who convinced the Tutsies that they were much better than Utus (just because their skin was lighter)? The Belgians. And what was the result of it...?
    Baba Mvula loves the diversity, and he understands it; but he wishes the African to have a common goal designed by Africans (black, white, Indians, mulatos etc) for Africans. Altercations and wars occur (and there always will) wherever there are two human beings; let alone different tribes.

    "Which makes the next part of the article “these excessive powers given to men…[nodding] This is not us, this is not Africa!” challenging to ascertain, perhaps the question of looking for who Africa is will not lead to improvements, perhaps it would be better for them to look at who they want to be…" - to know what they want to be, they have to know who they are and where they came from; and be proud of being Africans.

    "Therefore I suppose this puts me in the same viewpoint as Florence “so, 2008 is a time to…open the African horizon!”….I see no hope in her grand fathers views…and without hope it is extremely challenging to move forward…By the way if not for the provided date this conversation could be from many times in African history…" - you are utterly mistaken, my friend; her grandfather is saying that "horizon" is to say little; this is not the same as expressing lack of hope. He was just saying that it is time to Africans to open their eyes and behold that they are going through a second colonisation, whose result will be far worse than from the first (because at least the Europeans left buildings, infrastructures, schools, etc; whereas the new invaders will leave nothing but naked and ridiculous warriors, raped women, thousands of orphans, paedophilia - because after being done with women, they will take children - a destroyed and humiliated continent from top to bottom...).
    Hope many times means resignation; and Africans have been hoping for centuries: enough of hoping; time for action!

    “Fernando Pessoa’s” is an interesting way of representing the probable views of the writer (both the fictitious writer and the originating artist)…." - LOL LOL *nodding*.

    "I have admit that since I have not been to Portugal the idea of it being cosmopolitan is not what would have first come to mind…" - we have been cosmopolitans since the 16th century.

    "When immigrating to a country or just being a visitor one must take into account the indigenous culture, history etc that have stirred up the idea for going to the country in the first place, who should adapt in these situations? How do you blend together….?" - As I said we have been cosmopolitan since the 16th century. The Portuguese have had mixed children since then who need to feel related with their own country (since they don't know any other land) so Portugal needs to adapt to those children (that is why I said, in the article, "African, Asian and Gypsy descendants" I never used the word immigrant. I am talking about the Black Portuguese, the Gitano Portuguese, the Indian Portuguese [Goa, Damão and Dio] and more recently - after Macau returned to China - the Asian Portuguese).
    There is no formula to blend together; it just happens. This is the true evolution.

    "I would never move to a country if there was not a comfortable fit with the preexisting society…I would expect to do the majority of adaptation or I should have stayed where I was…Yet a nation is enriched by its diversity, how to make this work properly is presently one of the most important tasks of nation states…" - once again I was referring to the Portuguese children (in its all colours, shapes and sizes).

    "The carnival at Notting Hill looks like a lot of fun!" - it was a great conquest from the West-Indies people; and yes, it is a lot of fun :).

    "Max when you say:”2008 is a time to stop suffering from the Hitler-Germany-wanna-be Anxiety!" What exactly do you mean?" - I mean Portugal needs to stop acting as if it were a country of pure caucasians; when it never was (we even have a great singer named Vitorino, from Alentejo; who says that Portugal is the most mulato country in Europe) - we have celtic blood, Iberian blood, Arab blood, African blood, Jewish blood, Chinese blood...yet we do not have Germanic and Saxonic blood by genesis.

    "This sounds like a great party!!!!! I hope the music is not too loud as to destroy the harmony of the neighbors!!! LOL" - LOL LOL LOL I cannot control those neighbours who are all the time miserable by nature.

    "I like the way you ended with some hope…" - it is not hope, it is a sincere wish.

    "Happy New Years to you, yours, and all of your kind blog guests! I am very interested in the “spiritual progress” part :)" - LOL I knew you would lol :D. Happy New Year, LS and CG :D!!!!

    "I would like to say the door is wide open come on in….all are welcome….I will attempt to provide an interesting and entertaining “time”…." - LOL LOL :). You are so kind :D.

    "Well done my friend!!!! Always fun to walk down the hall to your place…I don’t mind loud music….LOL " - LOL LOL I know you don't :D. Thank you for your awesome comment; this was fun :D!!!!

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  8. Kalyan :)! Hello!!!

    Thank you so much :D, I am glad you liked it *bowing*!
    I know that I will enter the New Year in laughter, dancing, tons of love and joy :D! Thank you so much for your wishes; and please know that they are reciprocal *bow*!
    May 2008 be a prosperous year for all of us!!!

    Cheers

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  9. Manimala,

    Happy New Year! Thanks for your wishes :D!
    Cold? Oh no, here it is incredibly warm for this time of the year: Hurrraayyyyy!!!! :)
    You are most welcome: LS is a very interesting, and most loved, neighbour :D!

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  10. Anna,

    Thank you so very much *bow*!
    You are blessed indeed by living in Canada, dear :). Although Europe is more sophisticated then America (both North and South), it has these social issues that need to be addressed, in some of its countries *nodding*. I love England (I have lived there) because, despite their problems, it respects all communities; all religions; and I am utterly shocked that Portugal, a country that has so many cultures since the 16th century, is so narrow-minded when it comes to social respect *nodding*. It needs to evolve.

    Bhutto's assassination was dreadful, and it shows how thirsty people are for power. Politics is a tricky business, but still I am very much interested in it...I don't know, perhaps I am a sucker for lost causes LOL LOL (cause politics takes us nowhere but to headaches and disappointments *nodding*).

    "so my point is that sometimes what is perceived as good will for other cultures, it is really a good will to benefit oneself." - how true, Anna; how true *nodding*.
    What shocks me is when there is a politician willing to do something positive for the people, he/she will be murdered *nodding*!

    "Max, glad to be back, and love your style of writing and ideas. You and I have to include LS - have something unique going on." - I am glad you are back :D! I hope you had a nice time with your family and friends :)! Thank you for your kind words *bowing*! Thanks, LS will be proud to hear that :D!!!

    "Wishing you all the best in the New Year 2008. Anna :) " - Thank you, dear friend :). I wish you a great 2008!!!!! :D

    Cheers

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  11. Zhu, ma cherie!

    "I love crossed stories like that, it's like Pulp Fiction or Crash movies!" - oh my Lord...I love those movies!!!! Now this is quite a compliment: thank you :D!

    "Beautifully put... the first part in Africa is very emotional. So close to the truth... I hope Africa wakes up from the nightmare too." - merci :)! I know it will wake up one day, when the right time comes :D!

    "I wish you a great year Max... you're gonna see 2008 before me in Europe, let me know if the year looks good! :D" - LOL I will let you know for sure, girl...I will pop up at your blog :)! Thank you, darling; I also hope that you have a great, splendid 2008 :D!!!

    Cheers

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  12. HAPPY New Year, Gorgeous!!!!!

    May the coming year bring the best for all of us and may your wedding be smooth he he he...

    LOVE the post, esp. the Portugal one HE HE HE HE HE HE...

    (((HUGS)))

    And Happy New Year to all your familyyyyyyyyy members!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  13. Amelia, my girl!!!

    Happy 2008!!!! :D

    "May the coming year bring the best for all of us and may your wedding be smooth he he he..." - LOL I am sure it will go smooth ;D! Thank you so much, beautiful!

    I am glad you loved it, darling :)! Portugal is a trip LOL *nodding*...

    (((Huge HUGS)))

    "And Happy New Year to all your familyyyyyyyyy members!!!!!!!!!!!!! " - Thanksssss! My mom says "Happy New year, Amelia!" :D.

    May you and your fam have a great time tonight! By the way: it is already 2008 in Indo, is it not?

    Cheers

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  14. Hi Max! Happy New Year to you and your family. Wishing you good health and a grace filled 2008.

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  15. Liza,

    Thank you :D!

    I wish you the same, dear :)!

    Cheers

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  16. Hi Max,
    You know it's kind of funny.....this time last year I didn't even know what blogging was (not really) and just one year later.....well you know what I mean. I have all these great new friends and I just wanted you to know that I put you right at the top.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

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  17. What a wonderfully beautiful and emotional piece. Like our friend Zhu, I love stories whos paths cross, and this one's certainly do.... Quite humbling.

    Max, I wish you and your family the very best, happiest and healthiest of New Years!

    Warmest regards, Graham :)

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  18. Max,
    You are such a colorful writer and I really love the passion in which you convey your stories. They are so alive.

    May all that you come across bless you in ways that will enhance your illumination.

    I am so fortunate to have gotten to know you this year and I look forward to sharing life mysteries and other revelations in 2008.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR AND MANY TO COME MY BEAUTIFUL SOUL SISTA!

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  19. I wish you a safe,happy and beautiful new year!!! I love your new Banner! "See" you next year!

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  20. Yeah, Indo is 5 hours ahead of Finland he he he he...

    AWWWW your Mom's SO nice. THANKSSSS for her well-wishes he he...

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  21. Hi! Thank you for all your support during the year. Happy New Year! and all the best for 2008!

    Regards
    Peter

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  22. Happy New Year Max!

    Thanks for being such a good friend.

    ~Oswegan

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  23. Hello!!

    I am Speedcat Hollydale. You can find me on Mel's Resolution meme.

    Happy 2008

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  24. Hi, Max! Happy New Year 2008 to you and family with love... :)

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  25. nice read!!...and very thoughtful too....you have brought forth a very a very relevant issue in an interesting way!!!
    wish you happy new year!!....and hope the world is more harmonious in the years to come!!!

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  26. Hallo Max!! You have a new lay out! Happy new year.. happy new lay out as well... :-D so classical.. looove it!

    I love your post as well, Max.. well described..well written!

    May you have a wonderful 2008..

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  27. Hello Mel,

    Happy New Year!
    Really? Don't tell me that we all started around the same time lol? Wow...
    I know exactly what you mean :D.
    Ooooh, that is so kind of you, Mel :D!!! Thanks *bowing*! You know that you are very dear to me too :D!

    Cheers

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  28. Graham!!!

    Happy New Year!

    Thank you *bowing*! I am glad you liked it :).
    Thank you so much for your kind wishes :D; I hope you and your family have a wonderful 2008!!! :D

    Cheers

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  29. Alexys, my girl!!

    Happy New Year!!

    "They are so alive" - coming from a writer such as yourself, this is quite a compliment. Thank you *bowing*!

    Thank you for your ever so kind words, darling :)! I also feel fortunate to have met you; you know that :D!
    May 2008 be a blessed year for all of us :D!

    This year we have more months to share life mysteries and revelations :)!!!

    Once again, Alexys, thanks for this kind comment: it almost made me blush lol :).

    Cheers

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  30. Hello Genevieve!

    Happy New Year!!!

    Thank you so much *bowing*!
    Thanks, my new banner was a gift from my friend, LS :D!

    See you!
    Cheers

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  31. Amelia,

    Happy 2008! Did you have fun?

    You are most welcome :)! Did you know that she asks about you everyday? :).

    Cheers

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  32. Happy New Year, Peter!!

    No need to thank me: you deserve it :D!!

    Thank you: 2008 will be a great year :)!

    Cheers

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  33. Scott,

    Happy New Year! It is my pleasure to be your friend :D! I like you :)!

    Cheers

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  34. Happy New Year, D!

    Thank you so much *bowing*! It was time to change a bit lol...

    Cheers

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  35. Happy New Year, Speedcat!

    Welcome to the MAX!

    Thanks for having dropped by :)!
    I'll visit your blog in a couple of minutes :D.

    Cheers

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  36. Hey Crystal!

    Happy 2008!!!

    Thanks darling :D!

    Cheers

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  37. Hello Shooting Star!

    Happy New Year!

    Welcome to MAX!
    I am so glad you liked it :)! Thank you for your kind words *bowing*!

    Cheers

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  38. Hello Trinity!!

    Happy New Year!

    Yes, it was time to change :D! The header is based on one of Caravaggio's paintings "The Fortune Teller". It was a gift from LS :). It is classical indeed :).

    Thanks, Trinity; thank you so much *bowing*!

    May you have a wonderful year, as well :)!

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  39. Hey Max! I like the new look, it's so cool ;) I have a tag for you, I hope you're up to it. hehe

    Take care and have a great day.

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  40. Liza,

    Thanks, dear :D!
    A tag?! Perhaps next week; but I will drop by your place in a few minutes :D!

    Thanks for tagging me :).

    Take care!

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  41. lol...lol...lol Max I did see your name, only after I've commented here and told you that I'm tagging you hehe. ;)

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  42. LOL LOL LOL it's ok; for a few moments I got a bit distractive myself LOL :).

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  43. Hi Max just thought I'd drop by, Anna speaks very highly of you, excellent blog, all the best to you in 2008.

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  44. Hello Bob!

    Welcome to MAX! :D

    You did well to drop by and wish me the best to 2008 :D! My wishes are reciprocal *bowing*!

    Anna is a darling; I think her plan is to make me blush LOL!

    Thanks for your kind words, Bob! I will pay you a visit soon...:)

    Cheers

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  45. Thanks a lot Max, enjoy the warmth then. Can't wait for the next post. :)

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  46. You're brilliant, Max! Wonderful scenarios in a thought-provoking post.

    The first one reminds me of a 320- page Young Adult novel I wrote a few years back. But I won't get into that now...

    Happy New Year and Peace to you and all of us! May we recognize that we all have strengths and weakness. We all have needs and we all have something to give. May we emerge soon into a peacefully coexistent "One Humanity!"

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  47. Manimala,

    You are most welcome, my friend :).

    And today it is even warmer (Thank the Lord)! :)..

    It will be out tomorrow :)!

    Cheers

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  48. Hello Lynda!!

    Welcome back :D!
    Thank you so much for your kind words: what a compliment *bowing*!

    You wrote a novel?! Those are marvellous news...ok, we won't get into that now :D....

    "Happy New Year and Peace to you and all of us! May we recognize that we all have strengths and weakness. We all have needs and we all have something to give. May we emerge soon into a peacefully coexistent "One Humanity!" " - this is so beautiful that I won't add anything else not to ruin it :)! Thank you, dear *bowing*!

    Cheers

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  49. Hello Cheerfulday!

    Welcome to MAX!

    Thank you :D! And I wish you the same :)!

    Thanks for having dropped by!

    Cheers

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  50. Hi Max! Just dropped by to see how things are with you.

    Have a happy Tuesday! Take care.

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  51. Hello Liza,

    I am quite all right: thank you :D! I hope all is well with you too :)!

    Thank you *bowing*! Happy Teusday for you too :)!

    Cheers

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