Monday, June 27, 2011

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Sacred Words

After the list of quotes of wisdom from Dumbledore, we bring you a recap of two memorable and touching scenes from the Harry Potter series this week in commemoration of the Year of Harry Potter, an epic of love and bravery.

 Friendly warning: Spoilers ahead! Read on only if you have finished all seven books.

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: The Phoenix Lament

Harry felt Ginny move beside him and looked at her. Her slightly narrowed eyes were fixed upon Fleur, who was gazing down at Bill with a frozen expression on her face.

'Dumbledore gone,' whispered Mr Weasley, but Mrs Weasley had eyes only for her eldest son; she began to sob, tears falling on to Bill's mutilated face.

'Of course, it doesn't matter how he looks ... it's not r - really important ... but he was a very handsome little b - boy ... always very handsome ... and he was g - going to be married!'
'And what do you mean by zat?' said Fleur suddenly and loudly. 'What do you mean, 'e was going to be married?'
Mrs Weasley raised her tear-stained face, looking startled.

'Well - only that -'
'You theenk Bill will not wish to marry me any more?' demanded Fleur. 'You theenk, because of zees bites, he vill not love me?'
'No, that's not what I -'
 'Because 'e will!' said Fleur, drawing herself up to her full height and throwing back her long mane of silver hair. 'It would take more zan a werewolf to stop Bill loving me!'
'Well, yes, I'm sure,' said Mrs Weasley, 'but I thought perhaps - given how - how he -'
'You thought I would not weesh to marry him? Or per'aps, you 'oped?' said Fleur, her nostrils flaring. 'What do I care how 'e looks? I am good-looking enough for both of us, I theenk! All these scars show is zat my husband is brave! And I shall do zat!' she added fiercely, pushing Mrs Weasley aside and snatching the ointment from her.

Mrs Weasley fell back against her husband and watched Fleur mopping up Bill's wounds with a most curious expression upon her face. Nobody said anything; Harry did not dare move. Like everybody else, he was waiting for the explosion.

'Our Great Aunt Muriel,' said Mrs Weasley after a long pause, 'has a very beautiful tiara - goblin-made - which I am sure I could persuade her to lend you for the wedding. She is very fond of Bill, you know, and it would look lovely with your hair.'

;Thank you,' said Fleur stiffly. 'I am sure zat will be lovely.'

And then - Harry did not quite see how it happened - both women were crying and hugging each other. Completely bewildered, wondering whether the world had gone mad, he turned round: Ron looked as stunned as Harry felt and Ginny and Hermione were exchanging startled looks.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: The Prince's Tale

Shouted Snape, 'Expecto patronum!'

From the tip of his wand burst the silver doe: she landed on the office door, bounded once across the office and soared out of the window. Dumbledore watched her fly away, and as her silvery glow faded he turned back to Snape, and his eyes were full of tears.

'After all this time?'

'Always,' said Snape.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Guess How Much I Love You, not us of course! Though we assure you we sure love you a lot for dropping a visit here! Rather, in celebration of Father's Day, Lavender Country brings you this beautiful classic about father-child bonding. Enjoy ~ and a happy Father's Day to all fathers around!

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©1994 Sam McBratney

Little Nutbrown Hare, who was going to bed, held on tight to Big Nutbrown Hare's very long ears. He wanted to be sure that Big Nutbrown Hare was listening.

"Guess how much I love you," he said.

"Oh, I don't think I could guess that," said Big Nutbrown Hare.

"This much," said Little Nutbrown Hare, stretching out his arms as wide as they could go.

Big Nutbrown Hare had even longer arms. "But I love you THIS MUCH," he said.

Hmm, that is a lot, thought Little Nutbrown Hare.

"I love you as high as I can reach." said Little Nutbrown Hare.

"I love you as high as I can reach," said Big Nutbrown Hare.

That is quite high, thought Little Nutbrown Hare. I wish I had arms like that.

Then Little Nutbrown Hare had a good idea. He tumbled upside down and reached up the tree trunk with his feet.

"I love you all the way up to my toes!" he said.

"And I love you all the way up to your toes," said Big Nutbrown Hare, swinging him up over his head.

"I love you as high as I can HOP!" laughed Little Nutbrown Hare, bouncing up and down.

"But I love you as high as I can hop," smiled Big Nutbrown Hare - and he hopped so high that his ears touched the branches above.

That's good hopping, thought Little Nutbrown Hare. I wish I could hop like that.

"I love you all the way down the lane as far as the river," cried Little Nutbrown Hare.

"I love you across the river and over the hills," said Big Nutbrown Hare.

That's very far, thought Little Nutbrown Hare. He was almost too sleepy to think any more. Then he looked beyond the thorn bushes, out into the big dark night. Nothing could be further than the sky.

"I love you right up to the MOON," he said, and closed his eyes.

"Oh, that's far," said Big Nutbrown Hare. "That is very, very far."

Big Nutbrown Hare settled Little Nutbrown Hare into his bed of leaves. He leaned over and kissed him good night.

Then he lay down close by and whispered with a smile, "I love you right up to the moon - AND BACK."

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A Tribute to All Fathers

Remember our previous anecdote from Baby Blues? Here's another sweet exchange from the loveliest (albeit harried) family on print:

Zoe: Thanks for taking me to the dance, Dad.
Darryl: My pleasure, Zoe.
Zoe: (shuts eyes and hugs Darryl's leg) You're the best Dad in the whole world!
Darryl: Got it!
Cell Phone: (Zoe's voice) You're the best Dad in the whole world!
Zoe: (exasperated) You don't have to record every nice thing I say about you, Dad!
Darryl: I think I've just found my new ring tone!

And that's a neat prelude to our next article! Do keep a lookout for that next post~

Monday, June 6, 2011

Chocolate Raindrops Amid Gunfire

The YouTube video that has been making headlines around the world for the past week is not some racist rant or senseless plank in vogue, but a most courageous act by a Mexcian teacher - singing a Barney song to calm her charges amid the gunfire raging outside the classroom. For what is courage? Not feeling no fear - but acting in spite of fear, and thinking of others even when the fear is looming on one.

....Presenting Martha Rivera Alanis's 'If All the Raindrops':

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Not your average daily deal site: Philanthroper

Forget about disputes over fine lines, traps laid out to phish innocent folks, offers reading better than they really are. Instead of selling stuff - not to mention often stuff we can really do without - Philanthroper shares the story of a new nonprofit everyday, and if you are moved by the motivation behind it, you can give it a dollar. If you are a corporate organization, you can even advertise on the site to support the nonprofits. Philanthroper itself is a nonprofit too, taking no cuts from the donations and charging no fees for charities to be featured. Even if you are a bit tight in the wallet, merely reading the stories themselves helps us to gleam light about the world at large. Take for instance - do you know that some homeless women had to disguise themselves as men to get a meal or just to check in to a place to sleep? Or that the average U.S. teacher - already on meagre incomes - forks out $1500 a year to buy supplies for their classroom? The highlighted causes remind us how privileged most of us reading this are, and how much work there is to be done to make our world a more habitable place.

Share with your friends the featured charities and together, let's contribute to a better world.