My Fragrant White Lily


Lilies are amazing plants belonging to the family Liliaceae.
Lilies come a variety of colors, shapes and sizes, and they are perfect for birthday or wedding bouquets. This beautiful flowers are quite easy to grow and they are good in borders or containers.

My Casa Blanca Oriental lily (Lilium ‘Casa Blanca’) is the most amazing flower in my garden at this moment.
This lily has pure white, large and scented flowers.

Casa Blanca Oriental lily prefers a rich, well-drained soil and should be planted in full sun or partial shade. This extraordinary plant with very large and intoxicatingly fragrant flowers should be planted in the spring. It is recommended to plant the bulbs deep enough, 4 to 6 inches deep and to prepare the soil for planting. Casa Blanca Oriental lily can grow 3 to 4 feet tall. Bulbs should be planted 8 inches apart. It is recommended to stake…

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Give Peace a Chance




I’m sure most of your are aware of the recent  72-hour “Cease Fire” that nearly happened between Hamas and Israel.


The thing about Cease Fires and Peace in general is that it takes work, and understanding and a desire to accept wha t the other person can give as a first step in a longer road.


Peace is not a destination, is it a long path that must be followed and which takes many steps and stumbles along the way.  It is possible, but it takes not just the will and the desire, but the commitment to the path as well as to the destination.


Any cease fire, between nations or tribes or spouses or friends, includes a certain amount of compromise, and we all must be able to recognize that the final result — the cessation of hostility and the return to a normal, peaceful and secure existence for both parties — is worth not getting everything we want.


Each person must make the decision to work towards peace each day.  Each country must decide each day that the process of peace is worth the effort.


Peace must start — can only start — with the internal peace that we, as human beings, all strive for.  Each day, we must try to find the peace within ourselves and to project that, to share it, with the rest of the world.


Each day, we must all — individuals and countries alike — decide to Give Peace a Chance.



The Biker and the President




It seems that after many years another Italian biker, Vincenzo Nibali, is about to win the “Tour de France“, very likely the most important cycling race in the world.  I’m very happy for the national prestige, however, as far as I am concerned, sport recently has lost that fascination it used to have. Medicines, doping, scientific studies have despoiled the athletes of that romantic, magic aura, that gave them the traits of demigods born to test and break human limits. Nowadays when you see a record crashed, you cannot help but wonder: did he deserve it or did he have a “little” help?

bart1 Bartali and Coppi

Gino Bartali ‘s only doping was good food and a bottle of Chianti. “Ginettaccio“, as he was called,  was born in Ponte Elma, near Florence, in 1914 and very soon developed a great passion for cycling . In the thirties…

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