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Beauty Beyond Words Blog.
We blog about our ecards, quotes, art, the meaning of life and other stuff we love.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Love is Immortal

Our latest card features a quote from Emily Dickinson,
"Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality".

Click the orange balloon to take a look:

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Congratulations

A dear friend requested a congratulations ecard, and I have just added it to our site. No quote this time, just a short, rousing ecard with music and animation designed to express the enthusiasm that goes along with sharing in another's success.

Coincidentally, while wrapping up the card I came across this interesting blog by Ed Shapiro "Chill Out: Finding Joy in Other People's Happiness". In it he speaks of the Buddhist practice of mudita, also known as sympathetic joy or deep gladness. This is a special form of joy as it responds to all things good, as seen in your enjoyment of someone else's good fortune, or when another's happiness makes you happy.

I hope this card comes in handy when opportunities to celebrate the joys of good fortune, large or small, appear.

View "Congrats"



Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Two New Cards

Degas experienced that wonderful state of being we now call the flow (or the zone, if you prefer) when he painted. Our new ecard, Inspiration, celebrates that delicious state of harmony, his incredible art, and the fantastic music of Tchaikovsky. What a combo!


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Our other new ecard, You Can See the Stars, beautifully expresses Ralph Waldo Emerson's belief in the blessings inherent in life's challenges,
When it is darkest, you can see the stars. This card offers hope and encouragement to a loved one during a challenging time.


View "You Can See the Stars"



I hope you and your friends enjoy these new cards! Connie

Friday, July 18, 2008

Vacation in the Clouds

Take your mind on a vacation right now by visiting the Cloud Appreciation Society's site. Be sure to see the Cloud of the Month, the Cloud Photo Gallery, and some spectacular NASA snaps the astronauts have taken of clouds from over 200 miles up. The Cloudspotters have named John Ruskin (art critic and essayist, 1819-1900) as an honorary member, quoting his essay "Of the Open Sky". Here's an excerpt.... there is not a moment of any day of our lives, when nature is not producing scene after scene, picture after picture, glory after glory, and working still upon such exquisite and constant principles of the most perfect beauty, that it is quite certain it is all done for us, and intended for our perpetual pleasure.

When I was a painter, I loved painting clouds. Our gratitude ecard was my first attempt at "painting" clouds using Flash animation software.

Don't forget to look up!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Happy 4th of July

Take a peek at our new ecard featuring the words of Thomas Jefferson from the Declaration of Independence (it has fireworks, too!).

I recently started to watch the wonderful miniseries, John Adams. It covers the time that the Congress ratified the Declaration of Independence and the Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution. The movie made me consider again what an amazing group of people these early Americans were, and how inspired to produce such masterworks as the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution - both beautiful professions of human rights and human dignity. Let's hold their vision of peace and liberty for all in our hearts this 4th of July. Have a happy holiday!




Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Mother's Day Card

We just published a Mother's Day card. Don't forget to send your Mom flowers, too! There are a couple of quotes on this card. The first: Mothers hold their children's hands a short while... but their hearts forever, is by an unknown author. The second, which some children at Girls Inc. of Sarasota, Florida kindly wrote out for me: Roses are red, lilies are white, I love you Mom, morning noon and night, was taken from a card my wife Connie wrote for Mother's Day when she was eight years old. She says she composed the rhyme, and who am I to argue with her?!
I hope you like the card, and I hope your Mom likes it too.

Mike

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Two New Cards

Birthdays keep on a-comin’ and our lively new birthday quote ecard will have you ready for them. When that special day rolls around send this birthday ecard featuring the quote, Birthdays are nature’s way of saying “Eat more cake”. Yum, they’ll like that idea!

The other new ecard quotes a well-known Irish blessing, May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face. And rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of his hand. This card is a beautiful way to express your friendship and “well wishes” to someone you care about.