7.25.2010

Free Hugs, Abbracci Gratis

Polly Chatfield, who came to a Slow Love reading in Rockport, Maine, kindly sent me this video of what in my day was called "a happening", this one in Italy. The song, Hallelujah, gets a little too orchestrated for my taste. My son Theo and I like the Jeff Buckley version better--to say nothing of the original, by the musician god who wrote it, Leonard Cohen. (And while we're on it, here's some funny information about the song.) As we were listening to Buckley's version, we looked up and saw an enormous rainbow spanning the sky across the back of the house. Theo took these pictures and compiled the collage.

Theo tells me that only alternative middle school girls go around with Free Hug signs, and that it is annoying. Tough. Regalo Abbracci...Count me in.

78 comments:

tartanscot said...

Dominique,

this is another favourite of mine from the "Free Hug" movement . . . and always brings a tear of joy - enjoy -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vr3x_RRJdd4


hope you're enjoying a quiet, productive weekend,
Scot

Blue said...

Beautiful collage, just beautiful. And, thank you for introducing me to Jeff Buckley's version of Hallelujah - it's my partner's favourite song and it is his birthday in the morning so this video will be awaiting him in his inbox. I don't comment often but I read your blog all the time. Thank you.

Ellen said...

Dominique (and Theo),

Thank you for the beautiful collage.

I find the John Cale version to also be quite beautiful.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PnSQfEmMrE

Concrete Jungle said...

Such a nice start to the day! I do love KD LAng's version too!

Barbara said...

I found this amazing version also, worth a listen:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PQKiOhgZBY&feature=related

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

The beauty of humanity. It can break your heart.

Leonard Cohen is most certainly a "musician god". I've seen him three times, the last time just this past autumn, and I am always completely in awe. His lyrics are the articulation of the soul.

Layanee said...

I concur, a beautiful way to start the day. Thank you.

Cristina said...

gorgeous photo and I also do like a lot this fancy puzzle. bravo, Theo!

Ronnie said...

Dominique, it is so interesting that you posted this today, because early last evening as I went to pick up my son at the ferry dock, I watch the boat glide under the same rainbow. It was just magical. Jeff Buckley’s Hallelujah is one of his favorites. Now I’ll have to ask him to play it later. Thanks!

willow said...

Cohen originally wrote 80 verses?Amazing. I would love to read them!

Madgew said...

I have seen a few of these and then can't get the song out of my head for the whole day.

Barbara said...

Dominique, Your visuals are always so beautiful! I prefer Jeff Buckley's version as well, but haven't heard a version I'd turn off yet.
Hugs to you!

c said...

Here's a hug going your way :-)

Interesting to see people's reaction to a free hug ... then again, I'm pretty sure I would keep walking too, if someone approached me offering a free hug ... says a lot about our sociey, doesn't it? sad, sad, sad.

I prefer kd lang's version. She's one of the few singers that give me goosebumps, and her version of Hallelujah is IMO the best.

Thanks to you and Theo - lovely start to the week.

William said...

Rainbows SUCK!!

Just kidding of course!! Nice photo assembly, Theo.

For all of the Leonard Cohen fans check out K.D. Lang's 'Hymms of the 49th Parallel'

In a word...

AWESOME.

c said...

I just love "coincidences" ...

after clicking on the link to the video, and listening for a while, I went to kd ang's version... (that voice!) which prompted me to go searching for a recent cd of hers ... so I ordered Hymns along with another copy of Slow Love (friend's birthday coming up)... and so it goes

coincidences, right?

Julie said...

I love this Regalo Abbracci link almost as much as I love this song by Leonard Cohen. I am partial to the K.D. Lang version (Hymns of the 49th Parallel), but no matter who sings the lyrics the song fills my heart with joy.

Valerie said...

I'm sitting here at work noticing that going without power in my Maryland home since the storm on Sunday is slowing me down... nicely... into the rhythms of the day. Last evening, my partner, Gregory, and I sat quietly, looking out from our house in the trees, as the sun went down. This morning we sat quietly as the sun came up. I wonder if I would have enjoyed this so much if I hadn't been reading your book and blog, Dominique. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Loved the link the the free hugs video. Made my day! Thanks.

Emom said...

Lovely! smiles....

Toni (aka Sparky) said...

I love Italy and I love abbracci gratis! Thanks for perking me up on a bit of a down day. ;o)

Francine said...

thanks for sharing this. from the moment i read your 'take joy' quote at the beginning of your book (love fra g)i felt like we were kindred spirits. and i'm so glad that you didn't part w/ may sarton's 'solitude' (another favorite of mine). but it's when you mentioned jeff buckley's hallelujah (early link on my fb page) that i felt compelled to comment. love your writing..thanks for the inspiration (and yes, there really isn't a graceful way to get in/out of a kayak!)

Anonymous said...

My partner and I really enjoyed reading this blog post, I was just itching to know do you trade featured posts? I am always trying to find someone to make trades with and merely thought I would ask.

Anonymous said...

http://genericpillshq.com/#generic-viagra | [url=http://genericpillshq.com/#cheap-viagra-online]buy viagra online[/url] | cheap viagra

Anonymous said...

http://site.ru - [url=http://site.ru]site[/url] site
site

Anonymous said...

viagra sildenafil viagra dosage age - cheap generic viagra online review

Anonymous said...

viagra online without prescription viagra dosage 100mg - generic viagra wiki

Anonymous said...

viagra online viagra interactions - buy viagra online norway

Anonymous said...

cheap tramadol tramadol bluelight - tramadol for dogs uses

Anonymous said...

[url=http://buyaccutaneorderpillsonline.com/#6512]buy cheap accutane[/url] - buy accutane , http://buyaccutaneorderpillsonline.com/#20332 buy accutane online

Anonymous said...

buy soma online buy soma online us - safe place buy soma online

Anonymous said...

[url=http://buyaccutaneorderpillsonline.com/#5407]buy cheap accutane[/url] - cheap generic accutane , http://buyaccutaneorderpillsonline.com/#1675 order accutane

Anonymous said...

[url=http://buyonlinelasixone.com/#11935]lasix no prescription[/url] - cheap generic lasix , http://buyonlinelasixone.com/#10468 cheap lasix

Anonymous said...

buy soma online buy soma cheap online - soma 350 mg price

Anonymous said...

soma online soma muscle relaxer pill - soma zo seatpost

Anonymous said...

buy soma online soma kerala palace - soma medication onset

Anonymous said...

buy soma buy soma online mastercard - soma gallery

Anonymous said...

order soma soma vainusau usc - soma muscle relaxer pain killer

Anonymous said...

soma muscle relaxant soma health club cost - soma maternity bras

Anonymous said...

soma drug buy soma drug - soma online sale

Anonymous said...

order tramadol online mastercard tramadol opiate - buy tramadol with paypal

Anonymous said...

order cialis online cialis 30 day free trial coupon - reviews on cialis 20 mg

Anonymous said...

buy cialis online generic cialis 5mg daily - buy cialis online discount

Anonymous said...

buy cialis online cialis vision loss - order cialis overnight delivery

Anonymous said...

buy xanax bars online no prescription there 4mg xanax bars - generic xanax interactions

Anonymous said...

alprazolam no prescription what is better for anxiety xanax or ativan - xanax 2mg pfizer

Anonymous said...

generic xanax happens u overdose xanax - xanax overdose effects

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol usa order tramadol online no prescription overnight - tramadol online legal

Anonymous said...

alprazolam online buy xanax overnight delivery no prescription - what does alprazolam 0.5 mg look like

Anonymous said...

carisoprodol 350 mg carisoprodol purchase online - carisoprodol online order

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol 180 buy tramadol with credit card - cheap tramadol no rx

Anonymous said...

generic xanax generic xanax round - signs of drug abuse xanax

Anonymous said...

carisoprodol 350 mg carisoprodol 350 mg - 90 tabs - carisoprodol 350 mg addictive

Anonymous said...

generic xanax xanax 4 bars - xanax bars green pill

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol tramadol generic fedex no prescription - tramadol addiction australia

Anonymous said...

carisoprodol 350 mg muscle relaxers soma carisoprodol - medicamento carisoprodol 350 mg

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol mekanisme kerja tramadol hcl - order tramadol online cod

Anonymous said...

generic cialis no prescription cheap cialis generic us - cialis soft tabs online

Anonymous said...

buy cialis online cialis recommended dosage - cialis price check

Anonymous said...

20000 :) Cheap Gabapentin - cost of gabapentin http://www.neurontinonlinecheap.net/#Cheap-Gabapentin, [url=http://www.neurontinonlinecheap.net/#Generic-Gabapentin]Generic Gabapentin[/url]

Anonymous said...

20000 :) buy celebrex online - buy celecoxib online http://www.celebrexpharmsite.net/, [url=http://www.celebrexpharmsite.net/]celebrex online pharmacy [/url]

Anonymous said...

buy discount tramadol buy tramadol online with paypal - 50 mg tramadol vs 10 mg hydrocodone

Anonymous said...

aaa!!! Topamax Online - topiramate no prescription http://www.topamaxbestonline.net/#buy-topamax, [url=http://www.topamaxbestonline.net/#buy-topamax]Order Topamax[/url]

Anonymous said...

07 Imitrex No Prescription - sumatriptan no prescription http://www.cheapimitrexbuy.net/#imitrex-no-prescription, [url=http://www.cheapimitrexbuy.net/#cheap-imitrex]Imitrex No Prescription[/url]

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol buy tramadol online paypal - tramadol no prescription free shipping

Anonymous said...

03 order zyban - buy bupropion http://www.wellbutrinforsaleonline.net/#wellbutrin-online, [url=http://www.wellbutrinforsaleonline.net/#cheap-wellbutrin]zyban sale[/url]

Anonymous said...

4, order terbinafine - lamisil sale http://www.fastlamisilorder.net/index.html, [url=http://www.fastlamisilorder.net/index.html]Cheap Terbinafine[/url]

Anonymous said...

1, propecia cost - propecia cost http://www.propeciasaleonline.net/#propecia-cost, [url=http://www.propeciasaleonline.net/#finasteride-online]propecia sale[/url]

Anonymous said...

http://www.integrativeonc.org/adminsio/buyklonopinonline/#5508 klonopin dosage children - clonazepam generic names

Anonymous said...

http://buytramadolonlinecool.com/#50897 tramadol 50 mg para que sirve - buy tramadol online cod overnight

Anonymous said...

http://landvoicelearning.com/#51602 buy cheapest tramadol online - tramadol hcl 50 mg an 627

Anonymous said...

all, Assignments Online - http://www.onlinewritinghelp101.com/#buy-assignments, [url=http://www.onlinewritinghelp101.com/#assignment-solution]Assignment Solution[/url]

Anonymous said...

http://buytramadolonlinecool.com/#56411 tramadol (ultram) prescribing information - buy tramadol online fedex delivery

Anonymous said...

buy klonopin online klonopin xr - generic version klonopin

Anonymous said...

ooo, buy provigil - buy provigil online http://www.provigilbetterprice.com/, [url=http://www.provigilbetterprice.com/]buy modafinil [/url]

Anonymous said...

carisoprodol 350 mg can overdose carisoprodol - carisoprodol 5 panel drug test

Anonymous said...

12, [url=http://www.nemedicalmassage.com/] Cheap Sibutramine [/url] - Sibutramine Diet Pill - buy sibutramine meridia http://www.nemedicalmassage.com/ .

Anonymous said...

comprar viagra 50mg cialis 10mg viagra prezzo italia viagra

Anonymous said...


VRo31, reductil pillen bestellen, [url=http://240atlanta.com/forums/group.php?discussionid=189002&do=discuss]reductil rezeptfrei ausland[/url], reductil original bestellen, 1F2O, where can i buy real provigil, purchase provigil from canada, buy provigil online legally, p2KHJ, buy nuvigil australia, http://www.perfilrd.com/profiles/blogs/best-place-to-buy-nuvigil-250-mg-online-order-nuvigil-canada buy nuvigil online canada, uMtOtSWQ, buy nitrazepam 5mg, http://5elryad.com/vb/showthread.php?t=272267 buy cheap nitrazepam, mlT6, purchase nitrazepam, http://www.perfilrd.com/profiles/blogs/where-to-buy-nitrazepam-online-uk-nitrazepam-online-bestellen nitrazepam sale uk, 41C7861k, buy zopiclone online uk only, [url=http://www.elcorito.com/entry.php?188708-Where-Can-I-Buy-Zopiclone-Online-Cheap-Zopiclone-Pills]i want to buy zopiclone uk[/url], buy zopiclone with debit card, 4qtk7227, buy phentermine hcl 37.5 mg, [url=http://www.elcorito.com/entry.php?188681-Where-To-Buy-Generic-Phentermine-Without-Prescription-Online]buy phentermine malaysia[/url], phentermine online gs labs, 5g97lu9t, lorazepam need prescription, http://blazerealms.net/index.php?threads/comprar-lorazepam-online-lorazepam-kopen-zonder-recept.2048/ lorazepam online kaufen ohne rezept, XgOTH4L, buy legitimate xanax online, where do i buy xanax online, can you order xanax online, SJ48E5, tramadol 50mg kaufen, tramadol comprar online, how do i order tramadol online, FaIJ35sQ, order nitrazepam, http://www.elcorito.com/entry.php?145847-Buy-Nitrazepam-Usa-Diazepam-Nitrazepam-For-Sale nitrazepam comprar,