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    No human relation gives one possession in another – every two souls are absolutely different. In friendship or in love, the two side by side raise hands together to find what one cannot reach alone.~ Kahlil Gibran’s words from Mary Haskell’s journal (8 June 1924)

    When  Carlo gave me “The Prophet” by Kahlil Gibran,  he quoted the above words of Kahlil telling me: “Our relationship is unique. No one  will understand the love we have for one another. We are two different souls walking side by side…” I was 16 then while he is 10 years my senior. Our relationship was purely platonic which lasted for several years till he died.

    Do you believe in platonic love between a man and a woman or even between same sex? Carlo conceived platonic love as pure and unconditional. “It’s the feeling that matters, not what you get out of it”,  he said.

    Our society scoffs at this kind of relationship. It wonders and suspects if an emotional and intellectual attraction between two persons can survive without sex.

    Since that day Carlo introduced me to Kahlil, I found myself  attracted to Gibran’s works and spirituality. I wanted to  know him more as a man.

    Reading the verbatim quotes from the journal entries , I discovered a beautiful platonic relationship between Kahlil and Mary which lasted for more than 20 years till his death. The 325 letters which Kahlil  wrote her gave me an insight of his innermost feelings and sensitivity as a man.

    Carlo, on your 10th  death anniversary today, I would like to raise my hands in gesture of salute to you as a man, as a treasured friend and as an intellectual lover who walked by my side unconditionally.

    Like Kahlil, your  favorite poet and philosopher, I have known an art of love far beyond human judgement. I owe you that Carlo.

    I am sharing some of Kahlil Gibran’s letters to tell the world that platonic love between two persons is possible!

    • Each and every one of us, dear Mary, must have a resting place somewhere. The resting place of my soul is a beautiful grove where my knowledge of you lives.
      (Extract from one of Gibran’s letters dated 8th November 1908)
    • Let me, O let me bathe my soul in colours; let me swallow the sunset and drink the rainbow.
      (Extract from one of Gibran’s letters dated 8th November 1908)
    • I want to be alive To all the life that is in me now, to know each moment to the uttermost.
      (Gibran’s words quoted from Mary Haskell’s journal dated 7th June 1912)
    • Imagination sees the complete reality, – it is where past, present and future meet… Imagination is limited neither to the reality which is apparent – nor to one place. It lives everywhere. It is at a centre and feels the vibrations of all the circles within which east and west are virtually included. Imagination is the life of mental freedom. It realizes what everything is in its many aspects … Imagination does not uplift: we don’t want to be uplifted, we want to be more completely aware.
      (Gibran’s words quoted from Mary Haskell’s journal dated 7th June 1912)
    • I realized that all the trouble I ever had about you came from some smallness or fear in myself.
      (Extract from Mary Haskell’s journal dated 12th June 1912)
    • Mary, what is there in a storm that moves me so ? Why am I so much better and stronger and more certain of life when a storm is passing ? I do not know, and yet I love a storm more, far more, than anything in nature.
      (Extract from one of Gibran’s letters dated 14th August 1912)
    • The most wonderful thing, Mary, is that you and I are always walking together, hand in hand, in a strangely beautiful world, unknown to other people. We both stretch one hand to receive from Life – and Life is generous indeed.
      (Extract from one of Gibran’s letters dated 22nd October 1912)


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    Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.”
    – Anais Nin

    I presume someone would ask me: “what is the connection of a friendship quote with website building? ” There is! I have lots of friends using different browsers with different versions and they could tell me if something is wrong with my site and vice versa.  Through my site, I have been receiving the gift of new friendships. Those who would give words of encouragements about my site and then criticize me later on when this “feeling of confidence” starts to brew. smiley The more friends you have, the better chances of checking out your site and improving it…so take advantage of them.

    If you still remember, I have recommended to test your newly created site with different browsers and platforms. Oftentimes factors like haste or our lack of time to check it would result to a disastrous site beyond our sight! Ask yourself these questions:

    • Do Your Pages Look The Same on All Browsers? I don’t think so. The same page seen on each different browser can have a different look.
    • Are You Losing Visitors Because Of Broken Pages? Visitors blame the Web site, not the browser

    First of all, “What is a browser“?

    Your Web browser is a translation device. It’s somewhat like Babelfish, Google’s language tools, etc.

    Now when you write your document in HTML, CSS and now there is XHTML, the browser translates it so you can view it as a web page.

    The problem is: there are a lot of browsers around! It is like giving 4 human translators (Netscape, Internet explore, Firefox and Opera) a sentence written in Italian and asking them to translate into english. All four will give the same meaning BUT may NOT use the same words, get it??

    Therefore, browser display problems can ruin your web pages. Possible causes are:

    • Multiple Browsers– Internet Explorer, Opera, FireFox and Netscape.
    • Different Browser Versions
    • Different Computer Platforms – Windows, Mac, and now Linux.

    And to add:

    • Screen Size – From 800 x 600 pixels to 1024 x 768.
    • HTML Errors – Mistakes that break your page.
    • Browser Bugs – Little known errors cause big problems

    How are you going to test your Website?

    What should testing include? 

    •  HTML validation– this will help you identify HTML coding errors, when it doesn’t follow the correct HTML standard. It is a grammar-checker that understands the rules of HTML. The more valid your HTML coding is, the more people will be able to view it correctly in any browser.

    There are free online validation services to use:

    The W3C HTML Validation Service

    HTML Tidy

    • Bad links – check your website for broken or bad links

    WWW Link checker

    • Download time – keep your download time for your home page size under 20 seconds, more than that, you will lose half of your visitors.

    To check your download time using modem speeds of 14.4k, 28.8k, 56k, ISDN 128K and T1 Link 1.44 Mbps, try –

     Website optimization

    • Browser compatibility–  As I’ve said, ask your net friends what kind of browsers and versions are they using so they could check your site. If you don’t have any net friends, ask your relatives, and colleagues, neighbors to test your site. Ask them to provide you their recommendations on improving your Website, there is nothing wrong with a pinch of humility.

    Let’s test our website.  It’s important if you want those search engines to find your site, if you want to have visitors who will click your ads hence monetizing your website.

    It is important for me to test it because some of my visitors will eventually be my friends and I want my site to bring out “a new world ” in me!



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