Laura Is Thinking

Laura Hanning Sc (Dzelzyte)
Constructing meaning of experience

It’s somewhat disturbing when a concrete woman looks better than you. #keepingitreal in #Hamstead. #nomakeup #girlabouttown #pegasus #streetart #London #insta #pegasusgraffiti #graffiti  (at Hamstead Heath)
#nofilter #autumn #bliss in #London #girlabouttown #monocle #insta  (at St. James’s Park)
You thought #salt is salt. Think again. If you are a #Michelinstar restaurant, you serve black lava salt! Yes it’s black. Forget the fact that it’s nothing to do with lava or volcanos but rather a marketing term for a humble sea salt that has been blended and coloured with activated charcoal. Still #gravlax et al. was delicious: simple, fresh and honest. Interior of a neutral Georgian room pretty cool too. All in all thumbs up to #Texture, a restaurant fronted by Icelander Aggi Sverrisson, former head chef at Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir. #girlabouttown #London #Recommend #review #restaurantreview  (at Texture)
Caught in the act! There is nothing like a sweet #macaron for #breakfast! Erm.. Even before brushing your teeth. #tbt #travelinspiration #FourSeasons #girlabouttown #Italy #summeroflove #insta (at Four Seasons Hotel Florence)

Vatican: Homosexuals Have Gifts and Qualities to Offer the Christian Community

In a dramatic shift in tone, a Vatican document said on Monday that homosexuals had “gifts and qualities to offer” and asked if Catholicism could accept gays and recognize positive aspects of same-sex couples.

John Thavis, Vatican expert and author of the bestselling 2013 book “The Vatican Diaries”, called the document “an earthquake” in the Church’s attitude towards gays.

"The document clearly reflects Pope Francis’ desire to adopt a more merciful pastoral approach on marriage and family issues," he said.

Pope Francis has said the Church must be more compassionate with homosexuals, saying last year: “If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge.”

The document also showed considerable opening to heterosexual couples who were married only in civil services or who were living together, mentioning “positive aspects” of such unions, especially if the couple saw them as a prelude to marriage in the Church.

While Church marriages clearly were “the ideal” for Catholics, it said, there were “constructive elements in those situations that do not yet or no longer correspond to that ideal”.

If a two thousand year old establishment is capable of showing a more liberal and open approach to ‘love’, I hope some Lithuanians can find courage to do the same. 

Source: Huffington Post 

#Anti-corruption assessment is a vital part of protecting #climate #finance. Thanks to #TransparencyInternational #AdaptationFund is improving its processes.
Is it #autumn yet? #tbt #beautiful #Englishcoutry #worcestershire #nofilter
#Turkish colours. The ceiling of #grandBazaar #Istanbul. Where East meets West, #yellow meets #Blue. #travelinspiration
"She was obsessed with her own integrity but at the same time she wanted to lead a beautiful life". Yes she died bored and lonely. Stuff doesn’t make you happy. Chanel room at #Saatchigallery. Serious talks. (at Saatchi Gallery)
The Betsy Theory: the name #cocktail was born as a drink for rebels and a cry for freedom by the oppressed served by Betsy and decorated with roosters’ tail feathers (hence cock-tail) during 1700s English occupation of Northern #Virginia. Best #nightcap at #Oblix #Shard #London. True the cock tail was replace with a #lavender;-)
#TBT #bettertogether #vespa #Florence #Italy #husband #love #moments #happy #summeroflove #blackandwhite #wedding
While we both wore flowers on our #weddingdress and chose #Italy for the #specialday, I think I got a better man;-) congrats to #clooneys on #clooneywedding #vespa vs boat #dolce&gabbana vs giambattistavalli   #FourSeasons vs #Aman
#grandBazaar #nofilter #loveistanbul #travel
24 hours in #Istanbul: Turkish coffee, chicken shish for breakfast, kilims, #bazaars, parties like no tomorrow and one #BlueMosque. So beautiful I’m reconsidering my voting at #Eurovision:-) #minitrip  #travel #colours #100happydays #Turkey
Secret place, secret meeting, open discussions with a code name “for a better future”. Yes we can.  (at St. Paul’s Cathedral)