Monthly Archives: June 2011

Wise, Witty, and Wacky Wednesday

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I wasn’t sure what I wanted to write about today. So I browsed a quote site looking over the names and found Maya Angelou. I, as do many, admire Maya Angelou she is fierce and strong and beautiful and I always feel empowered when I read her work. Reading over her quotes I found this one.

“One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.” – Maya Angelou

I had never thought about it before but it does take courage to be kind and true to ourselves when we don’t know how others will react, to be generous we must be brave enough to give away something we might need later.

I burst with pride every time I see my children do something kind when others might just walk on by, comforting a friend who was teased on the playground, setting aside cans from the schools recycling for the man who lives out of his truck and comes by once a week.

One example of this is from an Irish PSA- I adore this commercial and the courage they portray is inspiring.

I think it is the small acts of courage that change the world the most. What do you think?

Music Monday

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Cellos make me swoon. Apocalyptica is a cello group that plays heavy metal cello. They started doing covers of Metalica songs- which are awesome and I recommend you check them out. This is one of my favorite songs of theirs.

Foreign Film Friday

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The fourth installment of Foreign Film Friday combines my love of foreign films with my love of vampire movies. Several years ago I was caring for five teenage girls who kept squealing about how Twilight is the best vampire movie ever made. Once I was done crying my hubby and I decided to review as many vampire movies as we possibly could and put them on the web because we couldn’t let these poor kids think that Twilight was the best vampire movie ever made. One of the films we reviewed was “Vampyr” a German movie made in 1932. It is amazingly beautiful. The filming techniques and ‘special effects’ are lovely. The use of light and shadow to create the atmosphere was masterful. It uses a ‘classic scary movie score’ and I can’t help but wonder if this was one of the first to use it. It has been dubbed into English, which I normally hate, but there is so little talking in the film and it’s done so well that it didn’t bother me. This is not a scary movie- at least not for us- but I smiled thinking of people watching it in the theater in 1932 and being scared by it. If you enjoy vampire or old films people check this one out. It is really beautiful.
Here’s the imdb page http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0023649/

Wise, Witty, and Wacky Wednesday

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Today’s video is longer, it’s from a poet and teacher named Taylor Mali. I have watched this over and over again, and every time it makes me cheer and shout for teachers.

So what do you make? It doesn’t have to be anything big. Do you make great bread? Beautiful gardens? A good listener? Maybe you save lives, help peole find their dreams, or give hope?
It is too easy for most people to list all of the things they suck at and all the places in life where they fail, so can you list three things you’re good at or ways that you make a difference?

My three things-
I’m a great critique partner for sensation and details- I know if they’re missing!
I am a good listener.
I make yummy nori rolls.

Music Monday

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Hello every one I missed you last week! My work took all the kids to the beach and California. Two adults, ten kids, eight hour drive down windy freeway in a top heavy 15 passender van- both ways- two days at the beach- please don’t let the undertoe take anyone out to sea- you need more sunscreen- and a day of Disneyland- wait where did she go??  I know the line is long, it’ll be fine- ACK!

Over all it was fun, but I’m very glad to be back home!

Today I have a fun happy song to share. I adore Bollywood and Shah Rukh Khan is one of my favorite actors and this version of “Pretty Woman” makes me smile.

Foreign Film Friday

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For the third installment of Foreign Film Friday I’ve picked a family movie, The Secret of Roan Inish. This is a wonderful Irish story of a young girl who discovers the history of her family, and takes them back to their ancestral island in order to save them. Watching Fiona learn about her family, and their stories, and trying to decide what is real and what is just a fairy tale is delightful. In the end it’s all about family and love and staying true to who you really are.

Wise, Witty, and Wacky Wednesday

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Today we have a quote from Mark Twain- “’Classic.’ A book which people praise and don’t read.”

There are lists of classic books- books which every one ‘should’ read. Books which are quoted in our television shows and movies, which define the education and manner of the person quoting them. So, have you read any ‘classic’ books? What is your favorite? Which one did you hate?

My favorites Dracula, Frankenstein, Winnie the Pooh, Beatrix Potter’s Stories – do those last two count? I can name a dozen young adult books, such as Island of the Blue Dolphin, Call it Courage, The Wizard of Earth Sea, and Julie of the Wolves.

Which ones did I hate? I hate reading Shakespeare. He wrote plays, I like watching his plays. I find reading them boring. I am a description whore- ask my critique group- I want colors, gestures, sounds, smells, tastes, everything- reading a play gives me none of that. I didn’t like Catcher in the Rye- maybe I was too young, maybe it’s just not a book that speaks to me, but I didn’t care for it.
So confession time, what classic books have you read and which ones did you hate?

Music Monday

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Sorry for the late post- I woke up in a bitchy mood and far too much to take care of, maybe if I’d listened to today’s song I would have felt better sooner. 

 I love Shakira. She is so sexy and her music always makes me want to dance. I play her CD when I clean the house or just need something to help bring my mood up and get me to shake my booty and dance around the house.

Foreign Film Friday

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Welcome to the second installment of Foreign Film Friday. Today’s movie is ‘The Good, The Bad, and The Weird’ a Korean Western. Yes, I did say Korean Western. There is a great new genre of movies called sushi-westerns coming out of Asia. These movies are Asian- they have Asian actors, themes, costumes, and ass kicking martial arts, and yet they are set in Old West American type towns.
“The Good, The Bad, and The Weird” follows two bounty hunters- one ‘good’ – Woo-sung Jung and one ‘bad’ – Byung-hun Lee and an odd misfit- the weird- played by one of my favorite Korean actors- Kang-ho Song.  The three men are after a treasure map, which they all have possession of at one point in the movie. It is basically one long chase scene. It’s funny and the fights are great and the acting is wonderful. Please, if you like action/comedy,martial arts, western movies  The Good, The Bad, and The Weird is one you’ll enjoy.