Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
D has done a great job.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Two movies That I just absolutely LOVE !!!!!
What could these two movies have in common ???.... I will tell you...
PHYSICS... That's right..
Einstein said it best
"When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute -- then it's longer than any hour. That's relativity!" Einstein, Albert
It is all perception...
In the movie Ground Hog day... Bill Murray's character is forced to live the same day over and over again.
(Perhaps this is hell... or if you are Catholic?...... purgatory
Where is Sr MaryBreakyourkuckles when you need answers?)
Each day ... over and over again seeing the same people playing out the same scenarios...
Never growing..never learning...
(Yes.. I think this defiantly is hell..)
He can not take one more day of his mundane existence... and even after trying to kill himself in a number of very interesting ways...
He awakes again, again at precisely 6:00 A.M. to the sound of Sonny and Cher's
" I got You Babe"...
Having nothing more to live for, he embarks on a convoluted effort to bed the woman he is in love with....
He finds out all her like and dislikes,pretending to have all the same preferences.
He thinks he is impressing her, and this strategy is an easy ticket into the bedroom ... instead she finds him ,increasingly creepy.
Frustrated, he finally decides there is nothing better to do,so why not try to better himself... and help those around him.
It is precisely in helping those around him that he ultimately helps himself.. and his metamorphosis begins .....
Inevitably the new and improved Man becomes very likable... not only to himself,his gal pal,but to everyone around him.
When he learns to be happy within, and not have any hidden agendas... the spell is broken and he awakens in the arms of his love... literally and figuratively to a new life, and as a much improved person.
When I first saw this movie.. I watched it with surface eyes only... Now having watched many times.
I get it even more.
We are here for the betterment of our selves ... but also of others..
A touching scene in the movie plays out with an old homeless man.. First the beggar goes virtually unnoticed day after day.. unseen..
Then money is half heartily tossed at him, followed by actually seeing him as a person and trying to help.
Having reached that point.....
Only to find him dead in an Alley.. Bill Murray's character now having had a bond with this man.... trys again and again with each new day that he receives to alter this man's destiny by feeding him.. giving him warm clothes and even a desperate attempt at trying to save his life... with mouth to mouth.. only to have the ER nurse say...
" Sometimes People just Die".
As sad and as real as that statement is...
The saddest thing is to not have done SOMETHING to help... even knowing ultimately what the end would be.
Do what you can, While you still can, and let life's play continue....
Having NO REGRETS... (At least in the important areas!)
This my own personal goal.
Bill Murray's One PERFECT day... learning, helping and genuinely loving ....was comparable to an entire lifetime..
Was it a day?.. Was it a entire lifetime?.. it's all relative.
Not exactly the lighthearted comedy of Ground Hog Day... However.....
This movie by far one of my ALL ALL TIME FAVORITES !!!
I love this movie so much I feel that it should and could be used in classes all over the country...
In this movie... we are privy to the complicated web that the combination of our lives make up... One simple act can and does alter everything...
A simple car accident in the beginning of the movie, weaves together the lives of the people involved... the course it takes, and it's lingering effects...
Everyone is connected... every one's actions have an impact... some incredibly wonderful and redeeming and some awful and life changing.
The plot is simply too complicated to go into.. but I suggest NOT only renting this movie.. but watching it only with truly open eyes... seeing all the intricate details ...
This movie isn't just about race, sex,violence or preconceived notions we all have... it is ultimately about how we are all connected in this fabric we call life.
It will at the very least ..... Make You Think.
Now that can't be all bad right???
*See Sometimes I an actually capable of having serious and thought provoking ideas but........
Not to worry!!!... like the hiccups.. this doesn't happen too often...
We will now return you to your regularly scheduled program of fun and frolic.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
On a day just like this one... My Father passed away.
Nothing is the same.
Six Years .... It is hard to believe, it has been six years that he has been gone. So much has happened in those years, so much that he missed. ( Some I am glad he was not here to have to go through)
But for the most part I wish he could see that his eldest grandson, although far away, has graduated from collage, found employment ( THIS was very important to him...HARD WORK !!!) and has found someone wonderful, who cares for him deeply and helps him on his path. He would have liked M.
That Maria... his first granddaughter too will graduate from collage, and is embarking on her new life with someone kind,caring and respectful of her and her entire family..
That on this very day, the anniversary of his death she will order her wedding gown. Though he did not live to see her married..I know he will be there with us. I know he would have gotten a kick out of teasing with her M.
He would have seen that all his children and their spouses, have rallied around his wife and have tried to make her hurt.. some how less.
He would have loved to have had a longer time with his next set of grandchildren...who in my opinion were robbed of his warm and crazy humor..
We will continue to talk to them about him...and do as we always have ,visit his resting place. We will keep his memory alive as long as we are alive.
Today at the cemetery our hurt was pronounced... as Now Nancy's father is buried in the same mausoleum under my dad... the sadness in the air was palpable, as she, her mother, Mamma , my siblings and the grandchildren sat in front of our fallen loved ones..The hurt for them is still so raw.
After the little ones lead us all in The Lord's Prayer.. (* Now THAT will melt your heart) they soon ran off to feed the ducks and swans on the small lake near the chapel... the four of them lined up on the bank , in an unintentional row of youngest to oldest..trowing bread crumbs.
How is it that one can feel such hurt and such happiness all at the same time?
I really miss ya...
Written with Maria's permission
If you live in Michigan...
hopefully you have, at one time or another visited the wonderful Eastern Mkt !!!
I just love love love this place.. For a while there a group of us gals would make pretty regular trips down there from the burbs.
We would get up BEFORE the sun, in a carpool chain, stopping at each home, adding each person .......most half asleep.
* On a side note..
One time our last stop was at K's house... K is a smoker and she had finished up in the bathroom, and was ready to head out when suddenly, we smelled something odd.. like burning.. sure enough her butt ( cigarette that is)was still burning and would have set the basket on fire. had we left a minute sooner ...... who knows what could have happened....far too much excitement for 5:30 a.m !
Anyway that is just one of many stories that have come from our excursions to Eastern Mkt.which just happens to be the largest historic public market district in the United States.
The sun comes up just as we get there... A glorious sight..... the sound of the vendors unloading and hawking their wares.. the smells of local restaurants as well as the fresh produce... coffee, donuts, fresh bread ,bagels. and as the morning wears on...... Often a small jazz band comprised of no more then 3 or 4 African American men.. One playing bass( yes a full size bass) one a guitar, maybe a sax and drums... seemingly appear out of no where.. and end up in front of the local spice shop....they get the morning started.. thier music filling the air.... It really is kind of magical..
In another part of the Market...Under one of the covered area's we would always looked for one lone blind man who armed with only his guitar, and a plastic bucket to sit on....would spin his music web around us all....
On one the these trips .. Years and Years ago when Maria was very young.. 6 or 7 years old.. she stood mesmerized listening to his deep, sad, bluesy voice...
He sang original and often improvised songs right there, on the spot...
As she watched person after person drop coins and bills into his cup.. She asked if she too could drop some change into his cup. She loved it.
A little further down the isle up against the concession wall was another gentleman squatting.
He too had dark sunglasses on.. and held a large cup in his hands... he wasn't singing.. talking.. wasn't doing anything but perhaps waiting for someone.
Maria in all her charitable furor ran up to the man... and with out a single word... plopped the last of her change into his cup...
Only instead of the usual clink of coins hitting coin... a geyser of coffee flipped up into the air !!!
I don't know who was more shocked... He.... or Maria..
Even as I write this.. I am laughing... The look on their faces.... was priceless...yet it was such a touching thing to see... She meant well... and was truly trying to be kind....
I can only hope she left him enough .... to get a fresh cup of coffee.
Sorry Eastern Market dude... the kid meant well.....
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
THIS.... is a MUST.... That way... the word Hydrangea... does not sound like Hi Stranga, to her.Speaking of Hydrangea's ... with all this wet weather, I have noticed that my daffodils are already up and quite tall. A wonderful sign that Spring is in the air !!!
If there is ALOT of rain
But like I said... I am TRYING to keep this light and fluffy.
Spring brings Happy thoughts and gardening
The thing is....gardening really IS hard work.. I mean, it's good for you ... and the benefits pay off... but for today because it is so yucky out. AND I want to avoid stepping all over these
I think I will gear up... and just enjoy Mamma's Company
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Why?..... I do not know..
Roll tightly,secure with a thick toothpick and brown in a very hot pan... ( oil or butter will do)
*Note.. These are only MY guesstamits..
Monday, March 23, 2009
Now all I need is an attitude adjustment...Does anyone know a good Attitude Adjustment Doctor??? cause I am about ready to sign up !!!
In other riveting news.....
I think we are having chicken for dinner....
Over and Out....