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The Music Makes All The Difference

Not long ago I was in the car listening to one of the many CD selections on my own “mix” of favorite tunes.  Thinking that this must be from one of my favorite soundtracks, “Meet Joe Black” I listened and then put it out of my mind. No, it wasn’t “Meet Joe Black” – but there was something familiar about it.  But just where did I find it?

Last week we watched “Finding Nemo” again.  It had been years since we had seen this – always one of our favorites!  And to my surprise – this same soundtrack began to play.  I guess I should not have been surprised to learn that Thomas Newman wrote both of these great scores – plus many more that I love, including “Little Women”, “Fried Green Tomatoes”, “Up close and personal” and “The Horse Whisperer”.  There is a haunting similarity to all these scores – but different enough that you can definitely tell the difference.  All I know is that the music really sets the tone to any great movie – and his certainly make all the difference for me.

And if it’s been a while since you’ve seen “Finding Nemo” – I just thought I’d share this great track from that movie with you – and I encourage you to see the other films listed here – you’ll just love the soundtracks!


God Bless

The Sights I See The Things I Hear

Today I am on another road trip with husband Greg – who has many occasions to do funerals and weddings out of our immediate area. It is a rainy dark day with many clouds looming above that look heavy with water. The further north we drove the darker those clouds became. I have these great sunglasses that have a amber type glow to them. When wearing them I notice how bright everything becomes – without the glare. Today as we rode into ever increasing darkness – I finally had to take them off. There was no brightening up that darkness – not even with amber glow glasses.

I am thankful for my sight – even though at times I complain about things being too bright – like yesterday when we went to a nearby pumpkin patch to pick out a special pumpkin for carving. I wanted a picture – but the glare was unbelievable.


However, undaunted – I posed for the camera anyway. What's a little glare, right?

I'm also surrounded today by a bunch of NOISE. It is a crowded Starbucks with many conversations and LOUD music streaming through the place. Not that anyone is listening to it. I close my eyes and try to imagine what it would be like to be blind. To have to depend on just my heightened sense of hearing to take in everything happening around me. It is confusing – not sure how I would process all this noise without seeing.

The other day we watched the original “The Miracle Worker” with Anne Bancroft playing Anne Sullivan and Patty Duke playing Helen Keller. It had been many years since I had seen this great movie and was just as fascinated with it when watching it again. Can you imagine a world with BOTH sight and hearing gone? This seem inconceivable and very rarely do we hear about a person today with limitations in both areas at once.

When I try to imagine what it must have been like for the very brilliant mind of Helen Keller to be in a world of darkness and silence – forever – it is difficult. When is my world ever completely quiet? I always have some music playing when working at my desk – can hear my husband upstairs coughing or sneezing – hear the neighbors with their dogs – or when they are working in the yard. I hear cars and trucks going by our house and a million other sounds that I am just used to.

When I try to imagine a world of darkness I think about this when it is night time and I am going to bed. I lie very still in my bed and as quiet as I can and try to stay there and not move. This was the world of Helen Keller.

What must it have been like? Helen was not born blind and deaf so the chances that she had some memory of seeing and hearing are very probable. She would have wondered what happened to her I'm sure. But mostly she had to learn how to communicate with Anne Sullivan who came to work with her and would not give up until she found a way to make Helen understand that letters formed words and words belonged to things she could smell and touch. When this was learned (I have NO IDEA how that could possibly have happened – except that Helen Keller was brilliant) it was no problem for her to learn – and learn and communicate she did! She graduated college and traveled the world – even learned to speak – truly amazing.

We truly have no excuses – those of us that have sight and hearing at our disposal. Sometimes I wonder if our senses actually handicap us out of doing remarkable things – like Helen. It is so distracting to have sounds and sights in our everyday world. We get used to the distractions and it numbs us to producing things that limited people seem to have no trouble achieving. Is it because they are silent and have that inward focus that we lack? I know I would not have the personal modivation to live in silence and darkness. That is something learned and practiced. A person with limitations either in sight or in hearing has learned valuable things in the darkness and silence that the rest of us will never learn.

Can you imagine a world without music? Without mountains you could see? Never see the face of the one you love? Never hear their voice?

Dear Lord – help me be truly appreciative of your many blessings today. Amen.

Best Friends

Cover of "Best Friends"

Cover of Best Friends

Greg and I LOVE this movie made in 1982 with Goldie Hawn and Bert Reynolds.  I double dog DARE you not to laugh right out loud as you watch this crazy ‘wedding vow’ scene below with the minister they could NOT understand!  ‘I Dee and Doe’ – is our favorite part!  Makes me giggle every time!!  Enjoy!


God Bless

King Of The Stupids!


Image by r e n a t a via Flickr

In light of yesterday’s article – ‘Dumb is Temporary – Stupid is Forever’  – I thought I would include, for your watching amusement and pleasure – my favorite scenes from Shrek about my favorite character, ‘Gingy’.  My favorite line?  When Gingy says to ‘Charming’  – ‘The only thing you will ever be King of is KING OF THE STUPIDS!!’  I about fell out of my chair at the theater watching that scene and have NEVER forgotten it.  If you only knew how it applies to some people whom I know – you would laugh too!  And let’s face it – it’s much easier to laugh at it – I mean sometimes you can only fight stupidity with laughter.  Lots of laughter.

And so – it is with great joy – I present to you – scenes about ‘Gingy’ from Shrek.

Gingy – this is for you.

Letters To Juliet

Last night Greg and I went to see “Letters to Juliet”.  I had heard great things about it – but Greg being a ‘guy’ was unsure about this highly acclaimed ‘girl movie’ and was skeptical to say the least.  But because he’s an unusual guy and we are ‘dating’ and having fun in everything that we do – and because he likes me to be happy – he decided he could endure it – for my sake.  But he changed his mind after we both read this review from widely respected movie critic, Roger Ebert.  If you had doubts about the movie – you most likely will not after reading his remarks and personal experiences from the film – including a glimpse into his personal romantic life.

Something that is noteworthy in this movie is that the two ‘leads’ are actually married in real life and have a similar story to the movie – met and fell in love when they were young and on the set of “Camelot” and then were separated until just a few years ago – when they decided to marry.  It’s very sweet – and below is a little bit more about the story from the stars themselves – Vanessa Redgrave and Franco Nero.

While sitting there watching it – we were caught up in the story – sure it was a bit predictable and a little ‘far fetched’ – but I also know of true stories that are maybe not so different from this story – and they say – “truth is stranger than fiction’ – and in many cases it is – some of the stories I’ve heard about involving time, love and restoration after many years is something out of a story book (or movie) and I’ve said many times, “you just can’t make this stuff up!” and meant it!

Enjoy the  video below and I hope that you will go and see this – it’s a very sweet love story – for all of you ‘true’ romantics ♥

Beautiful Music

Music makes one feel so romantic – at least it always gets on one’s nerves – which is the same thing nowadays.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Music is the language of the heart.  No one knows for sure why we connect to certain styles or songs – but one thing is for certain:  Everyone has a certain style of music that speaks and moves them.  One style can be just ‘noise’ to one person – and a beloved ballad to another.  Music can be annoying to some – and greatly appreciated by another.

I was raised on classical music – it played in my home growing up – night and day.  After a steady diet of this for 20 years of my life – I would have to say that I have an appreciation for classical – but it is not what I listen to when I relax.  I have always liked and responded to ‘pop’ music of my generation – the 70’s and it is still my favorite genre of music – by far even though I have an appreciation for other styles.  I would listen to my transistor radio or cassette tapes in my tape recorder at night before going to bed.  I was also a song writer and my ‘style’ of music on the piano was in a ballad form – or what you might call ‘easy listening’ today.  Music has to evoke an emotional response from me in order to be good – and it usually has something to do with the chord progression or lyrics – or both.  Movie soundtracks are also my favorite for relaxing and one of the best musical scores in my opinion is from the movie “Meet Joe Black”.  I also love the soundtrack from “To Kill a Mockingbird” – these are both noteworthy in my opinion and brilliant.

I like to think I am extremely tolerant of any kind of music – even though I’m sure my own children think I am not.  That’s pretty typical.  But since they know I appreciate any style of music if it’s good – they are quick to share their music with me.  Shawn loves to play ‘his music’ for me in the car – going quickly to a song he feels I will like – and usually he is right.  I don’t like everything he likes – but there are certain songs from bands he likes – that he knows I will be able to appreciate and give positive feedback to.  I think it helps him to feel better about his music in some weird twisted way ☺

About a year and a half ago –  he was driving me to a Chiropractor’s appointment and he played me the song below, “Amsterdam” from Coldplay. Now crazy as it sounds – it really moved me.  I remember it was raining and dark and this song played in the car and we drove in complete hushed silence.  It was one of those moments I will never forget.  A bonding moment with this song playing – just me and my son.  It was pretty emotional – I was going through a rough time that fall – and it meant a lot to me that Shawn actually seemed to ‘get it’ and find something he knew I would connect with.

The other day Shawn drove me to a wedding and he again pulled out this song and it brought back such memories of that day for both of us.  Imagine?  Two people from two entirely different generations – actually agreeing on and liking the same song – and the same band.  Crazy right?  Actually – Shawn likes classic rock from the 70’s too – so that’s always been the way we’ve been able to connect with music over the years.  I think it’s really great.  And because I have tolerance for his music and he with mine – we’ve been able to agree on many things over the years.  It is wonderful to know that he is a much sought after musician in his church on both drums and guitar and that he can appreciate music of all styles too.  I am very proud when I hear songs that he has written and recorded on the guitar – mixed in a studio – and they sound just like something you’d hear on the radio!  In fact when doing my own music ‘mix’ a few months ago – I accidentally added a song he had written – thinking it was a great song from “Angels and Airways” or something.  He saw that I had added it and said, “Mom – did you know that is the song I wrote”?  Ha!  No I didn’t! – but it was really good and that’s why I choose it for my CD mix.

Music – it’s a crazy thing – one man’s ‘noise’ is another one’s ‘bliss’ – and it’s nice to know that good music – is still good music – no matter what generation it is produced.  There are classics that have and will stand the test of time because they are well written – from the heart.

Do you have something that ‘moves you’?  We all do – and it’s nice to know that we are all different in our likes and dislikes – and yet the human element of music is still there – touching and affecting our lives – evoking good and bad memories – but most of all – deeply moving us.

Here’s to beautiful music – and not just annoying ‘noise’ in your world tonight.

God Bless

Come on, oh my star is fading
I swerve out of control
If I, If I'd only waited
I'd not be stuck here in this hole.

Come here, oh my star is fading
And I swerve out of control
And I swear I waited and waited
I've got to get out of this hole

But time, is on your side
It's on your side, now
Not pushing you down
And all around
It's no cause for concern..

Come on, oh my star is fading
And I see, no chance of release
And I know I'm dead on the surface
But I'm screaming underneath

And time is on your side
It's on your side, now
Not pushing you down
And all around
Oh, It's no cause for concern

Stuck on the end of this ball and chain
And I'm on my way back down.

Stood on the edge
Tied to a noose
Sick to the stomach
You can say what you mean
But it won't change a sin
I'm sick of the secrets
Stood on the edge, tied to a noose
and you came along but you cut me loose
You came along and you cut me loose
You came along and you cut me loose

Book Of Eli

Greg and I saw this movie last night – and I HIGHLY recommend seeing it.  It is thought provoking and deep.  It will really make you think – and in a good way about the simple things we take for granted – about conviction and passion of one man as he endeavors to protect the only Bible left on earth in a post apocalyptic world.  Denzel Washington is an AMAZING actor in this movie – go see it!  Below is the trailer – it is just a glimpse into this wonderful film.  Enjoy and God Bless!

She’s Having A Baby

So many people were asking about the song that was on American Idol last night – and that I posted yesterday by Maxwell entitled, “This Woman’s Work” and I found the clip from the movie “She’s having A Baby” and thought I would post this scene where it happens in the movie – this version is sung by Kate Bush.

I promise you – you’ll be moved as you watch it ♥

God Bless!

Pray to God you can cope
I stand outside
This woman’s work
This woman’s world
Oooh, it’s hard on the man
Now his part is over
Now starts the craft of the father

I know you have a little life in you yet
I know you have a lot of strength left
I know you have a little life in you yet
I know you have a lot of strength left

I should be crying but I just can’t let it show
I should be hoping but I can’t stop thinking
All the things I should’ve said that I never said
All the things we should of done that we never did
All the things I should’ve given but I didn’t

Oh darling make it go
Make it go away
Give me them back to me
Give that little kiss
Give me your hand

I know you have a little life in you yet
I know you have a little strength left
I know you have a little life in you yet
I know you have a little strength left

I should be crying but I just can’t let it show
I should be hoping but I can’t stop thinking
Of all the things we should’ve said that were never said
All the things we should’ve done that we never did
All the things that you needed from me
All the things that that you wanted from me
All the things I should of given but I didn’t
Oh darling make it go away
Just make it go away now

The Soloist

Greg and I have been watching the movie “The Soloist” about a homeless ex Julliard musician played by Jamie Fox – and the newspaper man who happens on him in a park and tries to “rescue” him from being “lost” and seemingly abandoned and yes – homeless – played by Robert Downey Jr.  This story had me pondering many things today.

1. Sometimes people don’t want to be rescued. We try to “push” our values on people that our less fortunate than we are – only to be rejected.  We can’t understand why everyone would not want to live like we do – I mean – don’t we have the “truth” and know the only way to live?  We particularly see this when people come from another culture to our churches and neighborhoods.  We think that somehow we need to “save” them from themselves – when they were quite happy doing and being just as they were.  We also see this in our world today as missionaries and others come from countries of affluence to “aid” in another culture.  Sometimes it is welcomed – sometimes it is not.  Sometimes it is met with a misunderstanding of gigantic proportions and takes a missionary couple or family years to undo the damage.

2. We assume everyone is just like us.  Again big mistake.  And since we only have our experiences to draw upon – it is no wonder that we continue to make it.  People are as diverse and complicated as the situations that they have found themselves in – or are born in.  No one is just like me – and very few come from a family situation like mine – with its own set of uniqueness and dysfunctional issues – the same as your family – and very different from your family.  And if my assumption is that not only are you like me – than I anticipate your reactions based on what I would do in situations.  Very dangerous – and just plain wrong.  The old, “why can’t everyone just think like me” becomes our theme song when times get tough and we can’t figure things out.  We have very little tolerance for people that are different at thinking  and reacting to things.  We even marginalize them.  And in our minds – discard them.

3. We expect people to treat us like we treat others. Again this is a HUGE misconception.  I have personally struggled with this one time and time again.  I say things like, “I would never do that to a friend” – or “Why won’t they play nice – when I am so nice to them”  “Why can’t they appreciate all I do for them” etc.  It is a slippery slope of disappointment if we expect this.  And the “golden rule” doesn’t seem to be in everybody’s vocabulary – let alone living it.  Again we don’t always understand everyone completely – nor have we walked where they walk.  We don’t have to face what they have to in their place of work – in their home or family.  We know very little, really.  And yet – we still expect.

4. My role is to just walk in love and forgiveness. Nothing more.  I am not equipped to “save” anyone.  I cannot rescue people from themselves and the way that they react to difficult situations.  I cannot force anyone to see things the way I want them to.  I can’t “fix” anyone.  That’s God’s job – not mine.  And when I understand this – I am free.  When I truly embrace this truth – I am free to be who I am gifted to be – with no guilt and no false sense of purpose.  I am free to love you – even forgive you for the many unspeakable things that may have been done to me.  And for those things that I don’t understand and want to “fix” in you.  I am free to live what I believe.  I am free to love you beyond what I see with my eyes.

And like the “Soloist” that did not want to be “rescued” by anyone – but he wanted to experience love and peace in his life – I pray that we would all come to the place in our lives where people really matter.  Not how they live – or what they do – or look like on the outside – what they own or do not own.  But we really see them.  Where peace, forgiveness and love reign in our world – unprovoked – and unasked for.  Where we truly “see beyond” – and see them as Jesus sees them.  I pray that we would have better eyes to experience something we’ve never seen before.

God Bless

What Sign Do You Wear?

I love to observe people.  Love it.  I like to think of myself as a “student” of human behavior – and so I watch and learn.

We watched one of our favorite holiday movies the other night “One Special Night” with James Garner and Julie Andrews.  We have recited many of the lines from this movie over the years and when watching it again – I was reminded of many special things in it.

At one point in the movie – the two lead characters are stuck in a snow storm together – and have to “camp out” in a cabin they encounter while looking for help.  While getting warm and cozy they start getting to know each other – and “Robert” makes a comment to “Katherine” about women – and she wants to know what he meant by the remark.  He tells her, “women wear signs around their necks – they are subtle but men can read them very clearly. – 1) Available – 2) Available if the right guy came along – 3) Unavailable and last and easiest to read 4) High Walls – Guns drawn – Don’t Look – Don’t touch – Don’t even THINK ABOUT IT.”

We laugh every time we see that part of the movie – but it made for some great conversation as we thought about how true this is!  And not just for women – men are pretty easy to read too.  Their signs can be more subtle – but believe me – women know how to read them 😉

For example:  1) I’ve been hurt. This is usually pretty easy to read on both men and women – but easier for us women to read it in a guy.  This is usually something he hasn’t gotten over – a past relationship that went sideways on him – usually he was the one hurt by someone and can’t get over her.  The conversation is usually always about that event that hurt him – and even spends much of the time blaming others – and especially her.  This man has friends – but very few – because they are afraid that everyone will hurt them as well.  They like to talk about it sometimes and look for a soft shoulder – but they are carefully guarded and know just when to “pull back” so they won’t expose their real feelings and get hurt again.

2) I’ve got issues and complications. These men are often very funny  – to make up for the deep things going on inside – and humor is an escape for them.  It usually masks what is really going on inside and these men do not like people asking them a lot of questions about themselves that go too deep.  They often deflect and use blame.  Sometimes (depending on the personality type)  the high is really high – but the low is VERY low.  They use up their friends pretty fast – because if you are in the line of fire – then WATCH OUT.  Usually a typical response when they perceive that someone they love is going to hurt them – is to “duck and cover” – the old “I’m going to hurt them before they can hurt me” – is used often.  And running from a problem is like a comfortable old shoe.

3) The guy who won’t commit – This guy loves to have fun – and loves to date or even have a long term girlfriend – but does NOT want to be pinned down when asked about marriage or “settling down” – it makes him nervous.  I would stay away from this type of guy if I were you – means he might run out on you – you won’t be able to count on him when the going gets tough – or for the long haul.

What every girl REALLY wants is the next type of guy:

4) The well adjusted guy  – This guy does not fall into the above three categories.  This guy is even tempered.  He is simply a very nice guy – usually from a good family and with lots of friends.  He is usually married to a really great woman – the nice ones usually are.  But not always.  I know some really great single guys – who just haven’t met the right girl yet.  They are kind, generous and positive – they are “people magnets” – and everyone wishes they could be like this – and will say, “easy for him to be so wonderful – he doesn’t have ANY issues, past hurt or problems”  Well that’s usually not so – it is just that he has learned to use those things to make him more sensitive and patient to those around him.

My own husband Greg falls into this category – and I’m very lucky.  Greg has no “issues” he constantly has to deal with  – or make me pay for – and I’m glad.  It’s exhausting to be around people who are constantly challenged with “issues” and “problems”.  It does NOT mean that things don’t happen to him just like everyone else – some sort of “saint” or something.  No.  Hardly.  It’s just that he has chosen to rise above the “junk” in life.  And he is a happy, healthy person who has surrounded himself with positive people in his life – and a wonderful family and core group of friends that” have his back” and would do anything for him.

What sign do you wear?  What signals do you give off to people around you?  Remember people can read them pretty clearly.  Enjoy the music video below that someone made about the movie “One Special Night” and if you haven’t seen it – I encourage you to do it – you’ll love it!  ♥

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