Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Adventure

tiny little song sheets -
Big, Big Dreams

Bring it On

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

I'm supposed to be working - but . . .

this is just too fun. See, I asked the dog, (Osa Magillicutty Happy Pants,) if she would consider taking me for a stroll - maybe just around the block. the weather is really nice and I could use a little moving around. So, Ms. Osa said "yes" and we were on our way. Before we got to the first corner a really large maroon van came from the alley, stopped and then slowly pulled onto our street. The thing is, they were moving so slow i could see the people inside clearly.

Now, if I were home (I'm from the western states, a performing arts family) I wouldn't think a thing of it . . but, I'm NOT home. This is Kirkwood, Missouri. (Need I say more???) This van was positively packed with people who looked as if they'd arrived, from all over the world, in the 1950's.


There was a gentleman with a large handlebar mustache, there were several faces that looked Asian, there were men and ladies who looked as if they'd stepped out of a casting director's office, looking for a role on Leave It To Beaver. It was too amazing.

So - if I WERE home (we've already discussed that) - I would simply think it was a circus family - OR - people taking extra training in circus arts. Here - none of that would be happening.

Whatever - I finally rally and continue walking. By the time we get around the block, I see the van - empty, parked on the wrong side of the road - facing the wrong way (okay, they must not know our neighborhood, or the driving rules for U.S.A. - what's new about that, right???)

A-Ha!!!! Then I begin to spot them. Two by two they are paired, going door to door, knocking and engaging people in conversations when possible.

Definitely not Mormon - must be Witnesses.

Case Closed - but . . it was fun - trying to sort out the circus people.

I kept trying to decide how i would explain it, if i had to . . . now I don't HAVE to - but, still - I've decided to share it with you.

Okay, okay - I'll get back to work.

Once we believe in ourselves,
we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight,
or any experience that reveals the human spirit.
-- e e cummings

Monday, December 29, 2008

A Most Excellent Suggestion:

For peace of mind, resign as general manager of the universe.

— Anonymous

Slumdog Millionaire

I'm still considering this movie.

My first favorite scene was when the people noticed Jamal on his way back for the final round.
When they were sure it was him, they told him they were proud of him and gave him blessings to win.

I am still impressed by the thought - if it weren't for Ram and Allah we'd still have a mother.

The personality type of the main character - was good/interesting teaching.

I love the Hindi principles always upheld. Even though there were difficult things to convey - it wasn't overly graphic. And, the kiss was suggested - but, not shown. (I appreciate the belief system and moral code of Hindi film.)

I am thankful for the gift of a dance production at the end.

And - amazed that World Music has been lifted yet another notch.

I enjoyed this feature film.
An unhurried sense of time is in itself a form of wealth.
-- Bonnie Friedman, in New York Times

Whatever God's dream about man may be, it seems certain it cannot come true unless man cooperates.
-- Stella Terrill Mann

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Be a first rate version of yourself,
not a second rate version of someone else.

-- Judy Garland,
to her daughter, Liza Minelli

Friday, December 26, 2008

Thank you, Einstein

We should take care
not to make the intellect our god;
it has, of course, powerful muscles,
but no personality.

Albert Einstein

Thursday, December 25, 2008


I have friends out working today - handling emergencies.
They call in from time to time with interesting stories.
Their favorite thing to report is, even though parking lots all over the region are empty,
every Walgreen store is packed,
and looks as if there's a really hoppin' party going on.

I hope people have decided to stop for milk or extra candy - and not for aspirin.

Happy Happy - Whatever your celebration style -

It seems to me it's all about The Light.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Nelson Mandela:

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall.

This is comforting - (giggle)

Assert your right to make a few mistakes. If people can't accept your imperfections, that's their fault.
-- Dr. David M. Burns

Friday, December 19, 2008

None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding
except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Shoshannah sent this

Here's the quote - she found it on Aish.com:

"The sages teach that G-d assists a person to go in the way that he chooses"

I think this is a comforting thought.

You might want to visit Shoshannah Brombacher - she is a Fine Artist -
She's an even better friend - and Maggida

He that would make his own liberty secure,
must guard even his enemy from oppression;
for if he violates this duty,
he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.
-- Thomas Paine

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Cheryl Pride took this photo

she was attending an eagle release event - so much like her - she never met a creature she didn't want to help - thing was - on release, the eagle went right towards Cheryl - flapped her pretty good while passing - and - this great picture is the outcome.

Another belief of mine: that everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise.
-- Margaret Atwood, Cat's Eye, 1988

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Could it be true?

"Imagination is more important than knowledge. "

— Albert Einstein

if so, I might be rich, rich, rich.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Update on "The Box"

It arrived in Los Angeles - eventually it was loaded on a train bound for New Jersey. Turns out the things inside were ordered by Big Lots. I wonder, in a few months, if we visit our local Big Lots, will we find scales, garden supplies and tape measures that arrived in this container.

Oh yes, the ship it arrived on was called "Starlight." Pretty Name, don't you think? of course, the news doesn't tell us about the people on board the ship - only that it's huge - maybe the length of two football fields.

Trains come through here a lot - I know the box is going through Chicago - I'll watch - who knows??? Maybe it will go by while I'm on a bus watching - and i can wave.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Well known though - always a good reminder . . .

" You must be the change you wish to see in the world. "

Mohandas Gandhi

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

It MUST be close . . .

"The Box's next port of call is Los Angeles, where it is due to arrive on Wednesday 3 December"

It's supposed to arrive today - and, when looking at the GPS tracking map it looks like it's there already - it's just past lunch time there - so, maybe they are looking at the shore . . ya think?

Welcome to the City of Angels!!!!!


"Success is more a function of consistent common sense than it is of genius. "

— An Wang

Monday, December 01, 2008

The Box Update

I'm relieved to see the Box is just some few hundreds of miles from the shore of California. It's unsettling to think of those people out to sea like like. In my imagination they all get to come a shore and get different jobs. (giggle.)