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Thursday, January 25, 2007


1. Guess what Saturday is???

To a young woman who has had one awfully trying and difficult past year, my wishes for my friend LEXY are to have a year of fun, inner peace, fun, blessings, and did I say FUN???? Please go on over and wish this really groovy chick a good one. Tell her that her pain in the ass "big sister" sent you!

HAPPIEST OF BIRTHDAYS Lexy!! Hope you have one awesome Saturday, you surely do deserve it. (and I hope Major A has you spoiled rotten through it all too!) *wink*

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2. Putting your music skills to the test here, as fellow blogger and all round great guy BILL has a minute-long or so piece of pretty music playing on his blog, trying to see if he can find out what song this song ending belongs to. Please pop over and see if you recognize it, and solve the mystery! Thankew.
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1. A terrific lady and blogger friend FAT LADY SINGS has just tagged me to do this "Arts Meme". Well, I'm not at all the "artsy" type, but I do read books and watch some movies so what the heck, huh?

1. Name a book that you want to share so much that you keep giving copies away:
The only books I've given away time and time again are books on grieving, ones that I had for myself after my late hubby passed away. Since then, my life path keeps bringing me people who are going through the process, and I have over the last 11 years given almost every single one of those books away. HOWEVER, as far as a book that I read over and over again, that's easy! It's a set of books by Jean Aurel, "Clan of the Cave Bear". There are 5 books in the set, her most recent one was released maybe a couple of years ago. I have read that set about 4 times now and each time it takes me body and soul into another world; a world of the past. I'm probably due to read them all again soon!

Another book that was given to me back when I needed it so badly, was "Illuminata" by Marianne Williamson. A book about praying, about how to ask for what we need. Well written and it sits by my chair all dog eared and loved like an old friend.

2. Name a piece of music that changed the way you listen to music:
Wow, this is a loaded question. Firstly, I'd have to be honest and say that to answer the question literally, my answer would be this:

Back when I was a kid of 11 or 12 and my older sister Linda was a year older than that, what was on the radio then were songs like "Going To The Chapel" and all of the folk songs that singers like Peter Paul and Mary sang. Linda and I were in the kitchen after supper one night doing the dishes with the radio playing on top of the fridge. Suddenly, this SONG came on the radio, belting out a completely different kind of music than we (or the whole WORLD) had ever heard before. We stopped what we were doing, stared at each other, smiled a lot, and heard for the very first time, a song by The Beatles. It was "I Want To Hold Your Hand". Tame by today's standards, yes. But holy mamma how it sounded so damn cool from anything else that was being played! From that moment on, we became huge Beatles fans and listened intently to the world of music, including all of the other English bands that started up immediately with "a sound" so similar. It was the beginning of a new era of Rock.

The biggest ever impression that music ever played in my life though (my first example would be the second biggest, really) is a very long story but suffice it to say that when I first started listening to Def Leppard it was a time when music hurt to listen to, and I was hurting beyond belief. Listening to their great songs, their unique and wonderful sound and learning about the tenacity through hard times that the band has, gave me hope and healing. I'm not kidding. I got more healing from listening day and night to that band. I fell in love with them and they've been my favourite since.

3. Name a film you can watch again and again:
Oh there are a few of those! First let me clarify that I hardly ever purchase movies. I see them once and enjoy them, but I never usually feel the need to buy them so I can see them again and again. But there are a few exceptions to that rule for me:

One of the BEST roles I've seen one of my favourite actors in. John Travolta, playing "Michael", the archangel. It is HILARIOUS, sad and entertaining all at once, and I think a superb performance.

I have a few others, the "Bridgette Jones" movies with Renee Zellweger; the trio of her, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth is amazingly funny.

"The Glenn Miller Story", starring James Stewart and June Allyson. I LOVE the Glenn Miller big band sound, and this movie depicts his early years as a musician to the end when he lost his life. The music is GREAT in this movie, and so is the acting.

"Grumpy Old Men", and "Grumpier Old Men" just had me rolling on the floor. Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon were the perfect team for these movies. And Burgess Meredith as the elderly father was just icing on the cake! Many hours of entertainment there, and I've seen both movies a few times at least.

And how can I not include Captain Jack Sparrow and the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies??? Yes, imo Johnny Depp is one extremely handsome dude with those smoky dark looks and that smile..... but even with that aside, these are FUNNY movies, well done and excellent entertaining. I LOVE Captain Jack, he literally keeps me in stitches!

4. Name a performer for whom you suspend all disbelief:
I'm not quite sure what this question means literally, but my take on it is who is a performer that makes me "believe" his parts are real. One actor who does that for me (there are actually a few: Shirley MacLean, Johnny Depp, Jack Nicholson and Jimmy Stewart) would be Nicholas Cage. I can't say I've ever seen one of his movies where I didn't completely forget he was just a guy "acting" a part!

5. Name a work of art you would like to live with:
Oh dear, here is where my lack of knowledge of the World of Art comes to the surface. I don't honestly know any works of art other than the usual Mona Lisa types. If I see something I like and it's inexpensive, it adorns my walls. Sorry! LOL

6. Name a work of fiction that penetrated your real life:
"The Excorcist" back in ....... was it 1971?? I went to the movie, had no problem, laughed at some of the antics like the revolving head and the green pea soup vomit. Then I went home. Hubby worked shift work and for the first week he was on graveyard shifts. Which meant I had to sleep alone. I was TERRIFIED. Scary movies don't always bother me much, I just don't normally watch too many of them because they don't really interest me. But this one got to me in my extreme naive youth, because a couple of Catholic friends talking about this movie told me that it really can happen. Well that did it for me! I figured if I was alone in our apartment I must have been bait for some evil spirit to possess me. LOL Remember now, I said this was in my extreme naive youth. Today it wouldn't do that to me, with my knowledge and experience. I sure was terrified for a few months back then, though.

7. Name a punch line and/or a sight gag that always make you laugh:
Easy!! Watching Captain Jack Sparrow walking or running like a girl. He does it so well and it cracks me up so I almost pee myself!! What a great actor!

I know there are plenty of others, but I can't think of them on the spot. I have a great funny bone and love to laugh though, I've been entertained so much with comedy.

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I'm not going to tag anyone, but it would be great to read others' take on these so go for it!

I've been fortunate in that my internet connection has been staying "up" for longer periods of time today SO FAR. It takes forever to get it though, when I turn this puppy on. Thankfully I got this entire post done in one sitting. I'm not going to push my luck, I'll leave it at this and say "see ya" for now.

Happy Birthday Lexy!

Take good care of each other and until next time...........

Love Jude


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