Never Stop Wishing Upon a Star

As a child my favorite song was from the Walt Disney Movie, Pinocchio. The song is “When You Wish Upon A Star” sung by Jiminy Cricket.

When I first heard the words I just knew wishes could come true.

I still do.

~ Enjoy your weekend and may your dreams all come true.

Penny

Retro, Campy and In All Ways Cool!

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Okay, everything about the 60’s is amazingly retro. In my opinion anyway. And Oh My Gosh, this bed. I just had to post and comment on it. From a scene in the very campy movie “Our Man Flint” starring James Coburn (spoof movie that’s a take off on the James Bond spy movies of that era and great fun).

But isn’t the bed just too … well … everything? Don’t you want one? I know I do! And if you’d like to watch the movie – here’s the youtube link: Our Man Flint   Be sure and grab the popcorn first!

Hope your weekend is being a good one!

~Penny

An Inspirational “Fix”

Musical Inspiration

Vangelis is a brilliant Greek musical composer.His music is always inspiring. It is his own. With his music he speaks from the soul, adapting his individual style from an emotional/musical palette of sounds.

When Vangelis was asked to write an original music score for the movie Chariots of Fire, he watched the movied repeatedly; his inspiration came from both within and without (His own creativity, the captivating movie and each athlete’s personal and moving story). This youtube video shows him watching the movie while he composes on the piano, an inspiring piece to watch!

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“Chariots of Fire” the movie from 1981, won 4 Oscars, including the beautiful musical score by Vangelis.

Athletic Inspiration

The movie tells the inspiring story of two British runners, Eric Liddel (The flying Dutchman) and Harold Abrahams, one Scottish and the other Jewish that bring glory to their country in the 1924 Olympics (an interesting note is that they feel the need to excel – viewing themselves as “outsiders”).

Filming Inspiration

The Movie by David Puttnam, producer, was cleverly directed by Hugh Hudson (He was inspired to pace the narrative and use slow-motion and freeze-frame cinematography during race sequences, sharpening the intensity of the moment and conveying the determination of the runners. (for those of you who would like to see some of this inspiring cinematography click on the link below. If you’ve the time, it’s amazing!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6GiDC2bx40

The title for the movie was inspired from a poem by the illuminary William Blake who was writing about winning against the odds. The poem – And Did Those Feet,

…Bring me my bow of burning gold!
Bring me my arrows of desire!
Bring me my spear! O clouds, unfold!
Bring me my chariot of fire…

William Blake (1757-1827)

Poetic/Writing Inspiration

William Blake, poet and artist is well received today for his expressive words and original creativity. He was inspired (in the 18th century) by the ideals and ambitions of the French and American revolutions. He also wrote from the heart.

Now if you’ve been paying attention, here is the Inspiration count:

  1. Athletes (runners) inspired to excel within themselves.
  2. Movie Producer inspired by the athletes’ story.
  3. Words from a poem by William Blake (Who was inspired by other’s overcoming and winning) chosen as the title of the Movie.
  4. Director inspired by the story to create special effects to enhance the runner’s determination to win.
  5. Musician inspired by the story and the movie to write the original music score. Plus countless others inspired by those you just read about.

Need I say more…Inspiration – Inspires, my friends, always! What inspires you … and who do you inspire?

Thank you for stopping by. Enjoy your weekend ~ wherever you may be!

~ Penny!

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Our Matrix, which pill (blue or red) and baked cookies!

How many of you have seen the movie “The Matrix“? If you haven’t, much of what I’m suggesting might be lost in translation but here goes anyway!

In the movie, most of the people live in ‘the world of now’ that has actually been created by a computer program (The Matrix). In the matrix everyone goes about their daily lives believing that everything they do is real!

When Neo (the protagonist, hero) is asked to chose between taking a symbolic red or blue pill, each pill has a purpose that will allow his mind to either see the falsehood of the matrix world (blue pill) or make him forget that the world he is living in isn’t the real one (red pill).

To confuse the issue even more, he is told he may be the “chosen” to lead humans out of this Matrix world they are trapped on. But how can he know this? In fact he finds it hard to believe. So he meets “The Oracle”, a highly intelligent psychic resembling a sweet middle aged lady who “knows” things and who loves to bake cookies.

Today I’m baking cookies (like the Oracle) sugar cookies in the shape of autumn leaves and we’ll be painting them with colored confectioners icing after they finish baking. Fall colors of course.

And what does baking cookies have to do with red and blue pills and the movie The Matrix? Pretty much everything. Because we are living in a fantasy. I mean honestly, is it realistic to gorge ourselves on fast food and pre-prepared food to the tune that we have become an obese nation with many illnesses as a result.

Is it realistic to live in a country where while we argue about the reopening of the government and the reasons why we need to continue government business as usual, we are still so many trillions of dollars in debt that it boggles the mind.

And is it reasonable for people to get up (except for those in the starving countries – many – although in the matrix of our lives they don’t exist except as intruding sound/video bytes of information that get quickly moved aside for something more interesting that’s – trending) and go through each day, knowing things are not really okay but just keep going anyway – by tuning in (electronically) and tuning out what they don’t want to hear or know about! Yes definitely the Matrix at work here.

Time to take a pill my friends. The red one – oblivious continuation of ignoring what we are doing to ourselves and others, living in a fantasy world of unrealistic expectations. Or the blue pill, accepting responsibility and changing your life style to begin the long road of fixing things.

As for me. Well I’m going to go back to baking more cookies. After all it’s what I do best, apart from reminding you of all the important things in life, like each other, and that I truly believe in you. Still not sure about things? Well, for right now, take a cookie, I promise, in a little while you’ll feel “right as rain”!

Penny

Will Our Lives Be Lost In Time ~ like tears in the rain?

“Life … A Masterpiece from the Palette of the Universe”

Life …

…We are the recipients!

And…we need reminded of this!

I saw a movie once, a favorite – “Blade Runner”, (a Science fiction thriller, dark and forboding) – the future. There is a scene at the end of the movie where one of the characters says words that are so piercingly moving and true that I’ve never forgotten them.

“Life lost  in time – is like tears in the rain”

The video below “reminds” us of life – it’s beauty and it’s value. You can hear the words (from the movie’s scene) in the background. Please, please watch (just a few minutes) listen to the words, see the beauty and

… be reminded!

Music from Vangelis – “Tears in the Rain” and spoken words both from the movie “Blade Runner”. This gorgeous video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pql82_hMBxY was created by Antoss1, he was inspired after watching the same scene of which I spoke.

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WE are life’s recipients …

WE hold the future in our hands …

WE need to remind and be reminded … Again and again until we (all of us) understand!

All the tomorrow’s that will ever be are being created even as I write this.

We are the ones deciding what life will be in our futures. Our choices … the choices … have never been more important than they are today.

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Consider this as you go about your day’s routine today. What is really important to you in life? What really matters? These are things to ponder and weigh in your heart of hearts.

We hold the future in our hands…”We hold the future in our hands“!

We, The Recipients of Life

We hold the future “their futures” … in our hands!

 

Thank you for stopping by, may your day be blessed with happiness and positive thoughts for the future my friends,

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The Minions of It All.

We have officially adopted a handful of “minions” into our household. Their purpose – create laughter and fun in our daily lives … and to remind us not to take (so seriously) the very minor, everyday happenings we may encounter.

The following video is the official  movie trailer for Despicable Me 2! The minions will make you laugh, again and again, in their playful and delightful innocence with all things in life. Enjoy:

(To view directly on Youtube, look for Despicable Me 2 – official trailer.)

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And I recomment you adopt a few minions for your own home. More chaos, for sure! More laughter and fun – Absolutely!

Have a great day and a better tomorrow!

~ Penny

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Lovin’ – go on, it’s good for you!

A follow up to my previous post! Enjoy this musical Youtube video from the movie Moulin Rouge!

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Come on everyone! Love, Live, Love! And in that order, again and again and again, just fill yourself up … and those you love, with these feel good feelings! Make it a never ending supply!

p.s. – start with yourself!

~ Penny