Gratitude is the sign of noble souls ~ Aesop

Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving ~ Kahlil Gabran

Joy delights in joy ~ William Shakespeare

Monday, February 21, 2011

Hot air balloons for the spirit

I'm thankful to be reunited with my hubby after a week apart (that felt like much much longer). Seeing his face at the bottom of the escalator at the end of a long flight lifted my spirit and made my heart dance a jig -- I nearly knocked down the entire row of people in front of me just so I could get to him quicker. Luckily I didn't...don't think I'd want to take my chances with airport security!

Also, I am thankful for my sister's lovely blog...the way she strings together words is so effortless and such a joy to read, even when she's dealing with something bittersweet, it's always more sweet than bitter.

And lastly, Lisa and I were talking about good lighthearted movies today (movies I call my "rainy day" movies, that always make me feel better when I watch them) and so I figured I'd post some of them here...I'm thankful for how often they have lightened my mood!

Overboard, Funny Face, Goonies, When Harry Met Sally, Can't Buy Me Love, License to Drive, Dirty Dancing, Legally Blonde, While You Were Sleeping, the first 3 Indiana Jones movies, French Kiss, The Sound of Music, Back to the Future, So I Married An Axe Murderer, Parent Trap, Father of the Bride, Houseguest (with Sinbad ha!), Roman Holiday, All of Me, Roxanne, Little Manhattan, Bridget Jones Diary, Weather Girl, Tootsie, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Home Alone, Planes Trains & Automobiles, and A Fish Called Wanda.


  1. A fantastic, eclectic, happy making mix of movies! And a couple I haven't seen that need to be added to the queue. Sidebar: "Queue" is a ridiculous word.

  2. French Kiss-I only remember the train scene with the cheese. :) I haven't seen a couple of those.

  3. Thanks sister :) I'm so glad you two have been reunited and that things are going so well there. So I Married An Axe Murder - sheer poetry :)

  4. And... this, this and a couple of tour de forces of what women writers / directors are capable of: click and click.

    And for personal reasons, my all time fave movie (one of the greatest ever made)... click.

    And all of these. :)

  5. And the "hot air balloon" of a personal hell -- and salvation hoped for... click

    "Who are you who live in all these many forms? You're death that captures all. You too are the source of all that's gonna be born. You're glory, mercy, peace, truth. You give calm a spirit, understanding, courage, the contented heart.

    Maybe all men got one big soul where everybody's a part of. All faces of the same man, one big self. Everyone looking for salvation by himself. Each, like a coal drawn from the fire."

    Her swinging in his dreams haunts me so, at times, even still...

  6. Oh my goodness, The Boy Who Could Fly! It's been so long I forgot about that movie...I loved it so much when I was a teeny bopper!! I need to Netflix it for sure:)
    I've been waiting to see Lawrence of Arabia on the big screen at a revival some day...I just can't bring myself to watch it on a lowly TV.

  7. TE Lawrence was a piece of work...

    Basically a clerk / academic serving in Her Majesty's Service and ready, willing and able to carry out the strategies hatched not by the Army (nor Lawrence himself) but rather, the "Foreign Office's" Arab Bureau (basically the UK's CIA), who were strongly opposed to the forming alliance between the Ottoman Turks and Germany. Ol' Larry said "I'm your man..." and the rest is a history that is still having to be dealt with to this day.

    FYI: up to that point in time, the term "Arab" was considered most pejorative to the various tribes-people of the regions (e.g. Bedouins) and could get those who uttered it throats slit.

    Also, nearly all the modern borders of todays near and middle eastern countries were formed/established by the Brits and League of Nations after WWI -- the world is still paying for the neglect of grasping the nuanced complexities of the millennial(s) old cultural / historical differences of a very enigmatic region of the world.

    Anyway, the one (single?) icon of that whole paradigm shift was T.E. Lawrence.

    The movie, though initially touted as just so much Hollywood hooey, is now considered to be pretty true to the actual unfolding of events and personalities of the times.

    Regardless, "Lawrence of Arabia" depicts a more accurate portrayal of the method(s) actually being used today in that region than all the "Hurt Locker" and "The Kingdom" types of celluloid excrement and sensationalized "news" reporting.

    If ya have time (are in the area) check it out here. You'll regale a true Moviedom masterpiece and perhaps have an oppertunity to wonder the paths of one of my nearby fave haunts as well... click :)


    And if ya reeeally wanna be decadent, make it a wknd stay here!