Yesterday was a hard day of remembrance for all of America. It reminded us that we too are subject to acts of war.
Every year I feel it’s important to revisit my day…that day…September 11th.
I was in college and had skipped class, yet again….
I flipped on my small television to find the same news coverage on every channel. It was something about a bombing and I at first thought it was the Sears tower. Then I was like, no this is some kind of sci fi prank….
Prank was on me. It was real. I called my best friend who was still sleeping and woke her up. We watched the live coverage of Katie Couric on the streets of the New York. We watched as people jumped to their death to avoid being smashed to smitherins by collapsing floors above them.
It was horrible.
Classes were cancelled and it seemed that everyone knew someone that was in New York…that whole 5 degrees of separation is real.
Now the world is a mess. More terrorist attacks on smaller scales, but just as powerful with promoting fear and hate.
We can overcome this! We are Americans! We are all different, but yet united. That’s what sets us apart from the rest of the world!!
So never forget! Never forget the lives that were lost, the men and woman firefighters, civilians, police, guards, office workers, bankers, secratatries…..never forget….
Norah Jones, Ottis Redding, and Paul Simon are just a few of my favorites!!
Adele busted into the music industry in 2008 and has been churning out soulful chart toping hits over the last eight years. She has been the butt of many jokes and parodys of her music, but does she let this get to her? Nope. She pushes through and stands her ground. She is a strong woman and a role model for artists. For me, her music embodies the dark and haunting feelings I keep to myself.
Also I love her voice, it’s so haunting and I know I am not the only one who belts out her music while alone in the car, or in the shower. How could you not?
So here are a few of my favorites!!
If Leo doesn’t get an academy award for this movie, I’m done with Hollywood. This movie brought me back to the same time that I watched Dances with Wolves, with Kevin Costner. Couple in the vicious raw video footage of….a gruesome bear attack. It’s so intense, but well shot.
It was gritty in all the right places and reminded me again of what the human body is capable of if the will is strong enough. It was also a harsh reminder of the strain relationships between the Native Americans and the white man.
Even though I am thankful for everything I have, a house I rent, the job I loathe, the car that I pay too much for….but all of it…all of it wouldn’t have been possible if the Europeans didn’t lay the framework. I can’t help but wonder if our world wouldn’t be where it is now if instead of killing the Native Americans and Bison, if the Europeans, Spaniards, and whoever else tromped onto America’s soil would have found a way to be friends.. What would have happened if we would have co-existed? Would there be millions of years left? Enough food to go around? Less crime? Less…hatred? This lingered in the back of my head, but it came and went as the movie played out on the screen.
When the credits rolled I was left with the same feeling as Inception. I didn’t know what to think. The one feeling I remember was a strong sense of depression. Depression in that the main characters plight was met with…such bitter sweetness. You’ll know what I mean if you’ve seen it.
It’s a great movie!! I grimaced, felt like crying, gawked at the ceiling, and felt sick. I love movies that take me on a wild ride and like I said at the beginning, he had better win an Oscar.
This past month I had to make the tough decision to put down my dog. To most people this isn’t a big deal, but to me its epic. I’ve had Baby for over ten years. She was the light of my lifr. She lnee just how to cheer me up. Whether it be lying on her back exposing her big belly, or rolling around in the grass. Gosh, I miss ger so mich.
The common response I get is , “Why don’t you get another dog?” It pisses me off. I can’t iust go get another dog. This “dog” that I had to lay to rest was a family member! She greeted me with a tail wag, smile, and wet kiss when Inwalked through the door. She tried to help me do yoga and often times took me on walks. Its just nost that easy to “get another dog”.
O’m sure someday I’ll enetettain the idea, but not now. Right now I miss my dog!!!
I must say that I am quite surprised by this book. When I first laid eyes on it, the semi-thin bright green cover piqued my interest. Then when I saw that it was the movie that Hermionie Granger, aka Emma Watson was in I knew that I wanted to read it as well as watch it.
So I dove right in not even knowing what to expect. First I didn’t know if I liked the way the book was organized with the letter format, but it quickly grew on me. I found myself right there with Charlie when he told Sam that she was beautiful and in the room with Patrick and Brad. I found myself rooting for Charlie when he saved Patrick from the jocks and the felt the pain of rejection when he messed up with Mary Elizabeth. The best part about the book was that I didn’t even know I was being sucked in until I finished the book in less than six hours. And it happened to be the first book I have finished of the year. I can’t wait for there to be more. I am reading The Secret Garden on the Kindle, but back to the story.
I loved this book for so many reason. First that Charlie was such a unique character and they way he thought about things or saw things that people didn’t want him to see. It just made me like him that much more. I like the animosity of Sam and Patrick. It’s like he just randomly met them one day at a football game. They were always there from the beginning, but fate told them to take a chance on Charlie. And they listened and did.
So it’s going to be hard to find anything that compares to this novel, but I will do my damndest to try.