Avatar… Friday, Feb 5 2010 

When my good friend Shawn invited me to go see the movie Avatar, I said “yes” without knowing anything about the movie.  I knew that if Shawn asked me to go, it would be a movie that was not like any other.  What I find quite humorous is the hype that is out there about the movie and I wasn’t aware of any of it until I did some research on it before going with Shawn.  I don’t attend movies because they are hyped by the media or because everyone else is going to see them!  I had no preconceived opinion about the movie!  I have to say I really enjoyed the movie.  The storyline was lame, but there were other aspects of the movie that I thoroughly enjoyed.  The cinematography and 3D dimension of nature and the connectedness of the land of Pandora was awesome.  I loved the experience of the 3D and being right in the center of what was happening.  When going to movies, I try not do philosophize and add meaning to everything that is portrayed.  I know there are opinions out there about the spirituality portrayed and such like, but for me I would go and see it again just for the experience of being in the middle of the wonderful land of Pandora!!!

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Quotes… Wednesday, Feb 3 2010 

Whatever happens to me in life,

I must believe that somewhere,

In the mess or madness of it all,

There is a sacred potential—

A possibility for wondrous redemption

In the embracing of all that is.   (From “Straight from the Heart:Reflections from Twentieth-Century Mystics by Dick Ryan)

Healing begins when, in the face of our own darkness, we recognize our helplessness and surrender our need for control. . . we face what is, and we ask for mercy.  (From “Straight from the Heart:Reflections from Twentieth-Century Mystics by Dick Ryan)

Some good words to ponder on!

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger Monday, Feb 1 2010 

A few years ago Jerry and I were traveling in Nova Scotia and while there came upon a book sale in the front yard of the Bed and Breakfast place we were staying at.  While browsing through the books, which by the way were old books, I found a couple of books by C.S. Lewis but I also picked up an old copy of The Catcher in the Rye thinking that someday I would sit down and read it.  Well that time came this past week.  I opened the book and loved the “Old Smell” that comes with books that have been around for a long time.  The pages were yellowed and I know this particular copy had been read by others, who knows how many years ago.  I thoroughly loved the book again and, I believe, I laughed more this time while reading it.  His thoughts are all over the place and basically he is very honest with himself.  Maybe its the conversations he has with himself in his head that intrigue me.  Holden reminded me of myself in some ways, but also of other people I have in my life or have had.  This wouldn’t be a book for everyone to read, but having said that, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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