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Tuesday, May 26, 2009
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Monday, May 11, 2009
Greater Los Angeles area alone, there are 90,000 homeless people. Homeless due to all kinds of unfortunate circumstances ~ it is beyond my comprehension.
We all have ups and downs in our lives, but we must admit, we virtually live in a bubble. There is so much that goes on around us that we are unaware of or choose not to look at. It is painful, so why would we want to introduce unnecessary pain into our lives on a daily basis? Homelessness, poverty, abuse, starvation, war, murder, abduction, mental illness, cancer, degenerative disease and aging. The list goes on and on. And here we sit, pounding away on our laptops with our pretty things around us, our fancy cameras, vacations on our minds, food in our cupboards, recipes and pretty decorated cupcakes to share, healthy & happy children. The list goes on and on.
It is ok to have the happiness and beauty in our lives that we are so fortunate to have. It is not ok to turn away from the sadness and ugliness in the world and not look it in the eye because it is too painful for us.
Each and everyone of us can or will be there one day. A loss of a job, an illness, a disease, divorce, death of a spouse ~ any one of those things can turn our life upside down. If we just remember that, and always offer a smile, a touch, a look directly in the eye of someone who is in need of a connection or validity that they may have been us at one time, or could have been us. That is the least we can do. This is what I took away from the film. It wasn’t depressing, it was touching and eye-opening.
Little tidbit about the actors:
Jamie Foxx (more info here)
Date of Birth13 December 1967, Terrell, Texas, USA
Birth NameEric Marlon Bishop
Height5' 9" (1.75 m)
Mini BiographyJamie's mother, Louise, was an adopted child. When her marriage to his father failed, his grandparents, Mark and Estelle Talley, stepped in and, at age 7 months, adopted him too. He says he had a very rigid upbringing that placed him in the Boy Scouts and the church choir. During high school, he played quarterback for his high school team and was good enough that he got press in Dallas newspapers. He studied music in college. He released a music album in 1994, "Peep This" and sings the theme song for his 1999 movie, Any Given Sunday (1999). However, in 1989, his life changed when a girl friend challenged him to get up onstage at the Comedy Club. In fact, he says he took his androgynous stage name because he learned that women got preference for mike time on open stage nights. That led to his being cast in "Roc" (1991) and "In Living Color" (1990) and ultimately to his own WB network TV series. He has a daughter, Corrine, born in 1995, who lives with her mother.
Robert Downey, Jr. (there is much more than a tidbit - here)
Date of Birth4 April 1965, New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameRobert John Ford - Elias Jr.
Height5' 8½" (1.74 m)
Mini BiographyRobert John Downey Jr. was born in Greenwich Village, New York City, at 1:10 pm. He's the son of underground filmmaker Robert Downey Sr.. His first part in a movie was in his father's Pound (1970), in which 5-year-old Downey played a puppy. When he was 20 years old, he joined _Saturday Night Live_ (1985) for one season. After that, he went to Hollywood. In 1987, he got the leading role in director James Toback's film The Pick-up Artist (1987), co-starring with Molly Ringwald. The same year, he played drug addict Julian Wells in the movie Less Than Zero (1987). In 1992, he played Charles Chaplin in Sir Richard Attenborough's film Chaplin (1992). For his astonishing performance, he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. In the year 2000, he guest-starred in the comedy series "Ally McBeal" (1997), where he portrayed the attorney Larry Paul, who became Ally's love interest. For that performance, he won the Golden Globe for "best supporting actor in a comedy series." On "Ally McBeal" (1997), Downey got to show that he can sing as well as act, when he sang Joni Mitchell's "River," "Chances Are" as a duet with Vonda Shepard, and "Every Breath You Take" together with Sting. He released one song of his own, "Snakes," on the "Ally McBeal" (1997) album "For Once in My Life," and a full album of his own work entitled "The Futurist" in 2005.
Friday, May 8, 2009
Wishing all moms a day full of sweets, beauty and fun!
And a very special Mother’s Day wish to my mom and all the beautiful women in my life … you all know who you are :) hugs
…and I can’t wait to spend the day with my son.
I also wanted to mention my first “giveaway” win!! Thank you to Debi from Lavender Chick!!
Here is what I won … it is magnificent and came just in time for Mother’s Day!! Debi owns Hummingbird Farms down in South Texas and she has developed a rich and creamy lavender lotion the consistency of a body butter. I look forward to visiting her one day on my way to Fredericksburg ~ and walk her farm.
And to top off this Mother’s Day post. Here is tonight’s sunset! All hubby had to do is come whisper in my ear, “honey, look at the sunset”. He knew I would jump up and run and get my camera!!! Amazing, each day is simply amazing.
Until next time ~ Cheryl
Mosaic photos from flickr: 1. Cotton Candy, 2. frangipannis, 3. Life is like a box of chocolate, 4. Picnic in the Past, 5. Pink rose, a peace offering to the world, 6. A Postcard From Amsterdam, 7. Strawberry Milkshake - Christchurch, New Zealand - fIMG_0573, 8. lets swing :), 9. Pink colour at sunset
Monday, May 4, 2009
I don’t have anything creative to show you, but here is what caught my eye this week, which, by the way, was full of rain and work. The above picture was right after it rained. The sky was a magnificent blue!!!
These two are full and happy. I know they don’t look happy …. but they are! Well, the one on the left was happy until I came along to take his picture. For some reason, they just don’t like their pictures taken. I also got a back shot of him the other day, but I won’t share that, just trust me that he is a BIG BOY!!!
I have shared this abandoned gas station before, it is the one I thought would make a cute little shop! Today, I decided to get out of the car and capture the ivy. I loved how the ivy was growing on the piece of screen that was left on the door. Would make a sweet little porch, don’t cha think?
Have a great week! ~Cheryl
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