Tuesday, December 16

Love Actually




It's Christmas time! I was prepared early this year. Last year, I was busy planning a surprise wedding and wedding reveal engagement party. This year, my presents were bought in October and wrapped in November. (To my haters - Christmas is the same day,  every single year after all.)

My husband and I even decorated our bungalow for the occasion. We put up our first real Christmas tree, lights inside and outside, Christmas scented Glad plug-ins, and a giant inflatable Husky in our front yard. I guess you can say we are definitely in the Christmas spirit.

My favorite Christmas movie is Love Actually. Although it is too risqué for some folk, you can't deny that that this opening narrative is endearing -

"Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinions starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don't see that.

It seems to me that love is everywhere.

Often it's not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it's always there - fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends.

When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenue - they were all messages of love.

If you look for it, I've got a sneaky feeling that you'll find that love actually is all around."

Thursday, November 27

Unbroken


Louis Zamperini 
1917-2014

"Dignity is essential to human life as water, food, and oxygen. The stubborn retention to it, even in the face of extreme physical hardship, can hold a man's soul in his body long past the point at which the body should have surrendered to it." Laura Hillenbrand in Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption 

"In my dark hour, [Lousi] is that very steady calm parental loving supportive voice." - Angelina Jolie

"Whatever situation I find myself in, I have a cheerful attitude at all times. Attitude has a healing effect on the body. It works for everybody!" Louis Zamperini

Monday, November 10

To Travel



Russian photographer Murad Osmann created a photo series that he calls "Follow Me To" which takes viewers on an intimate journey with his girlfriend who's leading him around the world. The pose is almost the same in every picture: the girl never shows her face, and the guy almost never lets go of her hand.

The shots in this series are just beautiful. And it totally reminds me of this quote -

"To move, to breathe, to fly, to float,
To gain all while you give,
To roam the roads of lands remote,
To travel is to live."

- Hans Christian Andersen -
from The Fairy Tale of My Life: An Autobiography