Getting behind on SUT!

Cover of "Twentieth Century"

Cover of Twentieth Century

Thank goodness there are a number of popular class movie stars I don’t much care for because I’ve struggled to keep up with the ones I DO like.

Got to see a few more Carole Lombards.  I accidentally picked up Twentieth Century for the second time.  I’m TERRIBLE at remembering titles.  The first time I didn’t make it too far before the screeching and yelling and hammy-ness and melodrama got to me.  This time I was busy on the computer at the same time so I let it run though I kept putting the volume lower and lower.

I associate Barrymore with ham but I hadn’t though of Carol Lombard that way.  After I made my way through a few I was surprised to realize she often either was cast in overly melodramatic roles or overplayed her parts.  Couldn’t decide which.

I’ve long felt the movies from the early thirties (with notable exceptions) tended to be a little stage-y and the actors often seemed to me to be playing to the last row of a big theater.  But some of these were from the later thirties.  Somehow my old-movie-watching until now has mostly included a few of her lighter roles, seen many times.  Checking out these new-to-me examples of her work left me thinking she’s quite different from my image.

Although I like Marlon Brando I’ve never liked the type of movies he seemed to choose so I didn’t find anything I wanted to watch on his day and ditto for Paul Newman–that helped me catch up on Carol and I’ll catch up some more on Paul’s day .

Apparently I’ve missed Alexis Smith until now.  I picked a couple since I didn’t recognize the name and was surprised that she didn’t

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Night and Day  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

even look familiar.  Since I’ve been watching old movies since childhood it usually turns out that I’ve seen “unknown” actors at some point so this was fun.  I didn’t really love the films (Night and Day, The Constant Nymph) but it was nice to discover someone new.

Somehow I never get the Charlie Chaplin mystique either.  Partly I’m just not fond of silent movies.  So this time I picked up one on Charlie’s day from 1957 to see if I could get what everyone raves about.  A King in New York didn’t really waken me to the wonder of Charlie.  I barely made it through…

I still have a few Cary Grants that I’m slowly working through — all familiar and beloved.

As I write I have The Secret Garden playing.  As a life-long fan of the book, I’ve never thought any of the movies have done it justice and this one particularly bugs me but somehow Herbert Marshall never stood out for me, so I wanted to see it again with a view to noting his role more.


Stewart and Powell and … SUT fun

Since I record more than I can watch in a day during Summer Under the Stars I take my time about watching them.  There’s usually a day here and there with nothing I’m interested in; gives me a chance to catch up.  So last night I watched two left over from James Stewart’s day.

The Stratton Story

The Stratton Story (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’d never seen Stratton Story before.  I wouldn’t count it as one of the greats though Jimmy Stewart, June Allyson, Frank Morgan and Agnes Moorehead are always okay by me.  It did spark my interest enough to read a bit more about Monty Stratton.  I’d never heard about him and I love a sports story that inspires.  Which is odd because I don’t like sports.  In real life he didn’t apparently have quite the thorough comeback on one leg portrayed in the movie, but an amazing story!

Come Live with Me, which paired Stewart with Hedy Lamarr, was also new to me.  Not the greatest movie either of them ever

Cropped screenshot of Hedy Lamarr from the fil...

Hedy Lamarr  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

made but I enjoyed it.  Since my parents raised me watching their faves from the thirties and forties, there are some movies I feel I’ve seen too many times.  It’s a bit of a thrill to watch something new to me from that era even if it’s not another Philadelphia Story.

Cover of "Double Harness"

Cover of Double Harness

Over breakfast I caught William Powell and Ann Harding in Double Harness.  Quite enjoyed it.  Until recent summers of SUT Harding was just a faintly familiar name to me, but I’m coming to appreciate her as I see more of her films.

As I write I’m just finishing the first of the many William Powell/Myrna Loy films I picked up today.  Turned out I think I’ve seen it once before.  Double Wedding will never be a favorite; kind of hope I remember the name next time so I don’t pick it up.  I skipped Libeled Lady as I’ve seen it several times in recent years and, to be honest, I don’t love it as much as most buffs.

I so love the sound tracks and the clothes and those tony accents that elocution lessons provided them.  Lovely to be spending a few weeks immersed in the Thirties.  Not that I never pick any movies from later periods, but really the preponderance of my August obsession is spent on my favorite decade in movies.

Late joining Summer Under the Stars…

Somehow this blog seems to occasionally get lost in the shuffle.  I’ve been running a project about forgiveness on the Not Just Sassy blog and posting more than usual over there.  Somehow in the midst of kicking that off I missed the first week of Turner Classic Movies’ Summer Under the Stars.

English: Studio publicity photo of James Stewart.

James Stewart. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

That’s a big blow because I look forward every year to checking out all the movies with favorite stars of the past.  SO glad I finally got to it in time for Jimmy Stewart day.  I managed to catch No Time for Comedy with Rosalind Russell, which I’d never seen before  That’s my big aim every August — find movies by my faves that I haven’t seen.  And, I admit, I hit a few long-time loves for the sixth or twelfth time…

Jimmy also had a small part in Wife vs. Secretary, starring three more I love:  Clark Gable, Myrna Loy and Jean Harlow.  It turned out I’d seen it before but I loved every minute all over again.  Even the misunderstanding that should have required a simple explanation…  Handled by that crowd, how it could it miss?

I’m really looking forward to Saturday when I have my DVR set for a series of Myrna Loy and William Powell

Cropped screenshot of Myrna Loy from the trail...

Myrna Loy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

movies that don’t involve the Thin Man!  Love those two separate or together.  Wow what a pair on screen.  I suspect it will turn out I’ve seen one or more before but I’m hoping to catch one that’s new to me.

Anybody else have a to-see list for Summer Under the Stars?

Day 3: River Rock Studio

Originally posted on Dare boldly:

Day 3: River Rock Studio — On the way to finding the path, I found my way.

We painted until midnight. Four adults revelling in the joy of discovery, initiation, anticipation of what happens when we let go of judgement to fall into that place where all we know is what is right before us in the presence of the present of now.

We laughed. Teased. Shared stories. Of art. Art-making. Art-treasuring. We shared ideas. Scraps of paper, “here try this piece there.” “Does anyone have any Green Gold?”

We shared ideas, thoughts, experiments that worked and one’s that didn’t.

We painted medium over magazine pages and set them to dry. We ironed on and peeled back. We worked alone and together. Separately and as one.

And through it all, the muse entwined us in her seductive call to let go, become, allow.

“It’s not only having the information that counts,” Jonathan…

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What I Did This Summer


I look forward to these!

Originally posted on Whimsy Dreams:

Well.  Here we are.  School has started and it’s time for me to stop being so irresponsible.  That’s right.  I’ve been staying up until 3 a.m. for the past two weeks watching One Tree Hill on Netflix.  Why didn’t I know about this show when it was on?!

So my summer was ridiculously busy.  I did manage to do some beach photography that soothed my soul.  Now maybe I can get back into a routine with somewhat consistent blog entries!

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Food and Creating Reality

Good for you?

For many years I’ve been contemplating the question whether we create reality as to food or whether food dictates our reality — and I’ve blogged about it before.  You could say it’s a bugaboo of mine…

I really believe that our thoughts create/shape reality.  For me that includes food.  My thoughts about food can impact how the food affects me.  Now, I’m aware that we here in the US have an odd relationship with food.  And my deep, underlying beliefs about food are impacted by the zaniness that surrounds me.  So I try to tread a line between obeying some of the “rules” of food that people spout–understanding that what practitioners tell me affects me strongly–and assuming  I can influence how any type of food serves or dis-serves me.

I scratch my head over the many people who say they believe that thoughts create reality but treat food as if it operates by some Universal Law Code (the Galactic Rules of Food?) over which we have no influence.  Americans seem to me to have a more tortured relationship with food than most other countries.

In Europe people love food and generally they’re far more slender and less subject to food-related ailments.  They eat many things that Americans are currently vilifying though they eat them in moderation. They partake with love and appreciation and a deep belief in the positive benefits of eating good food with enjoyment.  I think their attitude has much to do with the different outcome–though moderation helps too :>)

Years ago, when reading the Seth material I was very struck by his comments about people who are serious about health food.  He noted that a big concern about healthy eating generally carries a core belief on the order of:  “food is often bad for you” or “food carries hidden dangers” or “my health is likely to be ruined by food”.  And, of course, since thoughts create reality and core beliefs strongly influence what you create, those beliefs tend to create a life in which you’re heavily impacted by what you eat or more subject to food-related maladies.

That affected me so profoundly that I’ve worked on being more positive about food ever since.  It’s tough, since I’m surrounded by people who are convinced that there’s good food and sinful food and that one misstep in the eating department can lead to terminal illness.  Some long ago teachers used Reiki on every repast to balance their energy with the meal and start with a positive thought.  I do that often. I also wrote an affirmation:  “This, like everything I eat, serves only my greatest good and highest good health.”

Sometimes I feel like a yo-yo about it because every positive step I take toward changing my thoughts about food seems to be countered by negative thoughts flowing my way from friends and the media.  I also struggle to stay mindful enough to remember to perform Reiki or silently repeat my affirmation before each meal.  Over the years I feel like my attitude about what I choose to eat has improved in spite of my lack of consistency.

At the same time I’m careful to follow rules when some practitioner has convinced me I need to avoid something because I’m aware that my thinking has been deeply influenced.  Sometimes it’s easier to capitulate than to change all my thoughts…

What’s your feeling about food and your power to create reality?   Does food have its own rules, over which you’re powerless?  Can you have an impact on how food affects you?

My secret life; remember to chant for peace

Originally posted on Not Just Sassy on the Inside:

wizard book cover

It all started when my cousin’s twins got me to sign up for Disney’s Pixie Hollow.  I really enjoyed it.  The twins grew out of it while their mom and I kept playing…  Late last summer Disney shut it down.  I missed it.  Kept running searches to find similar sites and finding disappointment instead.  I looked at Wizard 101 a few times before I tried it.  Once I tried I became intrigued.

I’d never played a complex computer game like that before and much of it seemed mysterious.  I was especially surprised at how much the game’s help files didn’t tell me.  I did lots of research and found posts on the site’s wiki and various blogs that helped but it seemed odd to have to gather information from all over the place.

One of the things I’m good at is putting together complex information and finding a way to…

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Microwave Oatcakes with Tweaks

By some now-mysterious means I picked up a post on a blog I don’t follow that described how to make oatcakes really easily in a microwave.  You can see the original post with video and recipe here.  It sounded like a great idea so  I tried it, halving the recipe to make just one serving and was pretty disappointed.  First, 1-2 minutes must be for the most powerful microwaves.  I’ve now made these several times, tweaking each time and adding time each time.  In my 1100 watt microwave it takes five (5) minutes to get it actually cake-like.  Which means in my old 750 watt microwave it would have taken six or seven.

So, the first time it came out more like porridge.  And boy was it bland.  I’ve been kind of amazed each time at how little banana flavor comes through. I started tweaking with some spices to give it flavor and have settled on this:

1 banana

1 egg

1-1/2 tsp flax seeds (I used ground)

3/8 c. unsweetened vanilla almond milk (you can substitute various forms of milk or use water)

1/2 c. rolled oats (you can replace with almond meal)

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground ginger

1/4 tsp ground cloves

dash nutmeg

I put all of it in a small food processor and whir till it’s well mixed.  Then pour into a microwave-safe bowl.  In 1100 watt microwave, cook it on high for 5-6 minutes (depending on how moist or bready you want it to be).

I was convinced from the beginning that this could be good and I’m glad I kept tweaking because now I enjoy it as a change from my usual breakfast fare.

Electrolytes and nudges from the Universe


Note:  I posted this a long time ago on the other blog.  Been thinking about it lately because I realized that, while I’m still taking Concentrace and making smoothies, I don’t really think about it any more nor make a concerted effort to make sure I’m getting all I need.  Thought while I reminded myself, I’d share the info again.

In 1998 a guide in Italy played me a tape as we tooled around Tuscany, “Dead Doctors Don’t Lie”*, a surprisingly entertaining and funny discussion (and I still thought so when I got my own copy and listened without the lovely hills of Chianti flying by) of our bodies’ need for a full array of minerals, how badly those minerals have become reduced in our food (soil) and water supply, and recommending that everyone take a mineral supplement.  The guide had researched it and came to a product from the Great Salt Lake (one of the few places in the world where the complete array of minerals exists).  I bought some minerals from Trace Mineral Research, producers of a complex called ConcenTrace that comes from the Lake and has all the minerals.

At the time the chronic fatigue was bad enough that often I couldn’t really tell whether a new supplement or treatment made a difference or not. The minerals were expensive (on my budget; and they’ve come down in price since then) and so I drifted away from using them even though I could tell they had some kind of impact.

A few years later—and somewhat improved on the CFS front—during a hot summer I started taking walks and noticed that I felt kind of drained when I finished. I’d been hearing about electrolytes so I bought an electrolyte drink at the health food store and was amazed at what an impact it had. I started drinking it more often and my energy definitely picked up.

Not long after a friend of mine handed me a recording of a talk by Rob Robb in which he mentioned electrolytes and how people on a serious spiritual path often have a deficit in electrolytes and need to be sure to take electrolytes. He concluded that a mineral supplement (such as ConcenTrace) is the best way to keep electrolytes up.

Somehow I hadn’t previously made the electrolyte/mineral connection. But by the third message concerning the need to take minerals/electrolytes I got it. I’ve been taking ConcenTrace ever since (Vitamin Shoppe now has their own trace mineral supplement that uses ConcenTrace and is a good bit less expensive) plus working on more minerals through my rainbow smoothies.

No practitioner ever made that connection for me and it has really helped, so I encourage you to follow your own instincts as well as your practitioner’s advice. I’m so grateful that the Universe (or whoever up there gives the occasional push) kept nudging me until I put it together. A lot of times just what you need is sent to you; trick is to recognize it.

* The tape seems not to be available any more though Amazon has a video and Dr. Wallach now has his own line of mineral products.