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Watched The Movie "Amazing Grace" Again

Friday, March 12, 2010

Have you seen the movie, Amazing Grace? You might conclude that it is about the writer of the hymn of the same name. But, it is actually about William Wilberforce (1759-1833) who was a politician and leader in social reforms.

I like history and I like costuming. This biography has both. Even though I'm not enthralled with politics, this film tells a gripping story and uses the House Of Parliament to tell the history.
Wilberforce was an unlikely hero, as he was born sickly and almost blind. His father died early in the son's life and yet he thrived being raised by relatives.... ooops that isn't covered in the DVD.

To get back on track, I wanted to yell "hurray" again as I watched this politician trying to change the world for the better: abolish the slave trade, end cruelty to animals and he tried to pass bills to rid society of vices. He called it a bill of Manners. (English words do change through the centuries.)

If you want to see a powerful, well filmed historic movie, I would recommend "Amazing Grace" as one of the best.

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RUSTYSHAW1 3/23/2010 10:48AM

    I have to check this movie out! Thank you for the information. AND congratulations on your new job. Second week I read on your status. I hope all continue to go well. I shared with my daughter who is interested in clowning about your "Clowning for Christ". So you have any recommended resources I might pass on to her. She lives up in northern California. She is a Christian and trying to find her niche in life. Thank you for any advice you can send me. Rusty
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NEXTYEAR 3/16/2010 1:10PM

    I liked the movie, but have never read a biography. Thanks for the added details.

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MSLZZY 3/13/2010 7:57AM

    Sounds like a great movie and one I'll have to see. Thanks!

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SOCKGIRL1991M 3/12/2010 10:15PM

    I'll definately be looking into it. Thanks for the recommendation!

- Mary

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Garden Memories

Monday, March 08, 2010

My mom used to plant a garden of perennial favorites which I looked forward to since I was knee-high to a grasshopper.
When I was in kindergarten, she would cut a few blooms so that I could take them to Miss Harrison. They were kindly wrapped in a wax paper trumpet like a real-honest-to-goodness BOUQUET! Yes, presentation was everything.

I remember being very careful with my mom's bouquets so that teacher would appreciate their beauty an not a bunch of mangled stems and broken leaves.

When I think back to the flowering plants mom would tend, they were spring and summer miracles that would grow and visit us every year. I loved how the bees and butterflies snuck in for a visit--- drawn by the colour and fragrance in our backyard.

We might label mom's garden as a 'cutting' garden now. None of the plants were exotic but they all lent themselves to a showy arrangement when plunked into a glass vase on our kitchen table. Simple. Beautiful.

I remember the gladiolus and iris clumps. How could such frilly blossoms grow out of those ugly, gnarly tubers?? I was surprised that marigolds were so pungent when they were cut off. Mom taught me what Salvia looked like and how she could encourage delphinium! The blue-purple spears were great contrast to the yellow primrose. Dusty Miller would edge the dahlias and daisies would command attention in corner.

From a young age, I was shown that tall plants were placed in the back to grow, while the medium clusters were arranged mid-garden to allow the 'shorties' to compliment the front row. I liked the various colours even more than her collection of climbing rosebushes! None of the bouquet flowers were expensive but I didn't know that then.

The tried and true, strong and predictable plants were the ones for mom's garden and my memories.

Did you ever have anyone share their love of gardening with you? Is there one type of flower that reminds you of their little Eden?

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RUSTYSHAW1 3/10/2010 10:37PM

    Sad to say, no. We were always struggling with getting in a garden of vegetables, plowing, tilling, raking, lining up the rows, putting in the seeds or the seedlings, keeping it tended and weeded so the seeds could get a foot hold. Then keeping it hoed and finally harvesting the crops of acorn or butternut squash, carrots, potatoes, green beans, wax beans, peas, lettuce, cabbage, peppers, cucumbers, beets, radishes, tomatoes, watermelon, pumpkin, cantaloupe and strawberries. And canning soon took place for the winter. I remember the steam and heat in the kitchen during the canning, the cleaning of the vegetables, dicing, cutting, steaming. The potatoes got stored in a cool dark place in our cellar. So that is what I remember....I am trying to start seeds to grow in one-square foot gardens. I have been reading about them in the self-reliant/green section of Spark. Interesting the various memories we all have of growing up. Thank you for getting me to think about it.
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LITTLE_QUEEN 3/8/2010 2:34PM

    I love flowers and plant them around the house, I also have what I call my fairy garden, that I think is beautiful, just a small patch of land, with flowers, little lights and a fairy watching over it, and I imagine that at night, she invites all the other fairies over for a party

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Time Spent Outdoors

Sunday, March 07, 2010

This weekend has presented itself with some lovely spring weather. We have some frost on the windshields in the morning, but by the afternoon, we are into 10 degrees Celsius or 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

I have gone out for a roller blade session, gone for a two hour hike with my garbage bags in my pockets (came home with 50 lbs of trash I collected along the highway trail) and today I want to survey my front and backyard gardens.

I moved into a house in September and didn't pay much attention to what the previous owner had planted in the front/ side and back gardens. Now that everything is brown and starting to 'green up', I have this brilliant idea to take notes and do some sketches.

Mostly, I want to identify what is there. Then I want to make a map of the eight planted areas with plants labeled as A= cedars, B= daffodils, C= hydrangea etc. I was very fortunate that the lady kept an record of her planting purchases and gave me the envelope of the stickers and tickets with the names (of the plants) and info on them.

There are some plants that I will have to learn about. I do not recognize the name Heuchera, Polygonum, Weigela or the Gaura. I have to find out where they were planted and how to take care of them.
I can identify 16 other choices she put in the garden, so I don't have too much to learn.

Have you ever inherited someone elses garden and had to get up to speed on how to take care of it?

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MSLZZY 3/8/2010 6:25AM

    At our very first house, it was irises, tulips and peonies. The second house had pampas grass and wid roses. Our current house had only a few tulips and peonies. Since I just love the fresh colors of annuals, I plant differently every year. We planted clematis several years ago but that is the only standard, Who knows what I'll pick this year LOL!

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GABY1948 3/7/2010 7:12PM

    Most of the things here were things I knew when we moved in so we were lucky. I will tell you our Wiegela is the most beautiful thing out front. You are tackling the task in an awesome way and I don't see how you can fail!

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NEXTYEAR 3/7/2010 5:19PM

    Sounds like you bought a beautiful place. What a Spring you will have.

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RUSTYSHAW1 3/7/2010 1:13PM

    No, unfortunately I have never had a yard developed by someone else. Our current 'yard' (back and front) consists of rock and a few plants. We live in San Diego in a community with mostly rock yards....makes sense in this arid climate. BUT I am hoping to start my own little raised one-square foot garden area. Actually it will be 3 x 3 sq. ft. or 4 x 4 sq. ft area. I was reading about it in the Spark section of agriculture and all that. We will see what I can come up with. Also I have been pruning our Italian Cypresses. They have become very rough looking.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/7/2010 1:11PM

    ENJOY the weather!! emoticon on collecting and bringing home all that trash. You are multi-tasking and doing a WONDERFUL job. I also pick up trash but usually leave the bags where they are filled and go back and get them with the car. Sometimes it is just too much for me to carry.
I have never inherited any one's gardens...have always had to plant my own. Enjoy the garden, sounds like she was a serious gardener!!
Blessings and hugs,

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AMBULATOR 3/7/2010 12:55PM

    Isn't this warm weather the greatest? Good luck with the garden.

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A Quotation by Christopher Reeve

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Sometimes, by just reading another person's words, you can tell that they have faced obstacles and challenges that they accessed and addressed. Who can forget the man who played Superman and then was devastatingly injured after falling off a horse?

Let the wisdom of Christopher Reeve sink into your mind...

"So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then when we summon the will, they soon seem inevitable." – Christopher Reeve

How is your health journey lately? Are you making positive strides or making poor choices?
Perhaps your body is playing cruel tricks on you and exercise is nearly impossible.

Mr. Reeve asked us to have dreams. You may term them "goals".
Do your dreams/ goals have the aroma of impossibility? Think again...

Is changing your diet improbable? Are you telling yourself you 'can't get active'?

SUMMON THE WILL. Here's where being that strong-willed child finally works for you!
When you focus and summon your will to achieve... that becomes the tipping point where your dreams become inevitable!

Have you been able to move from IMPOSSIBLE to IMPROBABLE then toward INEVITABLE?

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RUSTYSHAW1 3/7/2010 1:07PM

    I agree, our dreams are possible if we just allow ourselves to believe. Dreams/Goals ARE one and the same for me also. SO I have no excuse to not move forward. I am moving forward in some of my dreams, others I am currently 'developing' in order to move forward. That is a positive way of saying, I seem to still need time to emotionally embrace some of the life style changes I know would be good for me.

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THE_SILVER_OWL 3/5/2010 6:51PM

    I have found great inspiration in Christopher Reeves words. How hard it is to stay down for long when you look at his marvelous journey and the incredible impact he had on so many lives. I appreciate your sharing his wisdom and yours!

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MSLZZY 3/3/2010 10:23PM

    All things are possible if you only believe!

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IUHRYTR 3/2/2010 8:20PM

    Yes. I CAN and WILL do this. -- Lou

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GABY1948 3/2/2010 7:38PM

    YES! I agree with you totally. And a little over 2 years ago if someone would have told me that I would be where I am today on my journey I would have said it was IMPOSSIBLE, then six months later I would have still thought it IMPROBABLE but then about 9 months into it I would have conceded it was INEVITABLE.
Thanks for such a great blog.

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Roller Blading and the Skipping Rope

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Folks, now that the Olympics are drawing to a close for the time being, I decided I would get my roller blades down from the attic and enjoy this 53 degree F day. I wore my skates, knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards and a helmet. The first minute felt surreal and tentative. By minute "5" I was getting a good rhythm and some speed. I am very fortunate that my entire community is paved and well drained. YIPPEE I skated outdoors for about 15 minutes. That's the first time I have roller bladed in 2 years plus.

I came inside for a few moments and did some arm "fly" exercises back and front using my balance ball. That felt so good that I added some bicep curls with the five pounds weights too.

Was that it for today?

Heck no! I got my new skipping rope (jump rope) out of its box and took my kitchen timer with me. I tripped up a few times but I managed to log in 5 more minutes. I wonder when the last time I skipped happened? I seriously cannot remember. Anyway, I learned a bit about my body (after childbearing) and I now know what other equipment I need before I start jumping rope the next time.

Out on the west coast, the breezes are warm, the sun has been beautiful and the neighbours are all waving and clapping. I may find another roller blade buddy in this senior village, but it not, I'll just have to be the one crazy lady with the wheels on her feet. I don't think they'll understand the outdoor skipping either.

Oh well, we all have to be famous in our own way, right???

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MOXYJONES 3/1/2010 6:44AM

    Extra equipment indeed! I think I know why I gave up rope in middle school now- lol.

Sounds like a great time! Maybe we should create a "Childhood" exercise program- all those crazy games (freeze tag, Smog, capture the flag) that we used to run around like crazy people doing, hopscotch, jumping rope (double dutch!), roller blading...

This could be great! ::grin::

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MSLZZY 2/28/2010 10:49PM

    emoticon Now let that can-do attitude take you into the new week!

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PEWILK 2/28/2010 10:44PM

  LOL! Thanks for the reminder about "other equipment." I am about to embark on a skipping cardio too!

Hey - care to join me at hopscotch someday? I used to be a mean hopscotch player.

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IUHRYTR 2/28/2010 8:08PM

    It is good to read how happy you were with your day. May you have many more just like it. -- Lou

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KINZIEZOO 2/28/2010 7:22PM

  GOOD FOR YOU! What a refreshingly great attitude you have! I too love rollerblading; just dont like going head-over-heels when I hit debris or age cracks on the sidewalk! LOL But I think you have INSPIRED me to dig mine out & give it another whirl!

And just a tip for anyone who poo-poo's rollerblading - it was actually recommended by my chiropractor; said it's GREAT for strengthening but without the IMPACT on your joints as running - provided, of course, he said, you dont FALL on your tushie & hurt something! LOL

Wish me luck & hope & pray I dont end up in a body cast! LOL

Keep up the positive attitude & God bless you!

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