Sunday, May 29, 2016

Remembering Those Who Did Not Forget Us...



This Monday, May 29th, in the United States we'll celebrate Memorial Day. 

While we think of it as the "unofficial" beginning of the summer season, and enjoy block parties, picnics and parades with our families, we all should stop and reflect on the philosophy behind our day off from work. 


Memorial Day, set aside each year as the final Monday in May, is a day to honor those who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Let's take some time to remember and say a prayer for those who gave their lives for us to celebrate on this day.


Friends, have a safe and peaceful Memorial Day.



(photo c/o facebook.com/theveteranssite)

Sunday, May 22, 2016

E.T., The Extra-Terrestrial





As I browsed through a table of DVDs at a Flea Market, I found E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. I held it up to my neighbor, both of us getting sentimental over the forlorn stranger from outer space.

The story by Steven Spielberg, script written by Melissa Mathison, and directed by Steven Spielberg, E.T. is the tale of a sweet, gentle alien who becomes stranded on earth. He's found by a young boy, Elliott, who brings him to his suburban home. Elliott, his older brother, and little sister call the alien, E.T. and decide to hide him while E.T. tries to figure out how to return to his planet.

Dozens of articles have been printed since the movie's 1982 release regarding the film's meaning and theme. I've always felt the story was of two abandoned, lonely people in need of a true, understanding friend; Elliott, whose father had divorced Elliott's mother and deserted the family, and E.T. whose spaceship took off and left him behind on earth. Each emphasizes with the other's feelings, which I think, is where scenes such a Elliott being drunk as school while E.T. is drinking beer at home symbolizes.





One of the most touching, and beloved scenes, occurs at the end of the movie. Just in case there is a person out there who hasn't seen the movie, I won't spoil it for you. 




But, should you want to see the final movie scene, I found it on YouTube. Don't forget to grab your tissues before viewing.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75M1XXEZciU&ebc=ANyPxKou5iK9An3FHiqOU6qq3U2Q6TlfzH73LSkyFrcMS2fQtMps3tHLD_9cVi7VrSRxGHKIoBiOkpe8H5h1DZgogola_xeByQ

Have a great week, Everyone!




(photo c/o www.facebook.com/E.T.Movie; YouTube clip c/o Movieclips)

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Do You Remember Disco?



One morning last week I woke up singing a song I hadn't heard in over 30 years. The song was Midnight Love Affair by Carol Douglas. Back in the late 70s, a friend of mine was a keyboard player in a band. A group of us from the neighborhood would follow the guys, showing up every weekend at whatever club the band appeared. Midnight Love Affair was a favorite tune of a club DJ who spun records while the band took a break from the stage.

Unable to get this tune out of my head on this particular morning, I hummed it while getting ready for my day job, while waiting for the bus, and strolling from the bus to the building. When I walked into our staff lounge, I said to one of my colleagues, "I keep hearing this song from my disco days."

After I recited a few lines (trust me, no one wants to hear me sing) my colleague, who is a few years older than I am, chuckled and replied, "Oh, I remember. That's a disco oldie but goodie."

Sitting at a table, scrolling through her phone, was one of our college interns. Not taking her eyes from her phone, the intern asked, "What's Disco?"

My colleague turned to me and whispered, "That's sad."

The conversation remained in my mind, giving me the idea for this post, and the opportunity to "google search" my favorite disco songs (with YouTube Links for your listening pleasure).

Do you remember the Disco era? If you do, feel free to share your favorite tune. 

Angela's picks --


Midnight Love Affair by Carol Douglas
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUlI13uhuTY

That's Where The Happy People Go by The Trammps
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_h8SOLvb09g

Heaven Knows by Donna Summer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTaydm8wGR0

San Francisco (You've Got Me) by Village People
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8M0f_7LokV4

You Should Be Dancing by Bee Gees
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaXdTe2TYhs



Have a great week, Everyone!



(photo c/o RoganJosh @ morgueFile.com)

(Midnight Love Affair c/o UnidiscMusic; That's Where The Happy People Go c/o AuntieSoul34; Heaven Knows c/o Dianeclarke18; San Francisco (You've Got Me) c/o #VillagePeople; You Should Be Dancing c/o Graffist)

Sunday, May 1, 2016

A Voice for Shelter Pets!



Visitors to my Facebook page will sometimes see a "share" from the comic strip, Mutts. With the premise of a couple of rescued pets, the comic strip is delivered to my inbox every morning c/o King Feature Syndicate and ArcaMax.




Mutts is written by one of my favorite people/authors, Patrick McDonnell. Not only did Mr. McDonnell create the adorable "Earl" and "Mooch," but he is also the author of several endearing, and much loved, children's books. 




A voice for pets in need of homes, Mr. McDonnell's visit to Animal Care Centers of New York (ACC) will be featured on the May episode of Shelter Me, the PBS series highlighting inspiring stories of shelter pets. Check your local listings for dates Shelter Me will be aired in your area.




With Mr. McDonnell's help, Mooch and Earl are championing a nationwide Mutts adoption event, May 7th through May 14th, sponsored by Petco Foundation. Local shelters and rescue organizations will bring animals in need of forever homes to Petco stores. These cuddly cuties will be available for adoption.




For information and locations in your area, http://bit.ly/1SerfTo

Thank you, Patrick McDonnell, for creating Mutts, entertaining children with your wonderful books, and for being a voice/advocate for pets in need of a home.






FMI on Muttswww.mutts.com or https://www.facebook.com/muttscomics

FMI on Patrick McDonnell's children's books, http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/features/patrickmcdonnell/about-patrick.html

FMI on Shelter Me, http://www.shelterme.tv/ or https://www.facebook.com/ShelterMeTV

Have a great week, Everyone!



(photos c/o facebook.com/muttscomics)