Oscars

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It seems that there is a non stop season of awards for those who entertain us, whether in movies, TV, music or theatre.

A fortune is spent by those nominated to have the perfect dress or tuxedo, immaculate make up and hairstyle. Their fans would not recognize them without all of this. When they are not working and enjoying being at home….so many go without all the makeup and also jump into the comfy sweatpants or jeans as most of us do.

Seeing as the Oscars were just this week so many people try to see as many of the nominated movies as they can before watching the awards.

It used to be a fun nite, seeing if your favorite took home the top award.

The actors also seemed to appreciate winning, knowing they had reached a high point in their career.

Nowadays the acceptance speech has become a stage for airing their opinion on everything, whether political which is too often the case, or just their views on what they think people are interested in. Where did they get the idea that anyone cared, it is called opinion and everyone forms their own opinion right or wrong, and having an overpaid actor using the forum of the Oscars or other awards ceremony is beyond annoying.

These actors may have the ability to portray a variety of different characters, are able to memorize their lines etc. but are so hugely overpaid to do so.

The cost passes down to the fan who goes to see the film. Taking your family to the movies has become a very costly treat if you add in the snacks as well. Who can watch a movie without popcorn!!!

If only the winning actors just thanked a few people and got off stage. they would be far more respected.

It has become the “thing” to do at sporting events as well. Again talented athletes airing their opinions when no one is interested. It has just driven people away from some games as well as the hero status the athlete may have had, to fans not wanting them to even play and in some cases finding themselves suspended.

Wouldn’t it be nice if these actors and athletes used their celebrity status to help others, campaign to raise money to help those in need, to even set up foundations that would have continuing effects.

Maybe when they notice that viewing of these shows has dropped drastically and at some sports events the former hero has people not attending they will take notice. Only thing they have managed to do is damage their industry and annoyed so many we just do not watch anymore.

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Twelve Days

IMG_3266Have you ever wondered how you suddenly end up thinking or talking about a certain topic?

Maybe you and a friend are enjoying a latte together catching up on things. You both have lots to talk about but for some reason you are speaking about things that neither of you intended to. It is hard to even back track the conversation as one topic leads to another.

For some reason we got onto the song The 12 Days of Christmas. Given that two months have gone by since Christmas who knows how we got there.

With that tune stuck in my head, and not knowing all the words past the first five or so, I looked up the words. That got to wondering what anyone would think of receiving these gifts. Of course what would this actually cost.

There are two ways to look at it. Was one gift given each day or, because the song repeats, was each given each day after originally giving it?

This was written in 1780.

If times were difficult it would be an awesome gift as you would have lots to eat should you decide to do that. You have partridge, doves, hens, calling birds, geese and swans. Also pear trees that bear fruit to eat.

The maids a milking were just that, milking the cows that you must have had, but when it comes to drummers drumming, and Lords a leaping….not quite sure unless perhaps entertainment back in 1780.

There are several opinions as well as dates on what others thought.

If as the popular version goes that we find ourselves humming, it would cost $34,558.65 if you wished to give these items as of Dec 2017.

So next time you find yourself going from one topic to another when chatting with a friend, see if you can remember how you got there. Bottom line, it is basically called conversation. We all do it.

Now to stop humming this tune!!!!

 

 

 

Excuses

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First of all, Happy New Year to everyone. I wish you a Happy & Healthy 2018.

Funny how for some reason, if we cannot started on something we need to do, or really want to do, we turn it into our New Years resolution.

When we make these “promises” to ourselves, we are sincere, we believe in our determination. How many of us have tossed our resolutions within the first 10 days of the New Year. We all love the “comfortable” feeling of staying where we are, doing the same thing.

It all comes down to excuses. It is amazing that none of us ever runs out of excuses. As soon as someone questions us about something, the excuse is instantly there even though we had no idea what we may be asked!

How does that happen? We do not intend to fall short of completing what we promised. Some people go beyond an excuse & just say whatever they “think” the person wants.

No one teaches us to do this, in fact the opposite is very likely true, but as soon as we go to school as tiny kids in Kindergarten, we start. Does it come down to us trying to say or do something that may make us friends?

As we go thru school, we can make excuses that as you think of them as an adult are funny now. Somehow we manage to get thru school, still having an excuse for why our assignment was late, why we were late or did not show up for a particular event. That is probably because the teacher or coach did the same thing? But they will never let you know. Sometimes I think it is easier to make what we consider a reasonable excuse than admitting you are actually guilty of not doing what you promised. Our intentions are honest.

Now as adults, our excuses are more often to ourselves. We are all so very busy, we have a list of what has to be done, and the more we seem to cross off that list
we add to it daily never feeling we are getting anywhere. We do everything that is expected of us, whether work related, for our children, for any committees we
may be on etc. So who do we make an excuse to,.. ourselves. We justify why it did not get done and where does it go…on that long list!!

I have no idea how, come the holidays, for very many of us Christmas, and
New Years celebrations, we get so much done, we do all that has to be done at work, we buy and wrap the gifts we have for our loved ones, we entertain, perhaps even be the one who hosts Christmas dinner and have 15 to 20 people over, family mostly, for Christmas but we do not make excuses.

So, why does this happen? We finally run out of excuses because we have a deadline that cannot be added to that long list. These events come on the same date every year. So we step up to the plate and get the job done.

So what does that tell us? Maybe to toss the lists?

I do not think we can dispense with our trusty “ to do list”, It does play a role in getting us thru the many demands we face, but I wonder if we put a deadline date on everything would that help?

I doubt it, as we will make an excuse why not!! We all do it, know I am guilty.

 

 

Remembrance Day

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One day out of 365 days is not enough to thank all those brave, unselfish armed forces for their sacrifices. If not for them, how different our World would be.

World War One was the war to end all wars. So much for that! Little did they know that their loved ones, their children, would again be at war, enduring unimaginable sacrifices too.

How sad that something causes these wars to start with. The Korean, Vietnam wars and nowadays non stop conflicts, wars, and terror attacks are still causing so much loss, unrest and grief for so many.

To see people on the news carrying whatever possessions they have trying to get their families to safety, breaks your heart. How sad it has to be this way.

I’m not going to get into the politics, why’s and wherefores of it all. For some reason throughout the ages it has been something that seems to always have been…likely about power and control.

Let’s hope your sons or daughters will not have to follow in the same path.

But regardless of that, if you are fortunate enough to live in a Country where you are free due to the sacrifices of others, take time today if only that one moment of silence to say a heartfelt thank you.

A Canadian soldier ,JohnMcCrae, wrote a poem in WWl that so represented what he saw. This is only the first verse.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below