Archive for January, 2009

Twilight – The Book & The Movie!

Posted in Uncategorized on January 31, 2009 by darmyers

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I read the book first!  And I LOVED it.  I’m an avid reader, and was a while catching on to this one, because usually I don’t enjoy books about vampires.   So I was a little late picking it up.  But when people at work starting talking about, when I came across it in the book store, I grabbed it. 

This is a beautifully written love story.   A fascinating tale in that only Stephanie Meyer could have made all the vampire characters so real!  Mysterious but at the same time warm.  ( I know, strange words to use about ‘cold ones’)  But they were warm and likeable, and I cheered when these two misfits fell in love.

Then I went to see the movie!  And I LOVED it.  Nothing excites me more than when a great book is made into a great movie.  (well there may be one or two other things that excite me more, but that’s another Post)

The first thing I noticed is that the movie is well cast.  As Stehanie Meyer describes the characters in the book, that’s how they came alive on the big screen.  (Again, pardon the pun please).  And this relative unknown cast impressed me so much with great acting.  These are not easy characters to play but each actor and actress did a fantastic job.  This book was a best-seller and they had big shoes to fill.  And they were wonderful.

Go see it,,, fall in love.  It’s full of suspense, mystery, some comedy and a great love story. 

I can’t wait to get to the book store to buy the next book in the series, New Moon.   Enjoy!

Darlene

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The Bucket List

Posted in Uncategorized on January 30, 2009 by darmyers

Have you found Joy?

Have you brought Joy to others?

I loved this movie.  I love Jack Nicolson and Morgan Freeman.  And they were splendid.  Nicolson was his best sarcastic witty self,,, and Morgan Freeman was the warm insightful character we have come to love.

The questions at the top were two things that stood out for me in the movie.  Morgan Freeman believed when he got to the “Pearly Gates”, these were the two questions that were going to get him admitted.  And he lived his life accordingly.   I always like to think it was “What have you done for others?”.. But this works for me.  Find joy for yourself, bring joy to others!  Simplistic but profound.

What would you do if you were given less than a year to live.  And why would it take a death sentence for you to make out a ‘Bucket List’?  Make one out while you are healthy and vibrant,,, and set out to achieve as much on that list as you can.

Good Living!

Dar

ps… I just finished reading Stephanie Meyer’s book “Twilight” and I am going to see the movie this week.  The book was awesome.  It and the movie will be my next post.  I know, I know, I’m late jumping on that bandwagon, but I always sucked at following fads.  The book was great.  Will let you know about the movie.  Have fun, tomorrow is Friday!

The United States has a new President!

Posted in Uncategorized on January 21, 2009 by darmyers

    From “I Have A Dream” to ‘Yes We Can’

What an exciting day!  Today the United States swore in its 44th President, and  Barack Hussein Obama started his 4 years in office with a speech filled with hope.   I loved the part of the speech that said ‘a man who’s father 60 years ago would probably not get served in a restaurant can now stand before you to take the most sacred oath’.

Nancy Gibbs from Time Magazine summed it up eloquently and talks about the humility, gratitude and sacrifice much better than I can.  The link is attached.

You see, this is not just a great day for Americans.  This is a great day for everyone with dreams, hope and aspirations.  Victory cheered throughout the world today from Kenya to Canada.    I’ve mentioned it before, when the United States sneezes, Canada catches a cold.  Well today we grabbed the Kleenex and cried tears of joy with everyone else.  Barack Obama represents hope not just for the United States of America but to the rest of the world that there are better days ahead.

It’s a great day to celebrate around the world.

Enjoy and share it with your family and friends.

Darlene

The Inauguration of Barack Obama!

Posted in Uncategorized on January 19, 2009 by darmyers

On Tuesday, January 20th, Barack Obama will be sworn  in as the 44th President of the United States.  If anyone has read any of my previous posts, you all know I am a big fan of Barack Obama!

I think its historical that tomorrow, the day before the Inauguration, is Martin Luther King day.  In a historic evening in August, U.S. Senator Barack Obama  accepted the nomination of the Democratic party for President of the United States. He became the first African-American to achieve this political milestone and it was on the 45th Anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream Speech”.  

I believe there is a reason for everything, and I don’t think its ‘coincidental’ that the dates are so close.  I think it is very important in this age to keep the ‘I Have A Dream’ Speech alive.  As long as there is prejiduce, and persecution, it is imperative we keep the fundamentals of the speech alive.  We should be teaching our children ‘not to judge others by the color of their skin, but rather by the content of their character’.

Like Martin Luther King Jr., Barack Obama is a great orator.  But I think he has his own set of challenges facing him, as he gets sworn in as President on Tuesday.   I think Barack Obama too had a dream, and that dream involved hope… and on November 4th Hope Won!

It’s a great week for all of mankind.  Let’s take a moment and be grateful.

Darlene

Defiance – The Movie

Posted in Uncategorized on January 18, 2009 by darmyers

 

Had a chance to see the movie ‘Defiance’ over the weekend with Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber.  I thought it was very well done.  It is the true story of three Jewish brothers who escape from Nazi-occupied Poland into the Belarussian forest.  They join Russian resistance fighters and endeavor to build a village in order to protect themselves and others in danger.

Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber were fantastic as the Bielski brothers and how they came to help over 1200 Jews escape the Nazis.  It was wonderful to see Daniel Craig in a real gritty role that didn’t have all the special effects of a Bond movie.  He is a fantastic actor, as is Liev Schreiber, who first came to my attention in the movie The Manchurian Candidate with Denzel Washington.  This true story truly is a great epic.

Also had a chance to see ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’ over the weekend with Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson.  I really enjoyed that one as well.  Scarlett Johansson captures the film and shines throughout the entire movie.  I usually am not a huge fan of history pieces, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

Hope you all had a great weekend as well.

Darlene

Marley & Me!

Posted in Uncategorized on January 16, 2009 by darmyers

Marley & Me (2008) PosterLife & Love with the World’s Worst Dog

I loved it!  Both the book and the movie.  I bought the book just before Christmas at the airport, and from the first page I was hooked.   I felt a part of this wonderful family through the eyes of both the dog and the family.  John Grogan has done a splendid job of inviting us into his home and family life which included this force of nature, called Marley.  I was almost nervous to watch the movie.  I had enjoyed the book so much, and many times have been disappointed in the past when a book is made into a movie.

However, I thought both Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson did a superb job of playing John and Jennifer Grogan.  The movie captured the funny, the sad and all the heartwarming moments the book gave us first. 

A two-thumbs up on both the book and movie.  You won’t be disappointed.  Bring it on John Grogan!

Enjoy the weekend.

Darlene

Dream Big… It Costs the Same!

Posted in Uncategorized on January 12, 2009 by darmyers

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them!”  Walt Disney

It is said whether you dream big or dream small, the cost is the same.   As kids, we believe anything is possible.   However, as we grow older we are told to ‘stop day-dreaming’ and ‘grow up’.   Do you think anyone told Walt Disney to ‘stop day-dreaming’?  Probably!  Wouldn’t it be a shame if he had listened?

Sometimes I think its easier to work hard at something, than it is to take that leap of faith and have the courage to dream big!   Did you know that most people are not afraid of failure, they are afraid of people telling them ‘You’re Crazy!”  Now that’s crazy!

The motivational speaker Les Brown says if we are going to fall, we should land on our backs.  If we can look up, we can get up.  This is a guy that says some people die at the age of 21, but they dont’ get buried until they are 75.  Not the way I want to live my life! 

Most people on their deathbed rarely regret things they did, most regret the things they never did.  You’ll never wish you spent more time at the office.  I do not want to be one of those people who have regrets like that on my death bed. 

I had the privilege of attending an ‘Energy Empowerment’ Workshop this weekend with Dr. Gabrielle Woerner out of Montreal.  I found it interesting that our physical body, mental body, emotional body and spiritual body are all connected.  I liked how this lady encouraged us to dream,,, dream big,,, dream whatever we like,,, but enjoy the journey.  Savor the moments we are in.   Take time to enjoy and be grateful for today!  Now that’s good advice.

Enjoy your week!  Dream Big!

Dar