I WILL MISS YOU…

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Doris Roberts was born Doris May Green on November 4, 1925.  She was a very talented actress, receiving five Emmy Awards and a Screen Actors Guild award during her acting career, which began in 1951.  She’s best known for her role as Raymond Barone’s mom on the popular sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, which ran from 1996-2005.  Doris died on April 17, 2016 at the age of 90.  I have seen her through the years on several programs, including a role as Jessica Fletcher’s cousin on my favorite show, Murder, She Wrote.

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Does it crack anyone else up that the interviewer didn’t know what a SECOND BANANA was???  Sheesh…  even I know what that means.

In my opinion, Doris Roberts was not a second banana!  If she was in a movie or TV show, you knew it would be a good, wholesome, clean, funny program.  It would be something that you would not have to watch with the kids in the other room.

Here’s a filmography of Doris’ movies:

  • 1970 – NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY
  • 1970 – THE HONEYMOON KILLERS
  • 1971 – LITTLE MURDERS
  • 1976 – A NEW LEAF
  • 1976 – HESTER STREET
  • 1979 – THE STORYTELLER
  • 1979 – ONCE IN PARIS
  • 1979 – THE ROSE
  • 1989 – NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION
  • 2001 – MY GIANT
  • 2001 – ALL OVER THE GUY
  • 2003 – DICKIE ROBERTS:  FORMER CHILD STAR
  • 2006 – GRANDMA’S BOY
  • 2006 – KEEPING UP WITH THE STEINS
  • 2009 – PLAY THE GAME
  • 2009 – ALIENS IN THE ATTIC
  • 2012 – TYLER PERRY’S MADEA’S WITNESS PROTECTION

I think even more than her commanding presence, I will miss hearing her unique voice.  She had the kind of voice that was so recognizable – if I heard it on TV but was not in the room, I knew immediately who was speaking.561px-DorisRobertsApr2011

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There were funny women in her generation for sure…  she mentioned Thelma Ritter in that interview.  Also Mary Wickes comes to mind.  There were several “second bananas” back then – but to my way of thinking, they are funny top bananas!  Thank you, Doris Roberts, for leaving us funny moments on film because real life can be so very sad.  I will miss you!  🙂

 

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A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

TL A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART (20)It’s time to organize for the new year!  There is a pile for donations, sell and keep.  I’m going from room to room sorting it all out and putting it back in a more organized way.  I know it sounds like an easy thing to do, but as I’m doing this one room at a time, I’m not finished yet!

I don’t typically make prayer requests a part of my blog post, but I believe in the power of prayer, so I’m just going to ask for prayers.  As a child, my parents took quite a few 8mm videos and they were on reels.  We had a projector for years, but then it stopped working and eventually we could not find anything to play the reels on, so we had the reels transferred to video tape.

The video tape became obsolete, so we took the tapes in to get them transferred onto CD’s.  A lifetime of 8mm film was reduced to two CD’s.  I type this with tears in my eyes – but I have lost my CD’s!  My home movies – my childhood memories – are gone!

Please pray that I find them because although you would find them to be a bore a minute, they mean so much to me!  I know they are in this house somewhere, I just don’t know where.

I keep praying that as I take things out of cupboards and shelves, the CD’s will appear – oh how great that would be!  It hasn’t happened yet.  I will certainly let you know when it does.  Thanks in advance for joining with me in prayer.  Where two or three are gathered (even in cyber space…) He is there.

As I told my husband just today, whether I find those CD’s or not, my memories are intact in my mind.  It won’t bring mom and dad back if I find them.  It won’t change anything at all – but I’d just sort of like to find them.

That’s not dirt in my house…  it’s ANGEL DUST!  – Unknown (but I wish I could say I said it!)

Well…  I’ve reorganized two rooms so far and at this rate I may get to the basement by…  I don’t know – MAY!  LOL!!!  Guess I’d better get with it because it won’t do itself.  🙂

I WILL MISS YOU…

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WHAT DID KATE WHISPER

Maureen O’Hara passed away on October 24th, 2015.  She was 95 years old.  The spunky green-eyed, red-headed actress was best known for playing fiercely passionate but sensible heroines, and often worked with director John Ford and longtime friend John Wayne. She was one of the last surviving stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood.

O’Hara was born in Dublin, so when she played the role of Kate in “The Quiet Man”, it was a genuine and sincere performance.  It’s tradition in our house to watch the popular movie every St. Patrick’s Day.  Rarely do you see a true connection between actors – but in this film, you can tell that Maureen O’Hara and John Wayne have a true connection and worked well together.

Have you seen “The Quiet Man”?  If so, you are probably just as curious as I am to know what Maureen O’Hara whispered in the Duke’s ear at the end of the movie!  At the film’s conclusion, after the credits, we see Kate and Sean standing in their garden waving good-bye. Maureen O’Hara turns to John Wayne and whispers something in his ear, evoking a priceless reaction from Wayne. What was said was known only to O’Hara, Wayne and director John Ford. In exchange for saying this unscripted bit of text, O’Hara insisted that the exact line never be disclosed by any involved parties. In her memoirs she says that she refused to say the line at first as she “couldn’t possibly say that to Duke”, but Ford insisted, claiming he needed a genuine shock reaction from Wayne. The line remains a mystery to this day.

I’ve tried to find out – I’ve searched and googled it…  it seems she took the secret with her – sadly.  Whatever she whispered to him – it definitely got the desired shock reaction from him!  I won’t say it’s my favorite part of the movie, but I will say – it’s the most interesting – just because I’m nosey and want to know what she whispered.  Oh well…

I miss movies that have a bit of mystery.  Ones that hold a little back and make us want more.  Nowadays – everything just hangs out, leaving us in a perpetual state of TMI overkill.  The Golden age of Hollywood is gone.  I will miss Maureen O’Hara.  🙂

 

 

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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What does 10-4 mean?  It’s the APCO 10-code for “I understand your transmission.”

Cobra CB Radio
Cobra CB Radio

From 1980 – 1985 I drove a Pontiac with a moon roof and about a dozen long antennas!  I had a citizen’s band radio in my car back in the day (quit laughing, you had one too).  We didn’t have computers or facebook, but we got acquainted with a lot of interesting people – I guess you could say it was the social media of the day!

What was your handle?  Mine was SASSY LADY – and I was (and am).  As time goes by, we tend to forget some of the good times we used to have.  Along with the CB craze came movies and songs centered around it – we listened to tear-jerker songs like Teddy Bear by Red Sovine.  We went truckin’ down the highway to Convoy by C.W. McCall.  When Smokey & The Bandit came to Wichita, I remember standing out in the rain to get into the theatre!  It was showing at the old Crest theatre (which has been gone for a long time).  Of course, they made parts II and III.  They should have quit while they were ahead – in my humble opinion.

As long as we’re reminiscing, do you remember this?

This tin is now being sold on ebay for only $100
This tin is now being sold on eBay for only $100

When I saw that they wanted $100 for this, it made me want to kick myself.  I had this back in the day, but as I grew up and my sense of style matured, like many others, I got rid of it!  If I had known back then that some of this stuff would be collectible…  I would have hung on to it!

Back in the day, we drove the double-nickel and kept the bugs off our bumpers and the bears off our tails.  CB Radios were the coolest thing for vehicles since the 8-track tape!  We had fun as we drove, but sometimes we would scan the channels and do some ambulance chasing or storm chasing.  Trust me, in Kansas there are plenty of opportunities to chase storms!  There’s always a tornado brewing somewhere in the springtime.

Do those memories put a smile on my face because back then I wasn’t in as much pain?  Is it because I was happier then?  I don’t really think it’s either of those.  I’ve always romanticized the past for some reason.  I look back and think of the good parts – and maybe that’s a good thing.  I know the past was not better because life is so much better now.  I guess I just think nostalgia is fun.

We may not have a CB Radio anymore, but I don’t want to forget what 10-4 means because if I hear the Lord speak to me, I always want to be ready to say, 10-4, Holy Spirit – I understand Your transmission.  🙂

FRIDAY THE THIRTEENTH

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FRIDAY THE 13TH

As superstitions go, Friday the 13th is a relatively new one.  There is no written evidence for it before the 19th century.  It became a common superstition in the 20th century.  There is a name for the fear of Friday the 13th.  It’s called paraskevidekatriaphobia from the Greek words Paraskevi, meaning “Friday”, and dekatreis, meaning “thirteen”.

Hollywood went a little nuts with that title for twelve of the most scary slasher films ever made.  Why not thirteen (you know me, I would have made sure there were thirteen of them for the sake of irony).  There was also a TV show, novels, comic books and franchise merchandise that focused on the fictional character Jason Voorhees.  He drowned as a boy at Camp Crystal Lake due to negligence on the part of the camp staff.  Decades later, the lake is rumored to be “cursed” and is the setting for a series of mass murders.  The films grossed over $465 million at the box-office worldwide.

I’ll tell ya, I remember seeing Jason’s hockey mask at Halloween all over the place shortly after the first movie was shown at the theatre.  The movies are now shown on TV almost every Halloween.  I’m surprised that the films were not popular with critics because the public sure did like them.

Do I watch them on Halloween?  Um…  no.  Do I read Stephen King novels???  Negative.  I’ve tried to make it through the movie Christine several times – but I haven’t yet.  I really can’t sit through a horror film very well – or very long.

Depend on the rabbit’s foot if you will, but remember it didn’t work for the rabbit.   – R.E. Shay

My dad was so superstitious!  Ugh – even when he visited my house I got in trouble when my broom accidentally fell to the floor in the closet.  Seriously??? 

So even though I know what the superstitions are, I will not live my life in fear of them.  I won’t assume that if a bird flies into my house, there will be a death in my family.  I will not think something bad will happen if I leave the rocking chair rocking after I get up.

I’m holding on to my faith in Christ today just like I do every day.  God wants only good things for His children and He will provide everything I need to be the person He wants me to be.  I pray that you too will be happy and confident in the Lord.

I will not believe bad things will happen today just because it is the thirteenth day of the month and it happens to fall on a Friday.  Hey…  it’s FRIDAY, right???  That is a good thing!!!  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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He is incredible but he’s not the green hulk – he is Hulk Hogan, the longest reigning heavyweight champion of all time with the World Wrestling Federation.  Today is his birthday and it’s time to celebrate!

Hogan came to fame in the 1980’s in the WWF.  He set many records through the 1980’s and 1990’s and was the first man to win 2 consecutive royal rumbles.  He’s also been featured in television and film.  He even has his own reality show called “Hogan Knows Best”.

” Thunder in Paradise” is a film Hulk Hogan appeared in.  Let’s face it – there’s just never a dull moment when he’s around.

There comes a moment in life when we look around and see things falling apart and wonder if there is more to life than what we are in ourselves.  Sometimes we have to hit rock bottom before we take time to look up.  It’s painful while we’re going through it, but so rewarding when we stop struggling, look up through the tears and cry out to the God of the universe for help.  When we humble ourselves before God, healing – permanent healing – ultimately follows.  God is so faithful to us.  He is there for all who call on Him.

I now realize I had to go through all this stuff to be who I am today, to make me who I am today.  And then I realized all that stuff – the peace, love, the joy, that still, small voice, the energy, that God presence – is part of who I’m meant to be.  – Hulk Hogan

Life can seem to crumble for all of us – celebrities or ordinary folk like me.  The question is:  Who will you lean on for help when it happens.  God loves us so much and He wants to be the One you rely on completely when life falls apart.

We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.   – Oswald Chambers

Never give up on life no matter what happens.  Reach out to Jesus because He loves and cares for you.  Happy Birthday, Hulk Hogan!  God bless you and keep on keeping on – and believing that God has your life in His hand!  ❤

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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BE GONE CABIN FEVER
Yesterday I was sitting at the computer and actually heard birds chirping outside my basement window. It was a reminder of spring, and I am so ready for it, aren’t you? When you have cabin fever, what do you do? Where is your “happy place” when being indoors is making you crazy?

I escape into the internet. Last week I was researching tropical climates and by the time I was finished, it felt as though I had been on an extended vacation. I like those kind of vacations because I don’t have to pack or hassle with security at the airport!

My husband watches movies that take place in tropical settings. Not long ago he watched “Donovan’s Reef” with John Wayne. Movies have long been an excellent way to escape the harsh reality we live in.   “Donovan’s Reef” is not in the public domain, but it is posted on You Tube, so go on over there and watch it.

I’m so blessed in my life and there seems to be an endless supply of inspiration around me. I also like to work on my scrapbook on occasion. Most of our vacations were taken in nice weather and looking at the photos again allows me to re-live the trips!

Of course I’m so thankful for my keyboard and for music! I don’t know what I’d do without that to pass the time during the winter. My keyboard even has headphones so I won’t disturb anyone. I just play for my enjoyment.

The truth is, I’d rather not be stuck inside the house. I am thankful, however, for the ways of escape that are available to me. Some women like to bake when the weather is cold, but in our house that is not a good idea since we are diabetics. Baking would automatically involve eating, and most baked goods are not the most wholesome.

A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.  – Carl Reiner

It’s my hope and prayer that you have stayed sane through this winter. Some days it can be a challenge, but I know you can do it if you put your mind to it.