I WILL MISS YOU…

TL I WILL MISS YOU

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.

https://youtu.be/lR0J17LSra4

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!  🙂

 

FREE SPEECH WEEK

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Free Speech Week is a yearly even to raise awareness of the importance of free speech in the United States.  So far our government has not over-reached to the point where they tell me I can’t talk about God, Jesus, the Bible and Christian faith.  I wouldn’t say that’s something I take for granted, because I still read articles about the Ten Commandments being removed from the wall of a courthouse in Oklahoma – or Wichita State University removing all the Christian religious symbols in the chapel to make it more Muslim-friendly.  So, I would be mistaken to say my religious freedom and freedom of speech will never be threatened.  In my opinion, it has been threatened.  I don’t like it – go figure…  duh!  I’m offended because the core of Christianity is the death of Christ Jesus on the cross, His death, burial and resurrection is what my faith is all about – yeah – removing the crosses and pews in the chapel really chaps my hide!

Do you agree?
Do you agree?

While all people should be equal no matter what, to infringe on other’s religious rights is not fair – I’m free to say that…  and just did.

As freedom of speech is a right all American’s share, this non-partisan, non-ideological event is intended to be a unifying celebration.

http://www.kansas.com/news/local/education/article38035449.html

This is more like it
Pretty much

I’m not using my freedom of speech to unite – sorry.  I’m tired of being pushed around because I am a Christian.

There must be middle ground.  Why do Muslims have to be so offended when they see something that does not line up with their beliefs?  I mean, I have to drive past a Muslim place of worship practically every day – and yes, they drive past several churches.  But to remove the crosses and pews from the chapel at WSU to make Muslim students more comfortable???  Why can’t the Muslim students just deal with it – they are in a country that is predominately Christian.  Those crosses and pews will not jump out and hurt them.  They need to be just as TOLERANT of my Christian belief as I am of their Muslim faith.  I drive by their place of worship – I’m not going to say it offends me and demand that it be torn down.  I won’t go inside, but I understand they have a RIGHT to worship as they please – in their own place of worship.  Leave my Christian chapel alone.

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Why can’t WSU build a separate little place to pray JUST FOR THE MUSLIM STUDENTS instead of taking away all of the things the remind me of the sacrifice that my Jesus made for all the world?  If the Muslim outrage is so overwhelming – get the money from the Muslims to build it.  If we are offending them so much – give in – but don’t desecrate my Christian chapel to make it more user-friendly for Muslims!  I’m not trying to be ugly – I’m just disappointed in WSU because once again my faith is being squashed on campus.  Do Christian students not matter to WSU anymore?  We used to matter.  Maybe it’s about money.  I don’t know.  I’ll bet if I went to their homeland – they would not make such changes if I felt uncomfortable.  What is wrong with us, people???  Do we as Christians not have a backbone?  Are we just going to sit back and let this stuff keep happening?  I’m thankful that in America there is a week when I can let my opinions be known.  I’m so thankful for my FREEDOM OF SPEECH.

No true Christian wants to offend anyone on purpose.  Most of us try to walk humbly with our God and just get along with those around us – and we usually bend over backwards to make things better.  All we want is for others to let us be – leave the pews in the chapel and put the crosses back up on the walls.  If it’s a chapel for Christians – then those things are appropriate in there!  I don’t expect everyone to believe just like I do, but Christians – we need to find our voice or we’re gonna get run over!  It happened on our university campus – it can happen anywhere – trust me.  Don’t we care?

Well, I’ve had my say because I’m celebrating Free Speech Week.  🙂

I WILL MISS YOU…

TL A TRIBUTE

A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP.  – Tweeted by Leonard Nimoy

His last tweet really spoke volumes about what life is and how it is to be treated and cherished.  To me he will always be Spock, the pointy-eared, smarter than anyone else alien from “Star Trek”.  I’m not a geek as some, but I did grow up watching my share of the show.

Mr. Spock & Captain Kirk January 12, 1968
Mr. Spock & Captain Kirk
January 12, 1968

Spock is definitely one of my best friends.  When I put on those ears, it’s not like just another day.  When I become Spock, that day becomes something special.  – Leonard Nimoy

It was strange to see the familiar Spock break out into a more comedic role, but of course, he did that well too.  With that stature and voice, there was nothing he could not do well.  He truly did live long and prosper!  It became a sort of mantra for his life.  It was at the end of his tweets – LLAP.  One could tell that he had a zest for living and enjoyed the trip.  From his famous quotes, we can tell that he had a deep compassion for others.

 The miracle is this – the more we share, the more we have.  – Leonard Nimoy

He was not just a good actor, he was completely believable, which, considering that he played an alien in a sci-fi program for so many years, is high praise indeed.  I was drawn in by his even-toned voice.  It was calm and convincing, yet commanding.  He had a very distinctive voice and manner – not the pushy actor type you sometimes see.  He seemed to lack ego about being a public figure.  Fame was not what it was about for him.  He seemed to genuinely enjoy his craft, and he did it quite well.

I believe in goodness, mercy and charity.  I believe in casting bread upon the waters.  – Leonard Nimoy

It seemed he always gave the very best to his audience and managed to have some fun in the process.  He made it look so easy, when I’m sure it was a great deal of work.  I know how difficult it is to memorize a couple of sheets of music for a recital.  I can’t imagine what it would be like to have to memorize lines as an actor.  He just seemed to love what he did.  We should all love what we do in life, shouldn’t we?

Whatever I have given, I have gained.  – Leonard Nimoy

May we all adopt such a philosophy toward life.  Rest in peace.  I will miss you. 

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NATIONAL ANTHEM DAY

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9-14 THE LIME AMONG THE LEMONS

On NATIONAL ANTHEM DAY I’m asking:

Who is your favorite singer to sing our National Anthem?  I’ve heard so many great singers through the years, but the one that touched my heart most of all is this sweet girl (better grab the Kleenex box).

Detox Lentil-Lime Soup
Ingredients:
•6 cups (1.5 L) broth (chicken or vegetable)
•1 bay leaf
•3 cups (750 mL) dried organic red lentils
•3 Tablespoons (45 mL) water
•2 cups (500 mL) onions, chopped
•3 garlic cloves, minced
•3 Tablespoons (45 mL) whole cumin seed
•1 Tablespoons (15 mL) turmeric
•2 cups (500 mL) kale, finely chopped
•1/4 cup (60 mL) extra virgin olive oil
•1 cup (250 mL) fresh lime juice
•Sea salt to taste

Directions:
1. Rinse dry red lentils in cold water, over and over until water runs clear. In a large pot, combine broth, bay leaf and lentils. Bring to boil.

2. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until lentils are tender, about 30 minutes.

3. In skillet over medium heat add onion, garlic and sea salt with bit of water and sauté until translucent (about 10 minutes).

4. Break the shell of the whole cumin seeds by lightly grinding them in a mortar and pestle. The seeds should still be visible when you are done.

5. Add turmeric and ground cumin seed into the onion mixture and sauté for 5 more minutes.

6. Mix sautéed onion spice mixture and chopped kale into the cooked lentils. Simmer for 15 minutes over a medium heat to blend flavors.

7. Turn off heat. Add lime juice and olive oil at the last-minute to preserve the taste and nutrients.

8. When reheating, gently warm over a low heat.

Makes 10 cups.

This is great for overall health, but also gets your voice ready to hit that high note in the National Anthem!  😉

I WILL MISS YOU…

TL A TRIBUTE

WHEN I WHISTLE

I was so sad to hear that at age 89, Lauren Bacall passed away. She was born Betty Joan Perske on September 16, 1924.

At age 19 she had launched a very successful modeling career. She was discovered after a photo shoot with Harper’s Bazaar magazine. As Betty became Lauren, her acting career took off! She was cast in the 1944 classic, “To Have and Have Not”, based on an Ernest Hemingway story. Bacall was the sexy and insolent woman of mystery. The movie was a hit and served as a wonderful springboard for not only her acting career, but her love life as well. America was enthralled as Bogie and Bacall fell in love on-screen and ultimately, off-screen.

Humphrey Bogart referred to Lauren Bacall as “steel with curves”. The most memorable scene was as she prepares to leave Steve’s hotel room. She tells him, in that deep, sultry voice, “You know you don’t have to act with me, Steve. You don’t have to say anything, and you don’t have to do anything. Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.”

Bogie and Bacall starred in 3 more movies together in the 1940’s. The rest is Hollywood history! The stars of the 1940’s were truly gracious and classic. Lauren Bacall was one of the best. Rest in Peace, Ms. Bacall. ❤

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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https://youtu.be/GO07DbLsAAY

So that’s what they were filming in Lawrence, KS in the 1950’s.  Huh…

When I was little my mom used to tease me because I was so observant. I don’t know if it’s nature or nurture, but for some reason I have always been keenly aware of my surroundings. I make mental notes of tiny details and notice immediately when something has changed. It’s both a blessing and a curse. It’s a curse when I see a picture hanging crooked and I am not at liberty to straighten it. That can drive me crazy!

I had some testing done yesterday which left me feeling a little under the weather. I didn’t feel like cooking so we went out for lunch after the appointment. We went to my favorite Chinese buffet because I had a craving for Lemon Chicken.

As the waitress seated us, I noticed that she did not speak much English. She knew how to say “table or booth” and “what to drink?” She spoke Chinese to the other workers and to another couple in the restaurant who were Chinese.

We were enjoying our lunch when I heard a different language being spoken right behind me. I wanted to turn around and look at the people, but mama always told me it was rude to turn around and stare at people behind you. When I was a kid I used to get in trouble for turning around in church to see who was sitting behind us (gee mom, I was just trying to be sociable).

I listened intently… it was Spanish. Now I was really curious. Then I heard something quite familiar – a baby crying! It was the Mexican couple’s child. It wasn’t just a baby’s cry – it was a newborn baby’s cry – that’s a distinct sound! No language barrier there!

Since it was a buffet, the Mexican couple did not have to give the waitress instructions. They took water from the pitcher on the buffet so there was not even a drink order. They went to get their food one at a time since obviously someone had to stay with the wee one.

The waitress came around to ask, “Everything Okay?” We politely nodded since our mouths were busy eating delicious food. Then she walked behind us to the Mexican couple. I heard her talking in the sweetest tone, her voice rising and lowering as though she was talking baby talk. She was making over the baby, but not in Spanish. She was speaking Chinese!

I’m sure the couple had no idea what the waitress was saying – but they knew it was a loving tone of voice. I could not see what was happening, but I heard a smile in her voice as she spoke. I could not stand it one more minute – I had to turn around and look! The waitress was smiling – I knew it! I think it’s the sweetest display of love I’ve ever seen! A smile and sweet tone of voice transcend all language, don’t they???

Now I know some of you are sitting there reading this saying, “Yeah, better tip for the waitress” but I honestly don’t think that was the motive for her actions! As I said, it was a buffet and most people don’t leave much of a tip for a waitress when it’s a buffet. I think she felt compelled to reach out and I’m glad she did. It doesn’t cost one thin dime to be nice to somebody. She could have just walked by, but chose to stop and dote on the newborn. It was so special. Thank you Lord for allowing me to observe genuine sweetness.

When I read the fortune inside my fortune cookie – that summed it up perfectly!

You need only to understand that it is not necessary to understand but only enjoy.