Sums it up.

This pretty well sums up what I am feeling like at the moment. Maybe I should look into kick boxing…..

Soul Surfer Preview

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Last night, my lovely bride and I had the blessing of seeing an advanced screening of the movie “Soul Surfer” which is due to be released on April 8th. As to not give away parts of the movie, let me just say that it was a wonderful film. Based on the true story of Bethany Hamilton, a teenage surfer that loses her arm in an attack by a shark, this film will inspire and move you. I count it such a blessing to have had the opportunity to see it and HIGHLY recommend you plan on seeing it as well.

Some of the most powerful themes of this film are the love of the Hamilton family, strength and determination of Bethany, faith, and finding your purpose in the midst of tragedy. You will connect with many aspects and it is “family friendly” with not a single cuss word. My guess is the PG rating is for the nature of the shark attack. Even that part of the movie is handled very well in terms of minimal violence and graphic scenes. The film makers did a great job of allowing the viewer to form their own conclusions while still covering this part of the story.

This is not a low rate film. I don’t know what the budget was to create it, but I never felt like it was made poorly or that they spared expenses putting together an inspirational family film. If movies like this can be made, we need to do what we can to support them. Again, I am saving a majority of my review for closer to launch date of the film. This was just a heads up to get that date marked on your calendars. This is a movie you will want to see and be glad you did.

I know I am….

Almighty Wisdom

It’s been awhile since I last saw the movie “Evan Almighty” and I forgot just how delightful it really is. There are tons of great analogies and sermon illustrations throughout the film. The kids and I watched it again tonight and one single dialog really jumped out at me. There is so much wisdom jammed into this brief point made by Morgan Freeman…who plays God in this film.

Let me ask you something. If someone prays for patience, you think God gives them patience? Or does he give them the opportunity to be patient? If he prayed for courage, does God give him courage, or does he give him opportunities to be courageous? If someone prayed for the family to be closer, do you think God zaps them with warm fuzzy feelings, or does he give them opportunities to love each other?

So often we pray for things and have an expectation of how that should look. So often it never ends up how we draw it up. What are you praying for and have you considered that it might be answered, but not how you pictured it?

Stretching the Man Card

Last night I was flipping channels and got stuck on one of those films that stops me fast each time. No, it’s not “Dumb and Dumber”, “Fletch” or “Braveheart”. While those all have the same effect on my trigger finger, the one that stopped me last night was “Legends of the Fall”. Even though I own the DVD (and the soundtrack), I still watched the entire movie. When it first started, I wondered if it was a hit to my man card, but thankfully, I got justification on Twitter. I posted the question and was promptly told by several people that it was not.

I can’t figure out what it is about the story, but something in it draws me in. The first time I watched it, I did just that…watched it. I was on a flight from Ohio to Phoenix and could only see it. I didn’t have headphones so I didn’t get to hear a single word. Just watched it. Boy did I miss out. Quotes like the ones below strike a chord in me:

I followed all of the rules, man’s and God’s. And you, you followed none of them. And they all loved you more.

Some people hear their own inner voices with great clearness and they live by what they hear. Such people become crazy, or they become legends.

Forever turned out to be too long.

It is hard to tell of happiness. Time goes by and we feel safe too soon.

She was like the water that freezes inside a rock and breaks it apart. It was no more her fault than it is the fault of the water when the rock shatters.

Every warrior hopes a good death will find him.

I thought Tristan would never live to be an old man. I was wrong about that. I was wrong about many things. It was those who loved him most who died young. He was a rock they broke themselves against however much he tried to protect them.

YOUR TURN: What films make you stop while clicking channels, no matter how many times you’ve seen them?

Letters To God – April 9th

“Letters to God” is the true story about 8 year-old Tyler, who wrote letters addressed to God. These letters were Tyler’s way of praying; it was his way of talking with God about the things that were really important to him and about the things that he had questions. These letters didn’t only help Tyler deal with facing cancer but also worked to change the faith of those closest to him.”

Official Movie Web site http://www.letterstogodthemovie.com/

I’ve Created a Monster

IMG_5423It is no secret that I have this sickness for instantly remembering two things….lyrics and quotes from movies. I have no idea where or how that happened, but it did. To be honest, when it comes to math, history, science and english, I am useless. I got nothin’. However, I have more than one friend that will call my cell phone while they are driving down the road and say “who sang that song” or “here’s the lyrics, who sings this”. It’s sad really.

The other thing that has happened is my kids have the same problem ability. Not only that, they typically fill our travels in the car with this little game called “Dad, remember (insert movie quote here)”. They remember movie quotes far beyond what even I can remember. Here’s an example…

Tonight we’re driving home from my sons game and I realized that we needed gas. I filled the tank and was driving away from the station and (under my breath) said “there all out, only had diesel, better go to the next station”. Not thinking anyone had a clue what I was talking about, pulled into traffic. From the rocket seat in the back comes the small voice of my 4 year old (yes…I said 4 YEAR OLD). She is the one in the middle of the picture above. She simply said…

“What’d you do?????”

There was a moment of silence and then 4 of us completely cracked up! I cannot even remember the last time we watched “Tommy Boy” so that little quote somehow has been stored in her memory bank. My wife just looked at the 4 other family members in the car and rolled her eyes. The next 5 to 10 minutes of drive time was filled with 4 of the 5 of us ripping off one liners from “Tommy Boy”. My son said “We just killed Bambi!” and my 6 year old recited a portion of the famous model car scene (luckily we watched the edited version). It was great fun…really. But I think I’ve created a monster. 4 of them actually.

I've Created a Monster

IMG_5423It is no secret that I have this sickness for instantly remembering two things….lyrics and quotes from movies. I have no idea where or how that happened, but it did. To be honest, when it comes to math, history, science and english, I am useless. I got nothin’. However, I have more than one friend that will call my cell phone while they are driving down the road and say “who sang that song” or “here’s the lyrics, who sings this”. It’s sad really.

The other thing that has happened is my kids have the same problem ability. Not only that, they typically fill our travels in the car with this little game called “Dad, remember (insert movie quote here)”. They remember movie quotes far beyond what even I can remember. Here’s an example…

Tonight we’re driving home from my sons game and I realized that we needed gas. I filled the tank and was driving away from the station and (under my breath) said “there all out, only had diesel, better go to the next station”. Not thinking anyone had a clue what I was talking about, pulled into traffic. From the rocket seat in the back comes the small voice of my 4 year old (yes…I said 4 YEAR OLD). She is the one in the middle of the picture above. She simply said…

“What’d you do?????”

There was a moment of silence and then 4 of us completely cracked up! I cannot even remember the last time we watched “Tommy Boy” so that little quote somehow has been stored in her memory bank. My wife just looked at the 4 other family members in the car and rolled her eyes. The next 5 to 10 minutes of drive time was filled with 4 of the 5 of us ripping off one liners from “Tommy Boy”. My son said “We just killed Bambi!” and my 6 year old recited a portion of the famous model car scene (luckily we watched the edited version). It was great fun…really. But I think I’ve created a monster. 4 of them actually.

Wisdom of Benjamin Button

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Tonight we watched “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (thanks Redbox). Every now and then I sit down with a pen and pad because I just know that a movie is going to provide great quotes. This one didn’t disappoint. It was a film of reflection on both life and death. Below are just a few that I wrote down.

“Life can only be understood backward, it must be lived forward”

“We’re meant to lose the people we love. How else would we know how important they are to us”

“Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss.”

“Everyone feels different about themselves one way or another, but we all goin’ the same way.”

“You can be as mad as a wet dog at the way things went. You can swear, curse the fates, but when it comes to the end, you have to let go.”

“It’s a funny thing about comin’ home. Looks the same, smells the same, feels the same. You’ll realize what’s changed is you.”

“You know what…God keeps reminding me that I’m lucky to be alive”.

Thanks Paul Blart!

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“The Boy” and I went to see “Paul Blart Mall Cop” over the weekend. I won’t give a review one way or the other. I will tell you that in true Happy Madison Productions fashion, the soundtrack was filled with great 80’s tunes. As a matter of fact, I cannot get the song below out of my head. I’ve been singing it since the moment we walked of the theater.  Try getting this song out of your head today too…

Can’t Hold Back” by Survivor

I Just Felt Like Running…

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I’ll be flying running solo for the Reindeer Run on Saturday at Easton. I’m still fighting a bad wheel (hip) so it will be interesting to see what the time and pace will be. It’s too bad we’re not doing this on a track. Since it’s my left leg I would have a natural pull to the left that would’ve helped.

grinchI’ll have highlights results and a picture or two next week. We got our “Moju Project” shirts in the mail today so if you’re over at Easton Saturday morning, look for the really slow runner with a limp and the green shirt on.

Just because, I’m posting one of my favorite all-time songs. It was also featured in 2 of my favorite movies (Forrest Gump and For Love of the Game). The line “I’m older now but still running against the wind” is one of the best lyrics of all time. Great line. Great song. It seems to mean even more now than ever before.

Against the Wind” by Bob Segar

Something in my eye

I was checking out my reader feeds tonight and this post on digg.com caught my eye. The post was dedicated to the “10 movies it’s okay for men to cry at“. To be honest, I have never even seen a majority of them. I got to thinking about my own list of such movies. As I was putting this together, I watched a few of the trailers on Youtube or IMDb and got a bit misty eyed all over again. I know there are more of them, but 10 is all that I am willing to admit to. Below are just a few that made me act like I had something in my eye. How about you? What were some of yours?

10. The Champ – Old school movie, but brutally sad.

9. My GirlHATED this film! “Where are his glasses???”

8. The Bucket List – Nuff said.

7. Rocky III – When Mick died…

6. Click – TOO close to home.

5. Forrest Gump – “But I miss you Jenny”

4. The Family Man– What if you got a second chance?

3. The Outsiders – “Stay Gold Pony Boy”

2. Field of Dreams – “Dad…wanna have a catch?”

And the number one movie I will admit to crying at….

1. Brian’s Song – Gale Sayers acceptance speech gets me every time.

“I love Brian Piccolo and I’d like all of you to love him too. And tonight when you hit your knees, please ask God to love him.”
-Gale Sayers

These Small Hours

The kids and I watched “Meet The Robinson’s” the other night. I have this weird knack when watching films of picking up the soundtrack music and how it relates to the film. I have no idea how popular this song was, or if it even made it to radio, but it is rich. At the end of the movie a song called “Little Wonders” by Rob Thomas played. The lyrics struck me. I won’t mess up the truth in the words by trying to put context around it. They pretty much say it all.Thank the Lord for “these small hours”.

Our lives are made
In these small hours
These little wonders,
These twists & turns of fate
Time falls away,
But these small hours,
These small hours still remain

Quotable

I can’t remember the last time I watched a movie with a notepad, but for some reason I did just that with “The Bucket List“. For some reason I just thought there would be great quotes in this film. Here are a few of my scratch notes from the movie:

At one point Carter (Morgan Freeman) and Edward Cole (Jack Nicholson) are discussing their belief, or lack thereof in God. Morgan Freeman referred to it as faith.

Edward Cole: You see that is the point. Everytime I try to understand it, I just can’t get my head around it.

Carter: Maybe your head is in the way…

At another point in the movie, Carter is telling Edward about the Egyptians belief of what happens when you arrive at Heaven. He said that they believed that they would be asked two questions. Their answers would determine if they were allowed to enter or not.

1. Do you have joy in your life?

2. Has your life brought joy to others?

I don’t post that to suggest that we all take on that belief, but those are two questions we could almost ask ourselves at the beginning and the end of each day. If the answer to both was yes, then I would say it’s been a full day!

Get Expelled This Summer…Again!

I received an email this evening from a subscriber to my blog that has an opportunity for each of us to consider. It is my honor to share something this important through my site. Below is an excerpt of the email I received…

“I am subscriber of your blog…..I have enjoyed reading and listening your blog for sometime now…. Can you help me with something?

I am in charge of the re-release of our film Expelled…The goal is to gain 1,000 new theaters to release the film….over the summer…We are booking new theaters now…

The caveat is that we need at least one group of 250-300 to support the film with a verbal commitment and then tell me personally what theater is preferred and I will see to it that theater get the film at once

It would mean so much if you could place something for our film telling your readers to contact me personally if they would like to see our film in their city….The film will not just show up unless someone books it with me…We only have 1000 prints and they are gone then we will not have any more to send…Please let me know if you would help me get the word out about out film…”

Please contact Tripp Thornton of Motive Entertainment at – Trippht@bellsouth.net

For more about “Expelled” check out the preview (HERE)

Let’s do what we can to get “Expelled” back in our towns this summer! Thanks in advance for helping Tripp with this important message.

Spidey Wisdom

“Whatever comes our way, whatever battle we have raging inside us, we always have a choice. It’s the choices that make us who we are, and we can always choose to do what’s right.”

Peter Parker from Spiderman 3

We’re Off to “Top Gun”

In the morning my wife and I are boarding a plane to Palm Springs to attend the “Top Gun” event for our organization. It should be a great couple of days. I’m glad my wife gets to spend 4 days being pampered the way that she so richly deserves. I’ll be sitting in meetings, and giving presentations in the morning, but the afternoons are ours to do what we wish. There’s even a black tie affair on Friday evening. I don’t even own a tie, let alone a black one. Luckily I was able to rent one.

I had to laugh when my man Stef sent me a text this week that said “have fun Goose”. To which I replied “I hope my flight goes a little better than his did”. Stef concurred with that thought. Until next time, I leave you with this quote:

No, boys…there’s two O’s in Goose

We’re Off to “Top Gun”

In the morning my wife and I are boarding a plane to Palm Springs to attend the “Top Gun” event for our organization. It should be a great couple of days. I’m glad my wife gets to spend 4 days being pampered the way that she so richly deserves. I’ll be sitting in meetings, and giving presentations in the morning, but the afternoons are ours to do what we wish. There’s even a black tie affair on Friday evening. I don’t even own a tie, let alone a black one. Luckily I was able to rent one.

I had to laugh when my man Stef sent me a text this week that said “have fun Goose”. To which I replied “I hope my flight goes a little better than his did”. Stef concurred with that thought. Until next time, I leave you with this quote:

No, boys…there’s two O’s in Goose

Yep…it’s like that.

“Value this time in your life kids, because this is the time in your life when you still have your choices, and it goes by so quickly.

When you’re a teenager you think you can do anything, and you do.

Your twenties are a blur.

Your thirties, you raise your family, you make a little money and you think to yourself, “What happened to my twenties?”

Your forties, you grow a little pot belly you grow another chin. The music starts to get too loud and one of your old girlfriends from high school becomes a grandmother.

Your fifties you have a minor surgery. You’ll call it a procedure, but it’s a surgery.

Your sixties you have a major surgery, the music is still loud but it doesn’t matter because you can’t hear it anyway.

Seventies, you and the wife retire to Fort Lauderdale, you start eating dinner at two, lunch around ten, breakfast the night before. And you spend most of your time wandering around malls looking for the ultimate in soft yogurt and muttering “how come the kids don’t call?”

Billy Crystal from the movie “City Slickers”

Yep…it's like that.

“Value this time in your life kids, because this is the time in your life when you still have your choices, and it goes by so quickly.

When you’re a teenager you think you can do anything, and you do.

Your twenties are a blur.

Your thirties, you raise your family, you make a little money and you think to yourself, “What happened to my twenties?”

Your forties, you grow a little pot belly you grow another chin. The music starts to get too loud and one of your old girlfriends from high school becomes a grandmother.

Your fifties you have a minor surgery. You’ll call it a procedure, but it’s a surgery.

Your sixties you have a major surgery, the music is still loud but it doesn’t matter because you can’t hear it anyway.

Seventies, you and the wife retire to Fort Lauderdale, you start eating dinner at two, lunch around ten, breakfast the night before. And you spend most of your time wandering around malls looking for the ultimate in soft yogurt and muttering “how come the kids don’t call?”

Billy Crystal from the movie “City Slickers”

Best Day, Worst Day

I have found that the older I get, the funnier the movie “City Slickers” is. Maybe it is because it is hitting close to home now that I am older. There are several real truths in this movie. The book “Wild at Heart” should be required reading before seeing this film. The clip below could easily be called “The Wound” (for those of have read WAH). I post it today because of what Billy Crystal says. It underlines why tonights game means a lot to me. It identifies why I know that someday, it will mean even more to my son too.

"Black Friday"

cart.pngIf you’re like me, you are probably just about to go crazy after all of the “Black Friday” ads on TV today. The parade this morning was out of control. It was like a 3 hour commercial with a little parade mixed in occasionally. If you’re headed out in the morning or just making your own list and checking it twice, below are my recommendations for Christmas gifts this year. I’ve personally tested each one. They are lead free and will make great gifts. I highly recommend them all. Happy hunting!

1. “Iris to Iris” by Building 429. Might be my favorite CD this year. Can’t get enough of it.

2. “Remedy” by David Crowder Band. Ranks right next to “Iris to Iris”.

3. “Quiet Strength” by Tony Dungy. Best book I have ever read.

4. “When the Game is Over” by John Ortberg. Classic Ortberg book.

5. “All That is Within Me” by Mercyme. Not their best, but it’s Mercyme!

6. “Glory Revealed” by Various Artists. Another one of the best this year.

7. “The Pursuit of Happyness” with Will Smith on DVD. Incredible movie.

8. “Father Knows Best” by Wendell Jamison. A very entertaining book for dads with kids who have questions.

9. “Daughtry” by Daughtry. Excellent debut album from the former American Idol star.

10. “3:16” by Max Lucado. Had to sneak Max in here somewhere.

Other recommendations -“Ultimate Hits” by Garth Brooks, “The Altar & the Door” by Casting Crowns, “The Blessing” by John Waller, “This Moment” by Steven Curtis Chapman, “Sex God” by Rob Bell, “Facing Your Giants” by Max Lucado, “Portable Sounds” by Tobymac and “See the Morning” by Chris Tomlin.

“Black Friday”

cart.pngIf you’re like me, you are probably just about to go crazy after all of the “Black Friday” ads on TV today. The parade this morning was out of control. It was like a 3 hour commercial with a little parade mixed in occasionally. If you’re headed out in the morning or just making your own list and checking it twice, below are my recommendations for Christmas gifts this year. I’ve personally tested each one. They are lead free and will make great gifts. I highly recommend them all. Happy hunting!

1. “Iris to Iris” by Building 429. Might be my favorite CD this year. Can’t get enough of it.

2. “Remedy” by David Crowder Band. Ranks right next to “Iris to Iris”.

3. “Quiet Strength” by Tony Dungy. Best book I have ever read.

4. “When the Game is Over” by John Ortberg. Classic Ortberg book.

5. “All That is Within Me” by Mercyme. Not their best, but it’s Mercyme!

6. “Glory Revealed” by Various Artists. Another one of the best this year.

7. “The Pursuit of Happyness” with Will Smith on DVD. Incredible movie.

8. “Father Knows Best” by Wendell Jamison. A very entertaining book for dads with kids who have questions.

9. “Daughtry” by Daughtry. Excellent debut album from the former American Idol star.

10. “3:16” by Max Lucado. Had to sneak Max in here somewhere.

Other recommendations -“Ultimate Hits” by Garth Brooks, “The Altar & the Door” by Casting Crowns, “The Blessing” by John Waller, “This Moment” by Steven Curtis Chapman, “Sex God” by Rob Bell, “Facing Your Giants” by Max Lucado, “Portable Sounds” by Tobymac and “See the Morning” by Chris Tomlin.

God Speaking

Tonight our lesson from “Starting Point” was a discussion on the Holy Spirit. Our discussion was centered around questions about times when you have felt (or heard) that “still small voice” in your life. As I was reading over the chapter and thinking about those times in my life, this song by Mandisa came to mind. Many of you will remember Mandisa from American Idol fame. Of all the songs on her debut CD “True Beauty”, this is the one that sent chills up my spine.

Lord give me ears to hear your voice, wisdom to discern your leadership, patience to see it unfold and the strength to act on your direction.

God Speaking” by Mandisa from the CD “True Beauty

The Golden Compass

movie_goldencompass.jpgI have received several emails regarding the upcoming release of a movie called “The Golden Compass” and the controversy surrounding it. Being the way I am wired, I went digging for myself as well. Below are some things I found on the web regarding this film and what makes it so dangerous.

From Pluggedinonline.comQUOTE: “Clergymen who kidnap children. Witches who aren’t wicked. Even a pair of sexually ambiguous angels. If you thought Harry Potter was blasphemous, wait till you get a look at the His Dark Materials trilogy.” —Entertainment Weekly‘s preview commentary on New Line Cinema’s $150 million adaptation of The Golden Compass, the first story in Philip Pullman’s series of “theologically trippy novels,” which is due in theaters Dec. 7 [Entertainment Weekly, 8/24/07]

From Rotten Tomatoes: The Golden Compass, opening December 7, was adapted from the His Dark Materials series of books, a bestselling trilogy by author Philip Pullman that incorporates every ingredient necessary for a shot at box-office fantasy gold, including magic, monsters, and a battle between the forces of good and evil. Unfortunately for the filmmakers, Pullman’s books also include a fair amount of what has been perceived to be anti-Catholic rhetoric; in the first book, for instance, the church is in the business of kidnapping children and conducting some rather unpleasant experiments on them.

Read even more about the film at Snopes.com

Based on what I have read, many feel that Phillip Pullman’s screen adaptation of the film has been “dumbed down” a bit to draw children into reading the much darker books. While the visual presentation looks stunning, I think I’m gonna pass on the Golden Compass. Here’s the best source for things such as this when unsure –

From Ephesians 5:8-16

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said: “Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

Random Friday

friday.jpgIt’s October 19th, in Ohio and 70 degrees outside…in Ohio!

Big weekend for the scrapbooking community at our church. The special guest speaker is none other than my sister! I’m not proud of her or anything.

Big weekend in our household too. My wife is running in the Columbus Marathon on Sunday. Keep her in your prayers as she completes the race she feels God has called her to run. I’ll be walking a whopping 1/2 mile to catch the beginning, middle and end.

With apologies to Justin Timberlake, “I’m Bringin’ Lazy Back”!

For you Indians fans out there, there’s a great article on Paul Byrd’s faith HERE.

For you baseball movie fans, there was a new movie that launched last weekend called “The Final Season“. The official site is HERE

Tuesday’s new releases include the new Steven Curtis Chapman CD called “This Moment”. If you can’t wait that long, head over to THIS SITE and register (it’s free) for an account. There you can hear the entire album before it hits the streets on Tuesday.

Just a heads up…if you like the song “Stealing Cinderella“, you have got to download “Cinderella” on Steven Curtis Chapman’s new CD on Tuesday. I’m still trying to recover from hearing it the first time…ugh.

Have a great weekend and GO TRIBE!!!

New Movie Alert

140x140_release_date.jpgMaybe I have been so wrapped up in the MLB playoffs that I totally missed this one, but I have not seen any promos for the new Ten Commandments computer animated film at all. My son came running in the room this morning to tell us all about it too. My guess is that it was advertised on either Nickelodean or ABC Family as those are his channels of choice in the morning. Below are some links for the movie site, a trailer and a song from the film by Jeremy Camp. If we get out to see it this weekend (unlikely), I will post a review next week.

Official Movie Site – HERE

Movie Trailer – HERE

Jeremy Camp Video – HERE

Official Movie Review – HERE

Camelot

firstknight.jpgLast night, my wife and I sat down to watch the 1995 movie “First Knight”. I had seen it before, but I must have been in a much different place spiritually at that point. I found so much truth and connection in it this time around. I was wishing I had a notebook to record some of the many quotes that are so relevant to our faith. Sure, the “body count” and violence in the battles was high, but beyond that, this is such a good movie.

Some of the “Pearls of Wisdom” included:

King Arthur (Sean Connery)“This is the heart of Camelot, not these stones, not these timbers, these palaces and towers. Burn them all and Camelot lives on, because it lives in us. Camelot is a belief that we hold in our hearts.”

Shouldn’t this be our goal and our desire? That our homes and cities would not be about the building, but the belief which we hold in our hearts? Later in the film, King Arthur prays:

Arthur: “May God grant us the wisdom to discover right, the will to choose it, and the strength to make it endure”.

That about covers it doesn’t it? Shouldn’t this be our prayer? Especially the “strength to make it endure”.

My favorite exchange of the movie took place when King Arthur welcomes Lancelot back after saving Guinevere. He knows Lancelot to be a loaner, a drifter and someone seeking his way (he also doesn’t know that Lancelot loves Guinevere, but that’s a whole different story). This interaction is rich –

Arthur: God uses people like you, Lancelot. Because your heart is open. You hold nothing back. You give all of yourself.
Lancelot: If you knew me better, you would not say such things.
Arthur: Oh, hey, I take the good with the bad, together. I can’t love people in slices.

That was the line that caught me. “I can’t love people in slices“. How often have I done that? I how often do I only want to take the good parts? Don’t we all want someone that will love the good with the bad, not in slices? Most of all, don’t we all long to spend an eternity in a place like Camelot?

Wisdom From the 80s’ (IV)

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Dr. Egon Spengler: There’s something very important I forgot to tell you.
Dr. Peter Venkman: What?
Dr. Egon Spengler: Don’t cross the streams.
Dr. Peter Venkman: Why?
Dr. Egon Spengler: It would be bad.
Dr. Peter Venkman: I’m fuzzy on the whole good/bad thing. What do you mean, “bad”?
Dr. Egon Spengler: Try to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light.
Dr Ray Stantz: Total protonic reversal.
Dr. Peter Venkman: Right. That’s bad. Okay. All right. Important safety tip. Thanks, Egon.

Wisdom From the 80s' (IV)

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Dr. Egon Spengler: There’s something very important I forgot to tell you.
Dr. Peter Venkman: What?
Dr. Egon Spengler: Don’t cross the streams.
Dr. Peter Venkman: Why?
Dr. Egon Spengler: It would be bad.
Dr. Peter Venkman: I’m fuzzy on the whole good/bad thing. What do you mean, “bad”?
Dr. Egon Spengler: Try to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light.
Dr Ray Stantz: Total protonic reversal.
Dr. Peter Venkman: Right. That’s bad. Okay. All right. Important safety tip. Thanks, Egon.

Wisdom from The 80’s (III)

brewster1.jpg“You have to spend the thirty million, but after thirty days you’re not allowed to own any assets. No houses, no cars, no jewelry. Nothing but the clothes on your back! Now, you can hire anybody you want, but you have to get value for their services. You can donate five percent to charity and you can gamble another five percent away, but you can’t give this money away, and that includes buying the Hope Diamond as a birthday present.”

-Brewster’s Millions

Wisdom from The 80's (III)

brewster1.jpg“You have to spend the thirty million, but after thirty days you’re not allowed to own any assets. No houses, no cars, no jewelry. Nothing but the clothes on your back! Now, you can hire anybody you want, but you have to get value for their services. You can donate five percent to charity and you can gamble another five percent away, but you can’t give this money away, and that includes buying the Hope Diamond as a birthday present.”

-Brewster’s Millions

Say Anything…

In honor of the 80’s discussion the past week or so, I thought I would post this. First off, every 80’s discussion has to include the song “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel. Second, the video below is probably one of the greatest movies that I’m not sure everyone got to see. Lloyd Dobler gave us all something to reach for.

“I gave her my heart and she gave me a pen….”

In honor of the 80’s stuff, I thought I would post a new header on the blog as well.

He Bought Her Chairs..

chair.jpgLast night, I was channel surfing and got stopped on a movie from about 10 years ago called “Phenomenon” with John Travolta. As soon as I stopped on it, I said “he bought her chairs”. It’s really the only thing I remember about the movie. Well, that, and the ending (I won’t spoil it in case you’re going to rush right out and and rent it). I had forgotten what a good movie it is. Anyway, back to the point of this post.

In the movie, John Travolta plays a super nice guy (George) that is trying to win the affection of a new lady in town. She also happens to make the most uncomfortable, ugly, handmade wicker chairs. He tells her that she can sell them at his store and sure enough, they start selling like crazy. She continues to drop them off and, unbeknown-st to her, he is the one that continues to buy them! Eventually he wins her love.

Later in the movie, some of the locals are talking about John Travoltas character at the local bar and his friend “Doc” (Robert Duvall) puts a stop to it. He addresses one man in particular that is having trouble with his girlfriend. Their exchange is one of the better quotes from a movie. It certainly left it’s impression on me…I remembered it for the past 10 years!

Doc: How’s Lisa?

Baines: I don’t know.

Doc: You know why Lace cares so much about George?

Baines: No

Doc: He bought her chairs.

Baines: (puzzled look)

Doc: Every women has her chairs, something she needs to put herself into, Baines.

I hope I always remember to figure out my wife’s “chairs” and most importantly….buy ’em.