il dolce far niente

Italian:  The sweetness of doing nothing.

OK.  I broke down and watched Eat Pray Love last night.  After hearing the reviews I really didn’t think I would like the book to … I don’t know.  The latest craze I guess, but I like Julia Roberts in just about anything, so hey why not.  I did enjoy it and have a selection of wisdom that I think was worth reminding myself about so here goes.

Every time I think of you I send you light and love and move on.   This applies to more than one person in my life – Tom, fiance, Chris, long-lost friends, several men and my grandparents.

You don’t need a man, you need a champion.  I certainly do.  Every woman does…some dear men get this and have very lucky wives and partners; some women get this too and treat their men like heroes.   {sigh}

To have a broken heart means you have tried.

When you set out in the world to help yourself, sometimes you end up helping Tutti (everyone).

Because if I didn’t respond, we’re still having a conversation.  This one was sweetly poignant for me.

Balance is not letting anyone love you less than you love yourself.

God dwells within you, as you.

Sometimes losing balance to love is part of living a balanced life.  {sidenote:  I think I lost my balance to Javier Bardem just watching the movie – sweet, funny, confident, responsible, shy and steamy!!  Very well cast!}

and I only got part of this one [sic] if you accept everyone along the way as a teacher.  yes, and thank you again for the reminder.


The Tiger and The Snow

Another sweet and funny Itallian film.    Watched it this afternoon.

The Cove

I just watched The Cove, the movie.  It’s taken me awhile to get the courage up for it as I knew there would be parts that would turn my stomach.

Lessons – we are decimating the earth at a rate faster than it can recover and there will always be people willing to do anything for a buck.  The movie says it best…


Watching the movie on a rainy Iowa day.  Well casted, written, directed and a great story.  Here is the poem.

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

William Ernest Henley

I found this copy at

Revolutionary Road

This was a dark movie that had a couple of amusing lines, but mostly it was dark and deep about life and marriage and honesty…and the consequences of being honest and not being honest with yourself.

Movie Night

The Blind Side – it was about as good as I expected.

Serious Moonlight – this was just a strange movie all around.

Mercy Me concert

Got home a few minutes ago from the Mercy Me/Compassion International concert here in town.  It was a great show!  Incredible listening to thousands of people singing together and so many reminders of both my value and insignificance.  He is absolutely and wholeheartedly in love with me…it’s easy to be sidetracked by the desire for touch and human fallibility. 

On my knees (again) in celebration and waiting…love you all with a love I cannot explain or would want to try to.

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