Just for fun

April 13, 2020

Just stuff

Have you ever read Harlan Coben’s books? Oh my. Good. Well written. Mysterious. Scary sometimes. Fun, too.

Right now, I’m reading MISSING YOU. 

First item: Great comment and wow can I ever visualize this……”The office was done in early American Elitism. Rich gurgundy leather chairs with gold buttons sat atop a forest green Oriental carpet. Paintings of fox hunts…The expansive desk…A large antique globe…”

WOW!! “early American Elitism” decor. Soooooooo cool!!!

Next item. Same book: The book is very good. But kinda spooky. And curious. And I keep trying to figure out the stuff and I’m agitated. I’m so distracted by “who did it…” I’m actually thinking of going to the end to find out. Then going back and finishing the book in it’s normal progression.

When I explained this to my dear friend Doris, her answer was very very very insightful and enormously helpful. In essence Doris said: “Sometimes it’s best to read the end and then go back and read through in the orderly intended way. Because now you can realize how great the author was. How carefully written…such masterly writing…and stuff.”

I haven’t decided yet, if I’m going to the end first.

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April 6, 2020

The fun times at home

What are you doing that’s fun…restricted in your own place away from all the others and scared sometimes?

Some of my favorite movies ever……..

The Princess Bride. One of the bestest ever. For adults not just kids. Both Tom and I love love love love this movie.

The Big Chill.  Another bestest one. A Lawrence Kasdan film. And Kasdan’s next film included Kevin Costner, who was cut from The Big Chill.

That next Kasdan film…which included Kevin Costner?? Silverado!! Another one of the Tom/Sim One favorite films.

Have you ever seen the original Magnificent Seven? Yul Brynner.

Yes… I like cowboy movies. Really like them. Watched cowboy movies with my dad. And WWII, too.

So that’s a few movies. More next time.



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January 27, 2020

Just thoughts wandering

Listening to music. Picking and choosing. Scrolling and re-discovering…

How I loved Newsroom with Jeff Daniels. Check out this youtube video – getting to Memphis.

Do you know this beautiful song? Same Love, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

The Weary Kind . Sung by Ryan Bingham. From that wonderful movie with Jeff Bridges.

If only we would choose to rise up… Through troubles and pain. When I first heard it…this was for justice… hope for justice…all the fights…

This Time… Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Surely pretty much “everyone” knows American Pie. But have you seen the marvelous lipdub from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Ah Michigan…where I grew up.

And of course, Leonard and everyone’s versions of Hallelujah. And k.d. Lang’s version at the Olympics.

Sometimes just listening to music helps…right?



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January 13, 2020

“Notes of the Notables”

Really great Wall Street Journal article … October 26-27, 2019 … “Notes of the Notables,” by Erika Berlin and Matthew Kitchen.

So who are the notables? Johnny Cash. Thelonious Monk. Nora Ephron. Charles Dickens. Grace Jones. Charles Darwin. Marilyn Monroe. James Naismith. Benjamin Branklin. George Lucas.

Nora Ephron wrote a list about what she’d miss after she died. That’s pretty damn cool, I think. Check the article to find out what she’d miss the most.

What was George Lucas’ list about? Alternative titles for his film “American Graffiti.” Wow are some of them ever really weird!!!!

Thelonious Monk wrote 25 handwritten tips for his bandmates. “You’ve got to dig it to dig it, you dig?”



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January 7, 2020

Vacation memories…

Memories from vacation…

Well, actually, written while on vacation…to then become a memory.

Watching The West Wing. 7 seasons. Not sure that I’ll finish all 7 this vacation.

The most wonderful show. Enviable governing… Good politics…

A trip down memory lane…Loving the show. Wishing this was real. I remember talking with colleagues about what happened in an episode…only we were talking like it was real. We recognized that and then we started chuckling.

Shit…This wasn’t real!!!


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December 22, 2019

More just for fun

Movies or books or music and…

Billy Elliott (the movie) and Billy Elliott (the musical)

Strictly Ballroom (So much fun…Culture clash…Ballroom dancing…Some comic comedy…)

American President … Always one of my favorites

Silverado…The Big Chill…Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid…

Rocketman…Bohemian Rhapsody…

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Movies or books or music and…

How I love science fiction fantasy…Guy Gavriel Kay… Jennifer Roberson…

And, of course, the great sci fi masters like Game of Thrones and Anne McCaffrey and…

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Movies or books or music and…

Classic rock and jazz and folk and movie music and classical…

Dire Straits. Beatles. Pink Floyd.. Rolling Stones… I want to visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame again!!!!!

Django Reinhardt. Edith Piaf. Sydney Bechet. Muddy Waters. John Coltrane. Louis Armstrong, Ella, and…

Tchaikowsky. Beethoven. Copland. And so many more…….


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December 19, 2019

Movies. TV. And vacation time.

The growing collection of DVDs for vacation joy…… So many delightful ones!


Another Aaron  Sorkin script. Oh my gosh!! WOW! [My mom used to say, “wowdy dow.”]

And how about The American President?

And there’s so much more Aaron Sorkin.

Oh my. Oh wonderful.

Fun. Funny. Truthful. Angry. I’m so sad and angry. I know it’s “just a TV show” or “just a movie” … Because so much of this is real or at least feels real.




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December 5, 2019

For fun. Just to laugh.

My friend Alene keeps sending me these funny things. So I’ll share some with you!!


The best part about getting older is… NOTHING. Getting older sucks.


You never appreciate what you have till it’s gone. Toilet paper is a good example.


I finally did it! Bought a new pair of shoes with memory foam insoles. No more forgetting why I walked into the kitchen.

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September 10, 2019

Little notes from different places

I was going through my office supply cabinet. And I have tons of little notebook thingys.

And here are the quotes on the little notebooks:

SORRY. (Red and black plaid cover with Maple Leaf. Maple leaf is Canada.) And on the back: “Souvenirs that don’t suck!”

ORANGE. Engraved in the leather-like cover: “Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters.” And since I’m the conversation is a core business practice woman…with CRQs (cage-rattling questions)… This is perfect for me to keep!!!

PINK: Work hard. Play hard.

BLACK: “Always deliver more gratitude than expected.” From Tom Ahern.

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August 5, 2019

More quotations…this time not so glum

 “Everything is a tale. What we believe, what we know. What we remember, even what we dream. Everything is a story, a narrative, a sequence of events with characters communicating an emotional content. We only accept as true what can be narrated.” (The Angel’s Game, Carlos Ruiz Zafón) One of my most favorite quotes forever…Great for donor communications…for life…


“Those who say it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.” (Chinese proverb)


“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.”  (Winston Churchill)



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