Tuesday, February 21, 2017

that hollow crown

King Arthur:
via | BBC Merlin
For God's sake, let us sit upon the ground
And tell sad stories of the death of kings;
How some have been deposed; some slain in war,
Some haunted by the ghosts they have deposed;
Some poison'd by their wives: some sleeping kill'd;
All murder'd: for within the hollow crown
That rounds the mortal temples of a king
Keeps Death his court and there the antic sits,
Scoffing his state and grinning at his pomp,
Allowing him a breath, a little scene,
To monarchize, be fear'd and kill with looks,
Infusing him with self and vain conceit,
As if this flesh which walls about our life,
Were brass impregnable, and humour'd thus
Comes at the last and with a little pin
Bores through his castle wall, and farewell king!
Cover your heads and mock not flesh and blood
With solemn reverence: throw away respect,
Tradition, form and ceremonious duty,
For you have but mistook me all this while:
I live with bread like you, feel want,
Taste grief, need friends: subjected thus,
How can you say to me, I am a king? 

{Richard II Act 3, Scene 2, by William Shakespeare}

Monday, February 20, 2017

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Be humble. Be kind. Know that you'll make mistakes and it'll be embarrassing, but have a sense of humor.
Laugh.You might as well have fun.
Tell people you love them, and be gentle. 
Question everything, and I mean everything. Because the truth can take it, but nothing else can. And it's the truth that matters.
Take chances and do things that scare you. Never close your eyes to possibility. 
Don't box up reality and pretend you know its walls. 

Look up, at the sky. Taste the air on the tip of your tongue. Watch the clouds move. 
Take care of yourself, always be gentle. Cry if you need to, but don't give up hope. Look for things to be grateful for. Smile. Hug. Breathe deeply, in and out. Do it now. 
Be brave. Seek out life. Know that adventure is close to you, rubbing up against you daily. Take it by the hand and welcome it in. 
Notice colors when you see them, tell yourself "that's blue" or "pink". Look for your favorite colors. 
Be aware of your self breathing in and out, thinking, feeling. Close your eyes and let your mind go black. Rest. 

Don't make assumptions. Don't judge. Don't become too familiar with your opinions. 
Laugh, smile, make laughter creases around your eyes. 
Drink water. Stretch. Skip. Read books. Clap your hands. Shake your head around so your hair gets messy. Scrunch up your nose. Smell flowers. Taste your food like you're on a cooking show. Talk to people. 
Have discipline. Be tidy. Be polite. Enjoy things. Learn. Take initiative. 
Sing. Dance. Twirl. Give piggyback rides. Use more adjectives. Cuddle. Remember the things you love. Make a list of them. 
Have fun. Work hard. Sleep well. Look up, at the stars. 
Check out this incredible world. Be friendly.
Think, before you act. Be safe. 
Love, as much as you can. 

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

IN JANUARY

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Books:
What the Most Successful People do before Breakfast, by Laura Vanderkam - great
Winter Soldier: The Complete Collection, by Brubaker, Guice, Lovle - also great
St Francis of Assisi, by G. K. Chesterton
The Martian, by Andy Weir - great
Purgatory, by Dante (translated by Anthony Esolen)
The Marvelous land of Snergs, by E. A. Wyke-Smith - great
How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, by Dale Carnegie - good

*great means I recommend

Movies:
Brooklyn - not the best but good
Monty Python and the Holy Grail - very funny at times, at other times over the edge
Lover Come Back - not my thing but Doris Day is so bright and lovely
Kingsman: The Secret Service - love the style and class
*Princess Diaries 1 and 2 - Julie Andrews and Anne Hathaway < 3
Finding Dory - sweet and funny and colorful
*Captain America: The First Avenger
Storks - funny
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Salmon Fishing on the Yemen - loved this movie
Big Fish - Tim Burton and Ewan McGregor. Strange but sweet too, especially the ending.
Moulin Rouge! - I didn't know who directed this when I started it, but a couple minutes in I knew it must be Baz Luhrmann because his style is so very recognizable. It's so imaginative. I love the soundtrack (eg Your Song)
The Impossible - good, music didn't seen to match at times

*seen before

TV Series:
Sherlock season 4
Smash (couple eps) - meh
Breathless - Set in the early 60s. It ends without an ending and there's no second season so be warned.
z: the beginning of everything - fun, then meh
New Girl (1 ep) - sweet
Avatar: The Last Airbender - great
Stranger Things (3 episodes) - I watched this to find out why people like it, but I still don't get it.
That Girl - cute and fun and light

hope you all have a wonderful February xx