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Monday, November 23, 2009

It's Getting to be a Lot Like......

The shopping frenzy begins during this pre-Thanksgiving week via the advertising of "Black Friday." It's actually shoppingly correct (like politically correct) from Friday through Monday evidently.

The frenzy may be genetic, or even exceedingly hard to turn away from because North Americans are just so attuned to the economic side effect of the oncoming holidays. Not just North Americans, most cultures around the globe share in the gift giving pressure of holidays.

The commercialization is well known and disconcerting to some. More disconcerting are those who want to "buy" into it, yet can't. This is great for consignment and thrift stores. Nothing to sneer at with like new things. Besides, re-cycling is in.

For those who would like to buy in online at a discount, please check these deals out.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Talkin' Theology: Sky Boss Stuff

I've been continuing an ongoing God search for as long as I can recall. Mind you, this doesn't mean that I am an agnostic, actually I have a strong belief in God. My definition of God is mine. I don't wish to share it because it is always evolving, the less I limit my definition. So, I have been a lay theology student as long as I have had a God awareness.

I recall seeing an angel on the shoulder of a wooden desk in a classroom in the second grade. Whispering Angel

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I also remember going to religion classes taught by a lay person rather than a nun or a priest, and becoming mortified that the story of the Virgin Mary birth was just that, a story. I really gave my parents hell for not telling me the truth. Ahhh, the naivety of one so young and trustworthy.

Many instances in my life have led me to a belief in a Great Creator. When I was really hating God, because I had a life/death trauma at age 21, I began to heal miraculously. What happened was that when I could walk, I was led to a church across the street from where I lived at the time. I recall just wanting to get into a place that might be quiet and help me hear from the God I was so angry with. I did get in and manage to kneel for a very short time of silence. Then a heart-wrenching crying began. The sobs penetrated my heart. I noticed a woman hunched over, head bowed in her arms, crying like there would never be enough tears to come from her pain. I walked to where she was, and gently began to rub her back. After awhile she subsided, and told me that her 3 year old child had died of leukemia. I was so taken aback, because I had been so deep in my own tragedy, that this news just began to heal me. You see, I was being of service, I was forgetting my pain. The Sky Boss was divinely guiding me to love. My pain at losing my child had left me fearful and non-trusting of God and myself. The healing had begun with me at this divine intervention.

Those instances of greater good awareness are but a few of the God moments in my life that define me. Now the serendipity times that lead me to a certain movie, book, tv show, travel destination, or human interaction are an integral part of my daily life. For instance, I just finished reading The Shack. Buy it, read it love what it offers. It came into my life exactly when it was supposed to. I got it. It's definitely a God thing.

Of course, I have mentioned Rumi before. Some great Rumi translations are: The poetry of Rumi is so beautiful, that I truly believe it is God teachings. Read some, and see if you feel a bit more enlightened from it.

Another great book of poetry which is a translation from many different poets is
Love Poems from God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West (Compass). This includes an Islamic poetess, Rabia of Basra (c. 717-801) who wrote way before Rumi, and greatly influenced his writing. She is well worth reading. A writing I have taken from one of her poems is: I was born when all I once feared - I could love. Wow, how I want that to be true in my life!

Lastly I will mention Notes from the Universe: New Perspectives from an Old Friend. This is a delightful perspective of God. I like to just open it randomly and read what I was meant to read for the day.

Hopefully my God search will continue to continue as I reach out to you, my readers, and offer you some of my finds.

Monday, November 2, 2009

This Is It: Baby Boomer review of This Is It

Michael Jackson died on my birthday, June 25th. It was a sensational day for both of us. Not only was it my 60th birthday, but it was also the death day of Farrah Fawcett, thus it became quite a memorable day too. Now that you know that I am indeed a qualified baby boomer (the first rock concert I saw was Janis Joplin... in person), I shall share my experience of viewing This Is It, the Michael Jackson concert rehearsal film.

My husband and I decided to go to a matinee, thinking it would be less crowded then an evening show. We were correct, there were only 9 folks in the big screen theater at the 4pm show. I took note of the fact that they were all baby boomers. Really, I was secretly pleased since so many younger gen kids think they have the real deal on MJ. Granted, they loved him from a young age too, but he was closer to my age (he was almost 50 when he died), and his enduring talent just continues to shine on all ages.

From the very get go of the film you will know that it is raw, rehearsal clips, along with some older MJ videos that were to be part of the concert. This is good because it highlights the talent, genius and work that went into the making of This Is It. I liken it to seeing the real Michael Jackson - before the hype.

He works with the dancers, crew, back-up singers, and director, Kenny Ortega. He is shy, quiet and the ultimate pro during the rehearsals. At one point he wants to re-do a scene, and he looks at his crew and says, "This is what rehearsals are for." There are times he exclaims that he is saving his voice, but encourages another singer to go for it. His wonderful and generous sharing of his talented guitarist, Orianthi, gives us a glimpse into his truly loving nature, and the awesome talent of his musicians. Judith Hill, his renowned back-up singer is also given share time with Michael. These bits gave great depth to the MJ that isn't hyped by the media- his generous nature.

Some highlights of the "how did they do that?" scenes are shown in the killer "Smooth Criminal" video and "Thriller" too. I don't want to giveaway how it was performed, but it is an example of the pure genius, beyond-his-time artist, Michael Jackson. Once again he shares the stage via video with actors who have gone before him (Humphrey Bogart for example).

Watching the interaction and obvious respect for and between MJ and his dancers, crews, singers, and director was such a treat. It really brings home what the real man was all about - giving his absolute best in all of his art.

Of course, I had to find the latest info about a DVD for This Is It. What I found out is that the DVD won't be released until January, 2010. However, I did purchase the CD.

Please do yourself a favor and see this phenomenal documentary tribute to another great baby boomer!
Boomer Galaxy is a blog from a baby boomer, about this baby boomer era and all it's relations.