Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Music Minute: Tracy Chapman

I recently updated my Nano with music. I had forgotten about a few songs, one of them being "At This Point In My Life" by Tracy Champan.

I'm having a bit of a hard day today, and lately, I've not slept well.  I'm glad the day is just about over. Anyway, this song came on while I was driving home today and it just resounded with me. It rippled deep into my soul and back out of my being.

~

Done so many things wrong I don't know if I can do right


Oh I, Oh I've


Done so many things wrong I don't know if I can do right


+


At this point in my life


I've done so many things wrong I don't know if I can do right


If you put your trust in me I hope I won't let you down


If you give me a chance I'll try


You see it's been a hard road the road I'm traveling on


And if I take your hand I might lead you down the path to ruin


I've had a hard life I'm just saying it so you'll understand


That right now, right now, I'm doing the best I can


At this point in my life


At this point in my life


+


Although I've mostly walked in the shadows


I'm still searching for the light


Won't you put your faith in me


We both know that's what matters


If you give me a chance I'll try


You see I've been climbing stairs but mostly stumbling down


I've been reaching high always losing ground


You see I've been reaching high but always losing ground


You see I've conquered hills but I still have mountains to climb


And right now right now I'm doing the best I can


At this point in my life


+


Before we take a step


Before we walk down that path


Before I make any promises


Before you have regrets


Before we talk commitment


Let me tell you of my past


All I've seen and all I've done


The things I'd like to forget


At this point in my life


+


At this point in my life


I'd like to live as if only love mattered


As if redemption was in sight


As if the search to live honestly


Is all that anyone needs


No matter if you find it


+


You see when I've touched the sky


The earth's gravity has pulled me down


But now I've reconciled that in this world


Birds and angels get the wings to fly


If you can believe in this heart of mine


If you can give it a try


Then I'll reach inside and find and give you


All the sweetness that I have


At this point in my life


At this point in my life


~

Hoping to get a little sleep tonight, and a brighter tomorrow.




~ Love ~

Two Decades Later....


Birthday Boy

....and I haven't stopped loving him.

I love him more today than ever.

His smile makes me smile....


Wednesday, July 06, 2011

National Kissing Day -- TODAY!


SssssMACK!
July 6th is National Kissing Day.
Supposedly it is only in the UK, but according to Wiki, it's an international event now.
Who am I to refuse or deny a kissing act?

Go forth to give and receive kisses!
Butterfly
French
Blown
Eskimo
Upside-down
European Cheek to Cheek
Stolen
Slobbery
Lizard (*laughing*)
Angel

And here's a little something from me.... (click~~>) MUAH!

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Church "World" Tour: Christ The King ~ University Park

What a stunning piece of carved architecture this church has! Also, the sanctuary is nothing short of magnificent! GORGEOUS church! Christ The King in University Park (CTK) tickled many parts of my visual fancy. 

As you can see by my picture on the right, taken at the main entrance, one feels verrrrry small immediately! My camera equipment is incomplete for I could not fit the entirety of this entrance in my frame.

The previous two weeks, before each Mass, a lector would invite the congregation to reach over and greet our neighbor.  I have to admit, I really do love this idea and practice, and wish my home parish did this! At CTK, there was no greeting before Mass, so, in a way, it was "business as usual".

The homily centered around the Virtue of Humility, which was translated and expounded upon as the knowledge of self. It was quite a delightful homily about something that's difficult to be and do.  I was reminded of how easy it is to get wrapped up in the physical world, and how I'm tempted to use the physical temptations of this world to elevate myself or validate myself in unhealthy or mis-guided ways. As a mother, the them of teaching my daughters to dress and act modestly, was re-affirmed. I have not heard a homily like this that I can recall (and if I have, clearly the message wasn't received!).

There was no choir, only a cantor and a small group of folks playing traditional instruments.  There was a song sung, "O Breathe On Me, O Breath of God", where the second verse echoed the homily beautifully (the whole song did but the second verse was the home-run!):

Breathe on me, Breath of God, 
until my heart is pure, 
until with thee I will one will, 
to do and to endure.

Veronica Wipes The Face of Jesus at CTK
Stained Glass Doors Greeting A Parishoner at CTK

 
Mary Shrine at CTK
All Kings Shall Adore Him..... (entrance CTK)

...Nations Shall Serve Him (entrance CTK)
Next week:  St. Ann's in Coppell!
 
~Whoosh 
 
 

Friday, July 01, 2011

Mid Life Crisis? Justin Bieber Fever -- For A Few Days At Least

Um...
Don't hate me.

Just hold me.

Baby, baby, baby ohhhhh, baby, baby, baby....

Don't Waste My Time, Time, Time, Time!

Tonight, for "family movie night", The Family gathered on the L-train to pick a movie. I suggested "Never Say Never", you know, the Justin Bieber movie.  I change the channel to it, and My Husband exits the room, "I don't wanna watch no Justin Bieber movie". 

So much for the "Family" in "Family Movie Night".  *laughing* But -- I get it. He's a guy. The rest of the humans in this house are of the female type.

The three of us girls sit here and watch Beebs and his lil life story -- a lot of life in a short amount of time, I must say!

I'm impressed with how talented he is, and that he's basically a grass-roots story of success.  The songs I've heard have positive messages. The shows are not sexual in nature, nor does he cuss and act like an arrogant attitudinal teenager. There were a couple of running themes in the movie that made him more endearing. For example, there's prayer, and he has, what seem to be, caring and savvy adults around him that are protecting him & allowing him to be a kid. Usher, of all people, brought Beebs into the limelight & takes care of him. Let's hope it all stays on the good side of the world. *fingers crossed*

Favorite movie quotes:

         ~ This tastes like dinosaur pee.
         ~ The little things go far.

I recently saw New Kids On The Block & Back Street Boys (sans the delicious Kevin Richardson), and my teenagejackie is in full hormone rage as a result of watching those guys. When I watch Never Say Never, I go back to my Duran Duran giddyjackie days. I can see why Justin Bieber has tons of screaming girls around him! That hair flip alone...supercute. It helps, too, that he makes that heart with his hands.....(that I've made with my own hands a time or seven)....


I highly recommend the movie. You better Bieleb your ass, I'll take My Girls to his concert if I'm able, and yes, I *will* be singing the songs because I'm about to go download a ton of them! 

One more thing, I started following him on Twitter -- just for a few days -- to see if he's worth my time. ;P

~Whoosh

P.S. The purple colored font is in honor of Beebs & his fave color....