??????????????This is one of the most beautiful planets in the universe.

And you are one of its most beautiful stars.

Find a way to be the best you can be.

And above all – LOVE.

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

To dream …

As we begin to crest the wave of the holiday season and move closer to the end of a year, many of us start, once again, to ponder dreams and desires, both new and old. Forget the resolutions. This is more about the questions that help us sculpt a new world for ourselves. Questions like: what is a our heart’s desire, what do we truly love to do and are we doing it, how would we like to spend each day of the next year of our lives, and for some, with whom? Are we daring to love? And then there’s the larger question – what do we want for our world?

Dreams (and desires) are like stories waiting to be told. Sometimes we dare to look in their direction, feel a flutter in our hearts, and act. Sometimes they filter through the night space rather than the day, hovering.

As I ponder the power such dreams can hold and what waits in those proverbial wings, a wonderful Irish poet comes to mind. Someone whose work I have a fondness for – William Butler Yeats.

Below is a poem in which resides a segment many have come to know. I offer it to you as food for thought. I sense that Yeats would have liked that.

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AEDH WISHES FOR THE CLOTHS OF HEAVEN    –  

BY WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS

 

 

Had I the heaven’s embroidered cloths,

Enwrought with golden and silver light,

The blue and the dim and the dark cloths

Of night and light and the half light,

I would spread the cloths under your feet:

But I, being poor, have only my dreams;

I have spread my dreams under your feet;

Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

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May this Holiday Season bring you much joy.

May our beautiful world find true peace and happiness.

And may we all celebrate the spirit of love that is the meaning of Christmas.

 

Merry Christmas to you all – wherever you may be!

 

All is Lost – the movie

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I just saw the movie, All is Lost, with Robert Redford. If you haven’t seen it already, find a way. It is an amazing tour de force and a film you may not see the likes of again.

Set in the middle of the ocean with one actor and almost no dialogue, it is a refreshing return to the power film can hold when conveying a story through simplicity and poignancy.

Kudos to all involved, especially Robert Redford.

Redford’s acting has been called by some a stellar performance. In many ways it goes beyond that. Few actors could hold a screen and an audience for that long during such physicality and absence of dialogue and do so with such strength and subtlety. Bravo, Mr. Redford!

Personally I feel that if the Academy does not give this coming year’s Oscar for Best Actor to Robert Redford then I think the Academy has lost it way on its journey to celebrating true excellence.

A huge thank you goes to Robert Redford for the opportunity of watching brilliance at work.

And to the Academy – here’s your chance to do the right thing!