That’s a lot of popcorn!

Over the weekend, we saw a remake of the movie, “Murder on the Orient Express.” Last night I saw the new movie, “Lady Bird.” Anyone who knows me knows my mantra: a movie is incomplete without popcorn…so, I ate a lot of popcorn in the past 48 hours. And the movies were entertaining.

Does this count for a Film Club? I miss Cinema Space and Leading Ladies.

I must declare: I’m ready for a FUNNY movie, with a spot of dancing and singing.

What movie have YOU seen lately? Any recommendations?

Aloha,

Denise

A voyage through music 🎻

Click, click, click ~ choose the event, sign up, pay, print the ticket. That’s how our lovely evening went to see the Chamber Project St. Louis. The musicians, sharing the same stage as the audience, included a flute, violin, viola, cello, and harp.

The setting: a renovated synagogue in the historic area called the Delmar Loop. The stage: the former space of the bimah and arc, set up with one hundred chairs in a semi-circle facing the musicians and the sanctuary.

The concert began with a marvelous piece called “Umoja” which means “unity” in Swahili, by Valerie Coleman.  Following was my favorite piece of the evening called “The Song of the Lark” by Charles Rochester Young, featuring the flutist making sounds on her gleaming flute mimicking the wind and a lark almost imperceptible to the real things with my eyes closed.

Living, learning and exploring our new hometown…still checking off the “to do and see” list.

Have you discovered anything new lately?

Aloha,

Denise

House Rules:

Must obey the House rules:

Dream BIG ~ Love your family ~ Laugh together ~ Have FUN!! ~ SHARE ~ Listen to each other ~ Say please and thank you ~ Try new things ~ Help each other ~ Always tell the truth ~ BE KIND ~ DO an NDB (Never Done Before) daily ~ Forgive and forget ~ Do your best ~ Give lots of HUGS & KISSES ~ Respect each other ~ Sleep late ~ Take long walks ~ STAY IN TOUCH.

On this week before American Thanksgiving, I share these rules, honor these rules and remind myself of these rules. I am most grateful for my family, my FRAMILY (friends chosen to be family), and my life inside of these rules.

Do your best day!

Aloha,

Denise

 

Challenges, photos, world-wide shares

I am always fascinated and intrigued and usually included in challenges, and worldwide shares on social media. I enjoy taking the quizzes, posting old photos (#TBT throwback Thursdays),  funny jokes and memes and recently the seven-day black & white photo challenge. This one, you take a photo of something, with no people, no explanation, and share them one a day for seven days and challenge one new person a day to do the same. I was challenged by my high school friend, Debbie, who lives in Dallas.

In turn, I’ve challenged friends in Arizona, Hawai’i, Alaska and Ft. Worth so far. I love how people accept the challenge and forge their own creativity. I saw that some of my friends overseas are posting photos for the challenge too! Not only is a clever way to see interesting photos, from all over the globe, but it also involves people in something FUN, happy, free and creative.

If you haven’t been tagged/challenged to join in, please accept this as my invitation to you to share a photo on this blog post of something you saw, photographed in black & white (you can change the photo from color to B&W on your camera phone by clicking EDIT). I’d love to see what you see.

Aloha,

Denise

Lesson from an awesome yoga class

I enter the studio. New teacher! Yay. The lovely welcoming music fills the space. I set up my mat in my favorite place in the room. I set my intention. She begins. We breathe, stretch, smile. As the class progresses, (the signature format includes several rounds of sun salutations then a guided flow then “on your own flow”) The tempo, poses, and lessons she sprinkles in delight me. Rivulets of sweat fall from my forehead and nose. I’m in my zone.

Lesson: be present to the magic of movement, music, and self.

Dancing Shiva ~ photo credit to L. Wilson ~ New Louvre museum in Abu Dhabi, UAE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aloha,

Denise

Another nod to wintertime

Enjoying my stroll into a mall for a screening during the St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF), I spotted another nod to wintertime.

Plaza Frontenac

 

According to wiki: Winter is the coldest season of the year, in the northern hemisphere from December to February and in the southern hemisphere from June to August.

According to my thermometer in my car, I’m inclined to agree.

…at 1pm

 

 

 

Here’s today’s forecast:

Today’s forecast

 

 

 

 

 

 

One year after the “sandbox,” I’m living in the cold and making the best of it all. This is not complaining, just reporting.

Aloha

Denise

 

 

Falling for Fall

Here in the middle of America, it’s Fall. That means cold weather (at least in my opinion), leaves turn colors and fall off the trees, grey skies, wind, and the countdown to the Winter holidays.

The view outside our living room…. Lovely red and gold trees.
These gorgeous trees are down the street from our place.

Now, I tend to enjoy Spring and Summer and I make no apologies for this. I love hot weather, the beach, water sports, and sunshine. I thrive when I am outside under the sun.

This is my first full Fall in my new home city….so this is my Missouri-Fall NDB.

Whaaaaat??? Christmas decor proudly displayed the day after Halloween?

Really! These are on sale November 1st.

 

Parties planned and confirmed for late in December??? What happened to the November holidays?

 

Anyone else with me? We need to enjoy, celebrate, nourish and be present to the holidays, celebrations, people and nature in the month we’re living. Let’s not wish our lives away for retail advantages.

Aloha,

Denise

My new retreat!

In my gym neighborhood, a huge library just ‘re-opened’ after a lengthy renovation. I saw the NOW OPEN sign billowing in the gusty wind, so I made a classic U-turn and motored in.

It’s clean, bright and choc-full of books, CDs, DVDs, magazines, computers, copy machines (😳) and people! I grabbed some books, started reading then applied for a library card. Since I live in a different county, the librarian said I can only have the card for one year, rather than two years. haha.

Taking my new entertainment home, I made myself a cuppa hot tea, lit a candle and grabbed my blanket (my first purchase last year when I moved here) and cozied up in the corner of our sofa to read until dinner time. Ahhhhhh

I think I’ll be okay during winter.

My new favorite place: the corner of our sofa with a book, a cuppa hot tea, and a fragrant candle.

 

Aloha,

Denise