“I Miss Cereal Commercials”

Meghan Markle’s dishwashing liquid protest has me wistfully remembering commercials of days gone by…….Tony the Tiger, the Fruit Loops Toucan, the Magically Delicious Leprechaun……..

Now, all I see is an endless stream of drug commercials and horrendous lists of side effects, interspersed by the random car ad…….

Turn on lesser known channels……..the ones that show old Andy Griffith episodes and it’s worse…….

Legal firms waiting to make you millions in settlements, personal products being delivered to your door, life alert buttons in case I fall and no one hears my cries for help…….

How I miss those sugary commercials…..okay, the stuff was slowly leading us toward all those drug advertisements…….but even watching PBS has turned into hospital endorsements touting medical procedures, which of course, all end successfully.

To round out the nightmare for an empath like me are the suffering animal and children charities…….

Yes, how I miss the Doublemint Twins, when life was easier and time wasn’t as fleeting as the sweetness in a slice of gum……………

Calgon………..take me away to the sea……..Nantucket Words

Blessings,

Shirl

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“Caroline” A Book Review

I watch Little House episodes every day……..there, I admit it.   I even named my collie Landon.

So, when I found out a new book, approved by the Little House Heritage Trust, was published, I bought it.

Caroline is one of those books that messed with my head…..I don’t know quite how I feel about it.   I could not get the imagery of Karen Grassle and Michael Landon and Victor French out of mind, hard as I tried.   They were on each page, and discerning them from the real actors in this drama was impossible.

Always thinking Charles and Caroline left that little house in Kansas because of new Indian territory claims; I was surprised to learn that letters and documents cast a whole new reason for the move.

Messing up my head most of all were the sex scenes between Charles and Caroline…….this might send a few of you running to the Amazon page………

They weren’t explicitly graphic, but what should surely have remained in the head of Caroline, not poured onto pages, whether 1800’s or 2018……..That being said, this is a personal account of her life and it is told very well.   I can’t imagine going through what she and other pioneer women did, even for the likes of Charles Ingalls.

I warn you, you will understand what these brave women endured, but her story will stay in your head……..messing it up as my writing eloquence conveys………. :-).

However you feel about the book, I can assure it will carve out a niche in your mind like the wheels of the Ingalls’ wagon across the prairie.   How long it will take for the grass to cover up the tracks will depend on each reader.

 

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“After the Ball”

Is it just me……or is anyone else feeling down this morning………

It’s like we waited for something with such anticipation for so long…..in this negative, dark world………a pinpoint of light.    The dream of love, of fairy tales, of Princes and Princesses…..

We wanted that fairy tale…….we waited for it.   We needed it in this world of cruelty, killings, war, lies………..

I pray this fairy tale is real………..no lies, no deception, just the right glass slipper fitting the right Princess’ foot and a ballroom dance that lasts for the rest of their lives.

Now that the wedding is over……..the dark world awaits……….it always does.   We have to set out in search of our own next fairy tale……..and make it real.

Blessings,

Shirl

You can find my own fairy tale collections at Amazon……….

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“The Royal Sermon Today”

I take some issue with the Royal Sermon today.   Yes, it was powerful, but the right place for such a speech…..I question.   Judging from the reaction of the guests, I think some would agree.

His speech spoke of love……how fire was a great gift to man…..it cooked our food, heated our homes, runs our engines……and without it, there would have been no progress, no Bronze, no Iron, no modern age.   Love he felt is a great gift to man….love must be our next great invention, though no stranger to man.

Fire has indeed been a gift to man…..but the fire of man’s zealousness has used it for evil as well as good.   He spoke of God’s love……..but God did banish his beloved Angel to the fire, did he not?   Have not the pyres of flames burned saints and martyrs and innocent men and women accused of misunderstood gifts.  Have not the flames of ovens almost brought an entire race of people to extinction from the earth……..have not the flames of powerful energy of bombs and missiles brought death and destruction upon mankind.

Love is  a passionate flame……..but it is not the fire of passion that burns slow and steady…..it is the glow of kindness, of compassion, understanding, and acceptance that glows continuously in the darkness…….the glow that keeps a couple together.

I would have preferred a softer, more compassionate speech of kindness, in celebration of  two passionate lovers uniting as one……. because the flame must burn slowly and steadily or its blaze will be quickly extinguished……….

May the couple’s hearts glow with an inextinguishable brightness and may their charitable work cast a glow upon our world.

Blessings Harry and Meghan.

 

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“Harry and Meghan” Part II

The dress….simple and fairytale elegant.

Harry…his face shone .

When he touched her ring with his mother’s stones, I could feel his heart. The sermon….powerful…..appropriate for a wedding….maybe not…….as the “smirks” from the congregation seemed to tell……

The children were perfect…….so much more so than any choice of attendants.

 

Anne and Henry……..don’t hurt one another again…….Karma can mean vengeance, but it can also mean forgiveness………..I’m hoping on the latter.

Today, as the Gospel Choir sang “Amen,” one of my favorite songs…..my heart said a prayer that the hatchet (sword) has finally been buried for eternity……..

 

Read Part I here.
https://sknobloch88.wordpress.com/…/harry-and-meghan-henry-…/
Just my Royal musings………

Blessings,

Shirlwindsor

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“Harry and Meghan……..Henry and Anne?

May 19, 1536~~~Anne Boleyn meets her executioner…….

May 19, 2018~~~A Royal Wedding.

Funny thing, Prince Harry always conjured in my mind what a young Henry must have been……..the dashing, ginger bearded King……..

Meghan………well, she certainly captures the essence of Anne…….dark haired, outspoken…..charismatic…….

And……………..she is divorced……………   🙂

Who knows……..perhaps reincarnated love has found itself once again……..let us hope this time Harry is not the one who has lost his head to “love.”………………………………

Time will tell…………….   🙂

Shirl

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“The Sound of Knitting”

It’s Mother’s Day…….my children came over to share the day with me.   Now, in the quiet after they’ve left, wistful thoughts cloud my mind like the rainy clouds above.   Thoughts of my own mother.   When I was young, I visited her grave site very often.   Now, not so much.   I have come to realize she isn’t there.   Yes, her resting place is to be respected, but she is not there.

I don’t go there to find her anymore.   Once, I did.  She is anywhere and everywhere and no where on this earth.  I walked back from my window and sat down and picked up my knitting.   The sound of the needles……….the sound my mother’s hands made each night as she watched television.  She made baby sweaters and hats and blankets for each family member expecting……In a large Italian family, this was an arduous endeavor.    When I was young, I knit small projects….now I realize the time and work involved in each of those tiny stitches as I attempt to make my own endeavors.   I wonder if all my aunts and cousins appreciated her gifts………….I wonder where all those beautiful sweaters are today.   Families grow apart, those Aunts have all crossed and I don’t see those cousins anymore……except for funerals.

As I sit on the sofa, I realize laying a flower on a grave in a quiet cemetery won’t bring me nearly as close to her as the sound of those metal knitting needles clanging against each other…….  She left me, but never left my side.   She is right here on the sofa as I knit and purl across each row.

 

Mother’s Day Blessings……….

Shirlknitting

 

 

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