Archive | December 19, 2014

Memories of a friend and apprehensive about the movie

There’s a movie coming out next week that I really want to see. It’s Unbroken. I haven’t read the book yet. I have it on my Kindle and part of me doesn’t want to read it for a very good reason. I knew and loved Louis and I don’t want my memories messed up with reading a book.

I don’t have many heroes from growing up but Louis Zamperini is a big one. He’s wasn’t only a hero is was a friend and mentor and someone who was loved just because he was Louis. He was our Junior Hi Summer Sunday School teacher, he was one of our church chaperones for our weekly trips to Santa Monica Beach. He was an amazing person.

We used to sit for hours on the beach listening to him talk about his experiences. He spoke about the Olympics and meeting Hitler. He wasn’t impressed. He told us about wanting a souvenir with his buddies and deciding a flag was a good one and about not meaning to cause an international incident. He told us about his friend, Jesse Owens.

He told us about the horrors of being shot down in the Pacific and about what the Japanese did to him when he was a POW and about the one guard that was the worst. The one that found out he had been an Olympic runner so the guard broke his legs and made him run down the road. He told us about learning to forgive after learning to hate.

He wasn’t very tall and wasn’t physically imposing but once you spent any time with him you couldn’t forget his loving smile or gentle voice. He had the most amazing white chest hair I’ve ever seen and he told us it had turned white overnight when he was in the POW camp being tortured. He used to give us huge long lectures on skin cancer and sunscreen back in the 60’s before anyone else was talking about it. He’d yell when he saw the bottles of baby oil we were using to tan and tell us we should just go jump in a frying pan. He would really yell at me because I burned so easy but when you’re 13 you’re immortal and indestructible and think adults are crazy. He used to talk to us about dreaming and what we wanted to do and get a bit peeved at me because I never really let myself dream.

When we got older he started to be in charge of the Seniors programs at church. They had daily lunches for the elderly in the neighborhood with programs and activities around our church in Hollywood. My mom was the Music secretary for the church and during summers I was occasionally her indentured servant and would get to carry a message down to Louis and chat for a bit if he wasn’t busy. He even came to my dad’s funeral at church.

Anyway, I do want to see the movie and they better not mess it up. I’ve never seen a movie about someone I knew and someone I loved. I still see his big smile shining in my mind.louis 2 louis

This is Louis on one of the church ski trips and he’s skateboarding in the chuch garden outside the Sunday School building


Just Wow and thanks!

Wow! I just hit 105.001 views on 10,888 posts and 1271 follows. Just Wow! And big thank you to everyone that reads and engages with my blog. When I started blogging I started on Livejournal and the only people that read it were people I knew. Blogging here changed everything and I’ve found so many cool people all over the world.

SO YES, THANK YOU! From the bottom of my eccentric and constantly curious and opinionated heart. I never dreamed when I started here 2 years ago this thing would expand so much.

So God Jul, Blessed Yule, Happy Hannukah, Merry Christmas, Blessed Winter Solstice, Io Saturnalia and Saor-Laithean Matha Agaibh and Bliadhna Mhath Ur!

Review: Miss Kat’s School of Genteel Witchcraft by Mary Beth Robb

You made my day! Happy Jul, Yule!


Miss Kat's School of Genteel WitchcraftMiss Kat’s School of Genteel Witchcraft by Mary Beth Robb

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was so excited to see Mary Beth Robb’s books on Kindle Unlimited. My finances were very tight. I hope the author still makes money from those of us who use this system.

The last two books I read by Ms. Robb were more fables for children or campfires. This book was more instructional. It taught on ways to behave as a newbie at attending or holding gatherings. Most of that part was common sense for anyone holding any kind of meeting of any flavor. Ms. Robb’s wit is visible all the way through. She uses her own experiences, good and bad to point to ways to avoid embarrassing or fatal mistakes. She never makes the reader feel silly or stupid, just aware.

Next the book covers altars and rituals. This is an area…

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Yuletide – O come all ye faithful – pagan carols

O Come All Ye Faithful

O Come all ye faithful
Gather round the Yule Fire.
O come ye O come ye
To call the Sun!
Fires within us
Call the Fires above us

O come let us invoke Her!
O come let us invoke Her!
O come let us invoke Her!
Our Lady Sun.

Yea, Lady we greet Thee
Born again at Yuletide
Yule Fire and candle flames
Are lighted for You!
Come to Thy children Calling for Thy blessing!

Yuletide cookie – Makroner

Makroner –

Another of the Swedish ones. Just a little late for St. Lucy Day

1 lb butter
1 lb sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 ¼ lb flour

Cream butter and sugar
Add eggs and mix well
Add vanilla
Add flour to make smooth paste

Put in cookie press with die of your choice
Bake 8-12 minutes at 400 degrees

Today’s reading


Two of Stones

Mad March hares `box’ for domination. After finding your grounded energy, a position may be challenged. Learning to deal with rivalry or adversity.

Confrontation, manifested tensions, rivalry, arguments, that are often not well founded, but they need to be bridged before you can move forward.