Normalizing Celebrity ~ On the beauty of being vs. the glamour of fame.

If Madonna were just like normal people

A fellow film colleague posted a link to a set of celebrity images. Some of those images had been photoshopped by Danny Evans to give his “artist’s impression” of what these celebrities might have looked like without makeup, hair stylists, fashion stylists, diets, personal trainers, botox and a battery of […]

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Matches and the eternal sunshine of the spotless soul ~ Lawrence of Arabia

The Match Scene ~ Lawrence of Arabia

Metaphor. I love metaphor. Matches. I just posted one about matches. Matches and pain. This one isn’t about pain. Not at all. It’s about perfection. This one is about the fire that burns inside each of us. Well, maybe there’s a little pain. It’s the pain you feel in your […]

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Dog & Butterfly ~ The beauty and bliss of reaching higher than you can grasp

Heart ~ Dog & Butterfly

Heart’s Dog & Butterfly has been on my mind and in my ears a lot the last few days, both the album and the title song from it. I love the song for the mirthful image of a dog futilely leaping after a fluttering butterfly, and for its wisdom in […]

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The trick … is not minding that it hurts ~ Lawrence of Arabia

The Match Scene ~ Lawrence of Arabia

I’ve always loved this scene introducing Peter O’Toole in David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia. In a film rife with extraordinary storytelling and wisdom, it remains my favourite. In hindsight perhaps it’s the spiritual undertone of Lawrence’s statement that’s always intrigued me most because, of course, Lawrence isn’t only talking about […]

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Beginning again with Sacred ~ Lotus Feet & Shakti

Remember ~ Shakti

I haven’t been living the sacred enough lately. Sometimes I forget how sacred life is, become caught up in the mundane, the day-to-day of existing in a corporeal world, in the meanness that can be everyday life. I stop, for a while, living a life that is sacred. I’m often […]

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Paul Simon ~ slip slidin’ my way from the blues to the rainbow’s loving hues

Paul Simon - Slip Sliding Away

A day of sunshine and warm summery breezes, moving conversation and revealed transformations, a day of intimacy and worries unburdened, of gratitude and the most difficult of life’s moments shared… A day not so much impervious to the hardships, the horrors, the blues, but one that finds itself on the other […]

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Hearts traveling faster than the speed of love ~ the B-52s, Topaz

Cosmic Thing ~ B-52s ~ Topaz

A vivid memory of dancing solo on an Australian beach, the full moon intermittently obscured by racing clouds even as its rays glitterred off the cascading breakers pounding the beach. This song, Topaz, blasting at top volume from the small portable stereo speakers attached to my iPod. A breathless churning […]

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The Dao de Jing ~ The transformational quality of seeing the beauty in all things.

The Tao te Ching :: The Book of the Way ~ Lao Tse (Stephen Mitchell trans.)

I can’t remember when I first encountered The Dao de Jing (also Tao te Ching, pronounced the same), which surprises me since it quickly grew to become my favourite written text. It’s brief (just 81 chapters of verse, a page or so each) yet richly nuanced. I’ve read all or […]

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The Tragically Hip ~ Fully Completely

I started a post about courage, featuring this song, a couple or three weeks ago. It’s still sitting in the drafts folder. The Tragically Hip are a favourite Canadian band from the late ’80s and early ’90s, a time when I, and many other Canadians, considered them the best rock […]

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Ingrid Karklins: A Passion to Race the Sky

Ingrid Karklins ~ Race the Sky

A trip across Australia with Midnight Oil and Yothu Yindi in a Holden Gemini leads to passionate encounters with love and the extraordinary passion and beauty of Ingrid Karklins' music.

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