Category Archives: Video
Movement, action, and sound.
I’ve written and ranted over and over on this blog about being kinder to each other, about trying to be more compassionate, about listening instead of finger pointing, about being open instead of so closed we stop speaking the same language, about love and understanding.
Today I came across this bit from Ted Talks (which I love by the way) and Sally Kohn, who I’d honestly never heard of before today. She happens to be gay and liberal, but sexual orientation and politics don’t really factor into her message here. In this talk she speaks about emotional correctness and how having a little compassion and understanding and openness can change the way we talk to each other. It can change the conversation. I might lead to change. I couldn’t agree more.
Note: There is a brief bit of language in here, if something like that might offend you. It’s really in context and she’s quoting someone, but I didn’t want to shock anyone who might be put off by that. And even if a bit of language is something that could put you off, you should look past it and listen, the message is worth it. We could all use a bit more emotional correctness in our lives and in the world at large.
Yes, grand gestures are awesome, but it’s the small things we do every day that really make a difference.
Parts of this video include footage from the Liberty Mutual campaign called the responsibility project. It’s by far my favorite ad campaign. All about doing small things to help our fellow beings, human and animal alike. Good deeds, just like bad deeds, create a wave. As the wave moves it picks up and grows. Lets use our power for good people. We have a choice. Choose love and help and kindness over fear and animosity and cruelty. If you give a little love, you can get a little love of your own. Positive energy instead of negative energy. It’s a choice we make hundreds of times a day in small ways and big. Think, and be better. I’m trying.
22. I’m thankful for YouTube. I’m not someone who watches loads of silly videos and in fact I haven’t done that hardly at all. Mostly I watch, and listen to, music videos, live performances, and such. Once in a while I use it for movie clips or trailers as well, but mostly it’s all about the music for me. And what a wonderful thing it is to be able to sit with headphones on and listen to recordings of live performances. I’m a tad obsessed with music, as I said in an earlier 30 days post, and YouTube is just another avenue for music listening. I adore it.
Today I listened to this…
I just really listened to the lyrics of this song and it made me cry. Crying is not unusual for me, I’m emotional. It’s just that this basic message is one I want to shout from the rooftops — we are all people, all living our lives. So be kind, don’t judge, and love your fellow human for being just that, your fellow human. The end.
Every once in awhile a song comes along and just grabs – at my heart, my head, my soul. This is one of those songs. So powerful. Besides which, I’m a sucker for strings in a pop song.
I’m not a horror movie fan. I know loads of people who love them, but for me the myriad of ways a person can die in the course of a two hour movie holds no appeal. The all out slasher trend started with films like the original Halloween and Friday the 13th. I watched them, like nearly everyone did. I didn’t see them in the theater however, no. I saw them from the comfort of my own couch with a pillow positioned to cover my face any time I needed it to, which was often. That pretty much sums up my feeling about such things. Best not seen at all, but if I have to there better be a pillow or a dog or a laptop or a blanket to block my view. I’m a wimp.
There are, though, those other films, most of them older, that I do like watching. The thrillers. Those films more about the suspense and the build up of the tension than they are about the ax, or the ice pick, or the chainsaw. Those films where story usually triumphs over finding more inventive and bizarre ways to kill a person. Yes, I’ve included a couple of movies with their share of gore, but mostly these films are psychological in nature.
So without further ado, here we go. In honor of All Hallow’s Eve I present Tam’s list of scary-ish films worth watching if you’re ever looking for a boo or two.
Hitchcock knew what he was doing. Anyone who knows me knows I’m a huge fan. Camera angles and tension filled moments and uncomfortable close ups. He was a master of these things and of making people squirm in their seats. His films have never lost their luster. They’re timeless and terrific.
This book scared the crap out of me and the movie does a decent job of translating that boo factor. It’s sort of the epitome of the what’s hiding in the closet or under the bed story. If you didn’t like clowns before, you certainly won’t like them after watching this.
Apart from Shelley Duvall‘s appalling performance in this film, it’s a classic. Again, I loved this book. Mr. King knows how to put in the scare. If you’ve ever been in a big place that was mostly deserted you get the vibe of this film. So much space, who knows what could’ve and might happen. Plus the outer shots of the hotel are actually Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood.
The Haunting (1963)
This film creeped me out. Haunted houses are scary, and when you add in neurotic humans and the unexplainable, it’s scarier still.
This film is all about nature going wrong. One minute everything is angelic and normal, the next minute it’s attacking you and you have no idea why. We are not in control and in pure Hitchcock fashion we also have no idea why any of it is happening.
Contamination is never a good thing.
Five Million Years to Earth (Quatermass and the Pit)
I love science fiction, it’s my favorite genre of film. This particular one is cool and creepy.
The Amityville Horror (1979)
Creepy. This movie creeped me out when I was a kid. I still have a hard time looking at houses with those windows.
This movie scares the crap out of me. Possession is always creepy. A classic.
They get you when you sleep. That last scene… uhg.
My favorite, if you can even say you have a favorite, zombie movie.
“I see dead people.” Yes he does. A really great ghost story.
The moral — don’t build on a cemetery.
Reach for the bat.
Simple chase movie — not. It’s relentless.
Just some guys out for an adventurous weekend who happen to hear some banjo music.
Things that go bump in the night.
Maybe living alone is best.
Some mysteries should be left alone.
Hannibal. Need I say more.
Semi-cheesy, but that’s OK. How far would you go to change the future? From another Stephen King story, this one is uncomfortable.
What’s out there?
Torment. Demons. Disturbing.
Space. Isolation. A vicious enemy. I saw this in the theater with my sister Kay. It was awful, and oh so good.
Are people, and dogs, who they seem to be?
Fingers. White creepy skin. No dialogue. Moody.
I wish I could’ve seen this in the theater. Some great screaming. Vincent Price was the man.
“Separation can be a terrifying thing.” Disturbing. Perhaps the most disturbing film I’ve ever seen.
Heads explode. Enough said.
The Omen (1976)
“This is not a human child. Make no mistake.” Uh, yeah.
“Sometimes the world of the dead gets mixed up with the world of the living.”
Creepy imagery. Strange voices on the phone.
Don’t go into the fog.
Hunting demons is exhaustive work.
Ghosts with messages.
One great monster movie. Made everyone afraid to go in the water.
I play fantasy football, and fantasy basketball, and fantasy baseball. I’ve played fantasy football for some time now. First with a group from work (we still play, which is awesome), then with the POD (we still play, which is awesome), and now with the CREW (which is also equally awesome). Fantasy basketball started last year with the CREW and was so much fun we’re doing it again this year. I see it as becoming a yearly thing, something we all look forward to. Baseball? We did it this season. It wasn’t as much fun, but I think with some tweaks by the commish (that’s me), we might make it slightly more fun next year. At least we’ll give it a try.
The point of writing about all this fantasy sports play is really not to write about all this fantasy sports play. What I wanted to write about was inspiration, power, and being yourself, in all your glory.
I started out this morning by looking for inspiring videos to post on the league page of our ramping up fantasy basketball league. I’m the commish of that league and like to throw out notes and inspiring videos every once in a while to add a bit of spice to it. It’s fun. So I was looking for videos and came across one I’d seen before, and one I probably posted last year during the basketball season. It’s a clip from the movie Coach Carter and is, I think, one of the most inspirational scenes of its kind in film. The poem, abridged, spoken in this clip, is by Marianne Williamson and is called Our Deepest Fear. I thought these beautiful words were a lovely reminder about what is true for all of us — be all you can be, be all that you are, don’t be afraid — live, and inspire.
Our Deepest Fear
By Marianne Williamson
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness
That most frightens us.
We ask ourselves
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small
Does not serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking
So that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine,
As children do.
We were born to make manifest
The glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us;
It’s in everyone.
I just watched this video on Facebook after a friend posted it. It made me tear up. Love is love, people. Plain and simple. It brings joy and laughter and happiness to all who experience and witness it. There is no more powerful force on the planet than the love we feel for each other. Love wins.
I get feeds. You know, tidbits of info from various sources bringing in all type and manner of information. I subscribe to some. One, Upworthy, comes across on my Facebook news feed. I like this one in particular because the stuff is usually interesting, informative, and many times it’s positive. There’s loads of negative emotion, news, “stuff” out there these days and my opinion is that anything positive and uplifting is a very good thing. The whole good-things-out-into-the-universe-is-important perspective. Positive vibrations and all that. It’s not solely that, but much of the time it is that.
Without going into it too much, I particularly loved this one. It made me tear up, which if you know me doesn’t take much sometimes, but seriously… this is good. Plus the group who made it is called Soul Pancake. C’mon… that rocks.
Watch this, and get happy….
I’m sentimental, empathetic, and very in tune with the feelings of others. Always have been. It’s the thing that makes me cry during silly commercials, sporting events, and when I hear a song on the radio that makes me think of someone I love. I feel things deeply. All things. Sometimes this makes it hard, I’m sure, to live with me. When I’m upset I’m emotionally upset, which I myself don’t always understand, and when I feel love I am so full of love I sometimes fear my body won’t be able to contain it. All of this emotion comes from the same well deep inside of me. It is at times overwhelming, explosive, warm, joyous, and all consuming. I don’t always appreciate these deep feelings I have, and have sometimes wished I didn’t have them at all, but honestly, I’m glad I’m like this. I’m glad I see, and feel, the world this way, through this blanket of empathy and love.
Earlier today I watched a Youtube video of a man using a flash mob, in Central Park, to help him propose to his boyfriend of many years. It was beautiful. Simply put, love is love. There can’t be too much of it in the world, in my opinion. So while I was watching this video I started to cry. It was moving, and as noted above, I’m a crier. I felt for them, was happy for them, happy for the people watching, happy for one of the guys Mom’s who was there to see it and crying herself. My honey looked over at me, we were both in our office, and said you must be watching something emotional. I had headphones on and tears streaming down my face. She’s used to this.
I watched the video and listened to that song and thought, once again, of my honey and how lucky I am to have her. It’s really, I think, why I was crying today. I was overwhelmed by the love I feel for her. I am difficult to live with. Difficult to love sometimes I think, but she is always right there, loving me as if it’s easy for her. Making me feel as though it’s easy for her, as though it’s something she has always done, something that’s natural and true. I am so blessed and lucky that she somehow manages to understand me and love me for all that I am, good and difficult. For 10 years. 10. I can’t express how much I love her. It comes from a place so deep inside that deep well of mine that I don’t think there are actually words. Just feelings so big and strong and true they defy articulation.
Honey… I have loved you for a thousand years and will love you for a thousand more….
On March 23 8:30 PM people in cities all over the world will do something as a symbol of hope. They will turn off their lights in their homes for an hour. Leaders of cities around the world will switch off power to monuments and buildings. Companies will turn off power to entire skyscrapers. Will you?
When I was growing up I watched, like many of us, the holiday film “Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town”. I was five the first time it aired. It’s amazing how something so simple as a young kid watching a fun holiday movie can stick with a person all these years later, and yet it has.
For some reason, unknown to me actually, whenever I’m facing some difficult time in my life, and there have been a few of those, I hear the words of the song “Put One Foot In Front Of The Other” in my head. It pops in there, all on it’s own. Most specifically the chorus, “put one foot in front of the other, and soon you’ll be walkin’ cross the flo-o-or, put one foot in front of the other, and soon you’ll be walkin’ out the door”. It’s meant to be a song about trying and making a change. For me it is those things, but it’s also a song about moving forward, one step at a time. It says to me that as long as you keep taking one step and then another you will move through whatever it is that’s hard into somewhere new and beautiful. It’s a song about fortitude and perseverance, it’s about looking forward instead of backward. To me it’s a song of hope.
Putting one foot in front of the other gives me comfort and reminds me, in the larger scheme of things, that though life can be hard, inconvenient, scary, and awfully painful sometimes, it can also be magical and beautiful and full of wonder and love.
Today I thought I’d share the little song that’s had such an impact on my life because I love it, but also because maybe there’s a person out there who will feel the message, get inspired, get up, and put one foot in front of the other. It works for me.
I love this song and it always seems sort of fitting to play it during the holidays. This is a fantastic 2009 live version with Portland singers Storm Large, Holcombe Waller, and Oregon born Wade Mccollum at one of my favorite Portland venues, the Aladdin Theater. Happy Holidays.
I took Martin to the airport on Monday. It’s a long drive, nearly three hours one way. The drive was uneventful and the weather was gorgeous. On the way home I decided to semi-document the drive. I recently found a case with a bunch of old mix CDs I’d made. We’ve been working our way around that case since the find. I had one in on Monday. So here it is… Illinois countryside, in bits, accompanied by the track that happened to be playing at the time. There are a few of these, peruse them at your leisure, or not. I find this amusing… but then I would. It combines music, driving, and a bit of the tech stuff I love. The first video is a tad long. Feel free to skip part of it should you need to move on. This is just one of the quirky things I find myself doing. Enjoy…
This just made me cry… Though I am really enjoying and loving my life here in Illinois, Oregon will always be my home.
Every day I am thankful for you. I couldn’t agree more with the lyrics of this song. I am blessed and lucky to have… This kind of love….