Monday, November 12, 2018

Habit interrupted.

Monday: Dialogue, Lines, or Quotes

(I originally posted this on September 10, 2012 and, sadly, it still applies.)
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.  ~Jim Ryun
Life keeps kicking the snot out of my writing habits. Why does it feel like once habit is interrupted, it takes forever to get it back? Today I need both: motivation and habit.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Keep playing.

Monday: Dialogue, Lines, or Quotes

I recently reviewed the movie Tag (2018) for ClearPlay. It won't go down on my list of favorite comedies, but I'm glad I had the chance to watch the filtered version. The movie is based on an actual group of friends who have been playing an annual game of tag for decades. I don't know if the real Tag Brothers use this quote by George Bernard Shaw, but the movie characters are inspired by it:
We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.  
Looking around my office I see my hula hoop, coloring books, jacks, and marbles reminding me it's playtime! I hope to never grow old.

(Click here for my review of Tag.)

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Take 38: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Tuesday: My "take" on a film.

I read the book by the same title several years ago and had difficulty getting into the story due to its format -- a series of letters from multiple correspondents. I'm glad I persevered in reading it since it turned out to be a beautiful story. 

When Goodreads recently sent an email announcing the movie is available on Netflix, I was thrilled.

Set shortly after World War II, Elizabeth McKenna (Jessica Brown Findlay) is a published author living in London. She receives an unexpected letter from a stranger living on Guernsey Island, Dawsey Adams (Michiel Huisman). He belongs, he tells her, to The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society--a book club. 

Intrigued by the name of the group, Elizabeth corresponds with Dawsey and learns how the club was formed and named under a peculiar circumstance during the German occupation. Sensing a story, Elizabeth packs a bag and her typewriter and heads to Guernsey Island where she grows fond of the land and people.

The movie is much easier to follow than the book and still contains the delightful story.

Trailer: The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society

Notes on content:
  • No nudity or sex.
  • No profanity.
  • Small amount of violence shown, and some violence not shown but understood in narrations of the war.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Opportunities for growth.

Monday: Dialogue, Lines, or Quotes

Challenges, difficulties in life, give opportunities for growth. We have divine attributes (humility, charity, compassion, hope, faith...) that stay dormant when we don't use them. Consider patience for example. If I pray for patience, I can expect to have situations arise to sorely vex me. This is not due to God's sense of humor (which He does have, by the way). This is because I already have the attribute but it's weak from lack of use, so when I pray for patience I'm given opportunities to exercise it.

When life throws a curveball, perhaps it's time for one of my dormant attributes to step up to the plate, so to speak.

Consider the following dialogue from The Miracle Season (2018) (based on a true story)...

Grief nearly destroys a high school volleyball team after their captain (Caroline "Line" Found) dies in a tragic accident. In this scene, Kelley (Line's best friend) and her mother converse.

KELLEY (Erin Moriarty)
Brez thinks that people are looking
to me to keep the team going.

MOTHER (Carolyn Adair)
Well, what do you think?

I think that Line could do it if it was her,
but I'm not as strong as her.

Line brought out your inner strength.
She really did. But, remember,
you can't bring out something
that isn't already there.

Have you faced a challenge and discovered strength or other attributes deep within?

(Click here for my review of this film.)