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Today was a Special Day

Today was special!

Olive Garden

Olive Garden is a registered trademark for the Olive Garden Restaurants

It was a day to be remembered. I got up this morning and did my usual morning things. Then, about 11:30AM, I drove about 60 miles (that’s special right there! for me) to Greenwood, IN and met a woman for lunch. She and I met as friends and talked for almost 2 hours over a nice meal.

A Meal Indeed!

A Meal Indeed!

I enjoyed it immensely. But, even that, was not why this day was special. I didn’t consciously remember it when I planned the meal, but we had it at Olive Garden in Greenwood on May 7, 2012.

This is special because at this particular Olive Garden in Greenwood on May 7, 2010, I had my stroke.

That’s right! This turned out to be an anniversary lunch!

I told her about it and, of course, it surprised her, but, as the meal went on, I even forgot the significance. That’s the nice things about friends: they can help you move through places to a different place in your mind.

I guess, today, I simply wanted you to remember someplace and sometime when you had reason to worry or be sad or even scared and, now, friends have helped you through that time and into a happier place.

I am so glad for all my friends. And, this blog, this special place, has made me even more good, special friends. I wonder if you out there, and there are more and more of you, know just how great you make me feel every time you visit my site and every time you post a comment? It is almost surreal, at times, and I never want any of you to forget that.

YOU ARE SPECIAL – TO ME and, I know, to someone else – never forget that!

My Top 3 Movies of all Time

I see the Internet full of lists:Top 10, Top 5, even Top 50 things of one sort or another. I have a short list I will send up with a brief statement of why I feel the way I do.
It’s, of course, movies (you did read the title?). I am a big fan of movies of nearly all types. I have watched documentaries, animated, horror, comedy, action, martial arts, drama…you name the type and I have watched at least one.

But some movies stand out to me more than others. In my top 50, there are these (in no order, but not the top 3):
1) Superman Returns
2) Benny and Joon
3) The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
4) The Sound of Music
5) Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown (not quite a movie)
6) Hush Sweet Charlotte
7) Avatar
The list goes on and on…
But, I think after all these years, there are 3 that stand out with exceptional reason and, in reverse order:

3) Little Mermaid – I have watched/listened to this one 83 times. I put it on for background when I worked at a video store. Also, (hard to admit this one) once there was a celebration for work and champagne was involved. I didn’t know better and downed 3 glasses in about 10 minutes, and passed out (not a big drinker, even then). When I woke up on the couch, The Little Mermaid was on and I remember thinking how bright the colors were and how beautiful the music was. Wonder why?

One of the Best Trailers I have ever watched!

2) The Matrix Reloaded (2) – This was the very first DVD I ever watched on my own set. My children chipped in and bought me a DVD player and this one DVD. I watched it 2 or 3 times and all the extras in one weekend (about 24 hours). It still remains one of my very favorites.
And, (drum roll please)

1) Pride and Prejudice (with Keira Knightley). This movie, I admit, I only watched because my daughter loves it and Keira was in it! Now, after the first time, I have to say I have watched it several times a year (plus a few) since I bought it. I love the language (English Major, sorry); I love the plot; and, I love the dialogue. It took me a couple of times to get it all, but it was well worth it. I have even shown it at school for my English students. Some of them were fascinated by it; one would watch the last 10 minutes over and over, oblivious to all else.
In your comments, how about listing your top 3 movies? Not, necessarily, the reasons, just the names. I look forward to sharing.

A Night at the Movies

I kind of took yesterday off.

That’s why this post is so late getting up. I, normally, post about 10pm the night before. Instead, last night, I went to the movies with some friends.

We went to see “The Avengers”. It was a very well-done movie; the audience laughed, cheered, almost booed, and even cried a bit. It was excellent, especially for those up front.

You see in the aisle across from me was a family of four. The littlest one, about 3-4 years old, talked constantly and, from about 1/2 hour or so into the 2 hour movie, he cried, yelled, and ran up and down about 10 feet of the isle. The parents told him to be quiet; he simply yelled louder and argued with them.

Going to the movies is a special treat for me

I am known for my patience; however, I do not have as much at the theater. My opinion is that the theater is a treat and, as such, should be totally enjoyed. I usually wait for the DVD or rent the download so I can enjoy it at home where it is quiet and I can pause if something happens.

I suppose what made me angriest was that the parents did not take the child out of the theater until about 7-10 minutes before it was over. By then, I was past all caring. I wanted to be done and go home. Now, I showed very little of this, so, if that is patience, then Job must’ve been my brother. However, what was going on inside my head was not so good.

I was able to quell it somewhat by reminding myself that I was not going to have another stroke over this and that I did not have that child 24/7. Funny thing was that, when I did say something, everyone said, “You know it’s not the child’s fault; it’s the parents’ fault.” Funny, because I am, usually, the one saying this.

The stroke did change me; I almost (so close) got up and walked over to the parent (Mom) and said, “if you don’t take care of him, I will tell them out front and you can deal with them, instead.” But, wiggling over there on my cane got the better of me and I stayed in my seat.

I guess my question is “Why?” Why do so many parents raise their children so that they are so “spoiled” (I guess that would be the word) that they cannot stay seated and stay quiet? I do not believe in physical punishment. Very soon into my own children’s lives I stopped all of that. I gave them choices and consequences. They learned well and still do well today.

I know there are no real manuals that come with being a parent, so they tend to do what was done to them (I didn’t); however, I still do not understand how they (parents) can take being embarrassed so badly because I am certain they know that everyone truly blames them for the situation.

I don’t believe children are “bad”; however, they can be raised poorly.

This is not so much a venting session as a worry session. I taught problem children for six years. I saw this and worse, but, in most cases (not all), I could see the behaviors in the children stemming from the behavior of the parents. My worry is that this type of behavior seems to be becoming much worse and much more predominant.

The next generation will be absolutely out of control unless…well, you fill in that blank. Thoughts? Ideas?
Glad my two are so well-behaved.

Rooting for the Underdog…

*Before I even get started, I promised Sam I would post a link to her blog post which talks about helping people with Asperger’s .

Sam’s Post

There you go, Sam!

_____________________ My Post for Today ____________________

Growing up (and even now) I have always found myself attracted to the underdogs.I rooted for the team from the smaller school; I rooted for the hero who was battling other things beside what he/she was mainly fighting; I even rooted for the superheroes who were underdogs:

Spiderman – never could seem to get the girl or the good job, Batman – lost both parents to criminals, and Daredevil – blind.

I just look at things and see that I appreciated those who had uphill battles to win.

Here’s the thing: visualization is a reality; what you think about most comes to pass. I had always “believed” that, if you had to fight an uphill battle, then the victory was, not only sweeter, but assured. Life, I am finding out, doesn’t always play that way. I have managed to create myself as a person who is always fighting an uphill battle. This is not a complaint; I am happy with my life; I wouldn’t trade it for a million dollars (maybe five million…). However, it has now occurred to me that, perhaps, I should start focusing on success rather than the how of getting there.

This is 1 of 6, they are all listed at the end.

I should not have to achieve everything in life by climbing, tooth and nail, to whatever level I choose to achieve in life. So, the obvious thing is to, simply, change the way I view things. Not so simple, actually, to change a lifetime of thinking patterns. Yet, I see that it has to change if I am to succeed more quickly and be in tune with my new attitude.

The purpose of this is not to quit thinking about the underdogs; they will always exist and serve as a reminder that being handicapped in one way or another does not mean you can’t succeed; in fact, you can and it will be sweet.

What it means is that, if you wish to succeed, do your best and focus on thinking that you are special; you are successful; and that you can do well without having to fight from the bottom of the pile.

Just a thought…of course, a thought is the most powerful bit of creation in the world. Nothing, man-made, exists that was not, once, just a thought.

Remember that! (and, um, think on it!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3EovjVQp5U Wayne Dyer Pt 6 / 6

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVxEykHDiW4&feature=relmfu Wayne Dyer Pt 5/ 6

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bU6qsrQA5I  Wayne Dyer Pt 4 / 6

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQ2DHaTtED0  Wayne Dyer Pt 3 of 6

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Yeel0-tjpw&feature=relmfu Wayne Dyer pt 2 of 6

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rK3T76wJ32Q&feature=related Wayne Dyer pt 1 of 6

The Ups and Downs of My Week

I have had an up and down week. There have been good, even great, moments; however, there have been the others. I was leafing through my set-aside poetry and saw a few I thought I would share that are also up and down.

by Scott L Vannatter – 1-23-12

Sitting, deep in thought
Lost, caught between
Knowing best, wanting other
fear of future, of unknown
stepping out, chance taken
Divinity watches, smiles at knowing
Trust begins, journey starts.

Life Happens
by Scott L Vannatter – 1-23-12

Soft, deep kiss, Touches soul
Embrace the life, the living
Mind wavers, consciousness drifts
Thought moves toward beauty
future seen, not prepared
Listen not, promises made
too late the knowledge becomes solid

Two becomes three, becomes way of life
One leaves, mother remains
tough existence, another steps up
fear overrides, and the good never happens.

by Scott L Vannatter – 1-31-12

She steps in grace,
Movement depicts awe
My eyes lock onto beauty and its form.
Shape appeals as well as face.

I stutter as I talk, struggling to stand.
Her voice drifts with sweetness over the breeze
Each word rests with love upon my ears.

Hope springs, my heart leaps
The smile I bring to her lips
As I open the door.


Taking Leave
by Scott L Vannatter – 1-31-12

Momentary pause, my heart stumbles at the thought
The scrawling on the page takes form
before my eyes become a note of destruction,
Our love becoming my love.
Separation of being, loneliness sets in
And I know solitude is my soul.


The good thing is that God is always with me and it all works out in the end.

The other good thing is that I know all of you are out there and that makes me smile. 🙂



Philosophy is all about being curious, asking basic questions. And it can be fun!

North Noir


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I read lots of books, from mythology retellings to literary fiction and I love to reread books from childhood, this is a place to voice my thoughts for fun. I also like to ramble about things such as art or nature every now and again.



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