Express Yourself – July 21-25, 2014

Hello bloggers! Hope everyone had a good weekend. It’s time for this week’s posting of the Express Yourself weekly meme that comes out monthly with a different topic each week.

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Jackie Felger from Bouquet of Books and Dani Bertrand from Entertaining Interests founded this great blog hop that has a great group of people.

This week’s topic is:

July 21-25, 2014: What are some fave items you have that bring you comfort and/or special memories?

I don’t have too many physical items anymore that bring me comfort. I do own a few DVDs that bring back special memories, though, like Weekend at Bernie’s II. My mom loved that movie, and the way she snorted at the funny parts makes me smile every time I think about it; she probably laughed through most of that movie. 🙂  Music was always a big part of my life too. After I had my bleed, my daughter took me to see Dark Shadows for Mother’s Day. One of my new favorite songs is in that movie, even though it’s a classic. I wrote briefly about it here. I also posted a video of the song on that post too, if you’d like to hear it. Nothing beats an oldie but a goodie.

I have a hand written poem my dad wrote me for my twentieth birthday that I read occasionally when I’m feeling down. I also have a small bead figurine my mom made by her own hand in the hospital a few months before she passed of multiple myeloma in November 2001. I keep it in a safe place and only take it out once in a while so I can hold it close to my heart and let her know I’m OK.

It’s your turn; what items brought you comfort and special memories?




Writing 101 Day 3: Committing to a Writing Practice

Ok, so I’m a few days behind. I’m gonna have to be winging it and making it up on weekends it seems. I’m doing Day 3 of Writing 101 and the assignment is:

Today, celebrate three songs that are significant to you. For your twist, write for fifteen minutes without stopping — and build a writing habit.

This is a difficult assignment because there are many songs hold special places in my heart. Since the assignment calls for three only, I had a hard time trying to figure out the three MOST important songs.

  1. Knights in White Satin — The Moody Blues: This song is so significant and not for the reasons you might think. It doesn’t take me back to my childhood, although I do vaguely remember it from way back. My daughter Mandy took me to see Dark Shadows with Johnny Depp for my first Mother’s Day after my bleed. That was in May, 2012. I was just graduating from using the cane. I still get emotional every time I hear it.
  2. Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) — Eurythmics: Fond memories always come back to me when I hear this song because it was my mother’s favorite when she was alive. She loved her Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra, but back when I was kickin’ it 80’s style, she fell in love with this song and would try so hard to sing along with her heavy Hungarian accent. What a hoot that was!
  3. Paradise by the Dashboard Lights — Meatloaf: There are dozens of songs that can easily fill this spot, so this was more of an eeny-meenie-miney-mo choice. I’ve loved Meatloaf since forever and this is my absolute favorite song of his. If I’m ever courageous enough (or tipsy enough) to do karaoke, this would be the song I’d be belting out. 🙂 It takes me back to a time when I hung out with close friends, bar-hopping, camping, canoeing, and just enjoying the young, single, and responsibility-free life (well, except for rent, food and utilities)…

There we have it. Three songs that have significant meaning in my life. I’m curious what songs inspired everyone else throughout their lives. Until tomorrow…or the next day.