A Movie You Cannot Refuse…

A Movie You Cannot Refuse…

This week’s prompt for Think Write Thursday is to write about the movie you can quote the most. This may or may not be your favorite moving but you all know what we mean, right? What’s that movie, the one that once you start quoting from (probably with your friends) and you just can’t stop? Share some of your favorite quotes and tell us why you think it’s just so darn quotable.

First up, let’s cue up some music shall we?

Perhaps the best movie series ever and one I have watched dozens of times – although, the book is excellent – overall the series of movies did well to portray the saga told by Mario Puzo in his book by the same name. And, talk about a plethora of movie quotes! The Godfather is one that delivers!

My favorite quote of all is one from Don Corleone: I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.

But really, Don Corleone gives some of the best lines ever:

  • You can act like a man! What’s the matter with you?
  • A man who never spends time with his family can never be a real man.
  • Consigliere of mine, I think you should tell your don what everyone seems to know.
  • Some day, and that day may never come, I will call upon you to do a service for me. But until that day, consider this justice a gift on my daughter’s wedding day.

Peter Clemenza also gives some great lines:

  • Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.
  • He’s thinking of going to the mattresses already.

Sal Tessio gets one of the most famous quotes:

  • …Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes.

Michael Corleone’s growth over the course of the movie is dramatic, and he gives some chilling quotes:

  • Fredo, you’re my older brother and I love you. But, don’t ever take sides with anyone against the family again.
  • What’s the Turk paying you to set up my father, Captain?
  • It’s not personal, Sonny. It’s strictly business.
  • You have to answer for Santino, Carlo.
  • Only don’t tell me you’re innocent. Because it insults my intelligence and makes me very angry.
  • Just lie here, Pop. I’ll take care of you now. I’m with you now. I’m with you.

And, his power culminates so incredibly in the famous Baptism Scene:

There you have it – my all-time favorite and most quotable movie, ever. Now, if you’ll excuse me – I have a bit of watching to do!

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Procrastination is not good for your health

Procrastination is not good for your health

This week’s Think Write Thursday is to write about something you’ve been putting off doing. We all have those tasks, projects, phone calls and more that we find excuses to avoid. What are you procrastinating about? And why? And, finally, how are you going to address it? Happy writing!

I love this part – “Happy writing”

Ummmm, not so much.

This post strikes fear into my very inmost being. Really. I am going to have to talk about things I put off and I am not talking about cleaning out junk drawers or re-organizing kitchen cupboards.

Nope – even though those things are not on my “to do” list with any regularity. The Procrastination Elephant in the room for me is scheduling regular health maintenance.

Oh, I have a million excuses as to why I have not done this, but when it gets right down to it, none of them are really valid excuses.

This was not always the case – in Holland I had a doctor I loved. And, I trusted her.

No, I mean I really trusted her – even to talk about being overweight without shame or avoidance. And, with her I got regular maintenance done – mammograms, colonoscopies, bone density testing, and regular blood work.

Then I moved to Pittsburgh and discovered how hard it is to find a doctor. And, trust me – it is really hard.

Pittsburgh is a fairly large city, yet do you know that they do not have a single physician who specializes in Women’s Midlife Health?

So, in the time I have lived here, I have seen 3 different doctors – and last year, I did not visit a doctor at all. I have not really loved any one I have seen – and let me tell you about the Health Care Insurance Wars here in Pittsburgh. No one takes all insurances – so if you have “X” insurance, none of the UPMC doctors will see you. If you have “Y” insurance, none of the Highmark doctors will see you. (And, if you can only afford “Z” insurance – you are straight out of luck because no one will see you.) It is absolutely insane.

However, I have this list of things that has been nagging at me.

Things like getting a mammogram and a bone density test and a colonoscopy.

If this post was not hard enough, I now have to make a plan to address it.

Now is the part when I confess that typing is not easy – nor is it any easier to verbally say it out loud.

However, here I go…

I will look up my last physician’s phone number and call him TODAY to make an appointment. And, you can hold me to that – I promise to update you all with my appointment time in tomorrow’s blog post!

Will that get everything off my list? Nope, but it will be a start and I will bring my list…

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P.S. Every week is really not this hard! Promise!!

A Knitting Sonnett

A Knitting Sonnett

This week’s Think Write Thursday task is to write a love letter. It could be a letter to a person, an idea, a project, a dream, a wish, a relative, a famous person, an ancestor or anything (or anyone) else you can think of.


Well, as you could have guessed, today I share my deep love for all that is knitting.


Knitting, I love thee! I will gauge the ways!
I love thee in the knits and purls and YO’s
My needles can knit, and cables to slip
Even when there are many ends to weave in
I love thee without fail in every day’s
Netflixing or some audio-booking.
I love thee in a top-down pullover.
I love the joy of matching hand knit socks.
I love thy charts, repeats, and in the round
And when I grow old and my eyes weary
I will knit my love in miles of garter
With warm, bulky yarn on great big needles
Right sides and wrongs sides are loved equally,
And blessed are they that inherit my stash.


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In the bleak midwinter

In the bleak midwinter

This week’s Think Write Thursday topic is to write a post titled “Hello, February.”

Hello, February!

You might be bleak, but you just happen to be one of my favorite months! You are short and sweet with days that are slowly lengthening and you are the last full month of winter!

Those are some darned good things – but you have so much more packed in to your 28 days!

There is some Groundhog excitement today, and apparently, Punxsutawney Phil has seen his shadow and there will be six more weeks of winter. (However, remember this – only 49 days until SPRING!!)

There is one particularly SUPER Sunday and I will be cheering for a certain team from New England. It’s practically a patriotic thing to do!

You bring the birthday of my Rachel, who this year will be 28! Okay, really? How on earth can that be! (And, for those of you wondering – yes, I did use the calculator to determine her age!)

You bring a reminder that love is important on Valentine’s Day.

February 15 would be Susan B Anthony’s 197th birthday…which I think is kind of a big deal this year. A good day to put a pink hat on and celebrate!

We all get a long weekend for President’s Day…which is never a bad thing! (Also a great time to reflect on what makes a good president!)

And, all month long I will be putting pen to paper to send out a letter nineteen times.

I would be REALLY happy if you were a Leap Year – sadly this year you are not!

While I am not officially in the “Bang out a sweater” crew over at MDK this year – I hope to get at least one sweater finished this month. I am also joining in the Kirsten Kapur sock MKAL – I am not sure these will be completed this month, but they will join the knitting rotation!

I am going to try to finish another 6 books this month, which might be a challenge…we’ll see how I do!

I am also hoping that you do not bring days on end of snow and bitter cold – you could keep those things to yourself. Thank you very much!



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Mirror, mirror…

Mirror, mirror…

This week the topic for Think Write Thursday is to tell us what your mirror would say if it could talk.

Oh, boy…

Really? Can I just say for starters that I am unbelievably glad that my mirror cannot talk! Exceedingly glad – and then some! Ha!

However, perhaps if it could talk it might say things like this (in no particular order)

  1. Yes, your hair looks fine and does not need more hairspray. Really.
  2. Please do not forget the under-eye cover up – those dark circles and bag are not your friends!
  3. You know, if I were a bit bigger you might not need that magnifying mirror… okay maybe not.
  4. Two words – grey roots! You better get on that yesterday, girl!
  5. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!! And, puh-leeze!! Use the SPF 30 stuff!

Do you hear the sarcasm, because I sure can! In actuality this was a very challenging topic for me – one that is totally outside my comfort zone. I am not comfortable talking about myself in a positive way – I can talk about things I do, or ideas, or beliefs without any hesitation. But, when it gets down to that face in the mirror – it is an entirely different story.

Rather, here is what I see when I look at this picture – a middle-aged woman who will stand up for what is right and help you if you have a problem. I am a procrastinator and a dreamer and I do not at all feel like I am 57, but I sure as heck am glad I am not 75 (yet) or 25 (again). I am content with who I am inside even if I am uncomfortable talking about the outside.

A challenging journey that is, I hope, far from completion.

Thank you for selecting such a thought provoking topic this week Carole. And, I really mean that!

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With Presidential Thoughts

With Presidential Thoughts

This week’s Think Write Thursday topic is to write about 3 things I would do if I were the President of the United States. (Carole adds this bit of confidence to the topic: “I’m very certain that any one of us could do a fantastic job!”)

Well…. that certainly inspires some monumental thoughts! And, ones that I have never considered before. Me as President?!

Yeah, that would never in a million years happen.

However, perhaps I could offer some arm-chair coaching that could be entirely useful as well as incredibly helpful.

One of my favorite shows was Borgen – which was all about the government process in Denmark. And, while I realize this is far from reality – there are some things that I think are an excellent take away that could prove useful to improving our system here in the United States.

  1. Cabinet selection – rather than selecting donors who gave significantly, or your friends, or – god forbid, your family as those who advise you during your presidency. I think it would move this country in a much better direction and decrease the current state of gridlock that exists to sit down and negotiate with the political parties about their representation in the cabinet. This way everyone has a voice. Everyone is part of the process. And, I mean all parties – The Green Party, The Libertarian Party, Republicans and Democrats – both moderates and conservatives, and, yes, even the Tea Party. Perhaps, if everyone has a seat at the table – there would be incentive to govern and do so in a manner that represents all the people!
  2. While in my heart of hearts, I would love an extremely liberal court – I know that balance is the key to the courts success. And I think that a court that reflects our diverse nation is a very good thing. So, I would encourage the President (whoever they are) to improve that diversity with justices that reflect that.
  3. Finally, I would like America to make education important – as important as it should be. We are a nation that somehow has fallen far behind on the value of education. Educated citizens make informed decisions, they are not afraid of diversity, they are not fearful of differing opinions, and they understand what compromise is. They are also less likely to be influenced by the phenomenon of “fake news” and fear mongering. Healthy debate is crucial to democracy and an educated nation would not fear reasoned and informed debate – they would welcome it! And let’s remember, compromise is not losing – it is forging a way forward, creating something that everyone feels good about – something that everyone had input in creating.

There is my tiny bit of advice for anyone desiring to be President.

Tomorrow brings the close to what has been, in my opinion, a practically perfect presidency. Did he get everything right? Of course, he didn’t but his measured and thoughtful leadership have given this nation something they can be very proud of. I will close with some encouragement President Obama gave us to hold on to and inspire us in the coming days:

“Democracy does require a basic sense of solidarity – the idea that for all our outward differences, we are all in this together; that we rise or fall as one…I am asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change – but in yours.”

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