Forgiveness and a Giggle

Hello out there, how are you? Are you still going strong, sing a song and wash your hands???? 😉

We are in extraordinary times. I do not know any time in my life when societies have been so divided like today. On top of that a pandemic. I always wonder when we entered this B-Movie horror film that’s called “reality”. So I felt this quote should remind us that love is the answer:

“Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong ~ Mahatma Gandhi”

video credit: The Top Ten Amazing via YouTube

There is a lot to forgive on any side of the coin of today’s problems but in the end all that counts is that we did the right thing and didn’t add to the confusion. But now to something entirely different…

Let’s have a giggle 😉

The guide said to us:

“Most of all do not panic”

and the answer

is 42 anyway 😉

video credit: BBC Studios via YouTube

Happy Thursday to you all despite everything 🙂

Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.

Please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.

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Quote by T. Pratchett on living

So much life, and so little time

Hello, my dear readers, how are you today? I hope life gives you lots of lemons so you can make lemon sherbet LOL.

Five years ago one of my favourite authors passed over to another life.

I wrote about him then:

The above title is an adaption of a quote from the late Sir Terry Pratchett, who passed away yesterday morning.

His quote is “So much universe and so little time!”

He is one of my favourite authors. His Discworld novels are brilliant satires on today’s life and society but never in a nasty way. He showed so much humour and understanding for the human nature that always made me think and understand life just that little bit better.

For all those who do not know: He suffered a rare form of early-onset Alzheimer’s and had campaigned tirelessly both for more research into Alzheimer’s as well as a change of law about assisted suicide. It saddens me terribly that such a brilliant person and mind had to leave so early.

Ironically one of his most intriguing characters is Death, who is strangely interested in humanity and becomes more and more benevolent towards them. Terry Pratchett was a ferocious writer: he has over 70 novels to his name and wrote three books a year at times.

Again it taught me one thing I should know by now: Life is short! You do not know when your time will come!

Do now what is close to your heart. Don’t wait. Tomorrow might be too late.

RIP Sir Terry Prachett. I hope you could leave your anger behind for another one to write….

Terry Pratchett in quotes ~ The Guardian

Quote by T. Pratchett on living
Quote taken from BrainyQuote

While I am determined to beat cancer, I have, of course, pondered the possibility that it could beat me. This is an uncomfortable thought I have to admit. All the fears that come with it from fear of the unknown to leaving my loved ones behind bubbled up like a volcano just about to erupt. And they nearly got the better of me.

However, since I was off working for 1 1/2 years, I have started to practice Mindfulness and try to develop a mindset of “I am only living in this minute: not in the future and not in the past!”. I have also developed the habit to look those fears in the eyes and then thank the universe for all the blessings it has given me. That so often calms me down and allows me to accept the fact that I just don’t have power over everything.

And then I start singing:

video source: Doris Day on YouTube

I am sorry but I just can’t be fearful when I hear Doris Day ;-).

Being mindful and living in the moment does need some work and self-discipline. But you know, it is a huge relief to let those fears go and just enjoy the moment. It is worth the effort. Currently, I am just fatigued and where they took the biopsies, it still hurts a little, but nothing is unbearable. I have a family that cares enormously for me and friends all over the world who are sending me good vibes. What else can I ask for?

I do not feel alone. I feel like I am carried on a wave of positive energy and prayer, and that means a lot to me. I think that that is the best condition to beat cancer.

So much life is mine

Love and friendship carries me

See the daffodils

This is it for today my dear readers. I hope you are having a blast! 😉

Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.

Please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.

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Blast from the Past: Quote of the Day ~ Fail ~ Samuel Beckett

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better. Samuel Beckett”

Please head over to “Bee Wordless” and find my “Wordless Wednesday” posts. You can also find my posts about life, the universe and everything over at “The Bee Creates…“. Also, find poetry and links back to posts on “The Bee Writes…” over at Tumblr.

English translation of the Confusius quote
Portrait of Andy, Bee and Sherky Halton at the beach

#quoteoftheday ~ Strange Jewels ~ Elizabeth Gilbert

“The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all and then sands back to see if we can find them” Elizabeth Gilbert

Wikipedia on Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth M. Gilbert (born July 18, 1969) is an American author, essayist, short story writer, biographer, novelist, and memoirist. She is best known for her 2006 memoir, Eat, Pray, Love, which as of December 2010 had spent 199 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list, and which was also made into a film by the same name in 2010.[1]




#quoteoftheday ~ Making Mistakes ~ Tallulah Bankhead

“If I had to live my life again, I’d make the same mistakes, only sooner.” Tallulah Bankhead

IMBd on Tallulah Bankhead

Tallulah Brockman Bankhead was born on January 31, 1902 in Huntsville, Alabama. Her father was a mover and shaker in the Democratic Party who served as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from June 4, 1936, to September 16, 1940. Tallulah had been interested in acting and, at age 15, started her stage career in the local theater troupes of Huntsville and the surrounding areas. At age 16, she won a beauty contest and, bolstered by this achievement, moved to New York City to live with her aunt and to try her hand at Broadway. She was offered a role in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920), but did not take it after she refused John Barrymore‘s invitation for a visit to the casting couch. Unfortunately, for the young Miss Bankhead, she did not make any headway on the stages of New York, so she pulled up stakes and moved to London, in 1923, to try her luck there.

For the next several years, she was the most popular actress of London’s famed West End, the British equivalent of Broadway. After starring in several well-received plays, she gained the attention of Paramount Pictures executives and returned to the United States to try her hand at the film world. Her first two films, Woman’s Law (1927) and His House in Order (1928), did not exactly set the world on fire, so she returned to do more stage work. She tried film work again with Tarnished Lady (1931), where she played Nancy Courtney, a woman who marries for money but ultimately gets bored with her husband and leaves him, only to come back to him when he is broke. The critics gave it a mixed reception. Tallulah’s personality did not shine on film as Paramount executives had hoped. She tried again with My Sin (1931) as a woman with a secret past about to marry into money. Later that year, she made The Cheat (1931), playing Elsa Carlyle, a woman who sold herself to a wealthy Oriental merchant who brands her like she was his own property and is subsequently murdered. The next year, she shot Thunder Below (1932), Faithless(1932), Make Me a Star (1932) (she had a cameo role along with several other Paramount stars) and Devil and the Deep (1932). The latter film was a star-studded affair that made money at the box-office due to the cast (Gary CooperCharles Laughton and newcomer Cary Grant). The films she was making just did not do her talent any justice, so it was back to Broadway–she did not make another film for 11 years. She toured nationally, performing in all but three states.

She was also a big hit at social affairs, where she often shocked the staid members of that society with her “untraditional” behavior. She chain-smoked and enjoyed more than her share of Kentucky bourbon, and made it a “habit” to take her clothes off and chat in the nude. A friend and fellow actress remarked on one occasion, “Tallulah dear, why are you always taking your clothes off? You have such lovely frocks.” She was also famous–or infamous–for throwing wild parties that would last for days. She returned to films in 1943 with a cameo in Stage Door Canteen (1943), but it was Lifeboat (1944) for director Alfred Hitchcock that put her back into the limelight. However, the limelight did not shine for long. After shooting A Royal Scandal (1945) she did not appear on film again until she landed a role in Fanatic (1965). Her film and small-screen work consisted of a few TV spots and the voice of the Sea Witch in the animated film The Daydreamer (1966), so she went back to the stage, which had always been first and foremost in her heart. To Tallulah, there was nothing like a live audience to perform for, because they, always, showed a lot of gratitude. On December 12, 1968, Tallulah Bankhead died at age 66 of pneumonia in her beloved New York City. While she made most of her fame on the stages of the world, the film industry and its history became richer because of her talent and her very colorful personality. Today her phrase, “Hello, Dahling” is known throughout the entertainment world.

– IMDb Mini Biography By: Denny Jackson