Writing Prompt: The Joyful Pooka

On Monday, May 30, 2016 I began a 31 Day Writing Prompt experience. I decided to share these on my blog. The prompts are courtesy of American Artists & Writers, Inc. I signed up for their newsletter and received the prompts as a download.

Day 2 – Emotion Roulette ….

Write five or six different emotions on little slips of paper and put them in a bowl. Draw one at random. Write a review of a recent movie or TV show you’ve seen using only the one emotion you drew.

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The Joyful Pooka

Harvey Movie March 2016

I’m not quite sure what it is about this movie that fills me with joy. I have watched it 3 times over the past few years and simply love it every time. The first time I watched it alone while having a date night with myself. The second time was around Easter 2015 as Lillian wanted to watch something with a rabbit.

I knew this movie’s content was acceptable for Lillian and Thomas (by my terms), and, well …. one of the stars is a 6 foot invisible rabbit (pooka) by the name of Harvey! We watched it again this April 2016. I think it has become a tradition!

I so enjoy James Stewart in this movie. His character, Elwood P. Dowd, is indeed joyful. He comments that his mom used to say one could be smart or pleasant and that he had chosen pleasant after trying out smart for a while. Elwood considers everyone a friend and his best friend is Harvey, a 6 foot invisible pooka (rabbit).

Elwood also claims that he was finally able to leave reality behind and that everyday is a beautiful day. Another Elwood-ism is that he always has a good time where ever he is and whoever he is with.

Elwood joyfully introduces Harvey to anyone who will stand still long enough. When his sister, Veta (played by Josephine Hull), takes him to the insane asylum to be committed, he remains pleasant and joyful. Josephine Hull is hilarious in character as Veta.

I am absolutely joyful while watching this, joyful that we watched it, and joyful that Thomas and Lillian LOVE watching this with me!

Can you guess which emotion I drew? Here are the six I drew from: 1)Fearful, 2) Anxious, 3)Happy, 4)Angry, 5)Joyful, and 6)Sad …

If you’d like to see more movie suggestions from Team TLC check out the “Book and Movie Musings” category on this blog.

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Blessings,

Camilla
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Book Musings: Parenting and Mindfulness and Words

Seven Spiritual Laws for Parents Book

The Seven Spiritual Laws for Parents

I’ve owned this book since 2009 or 2010 and it’s one I re-read and have incorporated into our family discussions.

Here are a few excerpts:

“…. However, a child who was taught from the age of three or four “You are here for a reason” would face a very different future. Such a child would see the search for meaning in life as a natural thing, the spiritual equivalent of learning your ABC’s. There would be no years of postponement, followed by desperate inner turmoil. “Why am I here?” doesn’t have to be a fearsome existential question. It is the most joyful exploration a person can undertake, and we do our children an immense favor by presenting it as such.”

“…. if I had been taught just these seven sentences as a child, my life would have been profoundly different. I would have known something precious and practical at the same time, something that would not have faded as a childhood lesson but would have ripened into mature spiritual understanding year by year.”

Milton's Secret Book 2016

Milton’s Secret

I was so excited to see this book! I’ve been following the making of the movie by Eckhart Tolle. However, I didn’t even know there was a children’s book. It was on display in the children’s book section.

It’s about finding the power of the present moment. A great book for helping kids discover mindfulness! Cannot wait for the movie!!

A River of Words Book 2016

A River of Words – The Story of William Carlos Williams

We learned that William Carlos Williams is considered one of our most influential American poets and his work is read and studied in schools and universities all over the world.

“His most important contribution to American poetry was his focus on everyday objects and the lives of common people. By stripping away unnecessary details, Williams tried to ‘see the thing itself … with great intensity and perception.'”

I was drawn by this last piece .. seeing the thing itself. Plus, the illustrations were completely different. Just loved them!!

I help to support my family with my writings. I share my writings for free for the benefit of others. So … there are Amazon affiliate links in this post. This simply means that if you click through to Amazon for more information about a book, and you end up buying something we get a few cents (and it doesn’t cost you anything more than usual). Also, If you benefited from this writing, would you like to toss a tip in the love offering “bucket”? Oceans of gratitude … xoxo

Blessings,

Camilla
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Movie Musings: Pi and Princess and a Fox

Life of Pi Movie May 2016

“Life of Pi” … “Loved this movie! Beautiful scenery. Beautiful and incredible story.” Thomas says, “Good, inspiring, good scenery, liked the story line, really, really, really, really good.” Lillian says, “Good, very pretty scenery, emotional, and nice music.”

We watched this one during the day since it included scenes of animals attacking other animals. Lillian was concerned it may hinder her falling asleep.

A Little Princess Movie May 2013

“A Little Princess” – We watched this one back in May 2013! Another magical story of imagination and zest for life!! I’ll take that!!! As it should be …..

The Fox and the Child April 2013 Movie

“The Fox and the Child” – We watched this one back in April 2013! About time to watch it again! What a GREAT ADVENTURE …. Absolutely breathtaking scenery and beautiful music!!

Blessings,
Camilla
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Book Musings: Shu and Free at Last and Tapestry

Confucius Book January 2016

Confucius – The Golden Rule

We LOVED this book! There’s so much I want to share from it. Here are a few:

“I never denied my teaching to anyone who sought it, even if he came to me on foot with nothing more to offer as tuition than a package of dried meat.” This speaks to my heart.

“Confucius himself said that he acquired information by using his eyes and ears: ‘I listen carefully, pick out what is best, and follow it myself. I see many things, and I remember them.'” This too!!

“Wherever you go in the world, you should treat all those whom you meet as if you are receiving a highly honored guest.”

“‘Is there any single word that could guide a person’s entire life?’ asked his student Zigong. ‘Perhaps it is shu.’ Confucius replied. Which means “compassion”, “open-heartedness,” or “caring for others.”

xoxoxo

March On Book January 2016

We read this on Martin Luther King Jr day. All three of us loved it. It was made more interesting coming from his sister’s perspective.

“Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty, we’re free at last!”

“To truly love something is better than simply to understand it, and to rejoice in it is better than simply to love it.”

“Do you want to know what knowledge is? When you know something, recognize that you know it, and when you don’t know something, recognize that you don’t know it. That’s knowledge.”

Christmas Tapestry Book February 2016
Christmas Tapestry

A beautiful tapestry from a second hand shop and an elderly Jewish woman lead to a real Christmas Eve miracle. We loved it!

Movie Musings: Fairytale and Friendship and Outer Space

Fairytale Movie May 2016

Fairytale: A True Story …. It was my turn to choose this time. I say, “Wonderful story and beautiful scenery! Can’t wait to look up more about this.” Thomas says, “Good, mesmerizing, nice, I liked it, a really good movie, liked the script and actors.” Lillian says, “Really good, adventurous, good for fairy lovers, good scenery, and loved it!” April 2016

Heidi Movie April 2013

From a 2013 Movie Night …

Heidi – Love, Forgiveness, Friendship and Miracles! I’ll take that!!

The Cat from Outer Space Move April 2014

From a 2014 Movie Night …

The Cat from Outer Space – We were in the mood for something silly! This is it!!!

Book Musings: Snowflakes and Love and Words

Snowflake Bentley Book January 2016

Snowflake Bentley (amazon affiliate link)

We enjoyed this book to the moon and back! Awesome!

“The average dairy farmer gets up at dawn because he has to go to work in the cow yard. I get up at dawn, too. But it is because I want to find some leaf, hung with dew; or a spider web which the dew has made into the most delicate ropes of pearls ….

I take my camera with me, get down on my knees in the wet grass, and photograph these exquisite bits of nature. Because I do this I can show these lovely things to people who never would have seen them without my help.

They will get their daily quart of milk, all right. Other farmers will attend to that. But I think I am giving them something which is just as important.” -W.A. Bentley

How to Expand Love Book February 2016

How to Expand Love (amazon affiliate link)

“The external emanates from the internal. If your motivation is coarse and rude, it will be felt no matter how pleasurable the circumstances. Your internal state is most paramount. If you become overwhelmed by mental discomfort, external things will not help at all.

However, if internally there is love, warmth, and kindheartedness, external problems can be accepted and faced more easily.”

Incredible book! xoxo

Noah Webster and His Words January 2016

Noah Webster & His Words (amazon affiliate link)

In 1828, after 20 years of research and writing, Noah Webster’s “American Dictionary of the English Language” was published.

He gave it to America with these words: “To my fellow citizens …. for their happiness and learning …. for their moral and religious elevation … and for the glory of my country ….” …

Team TLC LOVED this book!

Movie Musings: Gardens and Bells and Kindness

Back to the Secret Garden Movie Night 2013

April 2013 Movie Night:

“Back to the Secret Garden” (amazon affiliate link)  … Indeed a magical place … We loved it!

The Bells of St Mary's Movie Night April 2014

“The Bells of St. Mary’s” (amazon affiliate link) ….

“In the land of beginning again where the sky is always blue” ….. What a great movie! All team members say “Yes, we like it!”

Sugihara Movie Night April 2016

Sugihara – Conspiracy of Kindness  (amazon affiliate link) …

I say, “Incredible man. Incredible story.” …. “Do what’s right because it’s right. Not what you’ll get in return. Just do what’s right.” ~Chiune Sugihara …”If you saved the life of one person, it’s as if you saved the whole world.” ~Jewish Proverb ….

Lillian says, “Good, emotional, incredible, and educational.” Thomas says, “Good, meaningful, inspirational, interesting, and I liked the interviews.”

Blessings,

Team TLC

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Book Musings: Robins and Freedom and Lady Slippers

April 2014: “Who Wrote That – Louisa May Alcott”(amazon affiliate link) Lillian read this yesterday and loved it! She kept sharing sections with me that she thought were interesting. She loved this poem and I thought it was pretty cool too!!

To the First Robin

WELCOME, welcome, little stranger,
Fear no harm, and fear no danger;
We are glad to see you here,
For you sing “Sweet Spring is near.”
Now the white snow melts away;
Now the flowers blossom gay: Come dear bird and build your nest,
For we love our robin best.

I had a Pema Chodron marathon a few months back! Here’s another!

Taking the Leap – Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears (amazon affiliate link)

“Again and again, we run from discomfort and go for short-term symptom relief, which never addresses the root of the problem. We’re like an ostrich sticking its head in the sand in hopes of finding comfort. …. this continual cycle of avoiding the present is referred to as self-absorption, self-clinging, or ego.

One way to practice staying present is to pause, look out, and take three deep breaths. Another way is to simply sit still for a while and listen. Simply listen to the sounds in the room. For one minute, listen to the sounds close to you. For one minute, listen to the sounds at a distance. Jut listen attentively. The sounds isn’t good or bad. It’s just sound.”

LOVE her books!!

The Legend of the Lady Slipper (amazon affiliate link) 

Great retelling of an Ojibwe legend about lady slippers, courage and love. We enjoyed it!

Blessings, Camilla

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Did you know I wrote a book? It’s titled “D iz for Different – One Woman’s Journey to Acceptance” and you can read more about it here.

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Movie Musings: A Journey and A Pooka and A Princess

“The Hundred-Foot Journey” (amazon affiliate link) … I say, “Just loved!!! Loved Helen Mirren! Poetic, passionate, and full of compassion and heart!” Thomas says, “Amazingly awesome, funny, full of happiness, liked the music, great, amazing, really good.” Lillian says, “Good, awesome, amazing, good humor, good music, good effects, funny, good ending, good scenery, and good beginning.”

“Harvey” (amazon affiliate link) – Second time around for this one. We seem to have made this an Easter Eve tradition.

I say, “I LOVE this movie!! Josephine Hull is hilarious! And James Stewarts’ lines are inspiring! “I always have a wonderful time wherever I am and whoever I’m with. Everyday is a beautiful day. I was finally able to leave reality behind. My mom always said that you could be smart or pleasant. I chose pleasant after trying smart out for a while.”

Thomas says, “Good, funny, fun-loving, good joking, good acting, good music, and inspiring.” Lillian says, “Funny, good actors, awesome, adventurous, and good.”

Throwback to a Team TLC 2012 Movie Night …. The Little Princess (amazon affiliate link) … Enjoyed by all three of us!

Blessings,
Camilla
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Did you know I wrote a book? It’s titled “D iz for Different – One Woman’s Journey to Acceptance” and you can read more about it here.

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Book Musings: Titanic and Scary Places and Sailors

Titanicat (amazon affiliate link)

Beautifully illustrated story of the cat of the Titanic. I didn’t even know there was a ship cat! We sure enjoyed this one!

Have yet to read one of Pema Chodron’s books that I don’t find meaningful. So raw and real! Love, love, love!!

The Places That Scare You (amazon affiliate link)

“We are being encouraged to remain open to the present groundless moment, to a direct, unarmored participation with our experience. We are certainly not being asked to trust that everything is going to be all right. Moving in the direction of nothing to hold on to is daring. We will not initially experience it as a thrilling, alive, wonderful way to be. How many of us feel ready to interrupt our habitual patterns, our almost instinctual ways of getting comfortable?”

The Shipwrecked Sailor (amazon affiliate link)

Based on a 19th century B.C. Egyptian story found on a papyrus scroll. Mysterious and enchanting! We absolutely enjoyed this one!

Blessings,
Camilla
See It. Share It. BE IT … Spread Love Everywhere You Go!

Did you know I wrote a book? It’s titled “D iz for Different – One Woman’s Journey to Acceptance” and you can read more about it here.

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