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Saturday, September 25, 2004



It's not just a good idea.

It's the law.

(c)   2004    A Southern Belle's Life


On the journey of life,

I choose the psycho path.

(c)   2004    A Southern Belle's Life

Friday, September 17, 2004


"The voice of our original self is
often muffled, overwhelmed, even strangled,
by the voices of other people's expectations
-- Julia Cameron

A few days ago, I watched (again) a movie that I enjoy very much.      I've seen this movie probably 3-4 times and, each time, I am touched . . . not only by the innocence of the characters, but the serious realities of life that mingle in between.     The movie is Benny & Joon (1993), with Johnny Depp, Mary Stuart Masterson, Julianne Moore, and Aidan Quinn.     I also find the tagline quite telling as well -- "A romance on the brink of reality."

While thinking of how my writing and my art have suffered this Summer during Stress-Fest 2004 (selling a house, buying a business, buying a house, packing, moving 600+ miles, and all of the associated stressors, plus two gazillion more), I stumbled upon not only a showing of Benny & Joon this week, but the quote (above) by Julia Cameron (one of my all-time favorite authors/inspirations).     Coincidence?!?     I think not!

With the first-annual Southern Belles' Month only a mere six months away, I've spent this week making what are (hopefully) some key contacts with individuals, companies, and organizations to begin the key planning stages of the event.    To see this event go from dream to reality, I must keep in front of me at all times the following quote:

"Leap, and the net will appear."

I'm trusting that the proverbial net will appear because, with only six months to plan, implement and pull it all off with perfect style and grace, I must L-E-A-P!

And, with that, I leave you with the conversation between Mary Stuart Masterson (Joon) and Aidan Quinn (Benny), discussing Johnny Depp's character Sam, and his preparation of grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner earlier that evening using an iron and ironing board:

Joon: He can really cook, can't he?

Benny: Yeah, although for grilled cheese,
I might use the wool setting.

Joon: That's what I told him.

Benny: Really?   What did he use?

Joon: Rayon.   Silk would have been too soggy.
Cotton would have ...

Benny: Would have burned it.

Joon: Right.    Fortunately, he consulted me
before giving it steam.
I was four square against it.

It's all in how you look at life.      What setting are YOU cooking on???

(c)   2004    A Southern Belle's Life

Life Alterations 

From The Friday Five meme:

1)  If you came upon a time machine, where would you go?    Would you alter anything?    Why?

A.  Age fourteen, month April.   Alter anything?    Yes, definitely!    Why?   So that my life would have turned out much differently than it did!

2)  If you managed to capture the Questing Beast, an odd combination of animal forms that is said to know the answers to all questions, what one question would you ask it?     Would the answer change anything?

A.  Why C. could never utter three little words.    The answer would change everything.

3)  You've found yourself a rather obedient genie in a bottle.     Make your three wishes.     Why, out of everything you could ask for, do these three win out?

A.  Because the 3 wishes - when granted - would allow me the freedom to live my most-desired creative life without financial worries.

4)  Someone presents you with a working voodoo doll.     Do you use it?     On who, why, and to what purpose?

A.  Do I use it?    Definitely!    I cannot utter the name of who but, suffice it to say, the why and to what purpose are the same - in retribution for the pain and suffering this person has inflicted.

5)  Pick a superpower, any superpower.     What and why?     How would this change your life?

A.  Reading minds.    Why?    Because so many people spend their life lying - big lies, little lies, lies for the sake of lying.    It would be nice to "know" the truth without wondering.

(c)   2004    A Southern Belle's Life

Sunday, September 12, 2004

Call Off The Search! 

While it may seem that I had all but vanished into the mysterious world of smoke, mirrors, white rabbits and illusions, rest assured that I am simply buried beneath boxes upon boxes of stuff that must find a new resting place in my new home.      Between unscrupulous movers, unethical realtors, and a multitude of stories that sound more like "tall-tales" that could fill many afternoons on the veranda, the days have zoomed past since the last view of northern Virginia was glimpsed in the rear-view mirror!      And, while those three years and two months in Yankee-country was more-than-enough for any proper Southern Belle to have to endure, the long-reaching tentacles of that place will continue to haunt me for a while longer, I fear.

Yet, while those unscrupulous movers, unethical realtors and all of the others that were involved in making the escape from the North such an ordeal think they have gotten the better of this Southern Belle, . . . they ain't seen nothin' yet!      It isn't wise to cross a lady - especially THIS lady!      I "know" exactly how to file complaints with DOT, Weights & Measures, the Realty Board of Professional Responsibilities, and many other governing organizations, who will make those who "thought" they were pulling a fast one regret that they chose me to pull it on!      I may be blonde, and I may be Southern . . . but, don't EVER mistake me for being stupid!

current mood:    Exhausted, but thrilled to be back in the real South again!
(c)   2004    A Southern Belle's Life

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