Letters of Life

Month: August 2010

Last Weekend

I don’t usually chronicle my weekends; That’s more within a teen’s ambit of bookending their appointments, flitting from activity to activity and journaling them.  But it was an unusual weekend, kinda, in that it was a mad dash from dawn, literally, to midnight.   The momentum got going late Friday night. For some reason, the… Read More ›

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Tribute

This song, simply called Tribute Medley, says what is on my mind today. I know I’ve posted it before here, but it’s worth repeating in this post on this day. Enjoy the song.

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August Moon

Sometimes it’s fun to compare what you were doing around the same time a year ago. Obviously, the things that got you going a mere 12 months ago seem incongruous if you were to be doing it now. Yes, it’s the what-was-I-thinking blindsight that makes me look back in dumbfounded (the operative word being ‘dumb’)… Read More ›

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Living with Age

No, it’s not because it’s that time of year. . .  Having recently moved to dramatically different surroundings—a bungalow, not an apartment, and one that is full of relics and old books–I sense a change of mood within—it’s a lot like entering a different realm, the kind that affects your spirits and spirit.  The age… Read More ›

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Displacement

In uprooting myself from my living space of 9 years up in the trees, only to be living in transit in another, I feel weightless, like a tea leaf (Oolong, because it is too long) swirling in a teacup.  If you found that lead sentence messy, well, blame it on the mess I’m in now,… Read More ›

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(Short Term) Memory Loss

It was a last minute scramble to put away the last minute things that were lying around the home as fast as possible before the moving company–like the Grim Reaper–came, knock-knock-knocking on my front door. These would be things like the unfolded laundry, toothbrushes, TV/cable remotes, breakfast things, and the fish tank. The fish were… Read More ›

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Irony

I was going to post some photos depicting irony, in which the surface meaning and the underlying meaning of what is said are not the same (Henry Watson Fowler) and consists in “stating the contrary of what is meant” (Eric Partridge).   and perhaps but then I came across this John Cleese video and it… Read More ›

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Old Words, Old Rooms

I am holding in my hand a suede Filofax I’d got from a whirlwind trip to Europe one summer a while back. I remember entering a leather goods shop in Florence, Italy, popular with tourists for its leatherbound goods. The minute I saw this Filo, I’d fallen in love with the texture of the rich… Read More ›

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A Song from Childhood

This song–If You Remember Me–is heart-rending and I’d forgotten what a wonderful movie The Champ (1979) was, which this song was a part of. The great Marvin Hamlisch (A Chorus Line, The Way We Were) wrote the music, Carole Bayer Sager the lyrics, and the vocals are by Chris Thompson, an AOR (adult-oriented rock) singer… Read More ›

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Low Maintenance

Fact: I took less than 30 minutes to empty a bookcase. Fact: It took three hours to empty all the contents in and on my dressing table into a packing box. Sorting the contents of a bookcase is easy-peasy. Either I think the book is worth keeping (here it comes, the trashy titles), or it’s… Read More ›

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On Style

Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening. — Coco Chanel I like what current designer at the house of Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld, says about his collections: “Chanel is composed of only a… Read More ›

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I in the Sky

You gotta listen to this song. It’s vintage ’70s with that psychedic feel that pervaded this first-of-its-kind kids’ television at the time. Sometimes it did seem as if the Sesame Street illustrators were high on magic mushrooms or weed to have come up with the kind of alphabet/number videos that they did. “I-In the Sky”… Read More ›

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Splendour in the Grass

One of my favourite songs by Jason Mraz. Together with an excerpt from a well-known Ode by one of my favourite—because easily accessible—poets, W Wordsworth. . . . The thought of our past years in me doth breed Perpetual benediction: not indeed For that which is most worthy to be blest— Delight and liberty, the… Read More ›

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ABC

One of the best bands of the 80s, ABC, with The Look of Love. This vid is quintessentially of the best that came out of the ’80s: A style contrary to the band’s personality, costumes inspired by Mary Poppins, kitsch and corn. It was influenced by old Brit music hall, the chalk pavement sequence in… Read More ›

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Joie de Vivre

Reality Bites (1994) was a low-key film, Ben Stiller’s first stint as a director, telling the story about Gen X-ers dealing with the challenges of life after graduation. Relationships, job-hopping, at the tail-end of self-discovery, the whole shebang. This scene, where Janeane Garofalo and Wynona Ryder (and Ethan Hawke and Steve Zahn) kick it up… Read More ›

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Barbie & Me

I got my very first Barbie when I was–wait a minute. I had a Sindy Doll (a rival of Barbie), but did I really ever own a Barbie? My mind switches into reverse, picks up speed, past the bright sunlight shining on my adolescence, back even further to my tweens, past the Space 1999 gang,… Read More ›

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Across oceans

This afternoon, I just had a really good chat with an old friend. . . spanning two oceans and a few continents….we were in the same church youth group throughout high school. Of course, after that, everybody went their separate ways. It’s a pity, but that’s just how it was then.  Like most Gen X-ers,… Read More ›

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On Branding

Some thoughts on branding. Products are made in the factory, but brands are created in the mind – Walter Landor And former P&G executive, Robert Blanchard, wrote this: A brand is the ‘personification of a product, service, or even an entire company.’ Like any person, a brand has a physical ‘body’: in P&G’s case, the… Read More ›

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A Song of Summer

Do listen to this while you read, thanks. Now that we’re officially into August, it is high summer in the Northern hemisphere, though for some reason, we’re into terrifically cool and rainy days heading into the National Day weekend. Kokomo (1988), by The Beach Boys, is one of summer’s quintessential songs. Every summer needs one… Read More ›

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Clothes Quotes

You know I am caught up in stuff when I put quotes in here. When you can’t do something truly useful, you tend to vent the pent up energy in something useless but available, like snappy dressing. ~Lois McMaster Bujold Most definitely I do the above. They don’t call it retail therapy for nothin’. Just… Read More ›

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