My Poetic Path

my journey…shared in poems, prose and photos


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Remembering Michael Landon

Michael Landon Quotes

“Every script I’ve written and every series I’ve produced have expressed the things I most deeply believe.” Michael Landon

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Michael Landon  (click to read his Wiki page)had only 54 years on this earth. But in that time, he spread so much good will, hope and inspiration.

He is one of my all-time fav actors, particularly for his role in the series: Highway to Heaven, which aired from 1984-89, ending just two years before his untimely death, due to cancer.

I recently purchased Season 1 and 2 from Amazon and I am really enjoying watching these shows again. Unlike so many other TV shows from the past, this one has stood the test of time so well. The stories are still relevant, entertaining and thought-provoking too.

I hope he’s got his real wings now. 😉

 If you are familiar with this series, you’ll know what I mean!

RIP Michael. You will not be forgotten. A life that mattered.

 

Here’s my 5 Star Review from Amazon.ca:

How wonderful it has been to watch this inspiring and entertaining series, once again.

I loved Highway to Heaven when it first aired in the late 80s and unlike so many shows from that era, this one still “rings true” all these years later.

Michael Landon was perfect as Jonathan, the earth-bound angel on a mission to help all kinds of people in need, along with his trusty sidekick, Victor French, who was also a very good choice in his role.

Relevant, uplifting and with plenty of humor thrown in too.

A very well-spent 10. and I do plan to purchase more season dvds soon.


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Movie Review: “Hitch” at His Finest! :-)

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I’ve always been a fan of Alfred Hitchcock’s movies. 🙂

I recently purchased this Hitchcock DVD collection from TCM and it is soooo good!

I ♥ three of these movies, 🙂 the fourth one, not so much. 😦

My mini reviews of each of the movies in this set:

Suspicion: This is the one that was “not so much”.

I’m not a Cary Grant fan, the only movie I’ve ever seen that I DID like him in was: Notorious. Other than that, he always seems to be just a “pretty boy” walking through movies, with not much depth or emotion. I know a lot of people enjoy his work but I’m not one of them. And as usual, his performance in Suspicion fell short of the mark IMO.

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Strangers on a Train: Just wonderful! Farley Granger and Robert Walker, just shine in this tale of two men who meet on a train and from there, their personal lives are both nothing short of a “train wreck”. Robert Walker is one crazy guy in this movie, suggesting to Farley that they swap murders. A stellar supporting cast too, including Hitchcock’s daughter Patricia, who is just riveting in her role and the lovely Ruth Roman as Farley Granger’s love interest. 

Sadly, I read that Robert Walker actually died before this film was completed, due to complications from a drug he was given. He was only in his early 30s at the time. But what a final performance he gave. Haunting and memorable.

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The Wrong Man: This movie is actually based on a true story, one of the few (or perhaps only) times that Hitchcock made a movie about an actual true person/event. Hitchcock even skipped his usual cameo appearance in this movie, due to it’s factual and tragic content.

Henry Fonda and Vera Miles star in this film and both give good performances. Henry Fonda plays the part of real-life: Manny Balestrero  a musician who worked as a bass player at the famous Stork Club in NYC. The film is set in the 1950s.

Manny (Henry Fonda) is wrongly identified and accused of a series of hold-ups, around New York city and the story unfolds how this case of mistaken identity not only goes on to impact his own life significantly, but also contributes to his wife ending up in an institution, with serious mental problems. 

A sad story but riveting and thought-provoking too. How something like this can happen to an innocent person is hard to imagine but I’m guessing, it’s more common (at least in that era) than one might think.

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I Confess: This is my favorite in this collection. Again (and a bit ironically) another case of mistaken identity, when Montgomery Clift, playing a young priest, is accused of murder. Clift’s performance in this film is just riveting. I really can’t imagine anyone who could have played the part better.

Filmed in and around beautiful, Quebec City, this is a memorable and at times, rather dreamlike film. In addition to the investigation of the murder there is a bittersweet love story interwoven in the plot.

The musical score is perfection too and I think the right music is such a big part of setting the tone in any film. Sadly, the music is often NOT in keeping with the theme of too many older movies I’ve watched. It was definitely well done here.

I had not seen many movies with Montgomery Clift before this and never realized before just how good an actor that he was. Apparently, he showed up at a film festival in NY, where this film was being shown a couple of years before his death. When director: Peter Bogdanovich asked Montgomery what it was like to be watching himself in the theatre that day, his reply was: “It’s hard. It’s very hard.” Tragically, Clift died shortly after that of a heart-attack, at the young age of 45 .

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This is a must-have movie collection for any Hitchcock fans.

And right now, it’s less than $10 at Amazon.com.

A real bargain for this classic collection from the Master of Suspense.

 I know I’ll be enjoying these movies, again and again. 🙂


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Book Review: Taming The Hour of the Wolf by H. R. Warren

TAMING THE HOUR OF THE WOLF

As I wrote about in my book:

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Laughing AT the Grim Reaper! Gems of Wisdom for Aging Well,

I’ve had (MORE THAN) my share of sleepless nights, over the years. 😦

Particularly annoying for me has been waking up in the middle of the night (around 3 AM…) which is also a time referred to as:

The Hour of the Wolf.

Tossing, turning, wide awake but tired…thinking all kinds of crazy, annoying and at times, very disturbing thoughts. Where some of them came from, I have no idea. But enough to keep me awake and to interrupt sleep in a most unpleasant way.

The sleepless night situation HAS improved in the past couple of years as I have been making a real effort to go to sleep in a calm, relaxed frame of mind and when I DO wake up, in the middle of the night now, there are a lot fewer negative thoughts that come to mind. But now, when it does happens, I replace these negative thoughts with positive ones, right away! Good things I choose and WANT to dwell on,…it’s worth the effort and it really has helped.

So back to this book review.

I “happened” to be browsing over at Amazon one day recently and did a search for “Hour of the Wolf” as I had seen the  Ingmar Bergman movie of the same name, many years ago in Toronto and wondered if it was still available.

If you aren’t familiar with the movie: Hour of the Wolf, you can read more about it here.

A strange, surreal and original story that I never completely forgot.

And the term “hour of the wolf” is one that has always stayed with me, particularly on sleepless nights when I wake up during the period between 3-5AM,  AKA “the hour of the wolf”.

When I did the search at Amazon, this Kindle book: Taming the Hour of the Wolf, also came up and I am SO glad I checked it out too. It’s a wonderful book! 🙂

Written in a personable, engaging style and filled with 144 affirmations that readers can refer to, again and again, when the Hour of the Wolf strikes a discordant note.

I am a true believer in the power of positive thoughts and particularly affirmations.

The ones that author: H. R. Warren, shares in this book are divided into categories including:

Sleeplessness, Negativity & Doubt, Procrastination, Abundance… and several others.

By choosing a particular category, you are then given a list of useful and calming affirmations to help still the mind and replace negative, upsetting thoughts, particularly during the Hour of the Wolf.

I think most people at some time or other grapple with sleepless nights. It’s not fun, it’s frustrating and getting back to sleep can be so difficult at times.

By keeping this book: Taming the Hour of the Wolf, close at hand on a bedside table perhaps, there is help only a click or page turn away.

The Kindle version (which is the one I have) is nicely formatted, with full page nature photos to begin each new category.  

And at less than a $1. for the Kindle version right now, a real bargain for a reference guide that I know I will be referring to, again and again. Especially when the “hour of the wolf” takes a turn for the worse and I need some positive thoughts to help to calm my mind and get back to sleep.

If you also struggle with ongoing or even occasional sleepless nights, check this one out.

Have a great day and sweet dreams! 🙂


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Book Review: X by Sue Grafton

I’ve read most of the books in the alphabet/ (Kinsey Millhone) series by Sue Grafton.

Some I’ve loved (most actually) 😉 and a few of them, not so much. 😦

I was eagerly anticipating: X, the latest (24 book) in this series. Unfortunately, it fell short of my expectations.

When a Grafton book really “hits home” for me, I can’t put it down until I’ve finished it, usually in a day or two. When it came to X, I found myself waiting for the story to really grab my attention, page after page… but that didn’t happen.

I found the story too disjointed, too many characters and subplots and the stories themselves, not all that interesting or compelling. When I got to the last couple of chapters, I just wanted to “get it over with” and finish the book.

If I had to describe this book overall in one word, it would be FLAT.OK, but not up to the brilliance of some of the other books in this series.

Hopefully Y and Z will be better. I will certainly try again. But I could have given X a pass without missing much.

Have you read this and/or other books in this series?

What are your thoughts on X? 


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Book Review: The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy

The Best $1 You Will Ever Spend! 😉

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After reading about Cynthia Stafford’s amazing lottery win ($112 MILLION) and how she credited much of her success to Joseph Murphy’s work, I decided to give this kindle book a try.

The Power of the Subconscious Mind,

exceeded my expectations, and in many ways.

I’ve read a lot of LOA books, especially in the past couple of years…some good, some so-so, some just “get rich quick” schemes for the authors, or so it often seems. And when it comes to the older books on this topic, they often seem dated and not relevant for people living in today’s world.

The Power of the Subconscious Mind is a winner, in all respects.

It IS extremely relevant, for anyone who is looking to add more abundance and success to their life.

It is NOT preachy, although it’s obvious that the author did have strong religious beliefs, he doesn’t “preach” or push a particular creed or religion at any time in this book.

His message is a universal one, for everyone seeking a happier, healthier and more prosperous life. And who isn’t?? 😉

The practical advice in this book is easy to follow and powerful. Enjoyable and not a chore to follow through with and continue to do so!! A nice change from some other books on the topic I’ve read and gave up on.

I make it a point to re-read a couple of chapters, a few of times during the week, as a good reminder and pick me up. I’ve had some excellent results already, following many of the suggestions in this book.

No, I haven’t won 112 MILLION as Cynthia Stafford did, but I’ve had a lot of smaller wins so far, and not just when it comes to financial gains.

And as Murphy so wisely states in this book, money and prosperity ARE very important, but they are not the whole story when it comes to living a successful and happy life.

If you are debating about what Law of Attraction book to buy, you won’t be sorry if you choose this one!


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Woohoo…My 1000 Review at Amazon.com and it’s a 5 star! :-)

My 1000 review posted at Amazon:

Murder & Moonflowers by Leslie Leigh

What a fun story this was to read! 🙂

I’m a fan of cozy mysteries AND a long-time believer in holistic and herbal medicine, so when I happen to see this book on a Top 100 list recently, downloading it was a no-brainer.

This has a rather unique twist on the usual types of kindle cozy mysteries, with the main character’s occupation being a herbalist and baker.

The story moved along at a good pace, characters were believable and I liked the author’s engaging writing style as well.

The suspense kept up right to the end of the story when all was satisfyingly revealed; along with a teaser for the next book in the series that made me want to download book 2 too (which I have!).

If you like cozy mysteries and have an interest in natural and herbal medicines like I do, this is a book and also a series to check out. I’m hoping book 2 will be just as good.

Happy Reading and Weekend! 🙂


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Product Review: Film Noir Collection

 

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I’ve been a fan of “film noir” movies (click to read more, if you are not familiar with that movie genre) since I was a kid. Not that I knew what movies in this genre were actually called back then, LOL!

I always loved the mysterious feeling these movies portrayed, the night scenes, the danger, the spine-tingling suspense, the romance, the bad guys, the bad girls…what’s not to , right? 😉

I happened to find this Film Noir Collection: two DVD set over at Amazon recently for less than $10!!!

And that is for all 10 of these film noir classics:

DOA

BEAT THE DEVIL

IMPACT

THE STRANGER

SCARLET STREET

SHOCK

PORT OF NEW YORK

THEY MADE ME A CRIMINAL

WHIRLPOOL

QUICKSAND

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As for quality, excellent picture and sound, considering the age of the original films these were reproduced from, all from the 40’s.

Only one thing that might be a negative for some viewers, this is a full-screen version not widescreen. For me though, it was fine, as we have an OLD TV and the full screen versions for movies are actually better.

This would also make a great gift for any “film noir” fans on your list. It comes in a black metal tin, instead of the usual plastic DVD case. Add a red ribbon tied around it and you’d be good to go! 😉

If you are a film noir fan like I am or know someone who is, this is a must have collection! 

Happy Viewing!