Friday, July 15, 2011

A Decade Of Fun

We saw Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows part 2 this morning. The movie was suppose to start at 12:01am but it malfunctioned and didn't start until 12:50am. It is now 3:27am and we are home again. It was fun. The saga is over and it ended on a positive note.

If you haven't read the Harry Potter books, try them. You will get hooked. It doesn't seem to matter what generation you get hooked. My parents enjoyed them; my siblings enjoyed them; my nephews and nieces and great nephews and great nieces enjoyed them as well.

Four generations in our family. The movies were equal to the books. They were well made and with only an exception or two, kept the same cast all the way through.

It has been great fun. Thanks, J.K. Rowling. Well done.....well done indeed.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

We Are Doing It Again

It's that time again. Time for the last chapter of Harry Potter and yes, we are going to the midnight show again. Last year, we took John and Thomas Fox. This year, only John is going.

Thomas will be going on overland trek with other Mormon kids to get a feel of what it was like to be a pioneer. We will miss Thomas but we will suffer on.

Elinor and I have already watched the other seven videos from this series. It has been an incredible run. I have enjoyed the books and the movies equally and I will miss these characters.

It has definately been good fun.

Once more, into the fray, dear friends.........LUMOS. Let there be light.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Zyg Nagorski

I received a call from my Brother, Ross, today. We both talked about the events of yesterday and how we almost lost a great nephew, Luke Gunn. Luckily, Luke is doing well.(See previous blog).

I asked Ross about his wife, Sharon, who is also in the hospital after undergoing some surgery on her leg. Sharon is improving daily and Ross told me that one of the things they do is read the paper together. Today he read about the passing of a dear friend, Zyg Nagorski. Zyg and his lovely wife, Marie, were friends of my family when we lived in Scarsdale, NY. Originally from Poland, they escaped during the WWII and made their way to the US. Mom met Marie at the Scarsdale Tennis Club. Yes, my Mother once played tennis( stop giggling, Cuz). The women became friends and so did the husbands. For years, the Nagorskis came to our house for holidays and cookouts. They were very good friends. They all

love to discuss current events and what was happening in the world. They formed a group called the Curious People. Zyg and Marie entrusted their oldest daughter to my folks while they were overseas in Egypt. Young Marie was suppose to be going to Syracuse but she would have none of it. She worked at Schraffts as a waitress and boy did she bring home the tips. Young Marie was and is very beautiful. When I first moved to DC, she was a big help to me.

When my Mom remarried, Zyg and Marie continued to be her dear friends. It was always a joy to see them. When Mom and Ken moved to Washington, the friendship continued. I will always consider them very special people in my life.

Dad and Zyg grew apart but Zyg was always sad about that and tried to make up. My father wasn't very good about making up. Maybe he will now. I hope so.

Safe journey, Zyg and thanks.

Monday, July 11, 2011

In A Moment......

This is an old picture but it is all I have. We almost lost this sweet little boy tonight. He and his family were visiting friends and the friends had a pool. Luke had been swimming with a life jacket on but he asked if he could take it off. His mother asked if he was going to swim any more and he said no. She took it off.
The grownups were talking when the friend's little boy spied Luke at the bottom of the pool. They got him out and the friend performed CPR. Luke spit up water and was taken to the hospital. It appears as if he will be ok but Holy Cow!!!
I prayed like I have never prayed before and God answered. Thank you, God. Thank you!!!!!
This is a precious child. I would not like to be without him. How incredible!!!! It was just one moment.............
Just an update. Luke is fine. His Grandmother talked to him in the hospital this morning. It seems that Master Luke decided to go swimming without his waterwings. Little boys just have to try things on their own. We are all so grateful that this little guy is alright.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Is Anybody there?

One of my favorite musicals is 1776. It is about the writing of the Declaration of Independence as seen through the eyes of John Adams. It was because of this musical that I became a fan of Adams. Towards the end of the show, there is a showdown between those who want slavery and those who don't. The South threatens to vote no if the part of the Declaration concerning slavery isn't removed. John Adams doesn't want to remove it. "History will never forgive us" he says. He is left alone in the Congressional Chamber and he wonders..."Is Anybody There? Does anybody see what I see?
I got an email from someone who felt that it was not right for Congress not to have to deal with Medicare and Social Security like the rest of us. They have voted themselves a retirement package that is incredible in benefits. Why do we allow that?
If they gave up their package, we might be able to make Social Security last a lot longer. When did serving in Congress become a full time business?
The guys who served in 1776 didn't get any benefits. John Adams had a heck of a time making ends meet. His wife Abigail had to run their farm by herself. She was lucky if she saw him once a year much less every night. So I ask Congress.....Is anybody there who cares whats going on? Serving your country shouldn't mean serving yourself.