Wise Words ~ What Lies Within

  Sometimes, we struggle to find the answers in ourselves so we turn to other sources of wisdom, like the words of another writer, philosopher or artist of a different medium. If we’re having a tough time, we might turn to an inspiring, positive force for words to keep chugging along. If we are trying to understand something that seems incomprehensible, they might offer a bit of clarity. I hope these words make you stop and think a moment and carve out more meaning in your day, too. As always, thanks for reading. ~ Chris K.     “If somebody hurts you, it’s okay to cry a river. Just remember to build a bridge and get over it.”   — singer-songwriter Taylor Swift   #wisewords     (photo source, unknown)    ...

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Thursday Thoughts: Ready-Set-Get Creative!

  This is my last Thursday thoughts blog of 2019, so I thought I would use it to share my creative projects for the new year. I recently blogged that every year for well over a decade now I have selected a few annual creative adventures to embark upon and was seeking ideas for the new year. Some of these daily projects have stayed with me for many years, such as my #dailypics photo-a-day challenge that runs on my Instagram page. I believe I first tried this personal creative challenge back in 2010 and then took a break for a few years. This next year’s #dailypics theme will be much looser than the 2019 #artinspired theme which could be really tough to satisfy at times. Since one of this year’s key words to represent the year will be “carefree,” I’m going to make sure my self-imposed creative assignments capture some of that carefree nature by being less rigid and more open to interpretation. Look for my first 2020 #dailypics post next Wednesday, January 1!   This year, I proved that I put myself to the test, I can squeeze in some kind of post on my blog every single day of the year, so as long as I make it through next Tuesday, I will have finally achieved this for the first time ever. Sigh. Cool. I don’t believe I’m going to put myself through that kind of pressure next year. I hope to continue blogging a lot but I won’t be doing regular features like #MovieMondays and #ThursdayThoughts. Instead, again embracing the looser carefree approach, I am going to blog about movies I feel deserve a blog about them because they are oh so good or oh so disappointing — whenever I feel like you must know about it, you’ll see a #MovieViews blog entry in the new year but nope, not every Monday. And I will continue to blog about topics that I feel like addressing but on any day of the week, not just Thursday, so you might see a #TuesdayThoughts or #FridayThoughts blog entry come through, not any particular set schedule though.   I believe that whenever you embark on something creative, it should continue to be fun and encourage...

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From the Twitterverse

You can follow me online at Instagram for my #dailypics, on Facebook for quips, observations and pop culture commentary and on Twitter for a little bit of everything including micropoetry and Thoughts from the Twitterverse like this below. As always, thanks for reading! — Chris K.     Her heart ached for simpler times when holidays were less about overdoing gifts and more about laughing and engaging.   The realization that this holiday was in her grasp and she could guide it as she desired gave her pause and the biggest of smiles.     #twitterverse #happyholidays     (photo by C. Kuhn)              ...

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Wise Words ~ What Lies Within

  Sometimes, we struggle to find the answers in ourselves so we turn to other sources of wisdom, like the words of another writer, philosopher or artist of a different medium. If we’re having a tough time, we might turn to an inspiring, positive force for words to keep chugging along. If we are trying to understand something that seems incomprehensible, they might offer a bit of clarity. I hope these words make you stop and think a moment and carve out more meaning in your day, too. As always, thanks for reading. ~ Chris K.     “Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.”   — Oscar Wilde   #wisewords   (photo source, unknown)              ...

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Movie Mondays ~ Monday, December 23, 2019

What can I say? When I had an opportunity to watch a movie for fun the other day as I was wrapping up my Christmas card prep, I knew I wanted something uplifting, hopeful, and entertaining. I went right to an old DVD in the collection that I had not seen in a while, and that is this week’s lone movie viewing that I will be reviewing today for my #MovieMondays blog, and yes, you are right – the calendar does say Tuesday but it’s the holidays. Humor me, won’t ya? If you haven’t seen this week’s reviewed film, then I am going to encourage you to check it out. But I’m getting ahead of myself a little. Please check out this late but earnestly presented blog. And as always, thanks for reading. ~ Chris K.   FILMS VIEWED WEEK OF 12/16/2019 – 12/22/2019  *click on photo to enlarge     110. The American President Comedy, Drama, Romance (1995) Michael Douglas, Annette Bening, Michael J. Fox, Martin Sheen, Richard Dreyfuss   The news from Washington DC hasn’t been the most uplifting these days. It is easy to become jaded and pessimistic about leadership and politics. So while I was finishing up my Christmas cards, I decided more than watching LOVE ACTUALLY (2003) for the 13th or 14th time (probably), I would opt for something to make me feel more hopeful and still give me that romantic comedy feeling that makes my heart tingle.   Michael Douglas plays a widowed president who crosses paths with enthusiastic lobbyist Annette Bening and finds her intriguing beyond the words and ideas she conveys. (Of course, who wouldn’t?) Bening is at her most radiant, so who wouldn’t fall for this smart, gorgeous lady in a New York minute? Mr. Douglas is not too shabby either, capturing an almost Cary Grant-like charm I haven’t felt from him in other roles, even if I have always adored him since his days on “The Streets of San Francisco.” The cast is up to the usual standards of a Rob Reiner-directed film and Aaron Sorkin-penned movie or TV show. Everyone is perfectly placed in this story about the complications of trying to explore a new relationship under the spotlight and scrutiny of your...

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From the Twitterverse

You can follow me online at Instagram for my #dailypics, on Facebook for quips, observations and pop culture commentary and on Twitter for a little bit of everything including micropoetry and Thoughts from the Twitterverse like this below. As always, thanks for reading! — Chris K.       We get something meaningful from everyone we choose to keep close to us in our life. If you are there beside me, know this. Nestle close and know you are loved… for who you are, for what you bring and for allowing me to be there with you. Happy holidays, friends. #twitterverse   (art source, unknown)    ...

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