Enjoyed Cowboys & Aliens in Wasilla, Alaska

Enjoyed Cowboys & Aliens at Wasilla’s fancy new stadium seating movie theater. How strange to walk out of a theater and into a valley of fireweed surrounded by misty mountains.

(A Facebook post from Wasilla, Alaska, August 9, 2011.)

Mountain Top quote: There’s all kinds of jails

Mike (Pastor/Lawyer): Why’d you want to see me?

Sam (Prisoner): Papa told me you were a spiritual man, and that we need to help each other.

Mike: Help each other? Well ... you’re the one in jail.

Sam: [laughs] Well, there’s all kinds of jails. One of the worst is the prison of wrong thoughts. I was locked up there for many years until I found the key and opened the door.

(from the movie Mountain Top)

“You are more beautiful than music.”

“You are more beautiful than music.”

“Your face is like a poem.”

“And in your eyes ... heaven.”

Must Love Dogs: “You never would have left Kevin, would you? (quote)

Two sisters talking in the movie, Must Love Dogs:

“So can I ask you a question?”


“You never would have left Kevin, would you?”

“If he hadn’t ... left me? No, I don’t think so.”

“But you weren’t really happy.”

“Well, I figured that was the life I picked, so I had to make the most of it. I’m not even sure I deserve a new life now. Sometimes I think that was supposed to be my one chance and I blew it.”

“Where did we get the bad attitudes?”

“The nuns?”

The Dancer Upstairs

I have The Dancer Upstairs playing while I work today. I don’t remember how/where/why I saw it the first time, but I remember when I saw it I thought, “That Javier Bardem guy is really good.” Other than the dog scenes, it’s a very good movie.

Pema Chodron and our “propensity” for certain behaviors

This quote/image about our “propensity” for certain behaviors comes from Pema Chodron’s book, Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change. Ms. Chodron oftens writes and speaks about “shenpa,” which I’ll describe as some combination of “things that trigger us,” along with how we react to those triggers.

I love you so much that I want you to be happy ...

“I love you so much that I want you to be happy, even if that happiness no longer includes me.”

A quote from the movie, The Longest Ride. (Which, thanks to my illness, I have no memory of watching. I only know that I wrote this quote down on a piece of paper.)