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“Interviewing Novalyne was a trip, because she’s a woman with a lot of integrity. She only said what she wanted to say; there was no way she was going to get specific about that moment.” Vincent D’Onofrio
The man who chooses to follow a dream to its bitter and ultimate end, walks alone.” Robert E Howard

“I met Bob Howard today! I was sitting on the front porch with my physics book in my lap, trying to absorb some of the uninteresting facts in it, when I heard a car stop by the two big oak trees in our front yard.” Novalyne Price

To say I love this film is an understatement and so I just had to get the book on which it was based. The script sticks fairly well to the dialogue, so in effect the film wrote itself. Most of their conversations took place in the car driving around the countryside, although others did in fact occur on locations as filmed. They talked deeply about politics, writers, religion, their work and Texas. Novalyne’s writing gives a great insight into their two personalities, although I think Vincent D’Onofrio captured Bob Howard magnificently considering he could not meet the man himself. For Renee Zellweger there was the opportunity to meet Novalyne. Novalyne is undoubtedly a highly spirited and highly intelligent young woman, but she never really understood Bob. She writes frankly and whether it was her intention or not, she comes across for me anyway, as even a far less warm or caring person than Renee portrayed her.

Enough for now… no doubt I shall post more later.

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Unconditional Love

the unconditional love of children, innocent and pure
their arms reach out, they have to be sure
we shall protect them and cherish them and adore
them today, tomorrow, forever more
whatever they do, whatever they say
they bring us great pleasure; they cause us great pain
but they will never forget the special way
we held them, we kissed them, we loved them each day
for we are their parent, their teacher, their guide
we share their laughter and the times they cry
they captured our hearts from their first breath of life
our love unconditional till the day we die

copyright 2006 ann raven

WILD NIGHTS, WILD NIGHTS
WERE I WITH THEE
WILD NIGHTS SHOULD BE OUR LUXURY!
FUTILE THE WINDS
TO HEART IN PORT
DONE WITH THE COMPASS,
DONE WITH THE CHART!

ROWING IN EDEN
AS THE SEA!
MIGHT I MOOR, TONIGHT, IN THEE!

BOAZ AT HIS LITTLE GRADUATION CEREMONY

BOAZ AND HIS BEST FRIEND AND NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOUR ASHIRA

BABY MORIAH SARA

MORIAH SARA… The baby’s name is pronounced More-ree-ah with the emphasis on the ‘ah’ and it has a beautiful meaning. G-d is my Teacher.

Moriah was a mountainous region and it is believed to be the place where Solomon built the Temple; the Temple Mount. Abraham was directed there by G-d to sacrifice Isaac, but G-d intervened, a ram was provided for the sacrifice and Isaac was saved. Moriah is thus associated with divine providence. Genesis 22:2

Our Moriah has been named in memory of my late mother-in-law Marie and Bridgitte’s great-grandmother Sadie.

I THANK G-D because this week little Moriah was sick and in the hospital. Our grateful thanks go to the wonderful doctors and nurses who cared for her; she is now home and I THANK G-D again she is well.

PLEASE G-D may we all know peace in our households, may the Middle East know peace and may the whole world know peace.

PLEASE G-D may you help the dear friends I have made here who are going through their own personal crises.

You are all always in my thoughts and in my heart and in my prayers and I love you all.

With all best wishes for a peaceful weekend and Shabbat Shalom.

THE DANCE IS A POEM OF WHICH EACH MOVEMENT IS A WORD


AAAAAAAAAH!

Posted on: 13 July 2006




I am overcome with love joy and happiness and my heart is overflowing.

In Judaism there are blessings for simply everything. We acknowledge our dependence on G-d for all things and there are special benedictions to meet every occasion, from witnessing the wonders of nature, for every food we eat, from hearing good news, bad news, buying new clothes, fragrances, seeing beauty or ugliness, the list is endless.

There is one very special blessing for those who escape serious danger arising from an illness or a hazardous voyage, particularly escaping from a car accident; Jill, I am thinking of you, and from the dangers and risks of childbirth. It is known as Birchat HaGomel and translates as follows:

“Blessed art thou, O L-rd our G-d, King of the universe, who doest good unto the undeserving, and who has also rendered all good unto me.”

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Friends have invited me to spend the weekend with them at their cottage in the beautiful surroundings of the Cotswolds and we are promised wonderful weather too. Can’t be bad! Will be back Sunday evening. Maybe by then Jon & Bridgitte will have agreed on Baby Girl Raven’s name.

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Wishing you all a safe and happy weekend, free of any dangers, and Shabbat Shalom.

lotsa luv….. ann…… xxxxxx

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PS: The latest instalment of mrsbg is out

http://mrsbgoren.blogspot.com

A DARLING DAUGHTER ~ 7.8 lbs
A SISTER FOR BROTHER BOAZ
BORN IN JERUSALEM
WEDNESDAY 12 JULY 2006, 11.45 a.m. ISRAEL TIME

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BARUCH HASHEM… THANK G-D

MOTHER & BABY ARE WELL






WINE COMES IN AT THE MOUTH
AND LOVE COMES IN AT THE EYE
THAT’S ALL WE SHALL KNOW FOR TRUTH
BEFORE WE GROW OLD AND DIE
I LIFT THE GLASS TO MY MOUTH
I LOOK AT YOU AND SIGH


Newborn Baby Boaz; slightly jaundiced


Six months old and getting into everything

My baby’s first birthday; love the box more than its contents

Sixteen months; chicken pox and his first haircut

CHILDREN LEARN WHAT THEY LIVE

If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn
If children live with hostility, they learn to fight
If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive
If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves
If children live with ridicule, they learn to feel shy
If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy
If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty
If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence
If children live with tolerance, they learn patience
If children live with praise, they learn appreciation
If children live with acceptance, they learn to love
If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves
If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal
If children live with sharing, they learn generosity
If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness
If children live with fairness, they learn justice
If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect
If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those about them
If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live

Dorothy Law Nolte PhD

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With my love and best wishes to everybody here in blogdom. Hope you all have a lovely weekend and Shabbat Shalom and b’ezrat Hashem, please G-d, I will have some beautiful news to share with you all very very soon……..

ann …….. xxxxxx

p.s. have literally just put the phone down from talking to Jonathan and his mother-in-law, who has travelled from Long Island to be with her daughter…. and…. nothing is happening…. yet. Will keep you posted. I jump everytime the phone rings.



I am so sorry, normal service has resumed. Please accept my apologies, but something or other was going on yesterday that put this post on hold…. doh!

Jill, I hope it’s not too late in the weekend for you to still appreciate my grandson. Yesterday Boaz and I chatted. I understood clearly the ‘hiya’ and the ‘bye bye’ and the kisses, but nothing much in between. I still told him it was very interesting and then he refused to give the phone back to aba.

Jill, I am humbled by your post and then… oh my goodness…. then I visited Riccie. What have they put in the water in America today? It is awesome how through cyberspace I have met so many wonderful people all over the world. I am honoured to be considered a friend by so many of you and I cherish that…. our frequent chats, our emails back and forth. Everyone cares about each other and offers wise counsel and a shoulder to cry on through our hardships and our joys.

Damn the time difference, that is rather a pain in the…. neck.

Today I had my family with me… it was a lovely day, but tinged with sadness as tomorrow we shall be consecrating the tombstone for my late father who died last October. The following psalm is not usually part of the service, but Jamie asked the Rabbi if we could sing it as it was a particular favourite of my father’s. I never knew that, as it is also one I turn to for comfort. Believe it or not, I had it in the front of all my divorce papers… a very painful time for me and each time I had to open my files, it was there.

At a time of trouble the Jews always turn to G-d for help. Saying psalms is a time-honoured form of prayer and Psalm 121 is often recited at anytime and in any language.

A song of ascent. I lift up mine eyes to the mountains; from where will my help come? My help comes from the L-rd who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip; your guardian does not slumber. Indeed, Israel’s guardian never slumbers, never sleeps. The L-rd is your guardian; the L-rd is your protection at your right hand. The sun will not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The L-rd will guard you against all evil; He will guard your life. The L-rd will guard your going out and your coming in, now and forever.

I realise I am rambling, so please indulge me another little story. As you probably know Rachel went backpacking all over the world and she had to come back from Hong Kong when her grandfather died (sadly a few months later she had to come back from New Zealand when her other grandfather died, but that’s not part of the story… sorry). Anyway, back on track. I won’t go into all the religious why’s and wherefore’s but we had an open house at my brother’s home so that people could call to pay their respects to the mourners. On that day Rachel was wearing a beautiful solid silver cuff and when she got home that evening she realised it was missing and no one could find it anywhere. This week my sister-in-law was gardening and saw something glistening in the earth. It was Rachel’s bracelet. Is this spooky… just good luck… divine intervention… coincidence? What do you think?

My wishes to you all is for a happy and peaceful Sunday both in the real world and in cyberworld.


the loves of my life

at the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet ~~~ plato

thank you…

... to everyone whose pictures and videos I have borrowed; if anyone would like theirs to be removed, please tell me and I shall be happy to do so

all words here are mine ~ I’ll tell you when they’re not!

from long ago

in case I forget what day of the week it is

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