Friday, March 27, 2015

Sunshine on a Friday

When I started this blog last year, I came up with the name Lifesomethings.

The whole idea was to celebrate, on purpose, some of the "little" things in life. Along the way I've stepped off that path a few times, but mainly, that's the intent.

For instance, right at this moment, as I'm writing these words, the sun is shining brilliantly across a late March sky in Michigan. Beautiful!

Earlier this week I noticed that the robins are back from their winter stay down south. Other warblers have returned as well. It's so pleasant listening to them while going on a daily walk. It makes the few miles go by much quicker, and makes it infinitely more interesting to be outside. Beautiful.

Over the past two months or so, I've done some sprucing up painting in almost every room of my house. I can't believe how far a little coat of paint goes in polishing up the appearance of my home. Beautiful.

Earlier this week I had lunch with a dear friend I've known for years through my former employer. We sat and chatted in a small Mexican restaurant, both having rice, beans and a side of guacamole. We were able to enjoy each other's company without the pressure (on my part) of having to get back to work. Beautiful.

Speaking of former employers, I've been officially retired since December but stayed on for another month to help with the transition of me leaving. Since that time two Social Security checks have come my way. It's so refreshing to get up each morning not with the idea of getting to work to rouse me but a sense of what adventure the day will bring. Beautiful.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Five Reasons to See Old Fashioned

I don't normally promote films, but the indie film, Old Fashioned, is so good it deserves all of the attention anyone can give it.

It's about a guy (Clay) and girl (Amber) and the beginnings of their relationship. What makes their story unique is that it's told from a faith-filled (Christian) perspective. Here are five reasons why I encourage you to check it out:

1. The production values are superb. A lot of Christian films just don't hold up to industry standards. This one does.
2. The acting is exquisitely done.  Kudos to every cast member.
3. The script is spectacular. You can't have a good film without a great script and Old Fashioned has it.
4. It's probably playing in your own backyard. You can check out theatre locations via the website for Old Fashioned.
5. How often do you get a chance to support excellent entertainment in a public format that honors God?

Please click on the link below, and check out the trailer. If the trailer captures your interest, chances are the film will capture your heart as well!

Trailer for Old Fashioned

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Another Plug for "Old Fashioned"

So, here's another plug for the indie film, "Old Fashioned." It's playing at the Celebration Cinema Rivertown (southwest of Grand Rapids) and other, selected theaters.

I'm really encouraging folks to see this film because it's an indie one - and is up against Hollywood-type competitors who have massive advertising budgets. So it's extremely important to see it, and then spread the word!

It's a well made, beautifully crafted film with an enchanting, and refreshing take on relationships.
Here's the trailer.

Old Fashioned - Trailer

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Old Fashioned - The Movie

There's a film out that premiered over Valentine's Weekend.

Old Fashioned is simply one of the most endearing independent films I've ever seen. It's refreshing in it's portrayal of a guy who actually stands up for respecting women. Enough so that he actively resists the female lead's romantic advances, steering their fledging relationship along the lines of getting to know each other as two individuals first. In fact, the male lead doesn't believe in dating, at all.

If this sounds corny or simplistic or overly-preachy, I assure you. It's not. Old Fashioned states the case for getting to know someone for who they are in an intensely interesting, thought-provoking and challenging way - all the time being romantic without being blatant about it.

Maybe I just don't see enough films, but it's been a very, very long time since one came along like this one.

Kudos to everyone involved!

Please don't take my word for it. Check out the movie site for yourself.

Old Fashioned: The Movie

Sunday, February 15, 2015

New 20 Short Ones Video!


This is my first 20 Short Ones video! I hope you enjoy it.
And speaking of 20 Short Ones, you can enter a Goodreads giveaway to win a free copy, now through April 1.

Friday, February 6, 2015

From Alexandra Petri - Obits: Speaking plain of the dead

Here's something from Alexandra Petri who writes for the Washington Post. When you find good writing, it's fun to share it. (Her column is called ComPost).

This particular piece is Petri's take on obituaries of men, written in response to the recent passing of Colleen McCullough.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Youth Orchestra in Chile Helps Overcome Poverty

If you want to be inspired today, please take a look at this beautiful video featuring a youth orchestra movement in Chile. It's about 8 minutes long but well worth the time! Just click on the link below:

Youth Orchestra in Chile