“All Shall Be Well” is a video blog on spirituality.
Welcome to “ALL SHALL BE WELL,” my video blog designed to help us examine our spiritual center, to create sacred pauses, to join together in contemplation and silence.
Now and forever, you are a part of me. And the memory cuts like a knife.
The memory of a fulfilling, beautiful friendship is not the part that cuts like a knife. It’s the memory of not having that person not part of your life anymore (in the ever-present sense) that cuts like a knife.
Tomorrow is my best friend Amie’s 43rd birthday. Normally, I’d be texting her in the morning, or visiting her at work to give her a hug. Last year, I dropped off a present on her desk first thing in the morning the day after her birthday, since it fell on a Sunday. This year, there won’t be a gift to put on her desk, or going to her department at work to give her a hug. I’ll spend January 19th thinking about her, and the wonderful life she led, the purpose she had in this world. I’ll try not to remember what led up to her sudden passing, but it won’t be easy.
I still feel guilty that I didn’t see her for her birthday last year, thinking I had many more birthdays with her. I didn’t think a pandemic was going to keep us apart for the last five weeks of her life, or that she was going to get sick so suddenly (not of COVID), and pass away just as suddenly. She was vibrant, happy, and just the kind of person you’d want in your corner, and when that light went out, it was like the sun burnt out.
I paid tribute to Amie and her beautiful soul on Music Monday back on April 20, 2020, but I knew I needed to pay tribute to her for her birthday. And even though it isn’t until tomorrow, she is worthy of not only a day-of celebration, but also a day before celebration. She’s just that kind of person.
Today’s song comes from a movie about women breaking barriers in a time that women weren’t…breaking barriers. It is one of my favorite movies, and I know Amie loved it too, which makes it the perfect choice. The song describes sisterhood and an unbreakable bond, something Amie and I definitely had, and one I’ll still hold on to, even if she isn’t here.
“Now and Forever” is a song written and performed by Carole King, for the 1992 feature film A League of Their Own, the inspired-by-a-true story film about the All American Girls’ Professional Baseball League. The league had been formed in 1943, during World War 2, as Major League Baseball’s boys of summer had gone off to war. The story within the film is the relationship of two sisters, Dottie and Kit, and their time in the league, along with many other strong-willed, athletic women who were helping break down barriers and misconceptions of a woman’s role in the world. The film was directed by Penny Marshall, and was released on July 1, 1992, with the soundtrack coming out the day before.
Carole King was approached by Penny Marshall about writing and performing a song for the closing credits of A League of their Own, and King contributed “Now and Forever,” which was well-received by Marshall. However, there was a snag, and her name was Madonna. And when Madonna is in your movie, you know she’s gotta contribute something. And since it was in Madonna’s contract that she got the prestigious closing credits song, Carole King’s beautiful song about the bonds of sisterhood was not going to get the prestigious spot.
Penny Marshall was determined to use this song, and wound up having a new intro written and filmed, all so this beautiful song could be used.
And let me tell you, as much as I like Madonna’s music, I love this song more than “This Used to Be My Playground.” Just my super unpopular opinion.
“Now and Forever” reached #18 Billboard’s Adult Contemporary Charts, and was included on King’s 1993 album Colour of Your Dreams, as well as 2005’s The Living Room Tour. I can never hear this song without thinking of the first time I saw A League of Their Own, in the movie theater with my mom and brother the summer between third and fourth grades. I even own a Rockford Peaches costume. I had to buy red baseball socks for it, but it is a really great, very authentic looking costume!
Apparently, Amie had planned on doing this costume as well, but didn’t like how it fit. After wearing it and not being the skinniest person, I kind of understand that scene where everyone was griping about having to play baseball in a skirt. I only had to sit in it all day, but yeah, that skirt was quite short!
I’m going to close out today’s article with our song choice for this week, as I feel this article doesn’t need anything beyond that. Amie and her amazing soul lit up the world, and even with her not in the world, she still manages to light it up with incredible memories.
More often than not, the good ones outweigh that one final moment that took her from my life.
Happy heavenly birthday tomorrow, Amie. You are loved and missed, today and always. And especially on your birthday.
Have a great Monday, and enjoy the music!
Allison and Amie
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She’s The Great Morning, The Wonderful Day (by Michel Montecrossa); Genre: CyberRock, New Country
Together With Friends (by Mirakali); Genre: CyberRock
Sweety Girl (by Michel Montecrossa); Genre: CyberRock
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Defeat… Victory… Terms I do not know what to make of. One victory exalts, another corrupts. One defeat kills, another brings life. Tell me what seed is lodged in your victory or your defeat, and I will tell you its future. Life is not definable by situations but by mutations. There is but one victory that I know is sure, and that is the victory that is lodged in the energy of the seed. Sow the seed in the wide black earth and already the seed is victorious, though time must contribute to the triumph of wheat.
This morning France was a shattered army and a chaotic population. But if in a chaotic population there is a single consciousness animated by a sense of responsibility, the chaos vanishes. A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing wishing him the image of a cathedral. I shall not fret about the loam if somewhere in it a seed lies buried. The seed will drain the loam and the wheat will blaze.
(Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: Flight to Arras)
The concept of Blue Monday — the third Monday in January deemed the most depressing day of the year because we are cold, broke and disappointed in ourselves after our new years’ best intentions have irrevocably fallen by the slushy wayside — is based on several assumptions. One, that we live in the northern hemisphere where January means the bleakest part of winter; that we are western in culture, marking new years as the 1st of January with good intentions; that we are not disciplined nor able to change our ways; that we’ve been fortunate enough to earn a paycheque sometime in December, most likely before Christmas, leaving funds stretched before the next wages fall into our accounts. Cultural, class and location assumptions aside, it is nonetheless a time when it is easy to be down.
“Feeling a little blue in January is normal” says Marilu Henner, actor and author. I think looking at a little blue in January should become normal. I’m sharing some pictures that are hopefully wonderful reminders that there is beauty everywhere, waiting for us to rest our eyes (and our souls) on it.
Let’s start with hydrangeas, and even more lovely, hydrangeas at parties:
Or two forms of vintage: a 1978 Mini and a grey-haired woman on Long Beach. Oh, and that blue top on left was sewn by my sister and is now worn by my daughter.
Blue in all it’s beautiful blueness!
There is blue joy to be found everywhere, from Gallery Row’s changing art exhibit to Mansion House lit up for Culture Night.
These blues bring a few questions which I will not attempt to answer: why is there a huge blue bathtub emblazoned with Nanaimo in the harbour? Why are those children sitting on a blue missile? I did, however, eventually figure out that Canada didn’t have a new section of their navy called “Navy Marine”.
If your day looks grey or feels black, I hope you can remember there is colour out there, and lots more to come.
i thank You God for most this amazing
day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yesee cummings
If you are depressed or feeling low and need some support, please contact appropriate agencies in your own country. In Ireland, the Samaritan’s is on 116 123. Pieta House is another option: freephone 1800 247 247 or text HELP to 51444. For a list of counsellors in your area, contact the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy on 01 230 35 36.
The lights blink out without warning, plunging them into darkness.
“Is it a blackout?”
“Where are the candles?”
“Hey, someone’s phone is on the floor. Better pick it up before we step on it.”
“That’s weird. The neighbours still have power.”
Voices rise like waves as everyone reacts to the disruption to their movie marathon.. Taking advantage of the chaos, she hurries out of the living room towards a faint silver of light in the laundry.
She finds exactly what she expects.
A black rodent the size of a basketball looks up guiltily, sharp teeth still still digging into the wires in mid-gnaw.
“How many times do I need to tell you not to eat the power cables?” she scolds.
The magical being doesn’t let go.
It’ll be bad if her friends stumble in. She raises her fingers and narrows her eyes. “We’ll talk about this later.”
A quick gesture makes the beast disappear from sight. Without the rodent feasting on the power, the lights flicker back on.
She’ll deal with her unruly pet later. For now, it’s time to relax with her friends.
‘The Riddle Of You #3’ – drawing by Michel Montecrossa
Movie: The Trailer for the episodes of the Virtual Spirit of Woodstock Festival movie seasons
Enjoy the composition ‘Soulworld Overture’ by Michel Montecrossa and the ‘Guardian Of The Bright Earth’ by Mirakali
Photo by Mirakali: Hills after winter
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Today’s Art: ‘Sudden Inspiration’ – painting by Michel Montecrossa
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I can’t believe that January is more than halfway through, before we know it February will be here. And guess which of the Winter months is the best for selling goods and services? February starts of with Groundhog Day when we’re hoping for an earlier start to Spring…so, anything pertaining to gardening (early bloomers anyone?) or even weather related is a natural and fun sales day. Warm, hot mugs of anything – tea, coffee, hot chocolate and.. maybe some fresh baked cookies? This is the month for you!
February’s also Heart Health Month- tailor made for coaches, mentors – anything that improves health- physical and emotional well being- this is a welcome time for you! (Remember, internationally, Blue Monday is January 18 when moods are said to be low) Its a wonderful time to lift spirits, from now throughout February. Super Bowl Sunday is a fun time to promote Fitness, Food and Fun.
There are various holidays to celebrate Love, including love for family, friends and even pets! Valentine’s Day is, of course, the big one, isn’t it? Did you know that it’s a multi-billion dollar business retail day? In the US and UK the average shopper spent an average of $200 spanning across those special gifts to children, friends and special loved ones. That includes gifts, cards, special meals and flowers- not just for that special someone. And, it doesn’t have to be flowers and chocolates- though I’ll take both!
Later on in February- don’t forget to ‘let the good times roll’ for Mardi Gras- another fun and food day!
So, what’s all this about? I have a gift for you! My February Planning Guide is ready! Let’s get February started with filling in the calendar, you’ll find the multiple dates will help with content creation and you’ll also find marketing tips- time savers and even suggestions for ordering supplies! ALL are included in my February Planning Guide. And hopefully, help you save time.
The planning guide is *Free* again this month and like January’s ‘it’s chock full of information.’ As those who’ve gotten it have told me time and time again! How to get it? Email me – email@example.com and we will get it out to you. It’s a 3 page pdf that’s easily printable.
Why? I made a New Year’s resolution to help as many as I could in the first few months of what might be a difficult time financially for cottage industries, small businesses and more. The tips in February’s guide apply to product sales, service providers, mentors, course creators and coaches. You won’t want to miss this one.
February looks like an amazing month! Get a head start planning and creating content. I cannot close without saying Thank You to all who’ve gotten their January Guide, it’s been amazing connecting with you! Ready to get started with February planning…and don’t forget I
Love y’all, Brenda
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The following prayer was written nearly six years ago when my mother was hospitalized. She was eventually discharged, but then died later that year.
I share it today because I know so many people are now caring for their own elderly family members. I want to encourage those of you who are in that position to use those quiet bedside moments to talk to God. Offer your thoughts, your observations, your concerns and your memories to Him — maybe in gratitude or maybe as a way of reconciling. The single most important thing that got me through those days was prayer.
O Great Physician —
You love the hoary head,
including my mother’s silver waves,
now matted from too much time on the pillow.
As I sit beside my mother’s bed
and study her lined face,
I watch each breath pass through her lips
with an effort she did not used to exert.
Occasionally, her weary eyes open,
she doesn’t even know me!
Heavenly Father, cradle her.
She worked hard in this life,
raising five children,
supporting her husband,
preparing meal after meal
for family, friends, and strangers,
using her nursing skills
to give hope to others,
using her tragedies
to encourage those
who encounter the same.
Let her know the rest
that only You can give.
While I sit here
don’t mind me.
I’ll just hold her hand
and weep a little.
I’m content to wipe her face,
give her sips of water,
going back in time
old house in the city
Leaving our house in the city
Leaving our house in the city
Autumn colour in Tumbarumba
Christmas trees in Tumbarumba
Road trip in the Snowy Mountains near Tumbarumba
A different sort of Autumn colours
Home in Tumbarumba
Green green grass of home in Tumbarumba
Tumbarumba in New South Wales
Views over Tumbarumba
Paddy's River Falls near Tumbarumba
Sunday Stills Banner 2021
Sólheimajökull Glacier Iceland
Glacier moodiness at Sólheimajökull Iceland
Viking boat in Reykjavik in Iceland
Glacier Sólheimajökull in Iceland
Blue Lagoon in Iceland
Stone tower in Iceland
This post is about why I hate Windows 10. Original image by <a href=”https://pixabay.com/users/2023583-2023583/?utm_source=link-attribution&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=image&utm_content=1535765″>2023583</a> from <a href=”https://pixabay.com/?utm_source=link-attribution&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=image&utm_content=1535765″>Pixabay</a>. I added the “F@#K.”
This is somewhat of a blog update, but this is mostly a rant about Windows 10 and why it is a hot, steaming pile of garbage, so I will give you a warning: Yes, I will use curse words in this post. While I censored myself in the title and image, the text of this post will not be censored. If you don’t like that, don’t even bother lecturing about my word usage. Just use the back button. That said …
This month, I had to deal with some computer issues. For some reason, my laptop had issues with its internal hard drive, and I received messages that the hard drive had errors. During auto repair, my stupid laptop would take forever to diagnose the problem and to restart. After days of waiting, I was finally able to log back on, but that’s not where my problems ended.
Last week, the problem got so bad that I had to reinstall Windows 10. It took forever for me to even get to the blue screen that gave me that option, but when I got beyond that page, I had two options: Either I could reinstall the operating system while saving my files or I had to do a full reinstall and lose my files. Of course, I could not do the first option.
On Friday, I did the full reinstall and used my last backup (from January 3-4, 2021, and that backup took forever to finish) to try and recover my files, but guess what: The fucking backup did not contain all my files! I think all my video files are there and all of my music was there, but not my documents?! What the hell was this?!
When I set up the stupid backup, I picked “Let Windows Choose” because I thought that it would be easier, but no, the stupid backup did not work as promised. While watching the progress on the meter during the backup, I was getting nervous because I saw all my video and music files being added, but all the documents came from that abandoned account. What. The. Fuck.
About six years ago, I had a problem with my last PC, but luckily, I did a backup just days before it broke down. After having that PC repaired, I was able to recover all of my files. I was also able to update some files because I had saved some of my progress on other media. But this fucking backup did not work like that. Instead, it managed to skip so many important files, while saving the documents from another account.
I lost a buttload of important documents, including:
Even worse, this damn computer will not even read some backup files on a flash drive, and some of those files may be incriminating for a certain person (not me).
I managed to save some of my important documents in other places, but most are gone. In many cases, I have to start over, but I am leery of saving anything on this laptop.
Of course, I was livid. I screamed, I cursed, and I resolved to take to Twitter to tell people about how shitty Windows 10 and Microsoft were for foisting an inferior operating system on people.
I meant “pissed.” Fucking auto-correct.
After the initial shock, I tried to recover my files from an old backup, but I could not recover everything. Alas, that backup didn’t save everything. I only managed to save text documents and rebuild the basic file system for My Documents. In particular, I could not recover images or most of my Abobe CS5 documents.
Before going through this hell, I started finding out about multiple problems that Windows 10 had. Someone I know had to reinstall his OS several times, namely because there were registry issues — and he was using a legit version of Windows 10. It turns out that many people have that same problem, as well as the problems I faced this past week.
What else is wrong with Windows 10? While this is not an exhaustive list by any means, this is what I have found out about this operating system:
Only Windows Vista is worse.
This was a hard lesson, but I learned a few things from this whole ordeal, and most concern file storage:
In short, I learned that I should not put so much trust in computer systems. As a creative, I must take greater responsibility in saving my work and making sure that I have ample backup plans.
When it comes to my laptop situation, I don’t feel like creating or saving much on this computer, but I am stuck using it for now. If I do create stuff, I will have to copy my work to any external hard drive and use all the other options I have. I will also have to play things by ear. It took about 7 years for my last PC to break down beyond all repair, but I feel that this one is slowly dying as well. I don’t know how long it will last.
As far as this blog is concerned, I fully intend on making more posts this month and this year, but the situation with my computer has seriously messed up my workflow. (Or maybe it has forced me to adapt and improve it. We shall see …)
Before 2021 started, I fully intended on getting on a regular schedule for my Famous Sayings posts and to catch up on blog posts I should have finished last year. Now, I don’t know what I’m going to do with those posts or how late they’ll be if and when I get around to them.
Yeah, there is a lot I still want to say.
First, I want to say fuck Microsoft because it made such a shitty operating system and so many awful internet browsers, too. I don’t use Edge or that new browser that they want me to use because they suck and they do not allow users to install the types of add-ons that we all need for an optimal browsing experience.
Second, I don’t want to migrate to Apple, if that’s what you’re thinking. I will have to use Apple sometime soon for work, but I don’t care to have a personal Apple computer. Apple has inferior word processing apps, it has less power for gaming, and it’s pretty dickish when it comes to compatibility. If I needed to use a hotel computer or a computer at a library, I would not be able to take my files from Apple and edit them there because public computers generally run on Windows.
Basically, users who do not know how to build their own operating systems, work with Linux, or to install other alternative operating systems are stuck with using the OS of one of two shitty corporations.
In short, I hate Microsoft, even though I will continue using its OS and Office programs. I hate corporations in general because their executives are lazy and they keep finding ways to cut corners while maximizing their profits. This is but one problem with capitalism, but that is another subject for another time.