DVD: Mr. Belafonte!

Everyone knows who Harry is – just listening to a few chords of “Day-O” or “Ma-tilda” brings his handsome face to the mind’s eye. At 90, he is still attractive of course, but Harry Belafonte: Sing Your Song, a fascinating documentary out on DVD, fills in and rounds out the well lived life of the entertainer to be more than a man in a sexy shirt and tight pants. Besides being a singer, actor, husband and father, Mr. Belafonte is an activist, a pioneer and a humanitarian. A full life.

BTW:  There is a book My Song: A Memoir and a CD, Harry Belafonte Sing Your Song: The Music that also celebrate this man’s life and music.

 

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Sidney Poitier – Author

“Those that stop their questioning at 75, 60, even 30, cut short their explorations and end up with permanently unfinished lives.” (From “Life Beyond Measure: Letter to My Great-Granddaughter”)

Wise octogenarian Sydney Poitier has been a natural treasure for quite awhile.

He’s won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a Grammy. He has had success as an actor, director, author and perhaps more importantly, as a man.

He’s condensed life lessons learned into books not just about his journey, but also about how he has learned to conduct himself in a sometimes difficult world.

Born in 1927 in the Bahamas, Mr. Poitier went to New York as a teen, taught himself to read, catapulted himself into an acting career and created a wonderful life for himself and his family. Not an easy road, but he did it with humor, grace, determination and a never wavering belief in him self. Great stuff!

“The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography”, 2000

“Life Beyond Measure: Letters to My Great-Granddaughter” 2005

 

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DVD: “Precious“ * The Famous African Lady Detective

“Precious Ramotswe“ is Botswana‘s only female private investigator – the main character of the HBO series, now on DVD.

Lady Detective DVD“Precious” is played by Grammy winner Jill Scott. Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose and Idris Elba from “The Wire” are also part of the great cast. As in the books, our bush tea drinking, lady sleuth tracks down wayward husbands, missing children and solves village mysteries all the while keeping to the traditions of her culture and maintaining the standards of both Queen Elizabeth and Nelson Mandela (she admires both).

There are 3 DVDs in the set and I enjoyed them all. “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency“ has charm and heart. Great fun.

Directed by the late Anthony Minghella, “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency “, was produced for the BBC in 2008 and then shown in the U.S. in 2009.  It is based on the popular book series by Alexander McCall Smith.

BTW: I noticed a few years back that Ms Ramotswe and the author’s name were listed week after week on the San Francisco/Bay area California paperback bestseller list. I discovered that the Botswana detective has a worldwide cult following.

Books in the series:
* 1998 .The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
* 2000 .Tears Of The Giraffe
* 2001 .Morality for Beautiful Girls
* 2002 .The Kalahari Typing School for Men
* 2004 .The Full Cupboard of Life
* 2004 .In the Company of Cheerful Ladies
* 2006 .Blue Shoes and Happiness
* 2007 .The Good Husband of Zebra Drive


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Motown’s “Funk Brothers” on DVD

“I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day…”

The opening bass line that precedes the above lyric to the “Temptations” song “My Girl”, is instantly recognizable, instantly evoking a time/ place/age gone but still very much alive when the music plays. (I still know all the words.)

I watched the DVD, “Standing in the Shadows of Motown” again. It tells the story of the “Funk Brothers”, those musicians who rhythmically supported the stars of Motown with their piano, drums, horn section and guitars. According to the liner notes, “They played on more #1 records than the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Elvis combined…”

There are interviews, funny and touching, with the guys as they reminisce about their experiences at “Hitsville, USA”.  Unknown by the thousands of us that religiously bought a new 45 whenever possible, they drove the beat behind the Motown hit records from the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder (he was “little” then), the Miracles, etc. The stars were good, but so was the band.

We are also treated to concert footage – artists of today singing the old songs. It’s been a long time, but the music lives – they do a great job, different but still great.

 

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Gemstones & Colors By Astrology Sign!

astro-zodiac-gems-3Just about everyone knows their Astrology Sun Sign based upon their date of birth. But there are also certain gemstones and colors that express each sign. (The gems listed next to the Sun Signs below may differ from the traditional “Birth Month” stone that you’re used to.)

*Aries (March 21-April 19) = Gemstone: Garnet /Power color: Red, fiery colors

*Taurus (April 20-May 21) = Gemstone: Rose Quartz / Power color: Soft rose-pink

*Gemini (May 22-June 20) = Gemstone: Agate / Power color: Yellow

*Cancer (June 21-July 22) = Gemstone: Emerald /Power color: Moon colors – silver, pale gray

*Leo (July 23- Aug 22) = Gemstone:Tiger’s Eye / Power color: Sun colors – Gold, orange

*Virgo (Aug 23-Sept 22) = Gemstone: Carnelian/ Power color: Deep green

*Libra (Sept 23-Oct 22) =  Gemstone: Opal, Agate / Power color: Blues and violets

*Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21) = Gemstone: Topaz / Power color: Deep, dark shades of red

*Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 21) = Gemstone: Citrine, Sodalite / Power color: Lilac, Mauve

*Capricorn (Dec 22-Jan 19) = Gemstone:  Obsidian, Onyx/ Power color: Black, grays

*Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 18) = Gemstone: Blue Tiger’s Eye / Power color: Ultramarine blue

*Pisces (Feb 19-March 20) = Gemstone: Amethyst / Power color: Purple

Yes, this can all just be a great excuse to buy a lovely rock for the jewelry collection and add some colorful finery to your wardrobe – but, it can also be used as a way to have fun while fully expressing your power. Let yourself glow!

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Chakra Points * Clues to Body Energy!

chakras 4Chakras – seven Hindu energy centers of the body, beginning at the base of the spine to the top of the head,that assist us in our flow thru life. The theory is that “balanced” Chakras lead to a balanced, fully expressed  life experience = good health. Expressions such as, “cleansing” or “unblocking” refers to re aligning ourselves with what our bodies are telling us. Interesting.

(There are many online sites that provide ‘how to”s.)

Below are the 7 Chakra points with their energy centers, colors and gemstones:

1- Root: Base of the spine (survival issues)/ Red – Garnet

2- Spleen: Below the navel (emotions) /Orange- Carnelian

3- Solar Plexus: Above the navel (our energy center)/Yellow – Citrine

4- Heart:  Chest (Love for others)/ Green – Aventurine

5- Throat: Base of the throat (inner voice) / Blue – Turquoise

6- Brow:  Third eye (knowing) / Blue Indigo- Lapis

7- Crown: Top of head (healing energy) / Purple – Amethyst

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BTW: While traveling in Egypt, our esteemed guide shared that the 7 Chakras correspond to some of the Sacred Temples along the Nile:

1- Aswan (Root)

2- Kom Ombo/ Edfu (Spleen)

3- Dendera, Luxor (Solar Plexus)

4- Abydos (Heart)

5- Saqqara (Throat)

6- Giza (Brow)

7- Heliopolis (Crown)

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Gemini Sun 5/20/17 – Let The Multi Tasking Begin!

The Sun shines in versatile, curious, Air sign Gemini on Saturday, May 20, 2017 and it will give us the urge to chat up all who pass our way. Mercury, the communication planet, rules the 3rd sign of the Zodiac and regardless of whether you tweet, Facebook, mobile or have an old fashioned face-to-face, it wants us to interact in order to add variety to life and just generally perk things up. Gemini has the “twins” as its Astrology symbol (think Castor/Pollux) and we will want to  double the fun regardless of our actual birth sign – needing to be in 2 places at once, doing 2 things at the same time. Duality rules.

Transiting planets add spice to the Gemini Sun. Aggressive, warrior Mars (4/21 – 6/5) and quick, clever information maven Mercury (6/7 – 6/21).  Learn something new, meet and greet, read and write, chat too much/gossip too much. Hit the pause button occasionally. Collect your thoughts, watch what you say (Gemini verbal cleverness is legendary, just don’t be verbally careless), re focus, complete tasks that need to be finished, then go on to the next.

Gemini Sun:  May 20, 2017 – 4:31 PM EDT / 1:31 PM PDT

Gemstone: Pearl or Agate * Power Color: Yellow * Body Part: Hands

(Deepak Chopra said: “Language creates reality. Words are magical power. Speak always to create joy”. Perfect for a Gemini Sun Transit.)

 

 

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Who Should, Could, Would You Love? Like?

Astro Glyphs 2Okay, we’re about half way thru 2017. No pressure 🙂 but, are you still looking for that special someone? (Friend, lover, business partner?) That once over used social intro – “Hey, what’s your sign?” – is a valid question when looking for relationships. Zodiac signs are grouped from Aries to Pisces – all 12 have a “partner”. Does it mean that the sign opposite yours has to be your “soul mate” – no, but, there may be undeniable energy and/or attraction. Worth a look.

Sun Signs are listed below with their direct opposites. Either you will find spending time with a person from the other sign tangy and energizing or there may be a need for tender attention and compromise. However, consider them the other side of your Astrology coin, the other half of your puzzle:

Aries: March 21-April 19 (Energetic, Impulsive)  and

Libra: Sept 23-Oct 22 (Charming, Social)

Taurus: April 20-May 21 (Solid, Responsible, Patient)  and

Scorpio: Oct 23-Nov 21 (Intense, Deep Connections)

Gemini: May 22-June 20 (Changeable, Communicator, Versatile)  and

Sagittarius Nov 22-Dec 21 (Adventurous, Enthusiastic, Optimistic)

Cancer: June 21-July 22 (Family Oriented, Emotional)  and

Capricorn: Dec 22-Jan 19 (Authority Figure, Disciplined, Traditional)

Leo: July 23- Aug 22 (Pride, Fun Loving, Generous)  and

Aquarius: Jan 20-Feb 18 (Unpredictable, Freedom loving)

Virgo: Aug 23-Sept 22 (Its All in the Details, Service)  and

Pisces: Feb 19-March 20: (Dreamer, Sensitive)

 

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Scorpio Full Moon – Go Passionate, Go Deep!

Life is always a bit more intense when the Moon is in Scorpio and when this luminary is at its “Full” phase in this emotional Water sign, power and passion can go off the charts. The Scorpio Full Moon arrives on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. All that energy can be distilled into a cauldron of “feelings”. Tuck in all exposed nerves. Don’t take everything personally. Be gentle as you rock someone’s world – intentionally or not.

A Full Moon is a good time to gauge what needs to be finalized and completed in the next few weeks. Use Scorpio’s focus and determination to figure out what to keep and what to throw away (meaning – discard whatever is no longer useful.) Letting go is not necessarily giving up.

Scorpio also pushes us to pay attention to any money matters that may involve others. Are there any financial issues that need to be cleared or settled– taxes, business ventures? Does anyone owe you anything? Time to collect?

*Scorpio Full Moon: May 10, 2017 – 5:42 PM EDT / 2:42 PM PDT

Scorpio Moon illuminated opposite Taurus Sun. Beautiful !

 

 

 

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Libra Moon & Cinco de Mayo Weekend!

This weekend is a great excuse to enjoy Cinco de Mayo celebrations with your beverage of choice (I love Margaritas). On Friday May 5, even though the Moon is in stable, grounded Virgo, a good time can still be had if so inclined (in a responsible way of course :lol:) . Saturday and Sunday belongs to relationship focused Libra.

The Moon will charm and class us up while in the lovely and amiable 7th sign of the Zodiac. This social butterfly Air sign, ruled by elegant, romantic, beautifying Venus, seeks balance, harmony and cooperation while urging us to express our artistic talent, share ourselves with people and just generally expect and accept good times.

Have a spirited weekend!

Think brunch, cocktails…

BTW: “Cinco de Mayo—or the fifth of May—is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867)”. (Per Wkipedia)

In certain parts of the country, like California where I live, Cinco de Mayo, is a great reason (or excuse) for a gathering.

 

 

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