Friday, December 20, 2013

To My Blogging Family

As 2013 closes, I reflect back on all the amazing friendships I've developed with my blogging family and just wanted to say that I am thankful for you all. I love each and every one of you!!

I probably won't be back on Blogger until the first week of January so I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! 


Keith :)

Monday, December 16, 2013

The Joy of Christmas Movies

“I'm a cotton-headed ninny-muggins”  ~Buddy  the Elf

With Christmas only 9 days away, I felt it was fitting to share my five favorite Christmas movies of all-time!

#5 The Grinch (Jim Carey version)

This one seems to be a polarizing choice, as many of my friends either love it or hate it. I happen to think that Jim Carrey gives a great performance in this adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s classic tale. Plus, his one-liners are unforgettable – “5PM, Dinner with self…I can’t cancel that again”.
#4 Miracle on 34th Street
I recently watched this movie with a friend of mine for the first time in years. I had almost forgotten what a classic that it truly is! Miracle on 34th Street is timeless. It will almost make you believe in Santa again :)
#3 Santa Clause
I’ll admit, I was never a Tim Allen fan until I saw this movie. This story, about a regular guy who unwittingly becomes Kris Cringle, is a tale for all ages. It combines heartwarming and witty in ways that few Christmas films do. The sequel is every bit as funny! We’ll just pretend the third one never happened though.
#2 A Christmas Carol (George C. Scott version)

There have been countless adaptations of Charles Dickens’classic tale of the miserly and frugal Ebenezer Scrooge and the 3 overnight visitors (Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Future) that brought the Christmas spirit back to his hardened heart. I could watch this movie over and over again. Who can forget the climactic scene where Mr. Scrooge awakens on Christmas morning realizing that it's truly never too late to begin anew?

#1 Elf
Unquestionably my favorite Christmas movie of all-time. And not just because I’m in love with Zooey Deschanel (Although it doesn’t hurt). This movie just makes you feel…happy. Buddy the elf’s childlike innocence makes this movie impossible to resist. “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear”.

What's your favorite Christmas movie?

Monday, December 9, 2013

The Beauty of Snow

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"Snow provokes responses that reach right back to childhood” ~Andy Goldsworthy
One of my favorite things on earth is snow. It brings out the inner-child in me in a way that few things can. Here in Central Kentucky, we are not blessed with an abundance of snow – perhaps 4-6 inches per year total. But on those handful of times per year in which it snows, I am filled with an inner-joy that is hard to describe…especially to some of my more summer-inclined friends :)
What’s not to love about snow? There’s nothing like waking up in the morning, drawing open the curtains, and seeing a sea of sheer white blanketing the earth. The tree tops are so beautiful when decorated with snow. And how beautiful is it to watch the snowflakes falling from the sky? Knowing that no two are alike. Nature really is poetic at times.
Do you enjoy the snow? Are you blessed with snowfall where you live?

Monday, December 2, 2013

My Very First Memory...

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Recently, a friend of mine asked me a question that I’ve never been asked in my life. “What was your very first memory”? I had to ponder for a second, as it’s not every day that you’re asked a question that you’ve never had to give an answer to.

But then, the memory came to me so very vividly... 

When I was a baby boy, no older than 2 or 3 years old, my mother used to rock me to sleep while singing a song in which the chorus was “Why does my heart go on beating? Why do these eyes of mine cry? Don’t they know it's the end of the world? It ended when you said goodbye…”

I vividly remembered this verse but not the rest of the song. So when I got home that afternoon I googled the lyrics. It was a song from Skeeter Davis that was recorded in the 1960s called ‘The End of the World’. I listened to it and was filled with emotion, for it was the first time I had heard it since I was 3 years old. It brought me back to those moments when my mother was rocking me to sleep.

What about you. What’s your very first memory?