AtoZChallenge…”Y”is for Yankee Doodle Dandy


Y A Y  for musical theatre !!!  Was over searching videos on youtube for, “Yankee Doodle Dandy.”  OMG what an amazing piece of theater and James Cagney, amazing dancer.  Anyone who reads this blog knows that my kids are in, “The Business.”  I have two who are professional ballet dancers…First let’s do the movie before I start blah, blah, blahhing all over the place about the son’s and how freaking talented they are 😉  

Just your everyday Irish song and dance man…I don’t think so.  He was uber talented, so talented well there will never be another one like him.  They just don’t make them like this anymore.  I hope you have time for this little 4 minute video that shows it all…

Okay let’s go look for some of the quotes from this piece of theatre/movie…So I found another video that seems to be one of the more famous quotes from this movie.

 Ah, musical theatre…What a gift.  I know this is the movie, but there really is nothing like going to a show on Broadway or your local high school’s musical theatre show.  My kids got interested in the theater after we took them on a vaca to the “Big Apple,” and saw a musical.  “Fosse” was the name of the musical, it was about Bob Fosse’s music and my kids just fell in love with theatre.  They were young, it was 2001…I know, it was August of that year.  Who knew.

The Son & Phillip Glass

After that it just took on a life of it’s own. Our lives were lived in the theatre.  We were either going to a Musical, auditioning for a musical, practicing for the show, performing in the musical.  Now they are all grown up and it’s just a memory, but a really great memory and we still get to go to the theater and watch them perform.   I’m going to put up a picture of one of the son’s when he worked with the one and only Phillip Glass.  He was using his music for a ballet he was choreographing.  Amazing


Really nice picture of our son and yes that is Phillip Glass.  Like he said, “Mind, Blown. I met the one and only and used his music for my ballet !!!”  Who knew that a family trip to New York and a broadway show would take on a life of it’s own !!!!

Flying through the air









Yes let’s talk about the other amazing brother…He’s pretty cool too.

Head Shot/Joffrey Ballet
Graduation from Highschool/Performing Arts Academy…Think, “Fame”
Yes this was his school picture…















Party Parent/Richmond Ballet









Okay I know, I know but it’s the brother’s and I love talking about them so just bare with me a couple of more pictures and then I have to go cook dinner for the husband…






















Okay so one more day, and this Challenge will be in the books.  It’s been so much fun.  I have to catch up in the reader.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Share Your World

  1. If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get?  I’m going to go with cereal.  I love, love cereal.  Best time for cereal is at night, binge watching anything.
  2. List at least five movies or books that cheer you up.  This should be easy because I was just doing the AtoZChallenge/Movies and their quotes…Always cheers me up Number 1. Dirty Dancy !!!  Number 2. Gone With The Wind 😉  Number 3.  Rooster Cogburn 😉  Number 4.  The Wizard of Oz  Number 5.  Any movie I watch with the husband ❤
  3. If you were a mouse in your house in the evening, what would you see your family doing?  Well I live in a really quiet house.  Just me and the husband.  The mouse would see me cooking dinner and doing dishes.  He would see the dogs sleeping and eating and sleeping.  Later on he would see the husband painting, watching tv.  He would see me playing with my planners and watching tv with the husband.  Snuggling with the husband too ❤
  4. What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week? 
    Dining Room/Planner Area

    My Beautius Desk/Daily Planner
    Stinking Cute Pocket Planners/Websterspages & Scartlime Planner Girl Supplies

    I got my planner area/planner supplies organized !! W O O  H O O  Now I can really have some fun with my planner’s…Have a great weekend ❤   

AtoZChallenge…”X”is for Xanadu

Let’s face it, really limited choice on this one and I know the X-Men series was hugely successful but I never watched any of them.  This film I at least listened to the music of it so I have some connection with the movie…

Unknown       Xanadu (film)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Robert Greenwald
Produced by
Written by
  • Richard Christian Danus
  • Marc Reid Rubel
Music by Barry DeVorzon
Cinematography Victor J. Kemper
Edited by Dennis Virkler
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • August 8, 1980
Running time
96 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $20 million
Box office $22.8 million

Xanadu is a 1980 American romantic musical fantasy film written by Richard Christian Danus and Marc Reid Rubel and directed by Robert Greenwald. The title is a reference to the nightclub in the film, which takes its name from Xanadu, the summer capital of Kublai Khan‘s Yuan Dynasty in China. This city appears in Kubla Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, a poem that is quoted in the film. The film’s plot was inspired by the 1947 film Down to Earth.

Xanadu stars Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelly and Michael Beck, and features music by Newton-John, Electric Light Orchestra, Cliff Richard and The Tubes. The film also features animation by Don Bluth.

A box office flop, Xanadu earned mixed to negative critical reviews and was an inspiration for the creation of the Golden Raspberry Awards to memorialize the worst films of the year. Despite the lacklustre performance of the film, the soundtrack album became a huge commercial success around the world, and was certified double platinum in the United States. The song “Magic” was a U.S. number one hit for Newton-John, and the title track (by Newton-John and Electric Light Orchestra) reached number one in the United Kingdom and several other countries around the world.

Trust me guys I went looking for a quote, any quote for this movie and I only found one that could get up on this blog…

Aw, what the hell. Guys like me shouldn’t dream anyway.

I’m going to go see if I can’t find some music to save this movie 😉  I got lost in the music of Les Miserables but I think I found something that will work :{

Thank goodness that’s over…Have a great weekend ❤


AtoZChallenge…is “W” for The Wizard of Oz

UnknownY A Y…”W” is for the movie, “Wizard of Oz.”  This is right up there with my all time favorite movies.  Love the tornado in the beginning.  Love when it goes from black to color.  The music is just amazing.

The Quotes well, we all know what great ones came out of that movie !!!  I’m pretty sure that everyone reading this at one time in their life they wished that alls they needed to do is click their heels 3 times and say, “There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home.”

And let’s not forget that amazing song, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

There are going to be quite a lot o quotes from this movie, so bare with me as I’m not going to put them all up…

Dorothy: How can you talk, if you haven’t got a brain?

Scarecrow: I don’t know. But, some people without brains do an awful lot of talking, don’t they?

Dorothy: Yes. I guess, you’re right.

Dorothy: [has just arrived in Oz, looking around and awed at the beauty and splendor] Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas any more.

Dorothy: [after a pause] We must be over the rainbow!

[a bubble appears in the sky and gets closer and closer. It finally lands, then turns into Glinda the Good Witch wearing a spectacular white dress and crown, holding a wand]

Dorothy: [to Toto] Now I… I know we’re not in Kansas!

Dorothy: Lions, and tigers, and bears! Oh, my!

Wizard of Oz: A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others.

Wicked Witch of the West: Just try and stay out of my way. Just try! I’ll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too!
Dorothy: There’s no place like home.
I just really had to put this up!!!
I’m really going to go watch this again…Love it !!!

AtoZChallenge…”V” is for The Verdict

   Tonight we are going to look at a movie with, “Old Blue Eyes,” aka Paul Newman starring in…

The Verdict   

The Verdict

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Sidney Lumet
Produced by David Brown
Richard D. Zanuck
Screenplay by David Mamet
Based on The Verdict
by Barry Reed
Music by Johnny Mandel
Cinematography Andrzej Bartkowiak
Edited by Peter C. Frank
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date
  • December 8, 1982
Running time
129 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $16 million[1][2]
Box office $54 million[3]

The Verdict is a 1982 American legal drama film directed by Sidney Lumet and written by David Mamet from Barry Reed‘s eponymous novel. It stars Paul Newman, Charlotte Rampling, Jack Warden, James Mason, Milo O’Shea, and Lindsay Crouse, and tells the story of a down-on-his-luck alcoholic lawyer who takes a medical malpractice case to improve his own situation but discovers along the way that he is doing the right thing.

The Verdict garnered critical acclaim and box office success. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Actor in a Leading Role (Paul Newman), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (James Mason), Best Director (Sidney Lumet), Best Picture, and Best Adapted Screenplay (David Mamet).

Let’s look at some of the quotes that came out from this movie…

Judge Hoyle: This case should never have come to trial. But you know better. You’re mister independent. You want to be independent? Be independent now. I have no sympathy for you.

Judge Hoyle: It seems to me, a fellow’s trying to come back, he’d take the settlement, get a record for himself. I, myself. would take it and run like a thief.

Frank Galvin: I’m sure you would.

Ed Concannon: I know how you feel. You don’t believe me, but I do know. I’m going to tell you something that I learned when I was your age. I’d prepared a case and old man White said to me, “How did you do?” And, uh, I said, “Did my best.” And he said, “You’re not paid to do your best. You’re paid to win.” And that’s what pays for this office… pays for the pro bono work that we do for the poor… pays for the type of law that you want to practice… pays for my whiskey… pays for your clothes… pays for the leisure we have to sit back and discuss philosophy as we’re doing tonight. We’re paid to win the case. You finished your marriage. You wanted to come back and practice the law. You wanted to come back to the world. Welcome back.
Maureen Rooney: You know, you guys are all the same. You don’t care who you hurt. All you care about is the dollar, you’re a bunch of whores. You got no loyalty, no nothing. You’re a bunch of whores!

Frank Galvin: Your honor, with all due respect: if you’re going to try my case for me, I wish you wouldn’t lose it.

This movie was nominated for 4 academy awards, one of the nominations went for Best Actor, and Best Movie.   The winner’s that year were Ghandi (Best Picture), and Ben Kingsley(Best Actor)…Sophie’s Choice/Meryl Streep, (Best Actress).  I did watch this movie, but I have to admit I just really liked watching him and his beautiful blues eyes and I just had a new baby so I was home nursing…  Almost over, W, X, Y, and Z…just keep going Challenger’s. Everyone has been doing such a great job and I’ve made some new blogging buddies.   




AtoZChallenge…”U” is for Up

I thought it would be fun to do a movie that didn’t require much thinking…I must admit, I did not watch this movie but I know someone who did and they recommended it.  I probably will  when I need to feel like a kid again.  It looks like a good movie to watch with your children or grandchildren.

Docter began working on the story in 2004, which was based on fantasies of escaping from life when it becomes too irritating. He and eleven other Pixar artists spent three days in Venezuela gathering research and inspiration. The designs of the characters were caricatured and stylized considerably, and animators were challenged with creating realistic cloth. The floating house is attached by a varying number between 10,000 and 20,000 balloons in the film’s sequences. Up was Pixar’s first film to be presented in Disney Digital 3-D.[4]

Up was released on May 29, 2009, and opened the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, becoming the first animated and 3D film to do so.[5] The film grossed over $735 million, and received positive reviews, with reviewers commending the humor and heart of the film. Ed Asner’s vocal performance was praised, as was the montage of Carl and his wife Ellie aging together. The film received five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, making it the second animated film in history to receive such a nomination, following Beauty and the Beast (1991).[6]

Up is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film[3] produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Pete Docter, the film centers on an elderly widower named Carl Fredricksen (Ed Asner) and an earnest boy named Russell (Jordan Nagai). By tying thousands of balloons to his house, Carl sets out to fulfill his dream to see the wilds of South America and complete a promise made to his late wife, Ellie. The film was co-directed by Bob Peterson, with music composed by Michael Giacchino.

Let’s get some of the best quotes from the movie…

“I do not like the cone of shame.” –Up

Up_I do not like the cone of shame

We wish we could hug him through the screen.

 “Adventure is out there!” –Up

Up_Adventure is out there

Do you have the spirit of adventure, too?

Disney is usually a pretty “Steady Eddie,” when it comes to feel good movies…Hardly ever trying to get an underlying message that is controversial through their movies 🙂  Hope you enjoy and maybe give me a little feedback if you saw it…What do think ?  Was it worth the time investment (be it ever so small)?  Did you feel good after watching the movie ??? Let me know.  

Masterpiece Monday

Yes I know it’s Tuesday and I missed, “Monday’s Masterpiece.”  I’m not even going to try to explain it.  I’m just going to say, “Y A Y, it was Monday,” and I can’t think of something catchy for Tuesday.  So it’s Monday’s Masterpiece, a day late 😉  He finished this on Sunday…

 I enjoy showing the process so I put the beginning and the end…Of course he still needs to put an, “Amen,” on it i.e. (Sign it)  🙂

AtoZChallenge…”T”is for Titanic

I’m pretty sure I don’t really even need to explain this movie…

And we can’t forget the song sung by Celine Dion…”My Heart Will Go On”

Now let’s find some fun quotes…I should know them, I can’t even say how many times I’ve seen the movie or sung the song.  She does a great job I think the song won the Academy Award for best song that year…It swept the awards that year, 1998.  One of which was best musical score.  I just remember it was a movie our whole family went to, all 6 of us.

Rose: [letting go of Jack’s hand] I’ll never let go, Jack. I promise.

[she kisses his hand and watches him sink, almost falling apart before she finally climbs back into the water to call the lifeboat back]

Rose: Mr. Andrews… I saw the iceberg and I see it in your eyes… please, tell me the truth.

Thomas Andrews: The ship will sink.

Rose: You’re certain?

Thomas Andrews: Yes. In an hour or so, all of this will be at the bottom of the Atlantic.

Cal Hockley: What?

Thomas Andrews: Please, tell only who you must. I don’t want to be responsible for a panic. And get to a boat quickly, don’t wait. You remember what I told you about the boats?

Rose: Yes… I understand.

Wallace Hartley: [the band has finished playing, and Hartley tells the band that they may go for the boats. He remains behind and starts to play “Nearer My God To Thee”. One by one the band comes back and plays as the scenes change. when the tune finishes, the water is about to swallow them] Gentlemen. It has been a privilege playing with you tonight.

Reading these quotes I remembered something we always say when we have situations in our life.  We compare it to the end of the movie when Rose is on the door and Jack is in the water.  We always try to figure out which one is on the door and which one is in the water. It’s usually the husband that’s in the water.  I just tell him that I didn’t make the rules 🙂  Have a great week…

AtoZChallenge…”S”is for The Searchers

Happy Sunday AtoZChallenger’s,  I hope everyone is having a great weekend.  Today is another masterpiece western directed by John Ford and Starring John Wayne!!!

The Searchers

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 For other uses, see The Searchers (disambiguation).

The film was a commercial success. Since its release it has come to be considered a masterpiece and one of the greatest and most influential films ever made. It was named the greatest American western by the American Film Institute in 2008, and it placed 12th on the same organization’s 2007 list of the 100 greatest American movies of all time.[3] Entertainment Weekly also named it the best western.[4] The British Film Institute‘s Sight & Sound magazine ranked it as the seventh best film of all time based on a 2012 international survey of film critics[5][6] and in 2008, the French magazine Cahiers du Cinéma ranked The Searchers number 10 in their list of the 100 best films ever made.[7]

In 1989, The Searchers was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the United States Library of Congress, and selected for preservation in its National Film Registry; it was in the first cohort of films selected for the registry.

The Searchers was the first major movie to have a purpose-filmed making-of, requested by John Ford. It deals with most aspects of making the movie, including preparation of the site, construction of props, and filming techniques.[8]

The Searchers is a 1956 American Technicolor VistaVision Western film directed by John Ford, based on the 1954 novel by Alan Le May, set during the Texas–Indian Wars, and starring John Wayne as a middle-aged Civil War veteran who spends years looking for his abducted niece (Natalie Wood), accompanied by his adoptive nephew (Jeffrey Hunter). Critic Roger Ebert found Wayne’s character, Ethan Edwards, “one of the most compelling characters Ford and Wayne ever created”.

Let’s get to the Quotes and I’ll share a bit of a story, relayed to me by the husband who is just a wealth of useless trivia.  This is a youtube video of some of the quotes made in this movie.  Take note of, “Put an Amen to it,” and “That’ll be the day.”

The first quote I mention, I now know were it came from.  Me and the husband use it constantly.  I say that to him when he’s fussing with one of his painting’s.  I tell him, “Sign it already and put an amen to it !!”  The next quote, “That’ll Be the Day,” the husband told me, well just watch the next youtube video and that will explain it.  I’ll tell you, as many times as I’ve watched the movie and it’s been plenty, I never knew this…The husband told me…Who knew…

Vera Miles starred in this movie…She was also in, “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” an earlier movie I did in the challenge probably the letter, “M.”

Have a great week challenger’s…Check back tomorrow for, “Monday’s Masterpiece.”  It really is ❤ Blessings ❤

AtoZChallenge…”R”is for Rooster Cogburn



John Wayne returned to the role that won him an Oscar in this sequel to the western classic True Grit. Rooster Cogburn (Wayne) has once again been stripped of his badge after some questionable behavior with his gun, but he’s given the chance to earn it back after an especially appalling crime demands an experienced lawman. A gang of violent and ruthless criminals, led by Hawk (Richard Jordan) and Breed (Anthony Zerbe), have stolen a shipment of explosive nitroglycerine and cut a swath through a village led by a preacher and his flock. The preacher died, along with many others, and his daughter, Eula Goodnight (Katharine Hepburn), is determined that the outlaws will be brought to justice. Cogburn is given the task of tracking down the criminals, but he’s less than enthusiastic about the fact Goodnight insists on tagging along. Rooster Cogburn marked the first (and last) time John Wayne and Katharine Hepburn would work together on screen; it was also the final film from noted producer Hal Wallis.

Notable Quotes from Rooster Coburn…
Mr. Rat, I have a writ here that says you are to stop eating Cheng Lee’s cornmeal forthwith. Now, It’s a rat writ, writ for a rat, and this is lawful service of same! [to Mattie] See? He doesn’t pay any attention to me. [BANG! he shoots the rat] You can’t serve papers on a rat, baby sister. You either kill him or let him be.

Baby sister, I was born game, and I mean to go out that way.

General Price don’t belong to me. He just rooms with me. Cats don’t belong to nobody. ‘Course, Idepend on him.

A fella that carries a big-bore Sharps carbine might come in handy… if we get jumped by elephants, or buffalo, or something.

LaBoeuf, if you get crosswise of me you’ll think a ton of brick had fell on you! You’ll wisht you was back at the Alamo with Travis!
Young fella, if you’re looking for trouble, I’ll accommodate you. Otherwise, leave it alone.

Ned doesn’t go around killing people for no reason. Had he a reason, he’d kill them.

Fill your hands you son of bitch !!!  (One of the best scenes in the movie)
I cheated a little bit on this one.  The movie was actually, “True Grit” where he made Rooster  Cogburn, the character come to life.  The first movie was, “True Grit” and the one after that was Rooster Cogburn.  They are both great movies and if I had to pick my favorite, probably Rooster Cogburn b/c he really perfected the character.  Watch them both and let me know what you think.  Have a great weekend ❤


Share Your World



List things or events that changed your life?

 A couple of events changed my life.  The first would have to be my car accident with a traumatic brain injury (Coma) paralyzed left side, yadayadayada……..Rehab/physical therapy and it’s all good, except for my two fingers (pinky and ring, left hand)still annoy the crap out of me.  The next defining moment in my life would have to be the loss of our son, Sean Patrick.

Complete this sentence: Is it a bird? Is it a plane?

Duck it’s…Going to hit me in the face 🙂

What genre of music do you like?

 I really love all music.  Classical, contemporary, musical theatre, rock, classic rock, etc…I have a few special moments.  I got up on the stage with Harry Chapin and sang Taxi with him and he kissed me on the cheek!!!   How cool is that.

 Another time was when we were at a concert w/Jim Peterik & the Ides of March (Vehicle).  He was walking down off the stage, going into the audience.  I was walking by the stage right at that exact moment he was coming off the stage.  He was singing/performing, “The Search is Over,” and he kissed me right there as he was singing the song, “The Search is Over,” in front of the entire audience…OMG  Another amazing moment.

We go to his concerts every year.  It’s a great time and he’s an awesome performer w/his band…He also sang with Survivor and wrote so many songs. So many to even mention. I’m going to put up the youtube video of another one of his song’s, “L.A.Goodbye.”  Another song he wrote.  He also wrote, “Eye of the Tiger.”  So many really great tunes !! 

Well I might as well put up his really famous song.  I love going to his concerts because he always plays this one at the very end.  He’s so funny because he’ll say, “I know why your here, so you’ll just have to wait til the end for it.”  You know, Vehicle…It’s an amazing song !!!  This song really says it all about Jim Peterik & The Ides of March. A great musician/song writer.  One of the best and they sure don’t make them like this anymore, and to think he kissed me. Amazing ❤  My summer isn’t complete without going to one of his concert’s. 

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

I am nearly finished cleaning my dining room table off,  Y A Y.  No really you don’t even know, think TLC and buried alive (planners, stickers & washi tape, oh my).  Really I’m actually making progress.  Again Y A Y…

That’s all for my week, looking forward to this weekend and warmer weather.  I think it’s going to be a great one, finally… 













What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

AtoZChallenge…Q is for The Quiet Man

QThe Quiet Man

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Quiet Man is a 1952 Technicolor American romanticcomedy-drama film directed by John Ford. It stars John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond and Victor McLaglen. The screenplay by Frank S. Nugent was based on a 1933 Saturday Evening Post short story of the same name by Maurice Walsh, later published as part of a collection The Green Rushes. The film is notable for Winton Hoch‘s lush photography of the Irish countryside and a long, climactic, semi-comic fist fight. It was an official selection of the 1952 Venice Film Festival.

The Quiet Man won the Academy Award for Best Director for John Ford, his fourth, and for Best Cinematography. In 2013, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

While doing my research on this movie I came across this picture.  It is titled, “The Quiet Man’s Bridge.”  I showed it to the husband, (who’s grandfather was born in County Mayo and his grandmother was from Clare Island where some of this movie was filmed) and he told me that was the bridge he painted. I’m going to put up his painting of the same bridge.  You can find this painting on his website…


The Quiet Man's Bridge

Just a bit of self promotion…But it was fun learning that’s where he got his idea for this painting…I’m also going to be doing more movies w/John Wayne in it.  I learned too that this was also a John Ford movie.