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The sun sets on another day...

I sat last night for a while after writing, then worked for a long time again. In the process as I worked on a project I thought about what I had written, and all the movies I had seen. So I decided for a few days this year I would give a few movie suggestions.

So today I may suggest an older film, yes it is black and white, but ti will speak to you in color if you let it. The Movie is People will Talk.

Now I read a few reviews about it before I wrote this and they are varied. The film gets some low marks from some  and high marks from others, but it spoke to me in a way I did not see in the dozen or so reviews I read. The movie has a story beneath a story.

These types of stories are sometimes obvious, and in this case it does not take a hard look to see the sub-story is about trust and people. Sure, there are a lot of questions that can be asked, but the big question you need to ask is "Do we really need to lower other people to raise ourselves." It is in this question that I decided that I would add this today because it fits with the entire themes of 29,000 sunsets. Not only from a "How should we treat people" aspect, but also from a  "How we should be treated" point of view.

Of course there are other themes that I like, for example, "what is the essence of love?" ,"What is the essence of life?" and "What is the essence of honor? and the movie infers a great deal. On part I am particularly drawn to pushes a balance between science and art and states simply that one should never be so focused on science that they forget art.

There is a quote in the movie that can inspire many that says, "I consider faith properly injected into a patient as effective in maintaining life as Adrenaline, and a belief in miracles has been the difference between living and dying as often as any surgeon's scalpel." I agreed with this idea and saw this in many successful movies. The belief in yourself, and faith in more, that can open doors, and cast away the shadows. It is in this quote that the core of the movie rotates. The positive possibilities overcoming all odds, all obstacles, and all of the small minds within.

Sure, it is dated, but in the end, this movie may open your heart a little, and to me it is one of thousands that have mattered.

So as the sun sets on another day, I have managed to write this without spoiling the movie, but I hope you can take a moment, enjoy the movie, and enjoy the day. I did and will continue to see this as a foundation for myself as time goes on. Find those things that inspire you, and if you don't like the movie, I understand, but enjoy your time, enjoy your day, and be as happy as you can, no matter what.

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The sun sets on another day...

I was wondering today how many times I had mentioned movies in my writing here. So I looked. I was surprised to find that I have only mentioned movies 50 times out of almost 1300 posts. The reason i surprises me is that is a small percentage of the time. 

So I sat tonight as a computer churned and groaned and watched a new movie. I have thought a lot about being a critic of movies for a while, mainly because I have seen more than most people. today I enjoyed a new made for Netflix Movie, The Bird box.

I was surprised.

It is rare I am surprised in any type of suspense or horror movie, and that may be sad, but I have seen so many twists and turns that the extreme ones make me laugh. I giggled through The Grudge, Annabelle, and a host of others that were over the top and found movies like Saw far too graphic for far too little plot. I have always appreciated the true suspense of the unknown, like in The Birds, or Rear Window, or Visiting Hours, where the fear is more ingrained in the story, and less focused on gore and pain. I was not disappointed tonight.

The movie does not truly define the monsters but I had a feeling, and after watching it read a few articles that were similar in my thinking. I will let you figure it out. Suffice it to say the fear was palpable, but the morals within were equally as powerful. Without beauty, why would there be a reason to live. Without hope, where could people be?

I am particularly impressed with Sandra Bullock. She took her role more than seriously and the outcome was a masterful character that lead us into the depths of why people like to be alone, and pushed us towards the truest definitions of love, honor, and sacrifice.

I will not say more except, take the time, watch it, and I hope you see all the sub-stories and intertwined passions I saw, and find a moments inspiration in it all.

So as the sun sets on another day, there are lots of movies I watch to feel better about the world, and in spite of the suspense, I will add this one to the list. Not because it is the best movie I have ever seen, but because it does a good job of defining the essence of who we should be, and in the process opens doors for our mind. 

Sleep sweet, love live, and believe in passion no matter what...

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The sun sets on another day...

The story of Scylla and Charybdis has spun many modern sayings. things like: Between the devil and the deep blue sea, between a rock and a hard place, and others were born of this legend of a pair of monsters guarding a narrow straight of sea. We use these phrases to express a feeling there is no win possible, or that we have few choices towards a win.

Funny isn't it? How your mind can play tricks with you and beat you down. There is always hope, always a new possibility, always a way if you only take the moments and look for it.

I think the secret is to know what you are looking for and have a realization that sometimes you get the success you need, and not necessarily what you want. It may sound like an old song, but often we are given just what is right, or what is right is right there, while what we want is just out of reach, and maybe it is better that way.

My point tonight is two fold. Don't ever feel like you are stuck between a rock and a hard place, find the way forward instead and pay attention to what you experience, it may be better than what you wanted anyway. I know it is not logical, but it is often true.

So as the sun sets on another day, the real Charybdis wasn't a monster, it was a whirlpool. The real Scylla, a rock. Pay attention to your rocks and your hard places. They are not monsters, they are challenges to be conquered. Find a way forward and make today the best day it can be, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and boooo...




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The sun sets on another day..

As the days get longer I soon will have time to make it to sunset again, I have missed it and long for the shimmering sky before me.

Imagine with me for a moment. Before you is a perfect picture or peace, and on the opposite side, and perfect picture of passion. Which do you choose?

I ask this question because it hides the different question inside. Can passion be peaceful?

I ask this with slight reservation as I have an opinion, it is passion is not peaceful though peace can be built out of it. to me passion is near uncontrollable and as such can be the most awe inspiring creative force in the universe. Out of it can be built a series of outcomes, from the simple, to the complicated. Poetry is created, books are written, and a thousand thousand creations are born out of passion. So is the essence of love, the huge foundations that create a link between people that is difficult to break. Passion can also create havoc and mayhem as it feeds the baser emotions, and can make the world far darker if it is allowed to go unchecked.

I write about passion a lot. The characters in my books are driven by passion and that passion goes from the main characters to the sub characters. Passion is a motivator, for both good and evil, and sometimes passion is lost in the miasma that seems to cover so many. I have several short stories I have written that were born of passion and it is in that passion that themes of a book live and die. It is with passion in mind that I walk into each day, and it is my passion that guides me further.

Passion does not know good or bad, and it makes life more complicated sometimes.Passion can make for good decisions or not so good decisions, and in the end, the outcome can be positive or negative.

Why does it matter?

There is a science fiction movie that speaks of passion being removed from a planet. When it happens, people just die. They don't care about doing anything, including eating, and eventually they are no more. It is surmised that our intellect gives us the advantage over animals, but I think it is more than that, I think our passion drives us to be more, and our passion makes us into a powerful force for the world.

So as the sun sets on another day, what is your passion? What pushes you further? There are so many possibilities. Know that it makes you who you are and guides you to where you will be. Be the person that holds on to the good side of passion, that tries to make others happy, that feels deeply, and finds a way to make passion into reality. Be that person that makes a difference, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and be passionate about it...