Little bits and pieces of information come across my mind, that
may not compose a complete post. I enjoy sharing some of these
sources of inspiration, motivation and representations of three
areas of the Arts. One is in literature, one is a true story made into
a movie, and the last one is a belated tribute to a band member,
the last of his group to die. These special examples of writing, film
and music are ones that meant a lot to me. Hope you find a nugget
of gold, a treasure among this trio!
My youngest daughter had me check out a children’s book called,
“The Little Soul and the Sun!” I recommend your reading this to
your children, grandchildren or share it with your Sunday School
class teachers. It is a sweet book with the powerful message within
that it quite profound. I will share it with you, since you may wish
to know why this one is worth finding on Amazon, at your library,
or at Half Price Book Store. Neale Donald Walsch’s simple but pure
message lets you feel good about God. Walsch helps us to understand,
through the words he shares; that under all that we label, “Good” or
“Bad,” is love and understanding.
I think the actress, Taraji P. Henson, who portrays an African American
college golf coach, who served and helped young athletes for nearly two
decades, will be the one to watch in a movie being filmed.
The title of the movie is, “From the Rough.”
Her name is Taraji, which means “Hope,” in Swahili. Her middle name
is Penda, with means, “Love,” in Swahili. She has played a favorite
character, a police woman in the show, “Person of Interest,” along with
being in “Hustle and Flow,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,”
and other movies.
Who is she playing? The character in the movie is based on the college
men’s golf team at Tennessee State University for almost 20 years.
This amazing woman is Dr. Catana Starks, which was supposed to be
released in select movie theatres after April, 2014. Has anyone seen this
movie? I did not see it come to Columbus, unless I missed it while up
at my Mom’s over a Spring weekend…
I enjoy a movie about a woman who broke down class and traditions
with most golf coaches at college level being men. This movie will
motivate and inspire, which I may have to get at the library, since I
may have missed it at the theatres!
Even though it has been a couple of weeks since Tommy Ramone died,
I wanted to mention that the last of the “Ramones” band passed away.
Tommy quietly passed away of cancer’s after effects, on July 11, 2014.
The band members were not related, but all adopted the last name of
Ramone. Wasn’t that both funny and clever of them? They made it into
the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.
Their 80’s style “punk rock” includes a few songs I remember and
enjoyed including, Baby, I Love You” and “I Wanna Be Sedated.” They
were ones that when you analyze the lyrics, you may not like them. I
don’t know why their catchy and driving music, had me singing along
with the Ramones! One that my brother liked was, “Blitzkrieg Bop.”
The group started out in a garage in New York, made it to the top in
their own uniquely styled genre. They were quite popular in Europe and
around the world!
Gotta love that ingenuity and creativity, man!
Tommy Ramone was only 65. He was not even supposed to be in the
band! He took the place of someone who was trying to play the drums
and sing, to become one of the lead singers. I have written one other
post, with a short mention of the Ramones. I don’t wish to write a whole
article about them but wish to give a small tribute to the ones who felt
they were and changed their last names in respect for their
group. In the Ramones, they had three of the band members die of
cancer and one of heroin accidental overdose. None made it to 70 years
It is a sad fact of some of the hard rockers and other band players, who
start out from simple roots, get ‘hooked’ into the culture of drugs and
partying, not to make it long in this life.
“Only the good die young…” (Billy Joel) reminds me of how long other
rockers have beaten the ‘odds’ and have kept on going. They must have
decided to exercise, cleanse and try for longevity.
Each of these ‘treasures’ could be considered to have been following
“If there is a faith that can move mountains,
it is the faith in one’s own power.”
By Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, Austrian author.
Have you any recent news ‘treasures,’ you wish to share with us?