Memories of Sweet and Sassy Rommie

Five years ago today I said “See you later.” to my sweet and sassy golden girl. Can’t believe it’s been that long already.

“Can You Grin Like This?”

This was taken the day she discovered spaghetti is human rawhide. I managed to drop some uncooked spaghetti on the floor which she quickly retrieved. She then went outside and laid in the evening sun just holding her strand of spaghetti until she was ready to eat it.

So I am going to honor her memory today by playing outside, without a mask, as the fresh air is good for the body and soul. Rommie was all about embracing this God given day by playing. I suggest you do the same.

Swimming Lesson

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Psalm 118:24

Enjoy your day running free in heaven and partying with Daddy and Grandma and Grandpa’s. Love and miss you my golden girl.

Playtime Makes Me Smile

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to encourage widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s used those skills while managing call center teams, co-facilitating a grief support group, and helping small businesses with various writing and administrative assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of history, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com

“You Must Remember This”

A few months ago, I wrote a post How The Lock Down Has Messed With My Brain. Well…let me bring you up to date on what the brain does now.

In in 1992, Joe and I saw Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical The Phantom of the Opera in Toronto, Canada. We both loved it and enjoyed the show.

During lockdown, Andrew started a YouTube channel The Shows Must Go On where one of his musicals would be featured every weekend for 48 hours here in the United States (24 in the U.K.). As expected, one weekend Phantom was featured. It was the 25th Anniversary performance filmed at the Royal Albert Hall in 2011. Wow! What a spectacular, spectacular performance.

So I bought the film on Amazon and have watched it a lot.

Masquerade

Act two starts out with a masquerade ball at the Paris Opera House where the attendees are celebrating the new year and a new chandelier The Phantom made the old one come crashing down at the end of act one. There is a lot of singing and dancing by a company of over 100 people.

Then the Phantom makes his appearance dressed in a flaming red hat and robe and wearing a skeleton mask. He informs the managers of the opera house that he has written a new opera, Don Juan Triumphant, and expects them to perform it. The Phantom’s true love, Christine Daae is to sing the lead instead of the current soprano Carlotta Guidicelli.

Before he lights up the hall with shooting flames and disappears, he tells the managers one thing to keep in mind when deciding whether or not to have their company do the Don Juan opera.

“Remember, there are worse things than a shattered chandelier.”

The Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera musical.
Photo by Ashwin Alok on Pexels.com

Well….

Anytime something strange happens in the world I am singing that line “Remember, there are worse things than a shattered chandelier.”

  • Murder Hornets – “Remember, there are worse things than a shattered chandelier.”
  • Poisonous Blue Slugs – “Remember, there are worse things than a shattered chandelier.”
  • Lockdowns Extended – “Remember, there are worse things than a shattered chandelier.”
  • Slow re-openings – “Remember, there are worse things than a shattered chandelier.”
  • Saharan Dust Clouds – “Remember, there are worse things than a shattered chandelier.”
  • Riots – “Remember, there are worse things than a shattered chandelier.”
  • Looting – “Remember, there are worse things than a shattered chandelier.”
  • Murder Cops – “Remember, there are worse things than a shattered chandelier.”
  • Mandatory Masks – “Remember, there are worse things than a shattered chandelier.”
  • The Constitution Shredded – “Remember, there are worse things than a shattered chandelier.”

Yep. Anything that happens, my mind just keeps repeating that line from Phantom. Guess it is a coping mechanism.

My Dad’s cousin was a psychiatrist in Las Vegas decades ago, he would have a field day trying to analyze my brain. He’s probably up there in heaven telling Dad “Don’t worry, Bill. Her strange brain proves she belongs in our family.”

At least I am not having anymore nightmares about murder, rape and escaping to a neighbor’s house.

No matter what happens this year, remember things could always be worse which is the true meaning of “Remember, there are worse things than a shattered chandelier.”

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to encourage widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s used those skills while managing call center teams, co-facilitating a grief support group, and helping small businesses with various writing and administrative assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of history, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com

Historical Weekend Wisdom Finale: James Madison

I hope you enjoyed this month’s Historical Weekend Wisdom. In August, we will return to the unofficial Weekend Wisdom theme of “whatever Michele feels like posting.”

The last paragraph of The 5000 Year Leap, A Miracle That Changed the World; Principles of Freedom 101, is a quote from James Madison’s writing as found in the Federalist Papers.

Happily for America, happily we trust FOR THE WHOLE HUMAN RACE, they pursued a new and more noble course. They accomplished a revolution which has no parallel in the annals of human society. They reared the fabrics of governments which have no model on the face of the globe. They formed the design of a great Confederacy, which it is incumbent on their successors to improve and perpetuate.

James Madison, Federalist Papers, No. 14, pp 104-5; emphasis added (as found on page 310 of The 5000 Year Leap, A Miracle That Changed the World; Principles of Freedom 101 by W. Cleon Skousen)

Merriam-Webster defines confederacy as “a league or compact for mutual support or common action.” This does define the 13 colonies. They mutually supported each other in the establishment of a new country independent from England, where citizens were in charge of the government and not where the government kept tightening the noose of fear around it’s citizen’s necks.

The colonies were not just there for emotional support but all the colonies took action and accomplished a revolution that made their American dream come true.

Now it is up to We the People as their successors to keep their American dream alive and to improve on their dream.

God Bless You

God Bless America

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to encourage widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s used those skills while managing call center teams, co-facilitating a grief support group, and helping small businesses with various writing and administrative assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of history, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com

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