Tag: Shawshank Redemption

Unique Idea For First Christmas

Author’s Note: It’s 6/25 which means Christmas is only 6 months away, better get started on your Christmas shopping! Here’s an oldie but a goodie post that will give you some ideas to start working on. HoHoHo!





Be my rock of refuge,
to which I can always go;
give the command to save me,
for you are my rock and my fortress.

Psalm 71:3 (NIV)

I wanted to do something special and unique for Joe’s brother’s, niece’s and nephew the first Christmas after he passed.   I thought about it and just could not come up with anything and even asked God for help.  (You can go to God for help with anything from the serious to the mundane – that is why he is there.)

Well Duh!

Then one day it hit me…Joe was a movie fanatic so I did gift bags containing some of his favorite movies.  They liked the gifts a lot and it gave them a sense their brother and uncle’s personality.

“Welcome to the Rock”

They knew he liked bang-bang shoot ‘em up movies (“The Rock”), action-adventure movies (“Pirates of the Caribbean”), and science fiction movies (“Serenity”).  However, his family was unaware of his love for movies such as:

  • “Cats and Dogs” – Family Movie
  • “Miss Congeniality” – Chick Flick
  • “Shawshank Redemption” – “Drama”
  •  “The Quiet Man” with John Wayne and Maureen O’ Hara (his all-time favorite) 

Other Idea

I thought of this again tonight while out with friends, only this time I thought of different items but same idea.

A gift bag of:

  • CD’s
  • Books
  • Pictures

Also include a list of more cd and book titles enjoyed by your spouse or other loved one. This way they can purchase more once they finish reading or listening to their gift bag contents.

Still Another Idea

Make a list of favorite:

  • Poems
  • Bible Verses
  • Quotes – Inspirational or Movie Lines

You could pick out a particular quote or verse and frame it to give along with the list.  Do a different quote or verse for each recipient.

Hopefully this gives you some ideas.   If you are unable to do this for Christmas, do this for each family member’s birthday.


“Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts.”

Janice Maeditere

My Encounter With Andy Dufresne?

(Author’s Note:  This post was suppose to be published yesterday – 9-7, sorry about that.)

The Mansfield Reformatory/Shawshank series  on OgleOhio.com ends today.  Before it ends, I want to tell you about what happened while I was taking pictures.   Below is a picture of the pond in front of the reformatory.

“Reformatory Pond”

While taking pictures, there was a tall, stocky gentleman also walking around the pond.  At one point he stood a few feet away from me and said “This is man-made. It was not here before.”  I said something along the lines  “Oh really, this is my first time here.  You’ve been here before?”  He said “Oh yes, I’ve been here before.”  The way he stated that made me think that the last time he was there, he was on the inside looking out.  Mansfield Reformatory closed in 1990 and this man was probably late 50’s or early 60’s so it is  possible he could have resided there.  Maybe he resided in cell block 27 or 28.

I quickly and quietly went back to shooting my pictures while he walked back towards the main entrance.  After all, the reformatory was a maximum-security facility in its later years and I was not sure hanging around talking to this guy was a good thing.

And that my dear readers, is the story of my brief encounter with a man I will call “Andy Dufresne.”

“Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.” Andy Dufrense