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Great Movies to Celebrate Memorial Day

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A Memorial Day Weekend celebration is not complete without a few good movies to watch in between the barbeques, picnics, and parades. I have compiled a list of some of the best flicks to watch that commemorate our veterans and those currently serving in the military. Check out Netflix, Cable, Satellite, and your local TV stations for the following titles….

  1. Saving Private Ryan – The story of “D-Day” with Tom Hanks and directed by Stephen Spielberg.
  2. Sergeant York- This is the true story of Alvin York, a Tennessee sharpshooter, who becomes the most decorated soldier of World War 1. This is an old movie, but one of the best. Everyone needs to know the inspiring story of Sergeant York.
  3. Flags of Our Fathers- Made in 2006, this film, directed by Clint Eastwood, is the story of six men who raised the flag at the “Battle of Iwo Jima” which was a turning point of WWII.
  4. The Longest Day –This film came out in 1962 and has a star-studded cast that includes John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, Richard Burton, and Sean Connery.  Filmed in the style of a docudrama, it shows the events leading up to “D-Day”.
  5. The Big Red One- World War II movie starring Lee Marvin and Mark Hamill.
  6. The Green Berets– Another John Wayne movie made in 1968.  This film is strongly anti-communist and strongly anti-Saigon.  It came out in theaters in response to the anti-war atmosphere and social discontent over the Vietnam War in America.
  7. MASH- A black comedy about a unit of medical personnel stationed at a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) during the Korean War.  This film inspired the long running TV show of the same name.
  8. Black Hawk Down- A 1999 adaptation of the novel, Black Hawk Down tells the story of the events of the Battle of Mogadishu, a raid integral to the United States’ effort to capture Somali warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid.
  9. HeartBreak Ridge- The story involves the actions of a small group of Marines during the 1983 U.S. invasion of Grenada.  Clint Eastwood stars, directs, and produced this movie.
  10. Glory- This American war drama, made in 1989, depicts the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the first formal unit of the US Army to be made up entirely of African American men, as told from the point of view of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, its commanding officer during the American Civil War.

There are so many movies to choose from that represent the sacrifices our men and women have made for our country.  If nothing else, this list reminds us of those sacrifices.  Happy Memorial Day to all those who selflessly serve.

Spirit, that made those heroes dare
To die, and leave their children free,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
The shaft we raise to them and thee.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

 Check Out Other Great Posts:

Do You Know Your Memorial Day History?

Remembering Memorial Day by Susan Garren 

What is Memorial Day?

For Memorial Day

 

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Veteran’s Day Words

Over at The Daily Post @ WordPress.com one of the Daily Prompts is Play Lexicographer.   

I thought I would try my hand at this game, using the theme of Veteran’s Day to invent new words to honor all the men and woman who have served our country.   Here are a few words I have created …

Uvetidid –  (you-vet-I-did)  n.  a person who served in the military or a soldier who has seen considerable active service .

Vetservedcountry  (Vet-serve-country) v. a civilian who has in the past served in the military.

Honorvetservice (honor-vets-service)  v.  1. the act of honoring.  2. Something all citizens should do on Veteran’s Day and every day.

Thankavet (thank-a-vet) v.  give gratitude for the unselfish service of a Veteran.

Givevetscredit  (give-vets-credit) v.  the act of giving credit to the men and woman who have served our country. 

I wonder what other words we can invent to express our gratitude to all those brave men and woman who have given their time and their lives for our freedom.   Share your words of thanks.

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Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jamie Nowinski – Grandmother Wisdom/Grandmother Musings with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.
 
 

A Lovely Touch of Reality Awards

 

Life has been hectic since fall began and school has started.  There are many nights when I just do not have the time or the energy to write a blog post. I think many of us “postaday” bloggers are finding it difficult to meet the goal.  Therefore, it is heartwarming to me to find that even when I am not on target, I still have people who will read my musings and even take the time to nominate me for an award.

Cher over at Authentic Photography has graciously nominated Grandmother Musings for the REALITY BLOG AWARD and the LOVELY BLOG AWARD.  Cher is originally from Maine, but has recently moved to Lakeland, Florida with her husband.  Her photos are real and reflect her keen insight into everyday life.  Please go and visit Authentic Photography. You will enjoy her unique photo expressions.


These are five questions that Cindy passed on for the Reality Blog Award and that I have decided to answer for both awards:

1) If you could change something, what would you change?

I would change all the hatred in the world for other cultures and races.

 

2) If you could repeat an age, what age would it be?

I would repeat at 30.  I would tell my scared self that I am powerful and worthy of great things.

 

3) What one thing really scares you?

Losing someone, I love.

 

4) What one dream have you not completed yet and do you think you will be able to complete it.

One dream I have always had is to own a house on a lake.  I think it will eventually happen.

 

5) If you could be someone else for the day, who would you be? 

I think it would be interesting to be the President or someone else in a high seat of power.  I have a feeling it is a lot more difficult to be in that position than I imagine.

 

I am nominating 10 wonderful blogs that have inspired me in some way. Please take the time to visit these sites and see what makes them so great.

There are no specific rules to these awards.  Each nominee is free to accept and do what he or she will with his or her award. It is my sincere hope that with this nomination each blog will know how much I appreciate and respect their work.  This nomination is for both the Reality Award and the One Lovely Blog award.

NOMINATIONS

My Life In Color

Francine in Retirement

The World is a Book…

The Blazing Trail

Home Designs Master

Campfire Shadows

Pillows-A-La-Mode

Share Chair

Beyond the Green Door

Diane Gray Author

 

Thank you once more to Cher at Authentic Photography for the nomination.  I am blessed and honored to know such talented people and be a part of a supportive, blogging world. Enjoy! J

 

 

 

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Have You a Courteous Heart?

          

Last Halloween I sent Lynn a book.  Within a week, she had sent a note to say Thank you, and by Thanksgiving, she mailed a long letter telling me how much she enjoyed the book.  Now, this may not seem earth shattering in and of itself, but it does prove that even in these hectic times, some souls still possess a gracious courteous heart.

          What is a courteous heart, you ask?  Manners, breeding, decorum, savoir-faire all define courteous.  A quality that is so often missing in our society, but one that Lynn possesses.  Her courteous heart often refers to the gift I gave her five years ago.  I do not remember what it is I gave her, but she does.  It is her repeated gratitude over my kindness that illustrates her genteel manner.

          The courteous heart can do everything beautifully from allowing shoppers with fewer items ahead in line, to passing the salt before being asked at dinner.  For the courteous hearts, a simple “Good Morning” is pleasing.  It is too bad that most people growl the sentiment as they rush past us making a sound something akin to having a tooth pulled.  Then, there are those who just simply refuse to acknowledge others at all unlike the courteous of heart. The courteous speak distinctly and with kindness so one never has to ask, “What did you say?”

          Think about the usual birthday gift or Christmas present.  It is the one wrapped in pretty paper and adorned with ribbon.  A symbol of what all friendly acts should be–kindness performed with imagination.  Then what is giving?  Ah, the courteous heart makes it their business to know what a friend really wants.  One friend I have believes it is her job to give the most thoughtful of gifts.  Once, I mentioned that I crave cucumbers in sour cream, and I wistfully dreamed of eating this fare at every meal.  I will tell you, I have never had a meal at her house since, without finding a delicious bowl of cucumbers in sour cream.

          It is not easy, this business of giving; it is an art.  An art requires time and imagination to pull off.  For instance, for my thirty-fifth birthday, my husband contrived a treasure hunt that I had to follow under the direction of tiny sticky notes.  The clues–some being very vague–lead me to a hotel room. My arms were loaded with packages I had found along the hunt.  When I arrived at the hotel and opened the door to room 132, I found, to my delight the best surprise party I have ever experienced!  There will never be a gift more spectacular as that.  It was not wrapped in pretty paper or ribbons, but packaged with thought, imagination, and hard work.

          The courteous of heart often out perform ordinary folk in manners and decorum, even in everyday tasks.  A co-worker named Joe, understood kindness to an impressive dimension.  He never let a morning pass without a personal greeting and a smile, he held elevators for others, sent out cards in sympathy and in congratulations, avoided gossip, and expressed a positive thought about all he met. He accomplished all this with the humblest of attitudes.  His courteous heart was automatic. Joe had lived it for so long that his kindness and courtesy functioned without deliberate thought.

          Must we all be like my co-worker?   It would be nice, but I would not go that far.  Joe is a perfect mentor, and we can all strive for his ideal.  Maybe it is enough to ask- that when you are shuffling through your daily existence-stop every so often, say “Good Morning,” and mean it.  Listen to those you love and hear what they are truly yearning for, and then do your best to give it to them.  It could be something as simple as a good book or a bowl of cucumbers in sour cream.

          A courteous heart is so rare.  Often, there is not enough time to do all the things we must do, and it seems, no time to consider others.  However, if you are interested in enlarging your mystic organ where true human kindness flows, learn to put yourself in another’s place, and anticipate their thoughts.  The courteous, remember, does kindness with heart.

 

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TRIPLE CROWN OF AWARDS

 

After experiencing some computer, issues that I am still working on, I realized that I did not blog yesterday.  Consequently, Grandmother Musings was set to Elvis for two days.  I think he deserves some recognition, but his time is over with tonight.  Sorry Elvis, but now I have some recognitions of my own that I would like to share.  It seems that I am having a triple play of awards.

To all of my nominees, please accept your nominations as a gift.  You are all wonderful bloggers and deserve to be recognized for your efforts.  However, I understand the amount of time and energy one has to devote to receiving an award, so please take all the time you need.  If you would rather not participate, I understand that, too.  No strings are attached to your nomination only LOVE.    

First, is the “Super Sweet Award” that Diane at hometogo232 shared with me last week.  Diane is a “Super Sweet” friend and deserves to be awarded for her kind heart and great blog.  Please visit Diane’s blog at hometogo232.

The Rules for the “Super Sweet Award” :

1. Give credit to the wonderful person who chose to nominate you.

2. Answer the “Super Sweet” questions.

3. Nominate a “Baker’s Dozen (13) blogs.

Super Sweet questions:

1.  Cookies or Cake?  

I love homemade chocolate chip cookies.

2. Chocolate or Vanilla?

Definitely chocolate for me!

 3. What is your favorite sweet treat?

Cannoli – when I can get it!

4. When do you crave sweet things the most?

I crave sweet things in the evening after dinner.

5.   If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be?

Sweety

Baker’s Dozen Nominees:

Raven’s Witch

Rezick Family Kitchen

Carly Sarah

Virgilkumar

Funandmorebykay

Peace the consciousness, the transitoriness, your existence.

Melissa I. Hassard

Life Textures

WannaBeSpiritual

News of the times

rfljenksy – Practicing Simplicity

Travel. Culture. Food.

Awakening

Please visit, like, and leave a “Super Sweet” comment for all of these wonderful blogs!

 

The Beautiful Blogger Award is the second award in this trifecta that I am blessed with receiving is from nutsfortreasure who has a fantastic blog entitled, Living and Loving.  She also blogs on 20 Lines or Less with inspiring poetry, stories and photos. Nutsfortreasure is definitely someone you will want to get to know. Please visit and make a few comments!

The Rules for The Beautiful Blogger Award:

1. Write a little something about the Beautiful Blogger who nominated you with the award.

2. Share 7 things about yourself.

3. Nominate 7 other bloggers for the award.

7 Things About Grandmother Musings

1. My kindle has a green cover.

2.  I eat a banana every day.

3. My mother’s Trick or Treat was me!

4.  When the baggers at the grocery store put my fruit & veggies with my meat, I create a scene.

5.  Family game night is one of my favorite nights.

6.  You NEVER want my head to pop off and fly around the room.

7.  I try hard to “do unto others as I would want them to do unto me”.

7 Nominees for The Beautiful Blogger Award:

Patwoodblogging

Joy in the Moments

Life Seeds

Authentic Photography

Ramblings of a Asparagus

Russel Ray Photos

Advocatemmmohan

 

Please visit, like, and leave a “Beautiful” comment for all of these wonderful blogs!

 

Last, but as important, is The Versatile Blogger Award, shared with me today by Wealthymatters.  Her blog gives pertinent information about wealth building, entrepreneurship, and other wealth tidbits. She has a Siamese cat and has recently adopted a crow chick with a broken wing. She is a resourceful and multifaceted blogger and very deserving of her own Versatile Blogger Award.  I am honored that she chose Grandmother Musings for her nominations. Please visit wealthymatters!

The Versatile Blogger Award Rules:

1. Recognize and thank the person who gave you the nomination.

2. Write 7 things about yourself.

3. Nominate 15 Bloggers

7 Things About Grandmother Musings

1. I made chicken soup and spaghetti & meatballs, today.

2. My husband and I once purchased a car for $100.

3. Shoes hurt my feet. I dread having to wear them all winter long.

4. I dislike mushrooms.

5. Nova Scotia looks like a beautiful place to visit.

6. My camera is in the shop and I am anxious to have it back in working order.

7. I am happy I have made it through 8 months of 2012!

15 Nominations for The Versatile Blogger Award:

Stevegleason’sblog

MyCyberNovels

A Daily Thought

Nostrovia Writing

GarySchollmeier

Faith1stministry

diannegray

Pen Names and Other Escapes

Shafiqah1

Nine & a Half Hours Ahead

Without A Label

SMS

For Fox Sake

Ramble On

Ny parrot

Please visit, like, and leave a “Versatile” comment for all of these wonderful blogs!

Thank you to everyone who gives Grandmother Musings constant support and encouragement. I am grateful to know you and to share my life with you.  Jamie :)

 

Copyright © Jamie Nowinski and Grandmother Wisdom/ Grandmother Musings 2012-2013.
Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jamie Nowinski – Grandmother Wisdom/Grandmother Musings with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

 

The Liebster Award

I owe Terry1954 a great big hug for nominating Grandmother Musings for the Liebster Blog Award. When I first began blogging, I would read other blogger’s posts and wonder at all the awards posted. I wondered if I would ever receive an award.  In the spring, Terry1954 sent me a note saying that she had nominated me for the Sisterhood Award.  I was so excited that I called my husband at work to let him know that I had won an award.  Since then, I have been honored with several awards, and I owe it all to Terry for starting the blessings.

Please visit Terry at her blog.  She is a loving and beautiful woman who shares the highs and lows of life with her readers.  She affectionately cares for her brother, Al, with Parkinson’s disease. Terry also writes wonderful poems and stories to warm your heart. She is a very talented writer and blogger for whom you will want to follow.

The Liebster award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. What is a Liebster? The meaning: Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.

So what do we have to do to show our appreciation?

  1. Answer the questions that the tagger set for you plus create 11 questions for the people you’ve tagged to answer.
  2. Choose 11 bloggers and link them in your post.
  3. Go to their page and tell them.

If you could go anywhere, where would you go, and why?

I would like to go to the Bahamas or some island paradise. I want to feel the warmth of the white sands in my toes, smell the ocean and the tropical flowers, and just relax.

What was your reason for starting a blog on WordPress?

My reason for starting a blog was to write. I have always been a writer, but was not practicing the craft. My blog gives me a place and a reason to write every day.

What is your most frequently visited blog and why?

20 lines or less is a blog I frequent often. I love to see what new challenges are posted.

Did you look at Freshly Pressed today? If so, which featured blog post did you like the most?

A newbie’s thoughts on the ‘like’ button by http://thoughtsofalunatic.wordpress.com/2012/08/09/a-newbies-thoughts-on-the-like-button/comment-page-2/#comment-364

What most inspires you?

Every day adventures in life.

What type of atmosphere most inspires you to write/take photos/illustrate/whatever it is that you like to do?

I like quiet when I write. Sitting at the kitchen table late at night when everyone else is sleeping, quiet.

If you could be any celebrity for a day, who would you be?

Tina Fey- Maybe I could then get some great comedy tips.

Favorite movie quote?

“Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?” Clarence Oddbody  “It’s A Wonderful Life”

What is something that you would like to see people post more about?

Alternative News

Favorite Starbucks drink?

I am not fond of Starbucks. ( I know…I am crazy! )  If I have to get something at Starbucks it is just a regular lite roast.

If you were a word, what word would you be?

Determined

 

The Questions for my Nominees:

1. Name a book you would read over and over again?

2. If you could have 3 wishes granted, what would they be?

3. Who was your favorite teacher and why?

4. Where is your favorite vacation spot?

5. What chore do you absolutely hate doing?

6. What personality traits do you dislike in other people?

7. What is your least favorite mode of transportation?

8. If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?

9.  What did you do growing up that got you into trouble?

10.                   When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time?

11.                   What movie do you flat-out refuse to watch, no matter how good people say it is?

 

I cannot wait to see the answers my nominees will write!!!  Please trackback to this post or leave me a comment with your link because I would love to read all the answers!

 

Nominations:

The Renegade Seamstress

ShareChair

Beyond the Green Door

Camp Fire Shadows

A Daily Thought

rfljenksy

rezichfamilykitchen

Nizy’s Life Compendium

Mountain Mae

Vigilkumar

Joy In the Moments

 

Please check out these awesome blogs!  Don’t forget to leave them a comment.  Thank you to all of you who follow Grandmother Musings. Great People-Great Friends-Wonderful Community!

 

 

Copyright © Jamie Nowinski and Grandmother Wisdom/ Grandmother Musings 2012-2013.
Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jamie Nowinski – Grandmother Wisdom/Grandmother Musings with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

 

The Best Follower Award

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Thank you to Robin, who hosts one of my favorite blogs to read and comment on, for nominating Grandmother Musings for The Best Follower Award.  At Bringing Europe Home, Robin hosts an inspiring challenge entitled: Quotes from the Masters.  I wait with anticipation every week for the newest quote! Feel free to join in on the challenge by visiting BringingEuropeHome.

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The Rules of The Best Follower Award are as follows:

1.   Thank the giver, link the page, and add the award to your site.

2.   Answer the question: “Who was my first follower?”

3.   Pass it on to your three Best Followers.

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 My first follower was GYA Today, the blog of Paul Mark Sutherland.  According to Paul, GYA stands for “Give Yourself Away.” “GYA today.com” is for people with an interest in learning about, and/or contributing to, the choices and lifestyle associated with growing happiness, tranquility, and abundance by way of helping others.”

Thank you, Paul. You sure made my day as a “baby” blogger by not only liking my post, but by following it, too.  I was so excited to have my first follower!

I would like to pass The Best Follower Award on to my three best followers.  Their honest, intelligent, and warm comments have not only inspired me, but also encouraged me to continue to write daily.  I really appreciate all the support and love I have received from all of my followers.  So without further ado…

NMNPHX- Nicole is an excellent writer who has a great sense of humor and writes brilliant “slice of life” articles. You can witness her humorous posts under “Commuter Chronicles” and “Silly Spam” You will love her writing and her wit. Go follow her, NOW!

Hometogo232 – Diane is a wonderful and encouraging woman. She always has a kind word or a superb piece of advice to share.  Her website mirrors her faith, thoughts, and creative writing.  Her poetry is phenomenal!  Check out Diane’s blog and follow her, TODAY!

FrancineinRetirement-  Francine takes gorgeous pictures of her travels and shares them on her blog. From Kayaks to the streets of New York, her vivid photos make you feel like you are there. Francine= Encouragement.  In fact, every time she comments on a post she writes, “BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED! I love this. Just seeing her words brightens the day. Go and be encouraged by Francine’s wonderful blog, right this moment!

 

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