The End

It was lovely last night to cuddle up and watch ‘Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’. Not the new one, I’ve not risked that as so often the second is a disappointment after a really good start.

best_exotic_marigoldThe colour, the noise, the scents and smells, (okay so I know we don’t have ‘scratch and sniff’ TVs yet, but I could imagine it nonetheless), and I love the optimistic belief of the young hotelier:

  • It will be alright in the End.
  • And if it’s not Alright.
  • Then it’s not the End.

What wise thoughts. We could do well to adopt this little saying in our lives, when things seem a little tough.

A big thank you to the excellent cast and production team who put together such a delightful escape from what we tend to belief are the only options of old age. New frontiers! Wonderful.

More about the film here

From Victim to Victory

I finally got around to re-publishing my first book, From Victim to Victory.

I wrote it many years ago and it has been languishing on my computer for longer than I care to admit. Then I self-published in 2005 and did absolutely nothing with it. In face, it could almost be said that I stood firmly in my own way, with doubts and fears and lack of confidence.

book_v2vI still find it a challenge in some ways, to expose myself as I have. I have written my story, of how a woman from a very ‘ordinary’ life discovered strange and wonderful things of a spiritual nature. Our cosmos is full of the most amazing discoveries just waiting to be found. But most importantly, I discovered a way to stop feeling that you are a victim of circumstances and learn how to co-create your own life. I share this way in my book.

So From Victim to Victory was re-launched on 5 September 2013 and is now available on Amazon at £10.99 and on Kindle for £3.99. The Proof Fairy made the Kindle version for me. She Helps You Take Your Book from Possibility to Plan to Publication and if you have a book inside you, just waiting to come out, you can find her on www.theprooffairy.com

You’ll find From Victim to Victory on my website at www.stardrum.com

Paris – city of Magic

Last night we watched ‘Midnight in Paris’. I had needed something easy relax to and I imagined a stroll through the streets of Paris would be ideal.

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Annee in Paris circa 1982

A successful Hollywood screenwriter is struggling with his first novel and is in the romantic city with his fiancé. Walking the streets alone one night, he accepts a lift – and finds himself back in time to the 1920s, the very period he has been drawn to. Here he rubs shoulders with great men of the time, as one after another of the city’s famous folk shake his hand.

I must admit to finding the character a little irritating, but that apart, the clever twist in the story is that this is not the only time period he could choose to go back to. And he sees that every age is the ‘Golden Age’ for somebody, looks more alluring from outside than inside.

For those of you who are with me, you’ll have made the connection already. We are, right now, in l’Age d’Or! It’s not tomorrow and not yesterday, it is here and now, what we make it.

Make it Great! We are each co-creating our reality individually and collectively. Let’s imagine we can make this the decade that will go down in history as the one that marked the end of all the things we do not need to take forward: war, poverty, famine, discrimination etc and the start of all good things; sharing, kindness, sustainability, Love.

Recommendation

I just spent time with Ellen Watts of ElleRich Training.

Elle is a keynote speaker and a business coach. She is author of Cosmic Ordering Made Easier, which is something I am very interested in. Elle is herself a remarkable testimony to the effectiveness of the system and her book is full of stories of her experiences along with those of other people who she has coached.

Then Elle sets out clearly the steps to take to make simple, focussed and effective Orders to place before the Cosmos. How not to stand in your own way, finding your limiting beliefs is important.

I suggest getting the book! Her website is at http://www.ellen-unlimited.com

Cirque Magnifique!

Oh my Goodness!

I have not been particularly a fan of the trapeze, scared of heights myself, I never found it entertaining to watch people daring the very thing that terrifies me. I can appreciate the skill, the training and the nerve of course, but to and fro, to and fro, fly, catch, okay seen it.

cirquedusoleilBut what an incredible experience Cirque du Soleil’s film was. It was our first 3D experience as well, as I had stubbornly refused to wear ‘those silly glasses’ all the way through a film, believing that they would spoil my enjoyment. (I thought they were still made of cardboard!) Quite the contrary.

This was a magical experience from start to finish. The theme of the story is that the young trapeze artist, daring and brave, falls without a safety net, and the ground gives way taking him through into another world. Beautiful girl seeks him….

The art, the scenery, the acting were all superb. I cannot praise the concept high enough, and cannot wait to see the show live in London. Do go if you can!

In England autumn 2013, Start here: http://www.cirquedusoleil.com and Enjoy!

The Hobbit

I am always a little wary of prequels which seem to ride on the back of previous success and so considered carefully before going to see this movie.

The Hobbit was a disappointment to me. I found nothing new to excite, but most importantly the ‘spiritual’ notion, so strong in the Lord of the Rings Triology, was missing or not apparent. I’ve seen the series three times now, and each time I am astounded and delighted with the multiple layers in this story.  Tolkien said that he did not write from any rememberance or experience of other worlds, but he must have done so from some level or another!

The perenlord_ofthe_ringsnial struggle of Light against Dark is so magnificently told in these stories – think of Gandalf riding out from Minas Tirith and holding his Staff aloft to scare away the Nazgul; see how courage even in the face of absolutely impossible odds pays off; think of the moment when Gandalf explains to Pippin that this will not be the end, even if it does end here; and note how at the Black Gates, as the seeing Eye retreats the ground breaks up under all the evil forces but not under our heroes’ toes!  Ponder on Frodo almost unable to part with the ring at the edge of the Fire, when Sam pleads – “Just let it go!” (how many of us find it so hard to give up unpleasant or impossible situations just because we are used to carrying them?) and think of who is your Sam in your life, the unsung hero without whom it could never happen, the mis-understood, sometimes overlooked loyal one who is always there for you.

Truly this Masterpiece inspires – I could go on and on.  Surely the Masterpiece of the Millennium!

Sadly I cannot say anything inspiring about this latest follow up and do not feel inclined to see the next two. Shame, the world badly needs inspiration, Truth disguised as story is an ideal way to help us to wake up in time.