Today’s blog was supposed to be about upcoming Fall Fashion Trends… That is, until Meredith, Patrick and I went to see Gleason, last night. Talk about a glimpse into someone’s life. What a moving, loving, realistic and absolutely terrific movie about Steve Gleason, who is battling ALS.
The hit documentary from the 2016 Sundance Film Festival goes inside the life of Steve Gleason, the former New Orleans Saints defensive back who, at the age of 34, was diagnosed with ALS and given a life expectancy of two to five years. Weeks later, Gleason found out his wife, Michel, was expecting their first child. A video journal that began as a gift for his unborn son expands to chronicle Steve’s determination to get his relationships in order, build a foundation to provide other ALS patients with purpose, and adapt to his declining physical condition—utilizing medical technologies that offer the means to live as fully as possible.
Gleason is playing at limited theaters. Do yourself a favor and see this movie. It’s a great film about life, love, perseverance and overcoming…Or, dealing with life’s road bumps.
What if there was no tomorrow and there wasn’t one today?
“From Adversity, Heroes are Born” – Steve Gleason
To see where Gleason is paying: www.gleasonmovie.com
This blog is dedicated to Team Kourage. Love you all…always and forever.
I cannot believe we are in the last month of summer. And yes, I’m aware that summer “officially” ends in September (typically around my birthday as a matter of fact), but with kids already heading back to college, I see summer flashing before my eyes. It makes me very, very sad, as I know that Patrick, Mary and their friends and are in the process of moving back to school. And some very special young adults are heading to college for the first time. Sniff, sniff! It’s been a great summer and I still have 2 fun trips planned (FL and SoCal) but I know when those are in the bag, at least in my eyes (and in my house) summer is almost over.
Thank you Town and Country Magazine for putting the spring…I mean, summer in my step with introducing these summer quotes.
Best Summer Quotes
1. “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”- F.Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
2. “Summer bachelors like summer breezes, are never as cool as they pretend to be.” – Nora Ephron
3. “Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.” – Sam Keen
4. “The summer night is like a perfection of thought.” -Wallace Stevens
5. “Do what we can, summer will have its flies.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
6. “Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” -Henry James
7. ” If it could only be like this always – always summer, always alone, the fruit always ripe…” -Evelyn Waugh
8. ” Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.” -John Lubbock
9. “Summertime is always the best of what might be.” -Charles Bowden
10. “I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June.” – L.M. Montgomery
Tonight is the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics. What’s the most ridiculous thing about the 2016 Summer Olympics, is they should be in Chicago! Not Rio! #EpicFail!
My all-time favorite olympic moment. I’ve posted this before and I will post it again. #DressedToAT. #TeamTerry
Here is a video of Derek Redmond, running the 400M in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. I remember watching this “live” when it happened and knowing that I would remember this for the rest of my life. Or 14 years later.
Happy Birthday Nancy! Happy Birthday Matthew! Happy Graduation party Christopher!
Enjoy your summer. Enjoy every day. Have a great weekend!
I would. I really, really would.
So very wrong.
So we all know my affection and affiliation with India Hicks. One could say I’m obsessed with her and her lifestyle products. I’m actually giddy with excitement to be able to hang with her in Palm Beach early next month. Not only because, again I love her and her products, but while I don’t know her personally (not yet🙂🙂🙂 ), she is probably the coolest chic ever… And how and why do I know this? Take a gander at her blog post below… She hung out and was friends with Dave Matthews and didn’t even know he was a Musical God!
Reposted from India Hicks blog…Meaning, this was written by INDIA HICKS, not me…
A nice chap from Seattle came to stay on the island a few years ago, with a hot yoga wife and three kids.
They came over for supper and drank a lot of tequila. We liked them. We became friends.
A few nights later one of my kids pointed to a film on TV, “Look its him!”
I googled Dave Mathews. Good Lord, this scruffy dude was a mega music star. With a colossal frenetic following and two Grammy awards. How had we not noticed?
Dave came to England to perform a couple of years ago. I took my two eldest boys to see him, even though they were quite little at the time, we went backstage, sat in his changing room and watched the pre-show circus go by.
After a while an assistant ushered us out, “Dave needs to get ready now,” she said in a hushed tone. We went to take our seats. “What do you think he’s going to wear?” asked one of the boys. We had also sat with Mick Jagger before one of his concerts and when the lights went down Mick came out in a sparkling peacock blue shirt undone to the waist and skin tight leather trousers with crocodile boots.
As the Dave Mathews Band concert began, the lights flashed and the auditorium drummed their feet on the ground in excitement and anticipation, and out onto the stage walked Dave, dressed in the same cozy cardigan and jeans that we had just left him in. And I loved him all the more.
Last week whilst I was away David sent me this snap with the words: ‘Dave wants more’ But of what? Tequila or beetle scarves?
Yes, this picture has been posted above, but it’s so cool, it gets a second look!
Did someone mention the Beetle Scarf? The Beetle Scarf comes in five colors: Aubergine, Sunset Orange; Army Green, Cream; Black, Cream (the one #DMB is wearing); Stone, Flamingo Orange (my personal fav and the one featured on the pup above); and Dove Gray, Cream.
Here’s the Deal… I will donate 20% of All the Proceeds from the Sale of the Beetle Scarf to the Les Turner ALS Foundation in the months of July and August. Win/Win.
Go to Accessories and there you will find the Siren Scarf! 20% of All Proceeds from the Siren Scarf $58 (aka the Beetle Scarf), which is $11.60 per scarf to the Les Turner ALS Foundation.
That’s something to smile about!
And what do I love more than India Hicks? How about two of my favorite people, ever, who are Dave Matthews Band (DMB, for those, like me 4 years ago who didn’t know what DMB meant) obsessed fans… I mean, obsessed fans!
Mark and Tracy before a Dave Matthews concert, #DMB, earlier this month.
Song of the Day: Ants Marching by Dave Matthews Band
He wakes up in the morning
Does his teeth bite to eat and he’s rolling
Never changes a thing
The week ends the week begins
She thinks, we look at each other
Wondering what the other is thinking
But we never say a thing
These crimes between us grow deeper
“Would you not like to be on top of the world with your legs hanging free”? – Dave Matthews
Uhm…Yes, yes I would!
I’m not referring to my pup, Maxie…but my new summer clothing obsession…the Maxi Dress! You can find them at Target, Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, Bloomingdales and just about any clothing store. Now is a great time to find them, on sale!
In the 1940s, stylish socialites and the hottest Hollywood starlets wore brightly colored dresses with long, full-tiered skirts. Designers drew inspiration for these so-called patio, or squaw, dresses from traditional Native American and Southwestern designs. Though the patio dress soon fell out of fashion, this ankle-grazing dress style was revived during the 1960s when women from all walks of life embraced the colorful, free-flowing maxi dress. Unfortunately, by the late ’70s, these long, billowing dresses had once again been relegated to the clearance racks.
After the sky-high hemlines of the early 21st century, the maxi dress gained a whole new generation of fans, as women everywhere sought out a comfortable, low-key alternative to the mini-skirts and impossibly short shorts of the period. However, the maxi dress is no longer the voluminous mound of polyester it was in the 1970s. Today’s designers rely on cotton and other fine fabrics, which keep the wearer feeling cool and breezy, even on the hottest summer days. Modern maxi dresses also offer a much more flattering fit, with plenty of styles to accentuate any figure.
Source: How Stuff Works
I have been actively searching for this dress and shall consider myself extremely happy when I find it, or one very similar.
With a cardigan. Another staple of mine!
My absolute favorite…the Maxi Dress with a Denim Jacket!
Speaking of a maxi dress with a denim jacket… I wore this ensemble last week at the Adele concert, which could have been called, “A Conversation with Adele”. Great concert though, but she was a bit, shall we say, chatty!
I love to wear flip-flops with my maxi dress or wedge sandals.
Song of the Day: You Don’t Want Me Anymore, by Steel Breeze.
Don’t know where to go
Don’t know what I’m gonna do, whoa
Uninvited, I’m knockin’ at your door
Have I’ve the right to call on you, whoa
While I spent the better part of last Thursday evening tweaking this blog and finding more pictures of maxi dresses I love, I did contemplate skipping the scheduling of this blog (yes, I schedule them, as I don’t tend to rise at 6AM on Fridays). With yet another terrorist attack in Paris, I thought this may not be the most timely post. So this post which was supposed to be posted last Friday, is getting a Monday post instead.
My new favorite movie: Life of Pets. If you are a pet owner, it’s a must-see. Which, they are no doubt, counting on. Fabulous movie! A couple on the way out of the movie said to me and the kids, “we are heading to the shelter”. :) I sure hope that was true!