Sunday, June 16, 2013

Mr. and Mrs. Muni Make Music

Paul Muni and his wife Bella enjoy an evening of music in their home

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Sad Off Topic News - RIP Jason Leffler

Jason Leffler and his son Charlie

A side hobby with my husband is watching NASCAR and attending NASCAR races, so I was saddened to hear tonight of the racing-related death of Jason Leffler in New Jersey.  I've had the privilege of watching him race, and I've always like his style.  I've also got his autograph in person and he's always been very nice.  I'm praying for him and his family - especially his young son. I never forget how dangerous it is for those who race for our enjoyment. I'll miss how this scrappy faux-hawked racer entertained us. Thank you Jason, and I hope your family finds peace soon.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Esther Williams's Wishes

In honor of the late, great Esther Williams, I thought I'd re-post one of my favorite posts from 2009 from the October 1946 issue of Photoplay about wishes.

"I'd wish to be reincarnated as a fish. Then I'd have a legitimate excuse for spending all my time in the water. I guess the only reasonable facsimile of that wish would be to have a huge swimming pool right outside my bedroom door, so that every morning I could climb out of bed, plunge into the water, and swim to my heart's content with nothing to interrupt me - weather or engagements or work or friends."

"I seem to have been born with an innate love of water, starting when I was two years old, I used to cry when my mother would take me out of the bathtub. I think I learned to swim even before I learned to walk. In high school I used to do my homework in the bathtub during the winter. Unless I spend part of the day in the water, I suffer a slight drying of the skin."

"I have everything I want except my dream pool where I could spend several hours a day just making like a fish."

Mandy's Musings - I can just imagine Esther swimming laps in the big swimming pool in the sky.  I think part of the reason I adore her is I find swimming so freeing, too.  It is one of the rare activities I feel light and free - almost like a normal person must feel.  We will miss our Mermaid and I wish her family my thoughts and prayers.

Friday, June 7, 2013

RIP Esther Williams

Esther Williams; 1950

Today we lost one of our film gems.  I adore Esther and am saddened to hear of her passing.  What beauty, strength, talent, joy, and zest for life in one package.  She will be greatly missed.


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