La Dolce Vita

italy

I have watched Under The Tuscan Sun twice in the last week. The first time was when my boyfriend was at his mom’s for a few days, and then I watched it with him last night. I love it, and it is now one of my favorite films. The movie has a few flaws, but overall, I think it’s a wonderful film and Diane Lane is simply enchanting. She comes across as vulnerable, yet quick-witted, which doesn’t seem like a very easy personality to put together.

Anyway, the scenes from Tuscany and Positano have given me the fever to see Italy in person. Positano is pictured above, and it is this little cliff-hanger town where all of the buildings literally appear ready to plunge into the ocean!

I did a little research, and it would seem that two people would need to have at least $5000.00 to book with a tour group. I definitely think a tour would be the way to go, at least on my first trip there. I know virtually nothing about their customs, so I would need a guide to get me from point A to point B without getting a migraine.

I guess this is one of the trips that you keep in the back of your mind, and try to arrange for after retirement or when you’re a little older. There are so many places in the US that I still want to go, and that would be so much less expensive, that it seems like I should see them first.

I have a really strong desire to see California, especially Yosemite National Park, San Francisco, & Los Angeles. I would also like to go back to Washington, DC, and New York. I’ve been all over the northeast, south, and mid-west, but I’ve never been further west than Colorado.

One thing that has really hampered my travel plans is a fear of flying. If I can’t drive somewhere, then I usually just don’t go. I think I need to work on that, so that I can broaden my horizons a little.

Off to work I go

Back to the old grindstone today. I have always hated it when a holiday falls in the middle of the week. It’s much nicer to have a 3 or 4 day weekend than to have to work the day before AND after a holiday.

Anyway, the fireworks were great! We met our friends & their kids there. I am very surprised that our tiny little town is able to provide that kind of entertainment. There must have been several thousand people out there watching. We invited our 87 year old neighbor lady to go with us, and she accepted and seemed to have a great time.

We bought tickets yesterday to go see Vicki Lawrence (from Mama’s Family.) Honey is in love with her, and records and watches the show all the time. It should be lots of fun, even though it’s going to be outside in an amphitheater. We managed to score second row seats, which is fortunate, considering most of the venue was sold out already.

This is going to be a busy week. I’ve got choir practice tonight, a class tomorrow night, and the Al Gore movie on Friday. It’s better than sitting at home, though!

This Too Shall Pass

OK… so I’ve decided to give this blogging thing a try. I always thought it would be fun, but didn’t really think I had that much to say. Hopefully I won’t bore anyone to tears.

I found the following poem online today, and instantly fell in love with it. I have always liked and used the phrase “This too shall pass” in my life when it seemed like everything was going wrong. Maybe someone else will find some inspiration from it.

This Too Shall Pass
By Helen Steiner Rice

If I can endure for this minute
Whatever is happening to me,
No matter how heavy my heart is
Or how dark the moment may be-

If I can remain calm and quiet
With all the world crashing about me,
Secure in the knowledge God loves me
When everyone else seems to doubt me-

If I can but keep on believing
What I know in my heart to be true,
That darkness will fade with the morning
And that this will pass away, too-

Then nothing in life can defeat me
For as long as this knowledge remains
I can suffer whatever is happening
For I know God will break all of the chains

That are binding me tight in the darkness
And trying to fill me with fear-
For there is no night without dawning
And I know that my morning is near.