Wash my heart out on the stones

old barb wire fence

Doe Eyes by Lennie Niehaus

As I’m leaving
a change comes on my eyes
these streets persuading me

with mumbled strange goodbyes
♥ propped up in my bed with pillows, writing
♥ films that are quiet
♥ late night thunderstorms
♥ coordinates on a map
wash my heart out on the stones
♥ The country is lyric,—the town dramatic. When mingled, they make the most perfect musical drama. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
♥ always a spark of hope
♥ planning & praying
♥ a still, serene place in the middle of turmoil
♥ “I sat thinking. How it was she who’d mentioned love first. How she seemed to be waiting, the door still between us, for me to act. And I imagined that if I reached for her I would find her where she lay waiting in the water, and my fingers would glide over her bare wet skin until every inch of her, every crook and hollow, would become mine. I would vouch for her with my life.” ― John Burnham Schwartz, Claire Marvel
♥ dreams that feel real
♥ laughing & crying with joy
Oft morning dreams presage approaching fate,
For morning dreams, as poets tell, are true.

-Michael Bruce, Elegy on Spring

50 of My Favorite Films — Honorable Mentions

My honorable mentions list has grown and shrunk over the course of this endeavor. In all likelihood I could have had a list of 100 films, but that would have been pretty watered down and who wants that? Plus it would have taken twice as long. You all have been patient enough 🙂

So, on my list of films that didn’t quite make the cut, or that I saw after I began assembling the list (over a year ago), are these (in a very particular order — from ones I like to ones I really really like):

Samt el qusur (The Silences of the Palace)

This film holds the distinction of being the first feature-length movie to be directed by a woman in the Arab world, though I didn’t know that when I stumbled upon in on some world movie channel when I was in 8th grade. It is a dark picture of the memories of a girl who grew up as the child of a kitchen maid in a palace in Tunisia. The story and the acting are excellent. It offers a very unique perspective.


Oy vey.

If my mom read my blog she would be rolling her eyes right now. I LOVE THIS MOVIE. Babs, Mandy Patinkin (LOVE HIM), the cinematography, and the gorgeous music. It’s the music that really gets me. Forget about “Papa, Can You Hear Me?”, there are so many gorgeous songs in this film.

“Will Someone Ever Look At Me That Way” — Can’t everyone understand that feeling? Gah! Unrequited love.

“The Way He Makes Me Feel” — Oh my lands.
There’s no storm yet I hear thunder
And I’m breathless, why, I wonder
Weak one moment then the next I’m fine
I feel as if I’m falling
Every time I close my eyes

A Walk to Remember

I’ve written at length about my feelings on this movie.

The Notebook

No need to explain The Notebook, is there? The above two scenes are a couple of my favorites, though I have to say the talk that Allie has with her mom about the man her mother used to love is on up there on the list, as well as the little chat that Allie and Lon have when Allie is trying to decide what to do. Sigh. This is a cry movie.

Love, Actually

One of my favorite romantic comedies. This pairing is one of my favorites from the film and it’s really…heartbreaking, I suppose. It’s hard for me to buy Andrew Lincoln as a zombie killer in the south when I see him in this.

Wait Until Dark

One of my favorite suspense films! It’s excellent and not anything like films you’ll find today. Seek this one out.

Forget Me Not

This one will RIP YOUR HEART OUT. But it’s so good. One of my newer favorites. I love stories that take place in a short period of time. I won’t give away the ending, or what the characters are dealing with because that would ruin it for you, but let me just say that it’s something that’s close to my heart.

Last Night

Speaking of short period of time — Last Night. A woman’s husband goes out of town and a man she loved once shows back up. Combine all this with Eva Mendes wanting to start something with the husband, the husband paying less attention to the wife, and the former love of hers still being in love with her, and all of this colliding on one single day — well, it’s better than you may think. I love this film. The dialogue is exquisite, especially that between Keira Knightly and Guillaume Canet. When he says, “Why aren’t you writing?” Oh goodness. It kills me.


‘So come, and slowly we will walk through green gardens and marvel at this strange and sweet world.’ –Sylvia Plath

I laughed when I got this prompt from Anna because, first of all, I love Sylvia Plath and gardening is very close to my heart. It immediately made me think of my great grandmothers and the gardens they had in their backyards. I feel like somehow I came to know a lot about the world from watching them garden and having a chance to be so close to them throughout my early life.

Sometimes I catch a little crticism over being such a homebody. I am a classic introvert (a fact I plan to write more about in the future) and really do prefer to live my days in the quiet. My favorite quiet is the type you find out-of-doors, early in the morning, when the birds and frogs and tiny forest-dwellers are yawning and stretching as they emerge from the safety of their beds.

Part of me thinks that this joy I find in the quiet of the morning, in the gently undulating changes of the seasons, might be inherited from these women and maybe some even further back than them. It is too late to tell them now, and I didn’t understand at the time, but I wonder if they knew that their quiet, grateful living was a testament — to a life lived in appreciation of moments and a steadfast faith that their needs would be met.

What I can look back and see in them, what I hope to emulate in my own life is an attitude that belies this fact — we are surrounded by a beautiful and marvelous world, as far away as the banks of an eastern sea warmed by a low-hanging sun and as close as a foggy mist of breath on an early spring morning. You need only look…and give thanks.

This morning I am linking up at LoveFeast Table about Gathered Thoughts. Click over and check out more posts inspired by these quotes.