Fantabulous Friday: Some “Oscar” inspiration …

“No matter where you are from, your dreams are valid.”Lupita Nyong’o

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Born in Mexico, actress Lupita Nyong’o grew up in Kenya, studied drama at Yale  and won hearts through her portrayal of Patsey in the film, 12 Years a Slave. The film, based on a memoir of Solomon Northrup who was kidnapped and sold into slavery, depicts the lives of slaves, including Patsey who worked in the cotton fields.

In her acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress at the Academy Awards this week, the young star brought tears and applause by saying that she hoped her rise from near obscurity to Oscar stardom would inspire others to pursue their dreams.

Her words, “No matter where you are from, your dreams are valid,” are inspirational for young and old and underscore the point of not giving up on what is important to you.

We look forward to seeing Lupita Nyong’o in other films and learning from this remarkably poised and thoughtful young woman.

 

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Wordy Wednesday: Love You, Dr. Seuss!

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He’s one of world’s most recognizable authors, and his words have been inspired children — including those children of all ages (you know who you are) — for more than a few generations!

March 2 marked the 110th birthday of Theodor Geisel, whose pen name became Dr. Seuss, though he wasn’t a doctor.

My Editorial Assistant, Mom Karen, and I like to think of Dr. Seuss as a “word doctor” — someone who brought new life to words and help us see words differently. His rhyming sentences, delightful characters and drawings and creation of completely made-up words have added life to our reading for many decades.

We’re never too old to enjoy the writings and humor that are distinctly Dr. Seuss!

To celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday, we’re sharing some of his favorite quotes, courtesy of Parade magazine. To read the complete article, visit http://goo.gl/T3fvlj.

Dr. Seuss Quotes

1. “With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you’re too smart to go down any not-so-good street.”

2. “Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting so get on your way!”

3. “You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And you’re the one who’ll decide where to go.”

4. “Oh the things you can find if you don’t stay behind!”

5. “Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”

6. “Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.”

7. “You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

8. “If you never did you should. These things are fun, and fun is good.”

9. “If things start happening, don’t worry. Don’t stew. Just go right along. You’ll start happening too.”

10. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

 

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Terrific Tuesday: “Sting Like a Bee”

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It was on this day 50 years ago that a 22-year-old Kentucky native, named Cassius Clay, stunned the odds makers and boxing enthusiasts by knocking out Sonny Liston, the world heavyweight boxing champion.

Liston was a huge favorite to win, but the ever-confident Clay predicted a win for himself, boasting that he would “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” and knock out Liston in the eighth round.

It didn’t take that long for the young boxer to claim victory. Liston fell in the seventh round. The world had a new heavyweight boxing champion.

Clay joined the Nation of Islam shortly after the win and changed his name to Muhammad Ali. His refusal to join the U.S. Army and fight in the Vietnam War in 1967 was controversial and led to U.S. boxing authorities removing his title of world champion. Although Ali, considered a conscientious objector, was sentenced to five years in prison and given a $10,000 fine, he appealed the case and remained out on bail. The decision was reversed in 1971 by the U.S. Supreme Court. Nevertheless, Ali’s beliefs cost him years of prime boxing time and money.

Seldom at a loss for words, Ali was a colorful sports champion. “When you are as great as I am, it is hard to be humble.”

Yet, he also gave sound advice: “Silence is golden when you can’t think of a good answer.”

Among his inspirational quotes is “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’ ”

Ali did just that. He became one of the world’s most recognized sports figures and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush.

 

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Fantabulous Friday: Admit It! You Love Us!

Every day is "Love Your Pet Day."

Every day is “Love Your Pet Day.”

Do not think that it escaped our attention that yesterday was “Love Your Pet Day.”

We didn’t get too enthusiastic about it because we know that you love us every day regardless of  the circumstances in your lives or our lives – that’s because our life becomes your life.

That is why Cousin Dixie and I are snuggled in on this rainy day, and my Editorial Assistant, Mom Karen, is off at work. She loves us and wants to provide good food and treats for us, along with baubles, cute clothes for Dixie, rhinestone collars for me, activity opportunities, snackees and more — yes, that would be more.

However, in keeping with the theme of love, I asked my Editorial Assistant to find a few good quotes about loving dogs for my “Fantabulous Friday” blog post. That’s right, dogs. We’re not sure how some people love snakes, rodents and even lizards. Ick!

The Editorial Assistant complied. I have trained her well!

  •  “Dogs are the leaders of the planet. If you see two life forms, one of them’s making a poop, the other one’s carrying it for him, who would you assume is in charge.”  – Jerry Seinfeld, comedian and actor
  •  “A dog reflects the family life. Whoever saw a frisky dog in a gloomy family, or a sad dog in a happy one? Snarling people have snarling dogs, dangerous people have dangerous ones.”  – Arthur Conan Doyle, mystery writer
  • “Our pets are the kids who never leave home, and that’s absolutely fine by us because these kids don’t ask for the keys to the car, don’t turn up drunk at two in the morning, and don’t complain if you turn their bedroom into a home gym. Their presence in times of upheaval and transition acts as a touchstone, a reminder of normalcy, of comfort, and the certainty of a love that can get you through.” – Dr. Nick Trout, veterinary surgeon and author

 

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Wordy Wednesday: Words of Loss and Love

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Today we mourn the loss of Kathy Elise Petit, born February 12, 1963, and departed  too soon on November 9, 2013.

Our hearts are broken. Our lives seem shattered. We will go on. It is what Kathy would want, would have expected of us.

We thank our God for the beautiful Kathy gift, and we ask Him to keep her in His  loving embrace until we can laugh with her again and live with her forever.

This quote from Pulitzer Prize-winning Edna St. Millay speaks volumes:

“Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling in at night.  I miss you like hell.”
 

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Memorable Monday: Words for Sisters

“Sister is probably the most competitive relationship within the family, but once the sisters are grown, it becomes the strongest relationship.” — anthropologist Margaret Mead

In 2010, Kathy and I attended the Westminster Dog Show. This photo was taken outside Sardi's where we attended the luncheon of the Alliance of Purebred Dog Writers.

In 2010, Kathy and I attended the Westminster Dog Show. This photo was taken outside Sardi’s where we attended the luncheon of the Alliance of Purebred Dog Writers.

(Editor’s Note: Lady Louise is generously granting her Editorial Assistant, Mom Karen, the opportunity to share the meaning of the love of sisters during this special week when we focus on “love.”)

Fifty one years ago this week, a seven-pound baby came into this world. She was my sister. When I knew that my mother was going to have a baby, I announced that I wanted a sister. Although my mother tried to prepare me for the possibility of having a brother, I knew that I would have a sister.

My intuition, as it has been over the years, was correct. My sister, Kathy Elise Petit, was born.

I loved her more than anyone can imagine. I remember waking up at nights and finding my mother feeding the new baby. I was the one whom Mother would send out in the afternoons to go and retrieve Kathy from playing a friend’s house so that we could have dinner. I coached her for her beauty pageant interviews, and she absorbed the information so well — but always with wit — that she always stood out in the crowd. I marveled at the way that she had not a malicious cell in her body. She had an amazing ability to forgive those who wronged her, and her kindness was genuine.

The loss of my beautiful Kathy three months ago yesterday has damaged my heart more than any disease. For more than 50 years, she was my heart. Kathy was the first person I loved after my parents. Ours was a bond that could not be broken no matter how many harsh words were spoken, no matter who came and went in our lives. Kathy and I grieved the death of our Mother,worried over the declining health of our Dad and laughed often about the silly things in life that we confronted. And we also shed tears. And hugs.

Four years ago this week, Kathy and I attended the Westminster Dog Show. It was one of the best times that we ever had as sisters. I am so grateful for that wonderful trip when we overdosed on our love for dogs, ate great food, bought matching coats for Louise and Dixie and laughed until our sides hurt. We talked about going again this year to the show. It was not to be. Our trip to Westminster was the only one that we would take together.

No matter how much I tried, I could not protect my younger sister from of the cuts and bruises and hard knocks in life. But sisters do want that, because as they get older that bond does grow strong along with the love!

And that is why, as Margaret Mead said, sisters have such undeniable strength.

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