Sunday, November 23, 2008

48 hours--2 boxes of tissues--358 unread blog posts--59 unread messages--3 movies and a hard to read book later---I'm back...with a Saint question

Yes...I'm back. Not at 100%, mind you, but at least I am actually sitting on my own, without being propped up by pillows or small children.

Thank you so much for all the bloggy love, chicken soup, chocolate (will save that for later!!) and other bits of "get well soon" kind of things you all sent. *sniff sniff* What a great bunch of friends!! If you only lived closer, I'd make some cookies later and bring them over. Oh well...another time, okay? Okay.

Now...let me just say that if it were not for this nose would be in a much sadder situation than what it is. I believe that the more tissues I used, the scratchier they became and the worse they felt on my tender wittle nose.

Have you been to visit my friends at Indigo Wild, yet? I have quite a few of their products and honestly, this stuff is awesome!! My nose feels so good thank you, very much...and it's not as red as I'm sure it could be!!! Really....if you are looking for products that smell good and are oh so good for you, this site....they have some great "variety pack" deals you can buy, you know, to see what you like and don't like! Plus...with Christmas coming up, you might find something really great for someone on your list!!!

Movie #1

I had wanted to see this movie for quite a long time. It was pretty good, but not in the way that I had expected.

The previews that I had seen, led me to believe that it was a comedy. Though some parts of this movie were funny...I don't think I would put a "comedy" label on it. Don't get me wrong, it was good....after I got used to the darkness of it. Have you seen it? What did you think?

Movie #2

(Watched with the boys, snuggled up on the couch in blankets...and not because it was cold either!!)

This is a Spielberg/Zemeckis production and even though the idea was a bit strange and the effects were incredibly spooky....the boys and I loved it!!! The whole idea of why the house was haunted was a bit too much for Koji to understand, but Issei got it and we talked a little about how mean some people can be to people who are different. There was some content that was more for the adult viewers....and I had to laugh out loud a couple of times....Issei wanted an explanation as to the reason I was laughing..."I'll tell you later."

Funniest line....when the kids (2 boys and 1 girl) are in the house (which has come to life) they need to put out the "heart" of the house to kill it and they make a mistake and try to put out the wrong thing.

Jenny: There! [waves flashlight at chandelier]

Jenny: Well, if those are the teeth, and that's the tongue, then that must be the uvula!

Chowder: Oh, so it's a girl house...

Jenny: [looks at him] What?

We have this DVD until Saturday and I do believe we will watch it a few more times.

Movie #3

Loved it!!

All last year, I kept reading blogger raves about this movie and it was at the top of my "to watch" list. Oh, how glad am I that it finally came out on DVD here?!?! (I seriously don't think it even came to the theaters!!) Great movie!! I teach a "Movies and English" class and I'm going try and use this in my class with my students!!

My mom sent me a book a couple of months ago that I have been trying to read....and it's been hard. Hard, not because it's something I'm not interested in or because it's written for readers with PhDs in physics or anything like, it's hard because it's real.

This book was written about the "Dust Bowl" era....that period of American history that most of us have only heard about. A time when things were so much simpler and oh, so very much harder. Timothy Egan writes about how it really was. My hometown is in Baca County, Colorado in the far southeastern corner of the state. According to the map in the front of the book, Baca County was right there in the area hardest hit during this time.

Growing up, I heard stories of the dust bowl....stories of the dusters and "rollers" that would come through, some worse than others, but always bad. My grandmother talks about how nothing was ever clean and being afraid for the kids was a constant. My grandparents lived through that time and that is why this book is so hard to read.

This book grandparents. I'll read a bit and have to put it down because it's just too hard to imagine. Oh, I've seen a dust storm...a couple of really bad ones...but nothing...nothing like what they experienced on a daily basis....for such a long time.

Do you realize that one dust storm in 1934 blew dust to Chicago, New York and Washington? Even ships 300 miles off the Atlantic coast were 12 million tons of dust!!!

People like my grandparents, who lived through that, are (were) a different breed of people, I think. I remember asking my Grandma Iris how she did it and she simply answered, "We did what we had to do." And reading this book is making me understand that she and everyone else did so much more and survived something much more horrific than what I ever much more than what she would ever admit to.

In one part of the book, he mentions a lady who was burning a Dust Bowl diary that her husband had written. When asked why she was burning it, she said that the horror was not worth sharing, she wanted it gone.

I believe that we need books like this...books that tell us how it really was so we can, hopefully, avoid it happening again. This is a great book, but...I can only read a chapter, or so, at a time. Between every line, I see my Grandma Iris, Grandma Neva, Grandad Frank, Grandad Vess, even Uncle Bud and Uncle Adolph....It's going to take me some time to finish this...but I will..slowly.

And now...a question about Sainthood.

Tomorrow, here in Nagasaki, there will be a very special, Catholic ceremony. 30,000 people from all over Japan and Asia are here to witness the "promotion" of 188 people to----and here is where the question comes in---"one step below a Saint"-hood?? I have done some Google searches and....not being Catholic, I'm not really sure that I understand what this actually is!! My students looked up the Japanese word in their dictionaries and there is not a definition in English for what they say. One student said "like a sub-Saint". Is this a "beatification" ceremony? What do we call these almost Saints? Surely there has to be a special title they are given..right? Can anyone shed some light on this for me?? I would appreciate it muchly!!

Just in case you were wondering "Why are they doing that in Nagasaki?", I'll quickly try to answer that and give you some links, if you're interested.

A teacher, who was originally from Tokyo, told me that the reason he came to Nagasaki to teach was because he was a Christian and to him and many like him, Nagasaki is much like Mecca...all Christians in Japan will try to come here once before they die.

There was a time in Japanese history when Christianity was outlawed which forced many to become "hidden Christians". For about 200 years, Nagasaki was the only port open to foreign trade and with the trade came the missionaries...Nagasaki had at that time (and still today) one of the largest populations of Christians in the country. This part of Japanese history is quite violent and the government's attempt to scare the people so they would give up their Christian beliefs, only strengthen the ideas of the Catholic Church.

One of the most horrific moments is memorialized, at the site of the murder of 26 priests. The 26 Martyrs Museum and Monument is a site here in Nagasaki that is a "must see" for many tourists. (Click on the link if you're interested in reading more about this. Wikipedia also has this about Nagasaki...if you have the time, it gives a pretty good outline of the city I have called "home away from home" for the last 17 years!)

Okay....that's a friend used to say, "Stick a fork in my, I'm done."...or something like that..."the cows are coming home"..."the fat lady is about to sing".....

TTFN my friends....


Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

Oh my gosh, my head exploded. I've been married to katydidnot for too long. It caught on.

I'm glad you're feeling better.

I watched Juno for the second time. Good, good, good movie.

I am not Catholic, so this is an unofficial and personal opinion: A saint is someone who scrubs latrines without telling anyone or, worse, complaining about it.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Snuggling up for movies with your boys is the best.

Nancy said...

So glad you're feeling better.

I guess it was a good time to catch up on reading and movies ... not a bad way to nurse a cold.

hulagirlatheart said...

SOOOO glad you're feeling better. I've been trying the netti pot for my sinuses. Once you get past the whole pouring salt water through your nose's actually quite effective. I highly recommend it. And thanks for the book suggestion. It looks good. I'll add it to the other 364 books I want to read.

Mrs. G. said...

I think of Stranger Than Fiction as more of a quirky romance.

Karen MEG said...

Sorry you've been under the weather Deb, but I guess the good thing is all the DVD's you've been catching up on.

I really enjoyed stranger than fiction, better than I expected for sure. There's a lot more to Will Farrell than one would expect. Juno was great too. I'll have to check Monster house out, I'm sure the kids (esp. the boy) would love it.

I don't know much about the Dust Bowl, very intriguing.

Hmmm, what else did you ask? I think I got lost on the way... too many deep thoughts I'll have to think a bit about before I comment...

Helena said...

Glad you're feeling better!

I never went to the martyr museum in Nagasaki but I did go to the Catholic church.

Thanks for the movie reviews. I'm going to the library to see if they've got Juno.

Btw, have you seen this post
She's got flamingos in her Christmas tree!

phd in yogurtry said...

Stranger than Fiction -- been wanting to see this movie. Thanks for reminding me, it will go straight on my "to rent" list.

Juno -- love, love, loved it. The woman who sang the not-so-catchy folksy tune at the end was on a morning TV show. she's crunchy, as if you wouldn't have guessed : )

The Girl Next Door said...

So glad you are feeling better. my daughter LOVED LOVED LOVED JUNO and talked about it I was maybe that's why I liked it but, eh, once was enough?

Peggy Sez.. said...
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Peggy Sez.. said...

I'm so sorry you've been under the weather. :(

If you could send me your e-mail address I have a little something to send you. I saw it and of course "Debbie would LOVE this" popped into my head.
If you feel funny about giving out your e-mail addie I will understand!

Peggy Sez.. said...

DUH! ;p
My e-mail addie is...

ladycheetah said...

Ok, I asked my "almighty catholic" mother about your Sub-Saint question... and you are right, it is a beatification ceremony. It is related to canonization (sainthood). It is a notch down from Sainthood. From there, they have to perform a certain amount of "miracles" to be a saint. And they are called Blessed... like Blessed Nancy... hope that helps...

Susan said...

I have heard many stories of the dust bowl days also, and have pictures. I think the one that sticks in my mind the most is when they had to wet towels and put them over their faces to sleep at night. I have seen the dirt blowing, but just can't imagine its that bad.

Also Happy Thanksgiving, girlfriend!

Ciara said...

Glad you're feeling better, its so horrible to be sick like that.
I'd never heard of the dust bowl days before so i've just being googling it, how horrific.
thx for the post

just jamie said...

LOVE Stranger Than Fiction, AND Juno. Good pics. I agree, unexpected love for it, but great nonetheless. Juno is just plain pulling all over my sap strings.

(And I've got you beat on the unread blog posts if it makes you feel better.)