Cleansing Breaths

Sometimes all you need
To relieve your stress
Is to take a deep breath

Breathe in through your nose
Take in as much air as you can
Fill your lungs completely
Hold it for ten seconds

Then exhale from your mouth
Empty your lungs completely

Repeat for a few breaths
Release all your tensions
And your stress disappears

Written for Sadje’s What Do You See prompt. Photo credit: Matt Barringer @ Unsplash.

Reblog: Show Time – You’ve Got To Be Taught

When I was going through my Reader this morning, I came across this post and it so resonated with me that I felt compelled to reblog it. We aren’t born with hate. We learn it, most often from those closest to us. Sadly, it gets passed from one generation to the next.

If you wish to comment, please do so on the original post.

Show Time features recordings I have made of songs from movies. Here is a free ticket for all the performances and of course popcorn. From South …

Show Time – You’ve Got To Be Taught

One-Liner Wednesday — If At First You Don’t Succeed…

Okay, I’m a big enough person to admit to my mistakes. I mistakenly scheduled my One-Liner Wednesday post to be published yesterday (Tuesday) morning, instead of this (Wednesday) morning. That was a mistake.

But, as John Peel, an English disc jockey, radio presenter, record producer, and journalist, said…

“I never make stupid mistakes. Only very, very clever ones.”

So, like John Peel, let us be clever about this mistake and try, try again.

Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt. Today is Wednesday, is it not?

Q is for Quartet

For this year’s A-To-Z Challenge, my theme is MOVIES. I will be working my way through the alphabet during the month of April with movie titles and short blurbs about each movie. Today’s movie is “Quartet.”

“Quartet” was a 2012 British comedy-drama film based on the play Quartet by Ronald Harwood, which ran in London’s West End from September 1999 until January 2000. The movie was filmed late in 2011 and it was actor Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut.

The story takes place in Beecham House, a retirement home for former professional musicians. Reggie (Tom Courtenay), Wilfred (Bill Connolly), and Cecily (Pauline Collins) are retired opera singers who often worked together in the past. Among other residents are Cedric Livingstone, (Michael Gambone) a former director, and diva Anne Langley (Maggie Smith). All the guests in the retirement home are suffering in varying degrees the ailments old age can bring but continue to be engaged in their former professions in one way or another, including lecturing and introducing young people to music.

The resident opera singers are busy preparing for the Beecham House’s annual Verdi Gala when a rumor starts circulating in the halls that the home for retired musicians is soon to play host to a famous new resident. But they’re in for a special shock when the new arrival turns out to be none other than their former singing partner, Jean, who also happens to be Reggie’s ex-wife. Jean’s subsequent career as a star soloist, and the ego that accompanied it, split up the long friendship with her former singing partners and ended her marriage to Reggie, who takes the news of her arrival particularly hard. Jean appears to have moved on, but Reggie hasn’t, and still blames her for the failure of their brief marriage.

Under the directorship of Cedric, the retired singers continue to rehearse for the concert, except for Jean, who says she’s retired from singing, though her former partners long to perform their acclaimed version of Verdi’s Rigoletto. As they concentrate on persuading her to reconsider, the ice between Reggie and Jean starts to thaw and priorities shift as the old friends become reacquainted.

Dustin Hoffman waited until he was in his mid-70s to direct his first feature film. The movie, clearly aimed at an older audience, doesn’t offer many significant surprises. But it’s a very pleasant, engaging, and heartwarming film skillfully crafted by Hoffman with a mix of humor, romance, and some beautiful performed music.

Previous A2Z 2022 posts: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Fandango’s Provocative Question #70 Revisited

Note: Because I am participating in the A to Z blogging challenge this month, I will not be posting any new provocative question until May. Instead, I will be revisiting some previous provocative questions that you might have missed. This one was originally posted on May 20, 2020 and can be found here. Please feel free to respond to it if you haven’t already.


Welcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.

By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

When I was doing the A to Z Blogging Challenge last month, I posted old sayings or adages daily and in alphabetical order, A through Z. One of the old adages I came across, but did not use was this: “Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes.”

The suggestion to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes means that, before passing judgment on someone else, you must understand his or her experiences, challenges, thought processes, etc. In effect, it is a reminder to practice empathy.

And that brings me to this week’s provocative question.

If you could choose anyone, past or present, and walk that proverbial mile in his or her shoes, who would you choose, and why would you choose that person?

If you choose to participate, write a post with your response to the question. Once you are done, tag your post with #FPQ and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments. But remember to check to confirm that your pingback or your link shows up in the comments.