"Outside a dog a book is man's best friend, inside a dog it is too dark to read!" -Groucho Marx========="The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid." -Jane Austen========="I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book."-JK Rowling========"I spend a lot of time reading." -Bill Gates=========“Ahhh. Bed, book, kitten, sandwich. All one needed in life, really.” -Jacqueline Kelly=========

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Sunday Salon...These Are a Few of "My Favorite Things"

As you know, my father passed away earlier this month. Most of the time I am fine, but occasionally I am overwhelmed by grief. Yet, Christmas is around the corner and I know that Dad wouldn't want me to mope around the holidays. So today I decided to post a few favorite poignant and funny clips I've run into on past few weeks.  I hope you take a few minutes to sit down, unwind, and have fun viewing them.

1. Isn't the highest complement you can pay someone is to copy them? Well, Trump never seems to enjoy people "doing him", but I do. Here is Trump (Jimmy Fallon) singing Jailhouse Rock as Elvis.

2. I used to love Laverne and Shirley with their zany antics. Rest in Peace Penny Marshall.

3. If this doesn't warm your heart, nothing will. What I love most is EVERYONE dances, not just the flash mob. It is an ad for Target but it is still wonderful.

4. Ian enjoys Sesame Street in small doses. Check out this darling go-to-sleep lullaby with Elmo and Andrea Bocelli. Pure gold. Wish I sang as lovely each time I sing Ian to sleep.

5. I dare you to watch this one without a smile on your face the whole time! 22 musicals in 12 minutes. Wow.

6. I'm pretty sure that I linked this video to my page last year, but it is so darling it bears repeating. Kids tell the Christmas Story, but adults act it out.

7. This is really good news. An accident has led to the discovery of how to assist coral in regrowing FAST. Click the hyperlink for this one. Blue Planet BBC. Do it, go to the website! It is the good news of the day.

8. Tired of the same ol' Christmas/Holiday songs? Take time to listen to this, "December Song" by Peter Hollens. It was new last year. I met Hollens in New York last year. He has a simply gorgeous voice.

9. One of my accomplishments this week was scoring tickets to attend Michelle Obama's Becoming  book tour when it is in Tacoma in February. Watch this whole clip or cue it up to the 4:28 minute mark. Michelle talks about the importance of optimism.

10. This. The words of George Washington's actual farewell speech, spoken by Obama (44), set to the music from Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton. Obama starts speaking at around minute 1:45. So you can follow along, the words are printed below.

"Though, in reviewing the incidents of my administration, 
I am unconscious of intentional error, 
I am nevertheless too sensible of my defects not to think it probable that I may have committed many errors. I shall also carry with me the hope that my country will view them with indulgence; 
And that after forty-five years of my life dedicated to its service with an upright zeal, 
the faults of incompetent abilities will be consigned to oblivion, 
as I myself must soon be to the mansions of rest. 
I anticipate with pleasing expectation that retreat in which I promise myself to realize the sweet enjoyment of partaking, in the midst of my fellow-citizens, the benign influence of good laws, under a free government, the ever-favorite object of my heart, and the happy reward, as I trust of our mutual cares, labors, and dangers."

11. And finally, since I titled this post My FAVORITE THINGS, it is appropriate to end with Crosswalk the Musical: The Sound of music With James Corden. "My Favorite Things starts at the 6 minutes mark.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!


  1. All the clips are new to me. Many totally unknown. I enjoyed them all.

  2. Love this dose of positivity and joy! In spite of loss and grief, you are spreading the light. Thank you.

  3. What a great post! I find myself smiling as I watch the videos (especially the 22 musicals in 12 minutes and the Target flash mob). Have a wonderful Christmas!

  4. What a lovely Christmas present this post was. Thank you, Anne. Merry, merry Christmas.

  5. I absolutely loved these clips, Anne. This is the joy of retirement: Spending an hour watching random wonderful YouTube videos that leave you with a happy feeling inside. Thank you.


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