Napoleon … and Dune Part 2 …

Onto the New Year …

Saw Napoleon

My Review:
“Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.”
– Napoleon Bonaparte
Or your Director.

Still haven’t figured out why he made the movie … ??
But I think there’s some subjects you can’t make a Movie about … ?

Now I’m waiting for
Dune Part 2:

This could be another Movie you can’t make.
Like the Bible.

But I think it will be better than Napoleon.



Scrooge (1951)

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”
– Charles Dickens

My favorite film version of Charles Dickens great Classic:
A Christmas Carol (1843)
is Scrooge (1951) starring Alistair Sim.
I regard this as not only the finest version of this Classic,
but as one of the greatest films ever made.
Brilliant all the way around, but in particular
in the casting of Alastair Sim as Scrooge.
Some Actors seem to be born for a role
and Sim was definitely perfect for the part.

The great Charles Dickens

Available on YouTube.

A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens
Available through Sothebys
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Have a great Christmas.

“… everyone needs to be loved …”

Not a Christmas song … but certainly a Christmas sentiment:

Sung by Jack Jones (1974)

Beautiful job Jack.

Beautiful song Paul.


Rose sent me this:



One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson
about a battle that goes on inside people.
He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all.
“One is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
“The other is is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?”
The old Cherokee simply replied,
“The one you feed.”

Yet in thy dark streets shineth …

O Little Town of Bethlehem / Barbra Streisand

I’m not Christian, but for me Christmas is still a Spiritual Event.
And many Christmas Carols are inspired, and I love them.
Why not?

… the everlasting Light.


Saint Nick …

Silent Night / Mannheim Steamroller

I worked as a Greeter at Home Depot for 7 years.
And though this was a job that a people wouldn’t hold in high regard,
it was one of the greatest experiences of my life.
Because I got to help people,
Customers and Co-Workers alike.
the whole time I was there.
And got paid for it!!!
That’s a pretty good deal!!

And soooo …
The last year I was there they came and asked me
if I would you be SANTA for them?
This took completely by surprise,
and for second I had to think about?
Then … “with my nose so bright” …
I said YEAH!

And the more I thought about it,
the realized what a great Honor this was!

There aren’t many beings around who are greater
Champions of Giving than Santa Claus.
So to me this became the opportunity of a lifetime.

An opportunity that I could have missed.

But I didn’t …

Have a Great Season.


Ghosts of the Internet …

Closer to Bone / Kris Kristofferson / 2009

“The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated”
So said Mark Twain from London to the press in the United States after his obituary had been mistakenly published.

The recent internet posts claiming
Kris Kristofferson and Tom Selleck
have died are lies.
I guess some fool thinks that’s funny?
It’s not.
It does furnish us with more evidence however,
that whatever you see and read on the Internet can be complete crap.
(Except here of course)

Kris Kristofferson

Age 87.
Kris has been advising us for some time
that’s he likely leaving soon.

In music alone he leaves several (many?) Classics.
and he’s some decent Film work as well.

So before you before you leaves us Kris I’d just like to express my Thanks
as we’ve enjoyed your work for a good many years.
Thanks Kris.
You will be missed.

Meanwhile …
Tom Selleck

Age 78.
Is still going strong.

“God created all men … 
They say Sam Colt made them equal …
more or less.”

– Matthew Quigley (Tom Selleck)
Quigley Down Under / 1990

Keep shootin’ Tom.

Bass Reeves Lawman – Paramount Series

Per usual, entertainment events like this
are prefixed with a banner saying:
“Based upon true events”
“Based upon true characters”
Then they go about doing whatever they please.
(Which isn’t always bad )
Just don’t anticipate documentary accuracy or truth.
You can get that on YouTube.
This is about Entertainment Pardner.

Pretty  hefty  reviews.

Bass Reeves

July 1838 – January 12, 1910

Wikipedia Says:
Bass Reeves (July 1838 – January 12, 1910) was a former enslaved person turned American lawman. He was among the first Black deputy U.S. Marshals, and the first west of the Mississippi River.
He worked mostly in the Indian Territory.

Reeves was born a slave, but broke free during the American Civil War
where he joined and fought in the Confederate Army.
After the war, at age 37, Reeves was hired as a Deputy Federal Marshal
because he could speak several Native languages.
Reeves worked for 32 years as a federal peace officer in the Indian Territory.
He brought in some of the most dangerous fugitives of the time;
was never wounded despite having his hat and belt shot off
on separate occasions.

Reeves recorded thousands of arrests – some accounts claiming over 3000.
According to his obituary, he killed 14 outlaws to defend his life.
He also had to arrest his own son for murder
who was sent to prison for 11 years.
Reeves was married twice and had eleven children.

In 2011, the US-62 Bridge, which spans the Arkansas River between Muskogee and Fort Gibson, Oklahoma, was renamed the
Bass Reeves Memorial Bridge.

 In May 2012, a bronze statue of Reeves by Oklahoma sculptor Harold Holden was erected in Pendergraft Park in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

In 2013, he was inducted into the Texas Trail of Fame.


– Brady, Paul L. (2005). The Black Badge: Deputy United States Marshal Bass Reeves from Slave to Heroic Lawman.
– Burton, Arthur T. (2006). Black Gun, Silver Star: The Life and Legend of Frontier Marshal Bass Reeves.
– Paulsen, Gary (2008). The Legend of Bass Reeves: Being the True and Fictional Account of the Most Valiant Marshal in the West.

Musical Interlude: Cradle Song …

Sing a cradle song now
As the light fades around us
And you breathe like the ocean
Lying small in my arms[Verse 2]
See it all in a moment
You’re so young and unclouded
Shining bright as a lion
Feel the motion of time
As the world rolls away from the sun

I can feel your life burning
Unlived moments within you
Further than I can see

May the fire be your friend and the sea rock you gently
May the moon light your way ’til the wind sets you free

[Verse 3]
I remember your face
As you cried for the first time
The cold air of the world
And the fierce light of day
And the cruеl separation

[Verse 4]
In a world washed with tears
Numbеd with pain to unfeeling
May you hold to your truth
As you walk the dark night of unreason[Pre-Chorus]
These stone walls which surround us
May your spirit fly around them
Like the wind from the sea

May the fire be your friend and the sea rock you gently
May the moon light your way ’til the wind sets you free

May you never know hunger
May you love with a full heart
The light stay in your eyes

May the fire be your friend and the sea rock you gently
May the moon light your way ’til the wind sets you free
May the fire be your friend and the sea rock you gently
May the moon light your way ’til the wind sets you free

this journey …

I can remember a time when I didn’t consider walking to be ‘Exercise’.
Those days are gone.

I’m getting old.
I reflect on so many things I’ve been through in this life.
I was recalling the time we lived in Bassano, Alberta.
We didn’t live there very long.
And just why the heck we were there I don’t recall?
This was also just one of the 13 (?) different schools I went to …
I think that was grade 3? Maybe 4?
Doesn’t matter.
So I recall  the miserable little house we lived in there.
6 kids and Mum & Dad.
It seemed to be Winter all the time.
Our bedroom (?) was down a trapdoor from the Living Room floor.
We had to go down a ladder and when Dad closed the trapdoor,
it was pitch black down there.
Like being in a dungeon.
Another thing I recall is going out to fetch coal
from the coal bin behind the house.
School was an unpleasant misadventure.
Different kids, different Teachers, different books …
Different everything.
But I never complained.
This was just Life as I knew it.
I thought everybody lived like this.
And maybe they did?

Just part of the ride.

Field of Crosses Memorial … Remembering … 

Live Stream
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Remembrance DayNovember 11
A televised Remembrance Day Ceremony
is held at the field at 10:30 AM.

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