Musings & Thoughts for Monday, May 16, 2022, or: The ‘Better Late Than Never’ Post

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Hi, there, Dear Reader. I apologize for posting so late – it’s mid-afternoon in Lithia, Florida, on Monday, May 16, 2022 – but I am having trouble focusing on my writing today. I planned to write another Old Gamers Never Die post about Crusade in Europe, but my heart just isn’t in it.

I also can’t think of anything to write a review about – I have not read enough of James Hornfischer’s final book, Who Can Hold the Sea: The U.S. Navy in the Cold War, 1945-1960 to do a good critique, and although I have a bunch of movies and TV shows on Blu-ray and/or DVD that I can write about, I don’t feel up to the task.

I did start writing a post about my mom a couple of hours ago, but it was getting too long and too depressing, so I deleted everything I had written and went back to página en blanco.

Well, since I can’t simply not post anything – my conscience would not let me rest if I just said, “Nah, I think I won’t do the blogging thing today….” – here are some quotes that I find thought provoking.

On Movies

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“Cinema is a matter of what’s in the frame and what’s out” ― Martin Scorsese

“Oh, how Shakespeare would have loved cinema!” ― Derek Jarman, Dancing Ledge

“No matter what they’re charging to get in, it’s worth more to get out.” ― Roger Ebert

“People who LIKE movies have a favorite. People who LOVE movies couldn’t possibly choose.” ― Nicole Yatsonsky

On Family Drama

“Family quarrels are bitter things. They don’t go according to any rules. They’re not like aches or wounds, they’re more like splits in the skin that won’t heal because there’s not enough material.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Awkward silences rule the world. People are so terrified of awkward silences that they will literally go to war rather than face an awkward silence.” ― Stefan Molyneux

“Making amends is not only saying the words but also being willing to listen to how your behavior caused another’s pain, and then the really hard part…changing behavior.” ― David W. Earle LPC- Love is Not Enough

On Music

“The music is not in the notes,

but in the silence between.” ― Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“Music is to the soul what words are to the mind.” ― Modest Mouse, Modest Mouse – Good News for People Who Love Bad News

“He took his pain and turned it into something beautiful. Into something that people connect to. And that’s what good music does. It speaks to you. It changes you.” ― Hannah Harrington, Saving June

On Lost Love

“You can love someone so much…But you can never love people as much as you can miss them.” ― John Green

“Lost love is still love. It takes a different form, that’s all. You can’t see their smile or bring them food or tousle their hair or move them around a dance floor. But when those senses weaken another heightens. Memory. Memory becomes your partner. You nurture it. You hold it. You dance with it.” ― Mitch Albom

On Writing

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” ― Stephen King

“Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.” ― E.L. Doctorow

“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.” ― Frank Herbert

Coda

With that, Dear Reader, I will close for now. Until next time, stay safe, stay healthy, and I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things.

Published by Alex Diaz-Granados

Alex Diaz-Granados (1963- ) began writing movie reviews as a staff writer and Entertainment Editor for his high school newspaper in the early 1980s and was the Diversions editor for Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus' student newspaper for one semester. Using his experiences in those publications, Alex has been raving and ranting about the movies online since 2003 at various web sites, including Amazon, Ciao and Epinions. In addition to writing reviews, Alex has written or co-written three films ("A Simple Ad," "Clown 345," and "Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss") for actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez. You can find his reviews and essays on his blogs, A Certain Point of View and A Certain Point of View, Too.

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