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Sunday, November 19, 2006

Giving Thanks

Greetings Everyone!

Hope this finds you all doing excellent. The tour I'm on is just finishing the stop in my home state, Michigan. We will fly off to Washington DC tomorrow. It has been great getting back in touch with so many people and meeting a few of you here at the show. Thank you so much for showing all the support!!! Here in the states we are gearing up for one of my favorite holidays, Thanksgiving. Of course, it is a great opportunity for many of us to over eat, but it is also a great time to reflect on how very lucky we all are and all the great things that we enjoy in our lives. One of the keys to living an abundant life is being able to recognize all the gifts that make our lives full and complete! You are all part of what makes my life complete, so thank you for the abundance of friendship and love and support you show to me and to each other!!!

I haven't seen many movies lately so you'll have to keep me posted on what you've seen and what you liked about it. Also, are you finding any themes in the shows you've seen lately that inspire you?

Take Care of Each Other.

All Things Possible!!
Chris

24 Comments:

  • At 1:39 PM, November 20, 2006 , Anonymous Ute said...

    Hi Chris & dear forum family,
    glad to hear Chris and some of the family had a great time meeting up in Michigan!

    I know what you are saying about giving thanks, I often think we should be so much more thankful for all the blessings we enjoy and mostly take for granted because we grew up with them.

    Sort of in the same line, I very much recommend the movie Snow Cake with Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver and Carry Ann Moss. According to the imdb it will air in the States late in December and the listing said '(limited)' whatever that means. But if you get a chance to see it, do! It's a wonderful movie about a man (Alan Rickman) who reluctantly lets a young woman hitch a ride with him and they get into a car accident. He survives with hardly a scratch, but the woman dies. He feels guilty, even though there was nothing he could have done to prevent the accident. So he goes to visit her mother - the woman was on her way home - to tell her how sorry he is. As it turns out her mother (Sigourney Weaver) is autistic. He ends up staying for a few days and befriending the mother as well as a neighbour (Carrie Ann Moss). I don't want to say top much, but I can say that we were in awe (and not only because we love Alan Rickman and he finally had a lead role, yeah!)

    On Wednesday we will go see "A Good Year" with Russel Crowe and next week, of course, James Bond. The trailer looked really promising. I know there have been some previews already, but I try to stay away from reviews until I have seen it myself and made up my own mind.

    Hope all is well with you all. Here it is finally getting colder, as it should be in this season, and I don't mind the rain.

    Have a great week!
    Big hugs to you all.
    Ute

     
  • At 8:55 PM, November 21, 2006 , Anonymous Sue said...

    Beautiful Thanksgiving wishes to everyone...

    Thank you all for the wonderful thoughts about meeting Chris in Michigan. And thank you Chris and family for the time spent with us. I have to reflect back to you, Chris, on your thoughts of what makes our lives abundantly full and complete. I'm sure I speak for everyone on the forum when I say how grateful I am for this gathering of friends, which adds to that very much.

    I'll be keeping an eye on the movie postings, because since we now belong to Netflix, we can begin to catch up on all the great movies we've missed for so long. So I'll be eagerly waiting for your lists of top favorite, must-see films!

    Ute. thanks for the note about Snow Cake and A Good Year and all your movie descriptions! I love reading them.

    Hey, Dave...I'm so glad you got to meet Chris...and maybe sometime when he's in town again, he might be less rushed (well, we can imagine it) and we can then all meet up. So glad you and Patrick had a wonderful visit, as we did.

    I loved the "wild and wonderful" description on the e-news this week, because I've been using that some in my greetings...so I'll sign off with that wish for all....May you have a beautiful ATP wild and wonderful Thanksgiving celebration...and may it last throughout the new year! Sue

     
  • At 4:02 AM, November 22, 2006 , Anonymous Patrick said...

    Good morning, Family!

    Chris, I agree with you that Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays...but sadly the turkeys are almost run over by Santa's sleigh. I like to think that Thanksgiving comes every day for me because I have so much to be thankful for on a daily basis--my waking up, Adrian, my cats, my job, my home, my garden, my experiences and my health. This year I can add the Forum Family to my list, but I am most thankful this year for the opportunity to meet you, Chris. Our meeting was a bookmark in the book of my life, and one I will refer to often. I am also very thankful that I have another day to make all things possible!

    Ute, thanks for the movie reviews! Four of us are going to the movies this weekend, but we have not yet decided which movie to see. Adrian and I recently went to see The Departed, which I have to admit I did not like. It was well made (Scorcese did it again!), but I am not partial to movies that are so real in the murder scenes that you feel badly when you leave the theatre. The cast was all star with DiCaprio, Damon, Walberg, Sheen, Baldwin, etc., but the murder scenes made me feel very badly. We felt better the next week watching Tim Allen in the Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause. It was a light movie which I liked for a second sequel...and I think sequels have a tendancy to be weak, but this one carried the fun all the way to the end (a little predictable, but good for the whole family). I think I am becoming more and more inspired by television shows like Heroes (excellent!), Medium (Patricia Arquette is awesome), and Extreme Makeover Home Edition with Ty Pennington and Sears giving very deserving folks a home worth living in!

    And Ute, "limited" usually means that the movie is only releasing in a limited number of movie houses, instead of releasing in all movie houses across the states.

    Sue, I am so glad you had the opportunity to meet Chris and his family. Tell us which family member Chris is most like...inquiring minds want to know! And considering that I was born in West Virginia whose state slogan is "Wild and Wonderful", I thank you for understanding what that means!

    Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! As we celebrate a very important holiday in the USA, may the spirit of thanks spread around the world and fill your hearts with the knowledge that we all have lots to be thankful for!

    I will close with the words of one of my favorite Karen Carpenter songs:

    "Sometimes, not often enough, we reflect upon the good things. And those thoughts always center around those we love. And I think about those people who mean so much to me, and for so many years have made me so very happy. And I count the times that I have forgotten to say "thank you" and just how much I love them."

    Thank you Family. I love you.

    Patrick in Pittsburgh

     
  • At 12:48 PM, November 22, 2006 , Anonymous Nisha said...

    Hi Chris,

    I am so happy you had a wonderful visit with your family and friends in Michigan. Being in your home town is quite a nice perk for your tour.

    I like your thoughts on living an abundant life and recognizing all the gifts that make our lives complete. It must be hard being so far away from home most of the time. The gift of family is so precious.

    Patrick thank you for the Karen Carpenter lyrics. They are a perfect inspiration for Thanksgiving.

    Ute I look forward to seeing Snow Cake. Your description has me hooked. I've heard good things about James Bond and look forward to seeing it.

    Sue thank you for the beautiful Thanksgiving wishes. May you have a wild and wonderful holiday too.

    I have recently seen two films I enjoyed. The Prestige was great and Man of the Year made me laugh the whole way through. I highly recommend them both. I have seen trialers for Stranger than Fiction and have it on my next movie to see list. The buzz in Los Angeles is very positive.

    Wishing you all warm fuzzy happy thoughts and good cheer.

     
  • At 4:42 PM, November 22, 2006 , Anonymous DaveW said...

    Greetings all,
    I have to agree with Patrick that it does seem Thanksgiving gets overshadowed these days by Christmas, which is a shame as it is a uniquely North American holiday (though I realize other cultures have harvest festivals - I think I am right on this and none are quite like Thanksgiving - no doubt our many friends around the world can help to enlighten me if I am wrong). In any event it does deserve to be a time of reflection and giving, just as the name states, thanks. Most of us do have so much to be thankful for even in our times of difficulty. We don't have to look far to find those who are much worse off. I too am thankful that Chris and all of you have been a part of my life this past year or so and I look forward to many more years!

    Oh yeah, I almost forgot about movies. It seems like a long time since I've been to the movie theatre but I hope to catch up during the extra long, long weekend. I want to see the new "Bond" film - though I'm not sure if I will find much to inspire me in it - and probably "Happy Feet" which I understand is a little cheerier than the last penguin picture I saw!

    Take care of each other everyone - ATP!

    Dave

     
  • At 9:26 AM, November 23, 2006 , Anonymous Angi said...

    Hugs and greetings to the Family

    Firstly Happy Thnanksgiving to all of yu celebrating it.

    Dave's right. Over here in England we have harvest Festival sometime back in September. Unlike Thanksgiving though it's not a specific day set aside to celebrate nationally. More local schools and churches have a day select a day (usually around or just after the Autumnal Equinox) when they kinda celebrate. Generally by getting people to dontate a tin of food, or something similar to be passed on to someone in the comunity "considered to be" less fortunate than the givers - usually the local old peoples home or similar.

    Whilst the ideas good, I can't help feeling this is a sllightly hollow gesture in a sense. In school you can't help but get the impression many parents have grabbed a tin of anything out of the cupborad as an afterthought on Harvest Festival day - something i confess to having done myself the first year my son was at school. Ok i know it'[s the thought that counts and every single donation does go to a more deserving case, but somehow i can't help feeling that there's something missing.

    Perhaps it's what you have in America . . . . a chance to focus on and appreciate all the riches life has given you over the past year - be they material, spiritual or emotional.

    i would therefore like to take this opportunity to echo the earlier comments and thank each and every one of you for being os warm and welcoming to a relatively new member of this Family. The warmth and compassion we all have for each other on here is overwhelming and as such my life has been greatly enriched by the freindship and insights we share with one another.

    Thanks to you all I'm beginnig to believe that all things are indeed possible.

    Love and Bright Blessings to you all - and Happy Thanksgiving!

    Angi

     
  • At 9:29 AM, November 23, 2006 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    My Forum Family -

    Happy Thanksgiving. My wish for you all is that today you are overwhelmed and overjoyed by the realization of all the blessings seen and yet to come in this wonderful life. I am continually touched by all of you and your candid display of the best qualities of humanity. Much love to you all today and always.

    All Things Possible!
    Chris

     
  • At 11:20 AM, November 23, 2006 , Blogger Tim said...

    Hey All

    Happy Thanksgiving and to those of you who are not in the states, Happy Day to you.

    Here in Illinois, the weather is just about as perfect as you can get for November: sunny, near 60 with light winds. A true day to be thankful for.

    There have been many things to be thankful for even thus far today. I got up early and went to the gym. Thankfully, they were open and I had a great workout making me totally aware that I am thankful for my health.

    I then had to go to the store to pick a few last minute items. I hate shopping. Thankfully there were not many people there and I was able to get in and out quickly.

    The next task was get the dogs out to run. On a day like today it is a pure joy to watch the pack run, chase and have a great time playing. It did them good as they are all four currently sound asleep, a true thing to be thankful for.

    I also got to ride my horse. This was the thing that I wanted to do the most. I have had her for 19 years raising her from a yearling. She went blind five years ago but is still a great riding horse. I rode her bareback and thankfully, she didn't buck my butt off! The quiet time she and I spent riding gave me time to think back over the many things we have done as a "team" as well as the other horses I have owned over the past many years. I must admit that I am thankful that I never was seriously injured by these animals. I have been bit, trampled, dumped, kicked in the head (yes, that explains a lot of things) yet some one was watching over me. I have been blessed in the fact that I have been able to do so many different things in my life and coming to this blog site, visiting with "the family" reminds me that we need to take the time and reflect on just how thankful we should really be.

    I am having an absolutely fantastic day and I can only hope that you are experiencing the same feeling that I am having right now.

    Great Day to All

    T

     
  • At 4:03 PM, November 23, 2006 , Anonymous Alex said...

    Happy Thanksgiving dear Chris and Forum Family and hope you all and your loved ones are having great day!

    I'm deeply touched by your lovely wishes, Chris (the best wishes ever and i wish the same for you and all of you) and by all your wonderful thoughts and words. It's truly fantastic to see that we all, in this awesome Forum Family, feel the same feelings, we have the same thoughts. We appreciate every second of our life, good times as well as difficult times. We truly are aware that soul, mind, body influence each other (well said Ute) and all interact in the Universe. Being in touch with Chris and each other is an extraordinary experience which make us more and more aware and in harmony with the Universe. I know well that sadly it's really rare in this society to find such a lot true love, friendship, goodness of heart like i always find here.

    Thanks very much Sue, Dave, Patrick (also many thanks again to Patrick and then indirectly to Dave for sending me the Tour Newsletters that i didn't get) for your beautiful reports about the awesome experience of meeting Chris in person and his wonderful family. I'm very glad you had this opportunity and it was great to know that Chris reunited with his family and friends in his hometown.

    Yes Dave you're right there is not Thanksgiving Day here in Italy but it's ok for me anyway, because every day i'm so much grateful to Universe for everything and, like wonderfully Patrick said,
    i'm also very grateful for having another day to make ALL THINGS POSSIBLE!

    Thanks Chris and Forum Family i love you all very much!

    All the best to all of you and Take care!

    Big Hugs!

    Alex in Italy

     
  • At 10:41 PM, November 23, 2006 , Anonymous Sue said...

    Hi Forum Family -- A nearby restaurant has a great logo: "Good Friends Gather Here." That's how I think of Chris' forum family, a gathering of good friends. And I'm thankful for having taken that first step to begin blogging and experiencing the joy of getting acquainted with all of you.

    My Thanksgiving was "wild & wonderful", spent with my three brothers and my sister. Nisha is so right about family. That is a precious gift, one that bears careful tending, especially when siblings are scattered. Thankfully, all five of us live in Michigan, so we can get together a few times a year.

    I enjoyed the e-news from Chris - wouldn't you know that touch of snow preceded this beautiful sunny and mild week after the tour left for D.C. And Chris is right about the MSU Campus. It is breathtaking in the flowering seasons of spring and summer. Thanks Chris for your newsletters keeping us near you in spirit. As for Patrick's question about our favorite actor, I'd have to say he probably takes after his music and art teacher mom!

    Good to hear from you Angi, I enjoy learning about all the holidays and festivals in Europe. I love your outlook on life and your bright and beautiful blessings, which always make me smile.

    Tim, I've never had the opportunity to be around horses, although there are a lot of people in our area who love horses, as you do. But I have to say, today was a spectacular day for enjoying your horse. Wow, 19 years...what is the average lifespan of a horse? You can tell I know very little about them. We're mainly a dog and cat family...although we've enjoyed gold fish (and frogs) in a little backyard pool over the years.

    And Alex, so good to hear from Italy! I look forward to the time when the forum family may gather to all meet Chris in person. My Thanksgiving wish is that Chris' "all things possible" family will continue to blossom and grow.

    Hugs to all, and thanks again for gathering here! Sue

     
  • At 4:28 AM, November 25, 2006 , Blogger Lara Ufuk said...

    Chris, indeed in it is YOUR forum family.. you created us by all means..and you are managing to make it glow more..i have a biiiiiiig smile when i write this now that there are many times i look what you have done with admiration and amazement asking myself how can he do that? Like the movie seen in Matrix when they all realize that Neo is the ONE. You are our HERO. Thank you one more time for watching over us, and guiding and leading us to do the same for each other.And thank you so much for your very beautiful note about thanksgiving.

    Thank you all dear friends for all those wonderful wishes. i am really happy to be part of your Thanksgiving celebration which naturally reminded me one more time to remember the things that i am grateful for in my life. i do try to remember them especially after watching the movie the Secret but the spirit here is so uplifting to feel and to do so deeply and heart fully.

    The funny thing is that until now i always thought that Thanksgiving was a Christian holiday celebrated in Europe too. Dave, Angi, Alex thanks for clearing that up.We have a different thing called Bayram twice each year in Turkey. During these Bayrams which lasts 4 days each,it is custom to gather as family and friends and to help people who are in need around you. i have to admit though the spirit is much better in the small places than the big cities.

    Ute, i am big fun of Russel Crowe and don't miss any of his movies..but still didn't make the "A Good Year".. James Bond is on my list too.. i hope you made them both by now and enjoyed them. i also loved your description of the Snow Cake.i will look forward to it.

    I have three DVDs waiting to be wacthed this weekend..Superman(you all saw i believe), Lord of War and Two for Money..i was hoping to see The Departed at the movies this weekend but after Patrick's comments i changed my mind.Thanks a lot Patrick. Appreciated.I am pretty careful not to go to the movies which i might feel bad. i didn't go the Babel because i heard that it was sad. i can't watch the Passion because i know i will not be able to take it.This is one of the reasons i like American movies they usually have happy ending.

    Patrick, Dave and Sue i am very happy for you that you have got to meet Chris, meet his family and saw the show. Thank you for sharing it with us..it all sounds wonderful.and promising for any possible future plans to gather in a larger groups..

    Nisha, i agree that the gift of family is so precious.(I noted the movies you suggested.Thank you) I fell very lucky to have a few families including us here which are bounded with love and respect. Indeed as Alex said,it's really rare to find.

    Angi, l hear you about feeling something is missing..Sometimes i feel the same about Bayrams. Everything is a lot more real and effective actually when we really mean it.When it is done in the name of only tradition and duty something is really missing.

    Tim , your day did sound excellent to me. Starting waking up early and going gym!!And riding horse!!I took some lessons to learn to ride a horse but couldn't keep up since the place was too far from where i live.If i get a chance by moving closer i hope to try again.

    Sue, your Thanksgiving sounds wonderful.i also love the name of the restaurant..it seems like there is a newsletter 11 ? The last one i received was 10. i would appreciate a lot if you or someone who has can forward it to me ukirtis@gmail.com Thanks a lot.

    Chris,so glad that you have had the feeling of being home with your family and friends..Looking forward to hearing more about your news.Thank you for taking the time to prepare the newsletters for us..very much appreciated..

    i hope you all had wonderful Thanksgiving celebration or day..

    Love and big hugs to you

     
  • At 8:34 AM, November 25, 2006 , Anonymous Patrick said...

    Greetings to the Family from sunny Pittsburgh! It will be about 62 degrees here today, so we are off to decorate the outside of the house for the holidays. Since Adrian and I believe that we are not human beings having a spiritual experience, but that we are spiritual beings having a human experience, we take a little bit of everything from the "Holiday Buffet-O-Decorating" in order to decorate. So you may actually see a Jewish elf on our lawn sitting with Buddha, or the Earth Goddess feeding reindeer...depends on what inspires us that year.

    Lara, I am always inspired by your good and kind words. Thank you. I attempted to forward to you Newsletter 11 that Dave sent to me since I had not received the newsletter either, but I was not successful. The emails kept bounding back...maybe someone else will be successful so that you can read the words from our boy Chris!

    Enjoy your day, everyone! Do something fun and wonderful and don't forget to remember the day forever!

    Love to you all!
    Patrick in Pittsburgh

     
  • At 1:00 PM, November 25, 2006 , Blogger Lara Ufuk said...

    Patrick, thanks a lot for trying to send the newsletter. Angi and Alex did manage to send it.Thank you again my friends.

    i was thinking maybe we can create our email group and forward Chris's newsletters there each time to make sure that everyone will get them. it seems like- probably because of the big size of content-some of us missing each time.

    Have a beautiful weekend :)

     
  • At 5:43 AM, November 27, 2006 , Anonymous Jaschenka said...

    Hello dear Forum Family Friends and a big hug from a rather chilly yet bright and sunny Holland today.
    I was happy to hear so many of you out here have been able to celebrate a wonderful Thanksgiving, and that those out here who don't celebrate took this opportunity to revise their thoughts of thanks all the same. Like with any other day such as Mothers- and Fathers day (and even World Animal Day) I think it is rather ridiculous that everyone will suddenly contribute to this day on this specific day alone- as if it is only this day you can/should be grateful on. I am glad to see the great people on here extend their thanks beyond that! So..here's my share:

    Ute, thank you for your reviews and tips on movies to watch-your recommendations have never failed me. Looks like it is about time we have ourselves another movie weekend but I fear that won't happen any time soon. Huge thanks for being such a dear friend and thumbs up for all the effort you put into running Kierens website! Yeah for you!!!
    Sue, Dave and Patrick, thank you for sharing your wonderful experience of meeting Chris on tour and making us part of the fun. I still like the idea of a fan meeting- we got some serious bonding going on here! Cool!
    Patrick, big thanks also to you for your view on 'the Departed' and that lovely song quote. We are currently getting 'Extreme Home Makeover' on Dutch telly and the thought actually occured to me that I could very much see Chris host a show like that!
    Nisha, thanks for checking in and again some movie must-sees..and fuzzy thoughts! I love fuzzy!
    DaveW, always good to see you here and get your interesting point of view on giving thanks. Enjoy the Bond movie and happy penguins.
    Angi, thank you for checking back here. I am glad I brought you in here and that you feel welcome and at home. Your knowledge of the old days and ways is much appreciated and you are a great guide and tutor- I've been enjoying our conversations and emails a lot over the past time. Thank you for being a special friend.
    Tim, thank you for sharing your happy thoughts about the joy animals bring. I agree there is nothing like watching them having a great time. Having animals comes with great responsability, is time consuming and needs dedication- something a lot of pet owners seem to overlook when getting a new pet. However- the fun and unconditional love you get back from them is priceless. Give your doggies a hug from me!
    Alex, thank you for being able to be thankful- and not just on this day. That seems to be a rare quality in people these days.
    Lara, thank you for telling us about Bayram. It's so much fun to learn about traditions from all around the globe and I think you'll find a lot of holidays and habits originate from the same sources- they just come in different 'packages'. Quite interesting. I strongly recommend seeing 'Lord of War' although it is a pretty raw movie, it is a real eye opener and has great acting in it (Jared Leto!). The cynical sense of humor makes it all a bit lighter as the topic itself is heavy enough. Let us know how you liked it.

    And last but certainly not least a big thank you to Chris for making it all happen! Without you, we wouldn't be here. Thank you!

    Lots of happy fuzzy penguiny swirly woosh woosh cuddles to all. Be Inspired!

     
  • At 7:33 PM, November 27, 2006 , Anonymous Sue said...

    A quick note to send ATP wishes to everyone on the forum this week. I know we're all anxiously awaiting the news from Washington, D.C. - one of the most beautiful cities to visit and our nation's capital. So much history and cultural fare to enjoy there!

    I wanted to mention to Lara that I enjoyed your posting and thanks for the thoughts on my Thanksgiving. It's always wonderful to gather with family. And in December we'll gather with friends we've known while our children were growing up, and the annual tradition was going to cut the Christmas tree with these families. We've continued to gather in December, even though our children are now grown and beginning their own traditions. No matter what the occasion that draws friends together, I've always felt that creating some kind of tradition is important to our sense of well being, and meaningful in keeping those ties that bind us together. I've always loved hearing about holiday traditions around the world, so I love reading all the beautiful posts in this forum.

    I've enjoyed reading about Patrick's lawn tradition. We're even thinking of getting a pink flamingo for our lawn to greet my husband's father who is coming for Christmas from Florida, so he will feel a little more at home. I'll have to report back if we go through with it! And Jaschenka, I love to read what you and Angi have to say about the traditions and holidays you observe. They are always so fun to hear about.

    Thanks, too, for the thumbs up for a fan gathering someday! As the saying goes, "All Things are Possible!" Now where have we heard that before?!

    To all, a wild & wonderful all things beautiful week! (And of course I have to add a bit of "woosh woosh" to that!) Sue

     
  • At 7:46 PM, November 28, 2006 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    This is great! The only thing missing is the turkey and dressing!! Thanks all for the wonderful and positive thoughts you've shared. I'm so grateful to the technology that allows us to all come together around our virtual family table. It really is the next best thing to sitting down breaking bread with each other. And as all things are possible, I'm sure that will happen one day too.

    I have some great pictures from Washington DC for you. The next newsletter is on it's way soon! I PROMISE!! I have been distracted by a visit from my girlfriend so I hope you'll all indulge me in my tardiness. The weather here is excellent as well - perfect outdoor holdiay decorating weather for Patrick!

    I'd like to send a big THANK YOU! out to our very own Sue who published a huge article about me in the paper she writes for. My mom tells me it's great!

    Also I'd like to thank all of you who have listened to and commented on my audio script Last Cowboy. We are moving forward on the project and hope to shoot a trailer for it next month. Your prayers and good thoughts are appreciated!!

    So to all of you who post and even more of you who read in anonymity, thank you for being part of our ever growing family of possibility thinkers! Your love, goodwill, hope, excitement and enthusiasm is crucial part of the critical mass of energy that truly makes All Things Possible.

    Take Care Of Each Other!

    ATP!
    Chris

     
  • At 11:39 AM, November 29, 2006 , Anonymous Patrick said...

    Hello, all!

    Sue, can you either post the article or give us a mechanism to go on the web and get a copy? I would love to read it.

    Today would be a great day to donate blood...have you?

    Love to the Family!
    Patrick in Pittsburgh

     
  • At 9:12 PM, November 29, 2006 , Anonymous Ute said...

    Hello everyone,

    hope you are doing well. Wow, this family is buzzing. Love it!

    Going back to the subject we had before, I saw a little report on the news this week that two reporters here in Germany picked up on the "Free Hugs" campaign - calling this the newest trend in the U.S.! - and tried this in a city here (forgot where exactly, I'm afraid). They had a great response, better than they had hoped for. Looks like we Germans are a hug-loving people. I thought you might be interested to know about that.

    Maybe Sue can send her article to Chris and he can either include it into his newsletter or have his webmaster put it up on the website as I am sure we all would love to read it. :)

    Glad to hear that things for The Last Cowboy are moving along, Chris!

    You all have a great rest of the week.

    Big Hugs to you all! And remember to do it for the Jazz!

    Ute

     
  • At 2:47 PM, November 30, 2006 , Anonymous Alex said...

    Hi dear Forum Family!

    I want to express my high appreciation to all of you for your wonderful thoughts, wishes and comments, for the movie reviews and for the interesting stories about holidays and traditions.

    Chris, many thanks again for allowing us the opportunity to tour with you many parts of United States throught your awesome Newsletters rich of beautiful pictures and great stories. All things become truly possible with you; you're our very own hero! :)
    Good Luck with the "Last Cowboy" project!

    Patrick, i loved your very nice words and i think that we all in this Family feel more and more to be spiritual beings having a human experience.

    Sue, i appreciated very much your good wish and hope that the forum family may truly gather and meet Chris in person one day. Great to hear that you wrote a huge article about our SuperChris on the paper you write for; i would love to read it!

    Well said Ute! All the Forum Family certainly look forward to read the Sue's article!
    Also thanks for letting us know the good news about the successful "Free-Hugs" campaign in Germany!

    Hope you all have a great weekend!

    Hugs and Love to you all!

    Alex in Italy

     
  • At 6:44 PM, December 01, 2006 , Anonymous Sue said...

    Hello to the wonderful forum family...to Chris...and to Patrick, Ute, Alex. Thank you so much for the beautiful comments about the article. I'm working on this, and with Chris' blessing you'll be able check it out on the website before too long. You are such an encouraging, supportive family! Thank you so much! Send me ATP wishes for pulling it all together!

    Patrick, I regret to say I have to get going on attending a blood drive again soon in our town. You are great to keep people reminded about that. And Ute, your hugs report is so fascinating. Do they really think it's the newest trend here in the states? Guess we've got the next best thing, here in the forum family, with lots of cyber hugs! Alex, I love your "SuperChris" - that could catch on!

    I agree with Alex about the e-news from the tour. They have been a wonderful, cheery event in our inboxes each week! I found mine at while at work and it brightened my day considerably!

    I love the photos of D.C. All remind me of our trip there in the fall of 2001 when our daughter and son-in-law were there while he was going to school for the Marine Corps. It was right after the Pentagon was struck by terrorists. We realized on that trip how much we take our freedom for granted at times. But also the pictures here also remind me what a beautiful city Washington is and, like Chris' pictures from Philadelphia, how rich is the tapestry of our nation's history, and it really is a tapestry...from all the various cultures that make it up. We hope to visit in the spring again because our kids are there again this year for more schooling.

    And I'll add my best wishes and ATP prayers for Chris' film project, too. We are all anxiously awaiting to view it on the big screen!

    Signing off with Super Nova Cyber Hugs for "SuperChris" and Super Forum Family! Sue

     
  • At 8:04 PM, December 04, 2006 , Anonymous DaveW said...

    Hey Everyone,
    Things have been too quiet here the past few days (was the last post really in November?) so I thought I would give a report on what movies I have seen recently, and how they have inspired me (see the last line of Chris's opening comment at the top of the blog).

    Anyway, I did see the new James Bond movie, "Casino Royale" and though it bears very little resemblance(sp?)to the spoof of the same name starring Peter Sellers, David Niven, Orson Welles, and several other late, great stars - I thought this new film was the best Bond yet! It seems to me to be what James Bond always should have been. None of the high gimmick almost campy style of the last decade or two and more of a rough, gritty, down to earth spy thriller. This movie inspired me to actually get the original Ian Flemming novel, his first James Bond novel by the way, and read it as well. I'm pleased to report that except for some noticable updating, the book was written in 1952 during the so-called "cold war," this movie in my opinion reflected Flemming's original concept and character very well.

    I also saw the new animated film "Happy Feet," which is doing very well in the US by the way, and found this to be very enjoyable though frankly the ending seemed somewhat forced and contrived to me - can't say much more without revealing too much of the story line. This movie did inspire me to finally see "March of the Penguins" which you may remember that Chris recommended earlier this year (or was it last year by now) and I was pleased to find that the animated film did get many of the facts about penguin life correct.

    It's good to see that some film makers still believe in being true to the source material whether it is a novel or real life!

    That's all for now - take care of each other everyone!

    Dave

     
  • At 7:34 PM, December 05, 2006 , Anonymous Sue said...

    Hello to anyone who happens to tune in here before Chris changes the topic. I understand he's in Kansas City this week. And you're right, Dave, it's been too quiet on the forum! Somehow, I think it's not working quite right as happened once before. I'm looking forward to hearing some good news from Chris soon. It's beginning to look like some of us are getting addicted to this blog. And we want to hear it buzzing again!

    I appreciated hearing the movies you saw, Dave. I'm using the blog here to make my list of movies to rent. We have a lot of catching up around here to become a little bit more movie savvy, but our Netflix subscription might take care of that! You have a wonderful way of describing them. You could be a movie critic! You made me want to recommend Casino Royale to my husband. But he loves anything Bond, so that'll be easy.

    Sorry to have missed you on the Legends! tour. Hope sometime when Chris is home he might have time to arrange it that we can meet. Speaking of theater, what are you doing now with that?

    All my best to the forum family this week, while we wait for Chris to fill us in on his latest adventures...ATP/Sue

     
  • At 9:12 PM, December 05, 2006 , Anonymous DaveW said...

    Hi Sue (and everyone else who may be reading),
    After I posted my comments last night I noticed that there seemed to be a problem and that you had actually posted on the 1st - glad that things seem to be back to normal again. Thanks for your kind words regarding my abbreviated movie reviews. My family and friends think I could be a critic too, but that's mostly because I am critical of so many things! I know that your husband will enjoy the new James Bond, by the way, I haven't found anyone who hasn't enjoyed it yet.

    I'm sorry to have missed you as well - perhaps another time as you have suggested.

    Concerning theatre, I am preparing to direct "Macbeth" for my group (opening in March 2007) and in fact will be auditioning next week. I'm a little nervous as we need at least 20 men and men seem to be in short supply in community theatre these days. But, hopefully the idea of doing Shakespeare will bring them out.

    Take care!

    Dave

    P.S. Chris, when you check in you will have to let us know if everything really is "up to date in Kansas City" (quick - who can tell me which famous musical I've just quoted?)

     
  • At 8:45 PM, December 06, 2006 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    From Oaklahoma!
    Ev'rythin's up to date in Kansas City
    They've gone about as fur as they c'n go!
    They went and built a skyscraper seven stories high,
    About as high as a buildin' orta grow.

    I cheated. I looked it up.

    Howdy friends. It's good to be back online with y'all. I'm on the Missouri side of Kansas City and the weather has been cold but beautiful and sunny! I spent the last two days with a couple of friends who live nearby and they have been shoing me many points of interest, including the Harley-Davidson factory, the house Jesse James was killed in, and the origination point of The Pony Express. All my best to all of you and I feel a new forum topic coming on right shortly.

    Good luck Dave with Macbeth.

    ATP!
    C

     

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