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Thursday, December 24, 2009

...and have an ALL THINGS POSSIBLE New Year!



  • At 1:57 AM, December 26, 2009 , Anonymous Ute said...

    Hello dear forum family,

    wishing you all and your loved ones wonderful magical holidays and all the best for an ATP awesome 2010.

    Keep warm! Big hugs!


  • At 3:25 PM, December 26, 2009 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Ute and everyone...Yes, I wish you all the same. Having a wonderful time with the kids in Maryland. Our whole family is enjoying this time I'm appreciating it! One of the best Christmas gifts, I have to say, was going to "experience" Avatar Christmas Eve day. I hope you will all go see it, ASAP, and tell me what you think. Of course, the main role brings another actor to mind, who would have been perfect for the part:) Anyway, watching it, I was thinking of all of you. No 3D here in rural MD, so we might have to see it again:) ATB/P to you!Sue

  • At 7:09 PM, December 28, 2009 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    It's hard to believe that 2010 is almost here. Granted it's just a date on the calendar but despite the recent terrorist attempt which occurred practically in my backyard (my house is under one of the common approaches used by jets landing at Detroit Metro Airport - at least based on the number of jets I see overhead everday) there's something exciting about the start of another year. A feeling of being grateful for the past and hopeful for the future - a future in which, of course, all things are possible!

    Go see some movies this record breaking holiday season. I recomend highly "The Princess and the Frog" and "Invictus." Sue and I have a rare disagreement about "Avatar." Yes, I thought it was pretty - and I saw it in 3D by the way - but I needed a more original plot (maybe I've played just enough video games that the whole thing looked and felt familiar to me).

    Best wishes to all - I don't know about you, but I can't wait to see what comes next!


  • At 9:45 PM, December 30, 2009 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Dave, I'm glad we weren't flying this vacation! I think we're on a flight track from the other way sometimes:)

    Excitement for a new year does make you feel grateful. For all the good things, and even the not-so-good things that you know the experience of which makes you a better person. And then you are hopeful for an all things possible new year ahead...dreaming of even better ATP things.

    It's fun to disagree on a movie. I'm just a kid at heart, I guess. And don't play video games. And I suppose I was seeing the movie more for the message of hope and ATP...and we didn't even see it in 3D. Our Marine Corps son-in-law enjoyed it, and someone told him it's worth it to see in 3D...we hope to fit that in. It's a long movie. Probably they could have done with shorter battle mode, do you think? But the whole thing got my curiosity up, enough to explore the how and why of such a film. And to see how it affects different people. It'll be fun to watch the publicity.

    And I can't wait to see what comes next either. That's the spirit of ATP Fun that we've grown to love with the forum family. Cheers to 2010 and beyond! and All Things Beautiful too! Sue

  • At 9:57 PM, December 30, 2009 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Hey Dave,
    P.S.....I forgot something...

    "I SEE YOU." :)

    And you, and you, and you, and you ...dear forum family... Sue

  • At 3:12 PM, December 31, 2009 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Wishing you all a very happy New Year - Tanya

  • At 8:40 AM, January 01, 2010 , Anonymous Ute said...

    Happy New Year, y'all! Hope you had a good start of 2010!
    Here it's been snowing all day and the forecast is cold and colder for the next two weeks. So my first resolution for this year is to stay warm and drink lots of tea! :)
    Big warm hugs to all of you!

  • At 10:48 AM, January 02, 2010 , Anonymous Jaschenka said...

    A wonderful, inspiring and magical 2010 to all my Forum Family!

    I'll join your resolution Ute, or as you always say: 'tea is good, more tea is better!' ;)
    We're joining in some of that cold although it's not as bad as in our neighbouring countries, but we had more snow too and some chilly nights to come.

    Lots of Light, Love and Health this year to you all! Be Inspired!

  • At 12:50 PM, January 02, 2010 , Anonymous Alex said...

    Happy New Year everyone! Wishing you all a fantastic, healthy, bright 2010! Definitely perfect resolutions for this time of year, Ute and Jaschenka; stay warm and safe!
    Take care! A hug to all of you!

  • At 3:39 PM, January 02, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Happy Bitter Cold New Years to it spring yet? I have already had enough. I managed, while knocking down some large icicles to releive some of the weight off the gutters, to have a large slab of ice hit me square in the eye. I now have a bruised hurts (sniff). Not the way I intended to start the year off. Only a minor set back...I am sure the rest of the year will be fine.


  • At 5:55 AM, January 03, 2010 , Anonymous Ute said...

    Hey Tim, sorry to hear about your eye. Hope it will get better soon. We had a new load of snow last night, though probably nothing compared to what you got.

    BTW, everyone, don't know if you heard it yet: Peter Jackson will be knighted this year for his services to film. Awesome!

    Yes, Jaschenka, more tea is always better! :) I think I am going to make myself another cup just now.

    Alex, how is your weather?

    I rewatched the new Star Trek Film this weekend, as I got the DVD for Christmas. Still awesome, even on the smaller screen. The commentary was fun to listen to, too. It amused me, when they said one of their goals was to make women enjoy it, too. I love Action/Adventure/Sci-Fi/Fantasy and I watch more movies that are classified as "cine men" movies than those that are for "cine lady", so there. Can't wait for the sequel!

    Thanks for the good wishes everyone. Stay warm!

    Big hugs,

  • At 7:08 AM, January 03, 2010 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Sending warm thoughts on this bitter cold winter day here, as well! The arctic air arrived down in southern Florida yesterday morning, too, according to my father-in-law who will turn 93 in Feb. It was too cold for golfing early in the morning, he said (meaning it was in the 40s.) I hope the citrus crops and vegetables will make it through.

    Tim, double warm and healing thoughts for your eye. My husband said, he's done that, too. Keep us posted!

    Enjoying all the posts and new year wishes from everyone and all the "tea talk"...
    the forum "hospitali-tea" group? What's your favorite? I love "Blue Lady" and found a great "Creamy Earl Gray"...Tea seems to satisfy much better than coffee when it's so cold outside.

    I thought of all of the forum when I saw this quote on a plaque: "Friendship is a promise made in the heart...unbreakable by distance, unchangeable by time."

    On a cold winter day, it's nice to think of being together on the forum in a virtual "tea room" if you will! Hugs and ATB wishes for an awesome 2010...Sue

  • At 3:02 PM, January 03, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Ouch Tim! I imagine an icicle in the eye is very painful...I hope I never find out for myself.

    The new year is off to an inauspicious start for me, in many ways it's the same old, same old. But still filled with a lot of promise. I finally broke down and got a modern, flat paneled HDTV so the movies I watch at home are phenomenal in terms of clarity. I may have to spring for the home theatre sound system next.

    But more importantly, I start the year with the comfort of knowing that my family, extended family, and friends are all safe and well. It doesn't get much better than that...even when it's this blinging cold! But, temps in the low teens (F) are better than below zero!

    Best wishes to everyone for an ATP 2010!!


  • At 4:00 PM, January 03, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    So sorry Tim, and I quess I don't what to say to keep looking up. I hope you feel better soon.

    Vegas weather has been nice. Snow is fun as long as it doesn't stay long.

    Dave welcome to the modern age.

    I like the virtual "tea room", but I think I'll have hot chocalate.

    Best wishes for the new year from me as well!


  • At 12:15 PM, January 04, 2010 , Blogger Ufuk said...

    Dear Forum Family,

    Wishing you all great, beautiful, blissful, joyful, special, healthy and very happy 2010..

    Time is going so fast.. Years after years.. Scary.. but also the reason to live it as full as we can..

    2010 will be good one :)

    Susan, i saw Avatar in 3D and loved it.. Actually planning to go again :)) i love the visual everything there..

    Dave, thank you for the recommendations.. i will check them out..

    Ute, Jaschenka, snow sounds great.. we are still waiting for some here..

    Tim, i hope your eye is better..

    Tanya, hot chocolate sounds good..

    Alex, i hope all is well..

    Chris, we love you and miss you ( holiday spirits :)) )

    Hugs and love,


  • At 1:51 PM, January 04, 2010 , Anonymous Alex said...

    Hi all! It was a pleasure to hear from you, reading your very nice thoughts, good wishes and, as Dave wrote, knowing you're all fine!

    I'm sorry for your eye, Tim; hope you will be ok very soon! So again be careful in Michigan, Illinois and states around; in fact this week and weekend weather is going to be even colder, very, very cold because of a new flow of arctic air with ice, snow showers and wind; stay warm and safe!

    Ute, weather was abnormally mild, springlike on Christmas day here. In the last ten days it has been wintry again with cold air and snow showers; next weekend a new flow of arctic air will cause very cold weather with ice, wind, more snow showers here too!

    Sue, thanks for sharing that marvellous quote about True and Loyal Friendship!

    Ufuk, thanks for your kind thought; well said about living as full as we can, time flies so fast. Life, health, time are too precious! Living every moment, every second with awareness, honesty, love, gratitude, positive and realistic attitude, paying attention to natural, true intuitive feelings.

    Chris, hope all is well with you and yours and hope to hear from you soon! Meanwhile... :) you can read interesting great news about Chris here: Congrats and good luck with all, Chris!

    May you all have a wonderful, healthy, bright, All Things Possibile 2010! A Hug to you all!

  • At 6:48 PM, January 04, 2010 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Hello everyone,
    Can it be Jan. 4 already? We're cruising along at warp speed for sure. Dave congrats on the new TV. We need one too. I have to thank Santa for a new computer first. So hoping I can get moving along on my writing, web work etc now. Glad your family is all safe and well.

    We went out in the "blinging" cold yesterday to see Avatar again in 3D with friends who hadn't seen it. I rarely see a movie twice when it comes out in the theaters. But it will be fun to watch the public commentary, reviews, etc. I guess it just seems very meaningful to me at this point in my life and with things going on right now.

    Tanya...I agree with you on the hot chocolate. Definitely the beverage of choice in "blinging cold"! Plus it brings with it fond memories of being a's just a pure comfort beverage all around. Well, I'm thinking of having a cafe kind of virtual place on the website I'm hoping to create (lots to learn) about creativity, actually. Inspired a lot from being on the forum.

    Ufuk and I will be keeping track of each other in that department. Right, Ufuk? And thanks for all the beautiful and blissful well wishes. Need them! And thankfully accept them! Glad you loved Avatar.
    You will love it just as much the second time, as the story seeps in. I'd love to be involved in the making of a movie like that someday.

    Alex...appreciate your post about living every moment to the fullest and being positive and thankful for all that we have. And hope the weather warms up over there, too.
    Thanks for the link about Radio America...I had to check out the one next to it about the floating mountains in Avatar:)

    I'll send my hugs along with Alex's and wish the forum a lively, wild and wonderful ATP year all through 2010:)Sue

  • At 6:56 AM, January 06, 2010 , Blogger Ufuk said...

    Right Susan :)

    Alex, i am totally with for the values you listed.. well.. it isn't a coincidence that we stick together for years now :)

  • At 1:02 PM, January 06, 2010 , Anonymous Alex said...

    Well said of course, Sue and Ufuk! It wasn't a coincidence at all! Better to say it was a nice sincronicity but most of all it happened because, as also Tanya previously wrote, everything always happens for a reason! Stay warm and safe; take care all!

  • At 7:13 PM, January 06, 2010 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Hi everyone...and thanks Ufuk and Alex, for the thoughts. Here's a link
    to a forum about Avatar, I thought you might enjoy...started by director Stephen Simon.
    Blessed Epiphany to you all! Sue

  • At 10:12 AM, January 07, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Thanks Alex for the link about Chris.

    As always we are so proud of you Chris!!!

    Stay warm. Blessings - Tanya

  • At 10:59 AM, January 07, 2010 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    Hey Ufuk, Ute, Alex, Tim, Tanya, Dave, Sue, and Jaschenka for a great start of the new year here in the forum! I appreciate all the great comments. Tim, I hope by now that bruised eyeball is just a distant memory. Thanks for the link to the geekweek article Alex! I had no idea! I don't know anything about the He-Man project, but we are working on a music drama at the moment. More to come. We've been working on a lot of projects here including a total revamp of the site, so stay tuned!

    Stay warm!

    All Things Possible,

  • At 12:06 PM, January 09, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi Folks
    Hope all is going well for you all thus far in the new year. Things here in Illinois are bright, sunny and very cold. Lots of ice hanging from the gutters!! The eye has returned to normal with no ill effects and no intentions of a repeat performance. I now wear a hard hat with full face shield when knocking ice off anything (I am a quick study as it only takes a large block of ice smashing me in the face to get me to change my ways).

    Have started thinking about spring activities and have been out canoe shopping. I did some kayaking in Texas at Christmas and now have the "bug". Can't get the dogs in a kayak so we are going to do a canoe.

    Chris, can't wait to see what you do with the web site. Should be interesting.

    Have a great weekend!


  • At 1:07 PM, January 11, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...


    So glad to hear your eye is doing fine!!! Our bodies are amazing healers. Wish they could heal everything!


  • At 7:12 AM, January 13, 2010 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Hi forum family
    Looking forward to seeing the new site and wishing ATP on all projects.
    Tim, Tanya...healing has been on my mind for awhile now. Probably why I enjoyed Avatar so much. Before it disappears, hope you'll check out my blog about Avatar on I'd posted it the night before my sister-in-law's memorial service and when I woke up that morning it was on the front page with a huge Avatar photo. It's still on the front page, but moved on down now. And it was also on the entertainment page earlier on the top, but moved on down now. However, it shows up on my blog section. So far the photo is still there and it looks very nice. You can tell from reading it that healing is my theme these days. Another reason I enjoy being part of the forum. What a wonderful place to come for some ATP energizing thoughts! Dave, do you still feel the same way about Avatar? I guess I'm looking for the big picture or something:)
    We just saw The World's Fastest Indian with Anthony Hopkins and that's another ATP film. If you haven't seen it, I recommend it.
    My husband's father apparently had one of those bikes way back when!
    Wishing you all lots of mid-winter ATB/P/Fun! Sue

  • At 9:05 AM, January 14, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Thanks Sue for your comments. Healing has been on my mind too. I will check out the movies. I have been wanting to see Avatar. Hopefully ATP - Tanya

  • At 5:49 PM, January 14, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    First my belated condolences on the loss of your sister-in-law. Second, what a beautiful tribute to her in your I like the way you wove the themes of "Avatar" and used them to illustrate some great thoughts on life. However, I'm sorry to report that my opinion about the film hasn't changed...but isn't it true that no one film effects us all the same? My favorites may not be your favorites, but how boring it would be if we all agreed all the time!

    Some news for the forum on my personal ventures - I was contacted by a theater group last night interested in performing the play I wrote (and partially filmed) last year. I hope they decide to do it as I want to see what someone else does with my "vision."

    Speaking of vision - I'm glad to hear that yours is fine Tim!

    And Chris, I'm looking forward to seeing your vision becoming a reality. How goes the producing/directing/acting game and your latest project?



  • At 7:48 PM, January 14, 2010 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Hi all...Happy halfway through the month of January! Don't know about you, but if this is any indication, we're going to be feeling like we're on that roller coaster ride after all! Busily flying at warp speed!

    Tanya, thanks for the note. Dave and I have a little disagreement or difference, maybe a better word, about Avatar. But you all know my feelings about movies, and how I like to look at many of them in the sense of spiritual cinema. In this one, partly because of my sister-in-law, I felt the impact of the healing theme in the movie.
    I think it would be a good movie for someone to go to, who is experiencing sorrow at a time when someone's life is hanging in the balance. Yes, there's the military theme, but also there's the visceral effect of the beauty and divine order, you might say, of the universe, and having to surrender someone and leave them in God's hands. I think that's what it did for me. It's hard to explain, but in lots of the reviews, I'm amazed at how many others see the film as I do.
    I'm sure it could have been done better in many aspects...and I'm not really one to critique any movies, as I am a relative newcomer to writing about films. Gee, wonder how that got started?:)
    But, as time goes along, I see (and Avatar points this out) just what a monumental effect a film can have on the collective psyche.
    Which is why I'm with Dave on keeping our fingers crossed for Chris' projects and vision. We all know that vision. Suppose that's why we're here.
    Tanya, hope you will go see the film, though, and let me know how you felt after.
    As for favorites, just ask my husband which are his...we're usually opposite. But he did like Avatar, as did both our kids, including our Marine son-in-law. So it's an interesting thing to watch all the discussion going on.
    And I've been having fun being a part of it. We saw The Blind Side, which we loved, and UP, which was good. And hope to see Star Trek. But we're pretty far behind the rest of you in keeping up. Hoping for some more suggestions on must-see films...ATB hugs..Sue

  • At 9:45 AM, January 15, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Sue, my well wishes as well and I'll let you know what I thought about the movie. Dave I hope they do your "vision" justice! Hopefully ATP - Tanya

  • At 11:12 AM, January 16, 2010 , Anonymous Ute said...

    Hi everyone,
    hope you are all doing well and keeping warm. Tim, glad to hear your eye is better.
    Dave, way to go! Keeping my finger's crossed for you.
    I just saw my first movie of 2010: Albert Schweitzer with Jeroen Krabbé. I enjoyed it very much, even though the story was a bit scattered, but still impressive, lots of things I didn't know. I had a book about him as a child, which once had belonged to my mom and I remember him as one of the first people who really impressed me. Still haven't seen Avatar, we will see the 3D English version next Wednesday at last, if all goes well. We've been postponing it for weeks, due to my cold and the bad weather conditions.
    I also saw the trailer for the new A-Team movie. I was a big fan of the show and very sceptical about the movie. The trailer looks good though, it seems they kept the humour in and it looks like it will be an action extravaganza. I just wonder if they managed to keep the heart in, as well. It will come out here in the summer and I will definately go and see it.
    Sue, I hope you'll like Star Trek.

    Have a good weekend you all.
    Big warm hugs from Germany

    PS Can't wait to see the new layout, Chris, and of course, more of your work. Any news on the release of Between the Sand and the Sky?

  • At 10:28 PM, January 16, 2010 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Ute, Tanya, Dave and everyone...thanks for the well wishes. As a wise friend just told me, stuff happens, and we have to deal with it. Not so easy when you are the one going through it. Or a loved one. I'm better. Seems amazing to prescribe a movie such as Avatar for times when we are going through bad life patches. But, despite my aversion to violence in films, my heart was truly kindled by that film. Inspired to keep on keeping on I guess. I didn't know about Albert Schweitzer movie. Sounds good. And I know we will like Star Trek. Hope he ordered the right one. I was pretty fascinated by World's Fastest Indian, probably because of my experience with Clayton Klein and the accomplishments we can do at such an "elderly" age. And also the "need for speed" aspect that I sense in my young motocross friend (son of our mechanic) that I have to write about again next. I know you all will tell us how you like (or not) Avatar. Take heart, Chris, it took 20 some years I guess. I've heard that about many directors. A-Team movie sounds good. Know how much you are a fan UTe!
    And between Dave's remark and yours, I'd say the forum family is hinting about some news:) Is it time for an article yet? ATB/P to all...and I'll add a D to that for Walt-Disney "dreamable"...OK? Sue

  • At 5:33 PM, January 20, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I just heard on the radio about the fires, rain, and potential mudslides in Los Angeles. Let's all send our thoughts and prayers to our friends out there. Things could get a bit dicey out there.

    Also, things aren't getting much better in Haiti...lot's of need in the world for our best ATP wishes and faith these days I'm afraid.


  • At 10:11 PM, January 20, 2010 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    I'll add my prayers to Dave's for all to be well in L.A. And Haiti.
    And I couldn't agree more about the need for All Things Possible. I was talking to my hairdresser today, and she was remarking on how I always try to remain positive. (She's watched me grow in this area over about 15 years by now! Since our daughter got married). Wow, yes, 15 years in 2010. And, I said to her, that I work at it, on purpose, because I now know it's the best way to be for your health, relationships, career, everything. So I will always and forever be on the ATP soapbox. And hope I can be a part of the wave:) ATB..Sue

  • At 2:35 AM, January 22, 2010 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Wishing everyone a great weekend, hoping all is safe and well in L.A.

  • At 3:51 PM, January 24, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I'll also add my prayers to Dave's for all to be well in L.A. And Haiti. And I also wish you a Happy Birthday Ute!

    New new Web-site looks great.



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