Saturday, April 22, 2017

Happy Earth Day 2017

Our planet is a beautiful place to live.  April 22 2017 was a glorious day to celebrate Earth Day.  My first grade students made Earth Day Posters to celebrate!!!

 I was able to go outside in my backyard to enjoy bluejays, cardinals, and squirrels.

 The Dallas area had a horrible hailstorm the night before.  Scientists say a rise in temperature of one degree can cause severe weather changes.
I attended a gala gathering of filmmakers called EarthxFilm to showcase films and emerging media that explore conservation, climate change, and the environment.  
The gala was at the Butterfly House Discovery Gardens.
Insects were watching in their glass houses.  "What is this special event?" they wondered.

EarthxFilm achieve their goals by partnering with top environmental, film and entertainment organizations across the globe.  
EarthxFilm's Mission is to turn awareness into action, through art and media.  
"What action should we take?'asked the butterflies and beetles.

We should reduce, reuse and recycle and stop using so much fossil fuels.  

It takes a global commitment to accomplish the goals.  Happy Earth Day, a time to reflect.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter Resurrection Power

Easter Resurrection Power came to us when Jesus died on the cross and took the penalty for our sins.
Place your hope in the loving relationship with Jesus.  As you rely on his resurrection power in your daily life think on what God can do through you as you believe.  

Each spring the tree in my backyard blooms with white fragrant blossoms that attract Monarch Butterflies.  This Easter it starting blooming  around Good Friday. 

 God has spoken to me through my beautiful backyard.  He has given me ducks that visit each year, red cardinals that make their nest,  and beautiful orange trumpet vines.
As I sit and watch nature before me, a grateful spirit of peace feels me.

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:7
Hebrews 9 12-14 and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.  For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse you conscience from dead works to serve the living God.

The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name.  Luke:46-47  For as by a man came death, by a man has come the resurrection of the dead.  For as in Adam all die, so in Christ shall all be made alive Corinthians 15 21-22  I am the resurrection and the life.  
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God Raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  Romans 10;9  I am the resurrection and the life. 

 Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.  John 11 25-26

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Easter Party

An Easter Party takes a community of people getting together to provide fun for families and friends.

Ladies of the church got together and made special treats for the cake walk.
People set up games for children to try again until they win.
Tables are ready for families to come and have fun.  Babies are watching every movement in their strollers as they hear the sights and sounds of Easter excitement.

There is excitement in the air.  The Easter Bunny is coming.
Will they call my number for the cake walk?

I won!!  I got a cupcake with a homemade vanilla icing treat!
It's time to hunt for eggs.  Yea, I found some!
I found some too!!!!

What's inside, oh it's candy!

Easter Party Fun, Bike Give Away!!!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Richard Turner's Inspirational Life Revealed at Diff Screening of Dealt

The exciting thing about the Dallas international Film Festival is the Q and A after the film.  Luke Korem, director of Dealt explained his journey of making the film about Richard Turner, the world's greatest magician.  He also happens to be blind.

Richard travels the world doing card tricks with his loving wife.  The relationship between his wife and son became an important part of the story arc. The film generated a standing ovation from the Diff crowd.  Sundance Selects took U. S. rights to the documentary they believe in the film so much. 

Turners demonstrations of card tricks have been featured on Ripley's Believe It OR Not, The 700 Club, Japanese Shows, World Geniuses That's Incredible and The Paul Daniels Magic Show.  Richard has gotten the world's attention with his amazing skill of manipulating cards while being in the dark.  

Diff selected the Dealt Documentary from thousands of submissions.  The film will expose Richard Turner's talent to an even larger audience but he was been touching fans for decades.
He entertained VIP's for four years at Billy Bob's in Fort Worth, Texas.  He served for seven years as Ambassador and featured performer at Six Flags Fiesta, Texas.  He entertained for nine years at the Buckhorn Saloon and Museum in downtown San Antonio.  He demonstrates his card tricks at magic conventions, provite parties and business expositions.  

His devoted wife has been with Richard every step of the way, supporting him.  He always has a deck of cards in his hands because they are soothing to him.  Turner grew up in San Diego, California.  At the age of nine his eyesight failed after his recovery from scarlet fever.  The center of the retina of each of Turner's eyes was completely destroyed.  
At the age of thirteen his vision deteriorated to 20/400, twice the level the State of California necessary to say you are legally blind.  He attended a special school in Santee, California, where he refused to learn braille.
For six years he performed with Lamb's players, a San Diego christian theater operated by actor Steve Terrell.  Terrel taught Turner how to look people in the eye so they would never suspect he was blind.
Director of Dealt Luke Korem brought out the side of Richard that likes people to see him like everyone else.  He practiced for hours and hours to perfect his tricks so when he performs people do not realize he is blind.   Magician Ed MArlo praised Turner as a card-man, actor and entertainer by saying, "Technicians as a rule are not usually good actors or entertainers  Richard Turner is all three.

The film received a standing ovation at the Dallas International Film Festival.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Dolores Huerta Q and A at Diff

Dallas International Film Festival was honored to have Dolores Huerta come for a special Questions and Answers after the screening of her new documentary,  Dolores.

Her son Emilia Huerta escorted his lovely mother at the screening.  Love and respect for each other resonated as they answered the questions about their lives.

Yes sacrifices have to me made when your mother is a political activist for the Latino community.  She worked side by side with Cesar Chavez as they led marches to get peoples attention that a change has to be made.  Latinos can not continue poor wages and lack of basic necessities of life while picking crops for a living, The same cry for help was written about in the famous novel and movie called Grapes of Wrath.  The lead character from Oklahoma was also ridiculed because they were called Okies.  A famous scene in the movie describes how the family from Oklahoma reaches the promised land of California only to be told at the first stop you need to go home.  Since my parents lived through the dust bowl days of Oklahoma when my grandmother put a rag clothe over my mother's face to help her breathe through clouds of dust, the same cry for help is universal.  We all want a safe place to get a good education for our children and to live in peace.

Dolores led the crowd with the same voice of action.  We have power to change things.  Even though she is in her eighties now her eyes revealed strength and purpose.
Her heart wants others to believe no matter who you are you are important.  You are special.  It doesn't matter how rich or poor you are.  It doesn't matter the color of your skin.  You are created for a specific purpose.  Don't let anyone else tell you different.  
Dolores Huerta'as Documentary has been acquired by PBS for the North American theatrical and broadcast distribution.  The film is curruently on the festival tour and will be in theaters later this year.  #doloresthemove  .
Dolores is a lifelong community organizer who founded the United Farm Workers with Cesar Chavez in 1962.  She help lead the national boycott of Delano grapes that changed the opinion of people in power who's mind was influenced by money.  
The movie illuminates Huerta as a role model for women everywhere.  Dolores raised eleven children who are successful today.  Emilia Huerta is a powerful attorney and congressman in California. His mother led the example of helping others in hours of service for the community.   

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Diff Family Night of Pete's Dragon

Dallas International Film Festival gave a free screening of the family movie: Pete's Dragon in the middle of downtown Dallas,  Families gathered their blankets and chairs to watch Pete fly in the air with his beloved dragon.

Mother's held their children close in the spring air.

Dad's played with their sons to cherish the moment of together time.
White fluffy dogs huddled close to their owners watching Pete on the big screen.

Children ran with delight.  We're going to watch a movie.  
" When does it start?'
Dogs made new friends asking each other ,
"Do you know why we're here?"
answering, "No but it's fun."
Cool stuff was handed out.
The Dallas skyline shimmered with lights.  
A little girl smiles to know she is about to watch the adventures of an orphaned girl.
The movie is coming on. Hurray! Sit on your blankets and enjoy.
Pete the dragon takes her to Giant Country to stop the man eating giants from invading human world.

Movies take us to fantasy worlds where characters overcome their fears.  It was a perfect evening.  Thank you to the Dallas International Film Festival that features over one hundred and fifty films to take the time to share this movie for free.