Saturday, April 30, 2011

Royal Wedding I Pretended to be The Duchess of Kent by Sandra Kent

After waking up at 5:00 to watch William and Catherine exchange their wedding vows I was inspired with two billion other people to celebrate the day with style. I got the idea to play the Duchess of Kent. I dressed up in an English Dress and wore the appropriate hat and went to school.

I greeted the office staff with,

"I just got back from my private jet and witnessed the Royal Wedding in London."

I went on morning announcements and said I was thrilled to share this regal event with your class, just send me an email. I quickly had my day filled with appearances of the Duchess of Kent.
I researched the latest news about the wedding.

I had a grand entrance into each class and said a little something like this,

"I just got back from London, England and witnessed the most glorious wedding of William and Catherine. I was so excited to be one of the 1,900 guests who were invited to the ceremony. I have connections through my husbands side of the family, he is the Duke of Kent.

It was a good thing I was on time with my husband because the Queen is always the last to arrive. William and Catherine chose Westminster Abbey as the place to exchange their vows. They chose their location wisely because it was steeped with British tradition. For over a 1000 years British Kings and Queens have been crowned there. The ceilings of the Abbey seemed to go on for an eternity.

We got a glimpse of Catherine coming down the aisle on the red carpet. The organ was booming with majestic music. Her dress was so appropriate for the occasion. Some say it was similar to Princess Grace's wedding gown when she got married. The sleeves of the dress were delicate lace. The boddace showed off her tiny waist. She was just breathtaking. Sarah Burton designed the dress. It has been speculated she chose a less well know designer so the secret could be kept until the day of the wedding. I think after today everyone will know the name of Sarah Burton.

Prince William wore the full dress uniform of the Irish Guards. He is an active member of the British Royal Air Force Academy of the flight and rescue team. As a Knight of the Order of the Garter, he wore the order's blue riband, to which was affixed the RAF wings and Golden Jubilee Medal. The choir of the Air Force Academy wrote a song for this special occasion called, The Valiant and the Brave.

The Dean of Westminster officiated for most of the service, with Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Church of England's most senior bishop, to officiate at the weddings of England's monarchs and future monarchs.

Kate did not promise to obey her new husband in her vows but she did promise to love, comfort, and honour and keep him. Two billion people saw the love Catherine and William had for each other as they promised to stay loyal to death do us part.

After the vows were exchanged they went into a chamber to sign their name in three official books, called registers. Since the wedding is a historical event there are always documents to say this really happened.

Catherine and William walked down the red carpet as husband and wife. Just like Cinderella, Catherine was escorted to Buckingham Palace in an open carriage. Onlookers had been waiting for days to get a glimpse of the Royal Couple.

Queen Elizabeth the II, Williams grandmother arranged for a luncheon. Let me read you some of the foods the guests were served,

Cornish Crab Salad on Lemon Blini
Pressed Duck Terrine with Fruit Chutney
Roulade of Goats Cheese wtih Caramelized Walnuts
Assortment of Palmiers and Cheese STraws
Scottish Smoked Salmon Rose on Beetroot Blini
Miniature Watercress and Asparagus Tart
Poached ASparagus Spears with Hollandaise Sauce for Dipping
Quails Eggs with Celery Salt

I heard William and Catherine have chosen to live in Wales without any servants. He is even going to take out his own trash. William has a heart like his precious mother Diana.

Thank you for letting me tell my exciting story. You have been a wonderful class and I hope you remember this joyous occasion for many years to come."

Friday, April 29, 2011

William and Katherine Exchange Wedding Vows

William and Katherine exchanged wedding vows of love and devotion in the majestic Westminister Abby.

"Wilt thou love her, comfort her, honor and keep her in sickness and in health and foresake all others, keep thee only unto her as long as ye both live."

William replied with a smile, "I will."

Katherine said she would pledge to comfort William but chose to leave obey out of the vows. Her words were spoken with the sweetest voice.

Two billion people felt their love for each other as they sweetly gazed into each others eyes.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan William gave a blessing to live in love and harmony.

This is a celebration of a wedding made in heaven as Diana watched over and blessed their love.

I will go to school today dressed up as a British wedding guest who got to witness the wedding.

I want my students to know the Royal wedding is apart of history. It's the day the British Monarchy celebrates the tradition of marriage.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Eve Before William and Kate's Wedding

It is the eve before William and Kate's Wedding. The world has already fallen in love with Kate but when she gets out of the carriage and reveals her dress, you will probably hear the sound of ahhhhh, "how beautiful," in countries near and far. What is even more important to be the successful bride, is loyalty to her husband William. Yes I know they are royalty, but I believe they have the same hopes and dreams of newly married couples. They want to say I love you every day of their lives and feel it. They want to keep the romance alive despite children and pressing engagements. They want to feel the safe place couples in love have. The safe place knowing someone cares about you even when you have the flu and don't look like a princess. The safe place of knowing the love will last a life time.

I want to say congratulations to William and Kate. I still believe in the union of marriage and am so glad it is being celebrated. Britain keeps their traditions alive through rehearsal of well orchestrated events. I can't wait to see the wedding vows said in the ornate Westminster Abbey.

My husband and I were allowed to attend service there at Christmas time, simply because I asked the man at the door. "How do you get one of those passes to let you in?" He laughed and said, "Here just go this way." I had a feeling it was one of those times that I wasn't really suppose to be there but it felt so wonderful to listen to majestic beats from the large organ.

I think the participants in the Abbey will feel every heart beat as William and Kate exchange promises of love and devotion. Their senses will remember every smell, sight, and touch. The music will be just a little more vibrant than usual. Perhaps an old married couple will remember the day they got married and a tear will fall down their cheek.

I think Lady Diana would be delighted her son had found someone with a strength of character. She has already put up with the media and has held her head high. America loves the pageantry and history that our country doesn't have. We all have a need to admire people and we have a sense of duty to admire William and Kate.

I will be one of those that will wake up at 5:00 in the morning so I don't miss a thing. Can't wait to see the pomp and circumstance. Traditions are worth keeping alive because they bring a sense of comfort some things are worth keeping.

Have the best day of your lives so far!!!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Jesus Is Our Bond Of Unity Easter Sunday

Ephesians 2: 13 14 Paul wrote this while he was in prison

Amplified Version

13 But now in Christ Jesus, you who once were so far away, through the blood of Christ have been brought near.

14 For He is (Himself our peace (our bond of unity and harmony). He has made us both (Jew and Gentile) one body, and has broken down (destroyed, abolished) the hostile dividing wall between us.

15 By abolishing in His (own crucified) flesh the enmity (caused by) the Law with its decrees and ordinances (which He annulled): that He from the two might create in Himself one new man (one new quality of humanity out of the two, so making peace.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Duck Love Story by Jos My Wonderful Neighbor

For the past 10 years or more, ducks arrive at the pools in our neighborhood in March.

Mama and Papa Duck swam in my pool almost daily. I did notice however that the male duck was limping a little bit. Over the weeks it got worse and one day he could not fly anymore and had lots of trouble getting out of the pool. Mama Duck disappeared for some time.

Papa Duck stayed in my back yard, limping to the food I put out several times a day. Last week another male duck arrived and got into a big fight with Papa Duck. He even tried to drown Papa. I went outside and chased him away.

The next day, all of a sudden, here was Mama Duck again. Papa Duck went to her right away and they swam around in the pool for about 5 minutes. Mama Duck quacked and flew off. Papa Duck tried to follow her, but alas could not. He fell back into the pool and started quaking loudly, looking into the direction of Mama Duck's Flight.

The next day Mama Duck returned. She stayed longer this time and ate some food. Actually she was starved with Papa Duck at her side. She flew off again, but could not follow her. His limp was awful and he could not even stand on his left leg. This pattern continued for the next few days. During the day, Mama Duck stayed with him, but during the night she was gone. The other male duck also kept returning and fighting with Papa Duck.

Then one day this week, Mama Duck arrived again, and a short day later she flew off!!!!!Yes Papa Duck could fly again!!!

Now they come every morning for breakfast. If I am not early enough in my backyard to feed them, they are sitting in front of my front door!!!

During the day they swim around in my pool.... laying on the deck, sunning themselves and begging for more food. Do they have ducklings? We do not know. Maybe one of these days we will.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

I've Been Touched By The Theater Angel

I went to school today with a little more joy in my step. My students felt the energy as I sang an obtuse angle is larger than a right angle.

I thought to myself, "I've been touched by the theater angel."

The play was a success because everyone laughed and was moved by the spoken words. All the actors were wonderful and had fun playing their parts. I admit I was a little nervous. I think they call it stage fright the day before the play. I forgot an important line in my part in rehearsal. To be perfectly honest I froze. Pride, the role I played, was so embarrassed. You think to yourself, am I going to freeze the day of the performance? Thanks to the theater angel and prayer everything went well.

It's thrilling to feel the excitement of the crowd. In rehearsal it's not certain when the audience will laugh or cry. But when live people are sitting in their chairs you feel the energy. Minds are thinking over the lines in the play. They are visualizing the set and hearing the message,good overcomes evil. Even during trials we can trust in this truth.

My husband and good friends came to say wonderful performance. Of course that is what friends are for. There was a warm feeling inside knowing I had done my best and that's all I can do.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A Contemporary Easter Play River of Glory April 20th

I play pride for a contemporary Easter play at my church, River of Glory. In the play Jesus deals with the seven deadly sins in love. He says I have loved you with an everlasting love.

It has been fun getting to know the other actors and feeling apart of a community. The director Mike has spent many endless hours building the set. He designed it to the nearest inch and put it together with the help of other cast members in one day. We have our one last rehearsal tonight before the opening night.

The play has made me ponder on the seven deadly sins. Dante's Divine Comedy, in Purgatorio named the sins in his play. Human nature has always battled greed, sloth, lust, gluttony, anger, envy and the eldest sin of all, pride. Some people see the sins as interconnected. The latin words for the sins are: superbia, avaritia, luxuria, invidia, gula, ira and accidia.

The opposite of the sins are chastity, moderation, charity, zeal, meekness, generosity, and humility. I believe the trinity of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit lets you walk in love, joy and peace. I am asking for God to help me not to keep a record of wrongs and love without resentment. Walking in love is a challenge every day. I noticed I feel His presence more when I cling to, rely upon, and have faith in Jesus. He came to the earth to set us free from our sins. Jesus died for me, that I might be set free. I gave him all my cares, he gives me all His peace.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

OK Buckaroos An Amazing Musical Journey of the Life of Jerry Jeff Walker by Sandra Kent

I have been a fan of Jerry Jeff Walker since I was a college student at Texas Tech.  I danced to his famous song, Mr. Bojangles in the seventies.  I was so excited to see him in person at the Q and A from the Dallas Film Fest.
He was a pioneer in forming his own record label and becoming an independent artist before it became trendy.  His new record company became a family business with the support of his beloved wife, Susan.  Their love affair and devotion shines through out the entire documentary.  The talented director Patrick Tourville and editor Nate Ferrone managed to make a family movie about Jerry Jeff's life through his fascinating interviews with his wife and other greats in the Country Music Business.  I submitted an article for CNN I Reports.  Check it out here;

Monday, April 4, 2011

History of Roses

When I look at this beautiful rose blooming in my backyard I think of the rich history behind it.  A 35 million  old fossilized rose was discovered in Europe and petrified rose wreaths have been unearthed from ancient Egyptian tombs.  Roses have inspired artists through the centuries.  Roses appear in paintings as far back as 2000 B.C.  For the design of paintings and carpets roses were very important in Persia.  The early Christians saw the five wounds of Christ in the five petals.  The red rose was declared a symbol of the blood of Christian Martyrs.

The Queen Elizabeth Rose blooming in my backyard was invented in 1954.  It is part of the Grandifloraclass because it is a cross between hybrid and floribandes.

Miniature roses came into its own in Europe in the 1800's with the repeated blooming roses from China.

I love to watch them bloom by my fountain of joy.  The tiny petals repeat with varied colors of pink.
David Austin crossed modern roses with the old ones in 1940.   His desire was to combine the fragrance and durability of old roses with the color range of repeating bloomers of modern roses.  He accomplished his goal and started his own nursery to sell them.  No one else would buy them.  But after a while his reputation spread through out the country and rose mania began.  All variety of roses were blooming in the freshly planted suburb of the 50's.

The Knockout Roses blooming under my sturdy Oak Tree are a tribute to his wonderful discovery of combining the old with the new.

Roses are found in different countries all over the world.  They unite us as God's gift to the world.  God shows how much he loves us through every unique blossom.  Every time I discover a new bud I am thankful for His faithfulness to us.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

The Muppet Movie Showcased at the Dallas International Film Festival 2011

It was Family Day at the Dallas International Film Festival.  Children had fun taking their pictures with Spider man, ET and Sully. The Junior League volunteered their time to provide fun craft activities for kids to do.   Children pretended to be stars as they were spotlighted down the red carpet.  The grand finally was the outdoor showing of the Muppet Movie by Jim Henson.  I helped with the information booth about the upcoming events for the Film Festival.  There was a sack full of puppets left under the table.  I couldn't resist to examine them one by one.  I first pulled out Kermit the Frog, a beloved character Jim Henson created.  Of course you can't have Kermit the Frog without Miss Piggy because their romance was in full blossom.  As I put my hand in the puppets their characters came alive.  Miss Piggy loves shopping.
 She asked each child, "So what did you buy today?"
 She couldn't help but talk about her many boyfriends, especially the one from Italy!!  Kermit was a little jealous but she made him feel better when she reassured,
"Kermit, you're the only one I loved!"
 The Muppet Movie started playing and a tear came to my eye.  It was a while since I watched the Muppet Movie with my boys.  Their characters transcend a generation.  Jim Henson brought to life characters children identified with.
Children kept asking, " Are these puppets real?"
 Jim Henson created such believable characters children were amazed and wanted to ask them questions.  Thank you Jim Henson for being so creative so we can enjoy your characters for generations to come.