Monday, January 23, 2012

Red Tails, Go See It

I saw the outstanding movie, Red Tails this weekend and I want to encourage people to go. I was at the edge of my seat from the beginning because the characters came alive in the George Lucas film.  He had to overcome many obstacles to make the movie because the big wigs in higher up places didn't think it was profitable.  Let's prove them wrong and take your family.  It is based on a true story about a group of Black Pilots who faithfully served their country  in WWII.  They had to overcome racial discrimination and prove they were as worthy as their white counterparts.  They were given the mission to escort bomber planes to the inner most part of Germany and did so with honor.  They prayed before each mission for God's strength and I believe He was with them.  It's a story worth telling.  Go see it soon.  My 90 year old mom is dating a pilot who served in WWII so I understand now what a sacrifice he made.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Hermitage, Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia

Here is a link to a video I made about the Hermitage Museum in Saint Peters-burg Russia.  It has a vast display of paintings, sculpture, and artifacts from a history of our world.  Our tour guide was amazing as she explained the importance of each painting.  Her depth of knowledge of each time period made the displays more meaningful.  I hope you enjoy the video and get a little idea of how amazing the collections were.  The size of some of the portraits of famous people took your breath away.

The dates are a little mismatched because I redid the video with a different piece of music.

The building itself is spectacular.  I love the contrast of white with green.

Here is one of the grand entrances with a white staircase.

The chandeliers were massive and gold.
See how large the urn is compared to the people.

Some of the paintings told stories of great battle scenes in history.

Eyes from portraits seem to penetrate through time travel.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2012

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is celebrated to honor his legacy of leading the peaceful movement for Civil Rights in the United States.  The movement began in 1955 when he supported Rosa Park's courage not to move to the back of the bus.  For a year he led the peaceful boycott not to ride the bus while his family was threatened with fire bombs.  After ten years of having one focus, equality, the Voters Rights Act was passed in 1965.   He was the youngest man to win the Nobel Peace Price at age thirty five.  He was the first black man to achieve Time Magazines prestigious man of the year.   He was of great intellect and started college at age fifteen.  Seven hundred and thirty streets are named after him.

He achieved all of these things in his short thirty nine years on earth when his life came to an end while standing up for the poor.  He led the Poor Peoples Campaign in 1968 which was not supported by some.  He gave his last speech in 1968 on April 3, in Memphis, Tenn.  He predicted his end but wanted to keep his dream alive of equal rights for all.

His faith sustained him through the darkest times.  He believed, "No lie can live forever."  He said, "You reap what you sow."  He stood by his convictions not to use violence because it expresses hatred.  He quoted,
"All men were created equal."  He believed in prayer for those who persecuted him and walked in forgiveness.

Let us continue to remember his legacy and the beliefs he stood for.  Parades were watched, speeches given, children taught his story to keep his dream alive.  He is an example of taking a ground and standing up to what is right even when it was very difficult.  He did not waver in his beliefs. 

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Homewood Suites Home Away From Home

Our family is a big fan of Hilton Hotels because my husband uses his Hilton points so we can stay in exotic places all over the world.  This past summer we stayed at a Hilton in Copenhagen which was connected to the train terminal so we were quickly transported to the place Hans Christian Anderson wrote children's stories.  While enjoying our visit to Denmark a pipe broke  and flooded our home.

So for six months out of 2011 we continued to stay in Hilton Hotels while our home was being remodeled.  Homewood Suites was our home away from home as our contractor repaired dry wall.   Desiree gave me a cheerful wake up call so I wouldn't be late to work.  Dennis hooked up two internet connections so my husband and I had access to our computers.   Jeff, the office manager trained his staff well because everyone greeted us with, "Hello Ms. Kent, Hello Mr. Kent."

Each morning was a  choice of eggs, bacon, ham, potatoes or an assortment of baked goods.  Angelica made delicious breakfast enchiladas each week, which I looked forward too.  Dinner was served Monday through Thursday with the same warm smile from each chef.  We were greeted with yummy fried chicken, fajita night with homemade salsa, delicious stuffed pepper, or American hot dogs with chili sauce.

I want to thank Hilton for providing such a wonderful place to stay as it was our home away from home for almost six months.