Posts tagged #joy

Happy Birthday to Doris Day

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Today, April 3rd, is the 97th birthday of the incomparable Ms. Doris Day.

Many in the younger generation may not know who this woman is but let me tell you a bit about Doris Day -

Doris was America’s sweetheart when she was in her prime in the 50’s and 60’s. She not only recorded more than 650 songs but she also starred in dozens of popular movies including April in Paris, Please Don’t Eat the Daisies and Pillow Talk. She often portrayed an independent working woman and had an easy smile and twinkle in her eye that translated remarkably well on film. Back in her heyday she was the top singing star on the planet and she positively influenced many a young girl, myself included.

Doris Day’s singing voice is golden. There’s just something about her lovely tone and delivery that never fails to cheer me up and put a smile on my face. Just listen to her sing her most famous song ‘Que Sera Sera’

In her later years Doris became an advocate for animals rights and not only denounced wearing fur as early as 1971 (enlisting support from other stars including Mary Tyler Moore) but she also created the Doris Day Animal Foundation to help animals find homes, get spayed and ensure their general well-being. This foundation still exists and she has also helped other animal organizations and endeavours.

I found this quote from her and think it exemplifies her life and ambitions perfectly and I hope her birthday is happy with the knowledge that she accomplished all she set out to.

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Posted on April 3, 2019 .

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is the Happiest Movie of the Year!

Found this fabulous GIF on Mashable and it just encapsulates the joy of this movie so well :)

Found this fabulous GIF on Mashable and it just encapsulates the joy of this movie so well :)

Delightful. Cheerful. Lively. Perky. Entertaining. Upbeat. Diverting. Amusing. Enjoyable. Happy. Fun. Joyful. Sunny. Peppy. Light. Playful. Sparkling. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is all these things. Sometimes we just want to drop all our troubles and stresses of everyday life and instead  laugh and smile and feel real joy in our hearts and bodies and this movie makes that happen. 

Yesterday I went to see a matinee showing in Toronto with my mom, my mother-in-law and my youngest daughter. Our age range was 19 to 82. We all completely loved this movie and we were in a great mood afterwards, giggling and singing like school girls all the way home.

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The acting is good. Let's be honest, nobody is going to be getting an Academy Award nomination for their role in this film, not even the oft-nominated Meryl Streep, but that certainly doesn't mean that the entire cast didn't rise to the occasion and make their part a wonderful and integral component of the joyous perfection that is this cinematic marvel.  The stand-outs for me were Lily James who was a pure delight as the young Donna, bringing a contagious grin and adventurous spirit to the part,  Julie Waters who can do deadpan comedy with the best of the best and Colin Firth for whom I would have paid the full admittance just to see him dance with such joyful abandon as intimated in the GIF above. Trust me, it's worth the $10 and two hours and then some ;)

This movie should win some sort of award for making the audience feel good.
— My mom

So, if you're in need of a good laugh and want to feel good (and really, who doesn't?) I urge you to take a chance on this movie. 

Let us know what you think if you do go see it.

Peace + Love + Abba forever!