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One with the Clouds, and Heaven is Near

“…And I soar through a world that is new, that is free…”

The sensation that is soaring above the clouds cannot be rivaled. As we climb steadily higher, I do not feel the panic I had assumed would set in.

Instead, there is only wonder.

That, and the overwhelming need for my ears to just pop already.

I feel free. I feel amazement. I feel that I could do this forever, this flying above everything, so close to the heavens that I could almost believe we are soaring with the angels.

The sky is so incredibly blue. Untouched by the floor of white beneath.

The captain says we are at 38K feet.

It is beautiful. The clouds below us are as rolling fields of white. In the distance, a storm is brewing. But this particular one will pass us. Is there another waiting for us up ahead? I do not know, but I do not mind. I believe we are too high for the storms to reach us; they are simply an inconsequential event that transpires below us.

Already we have been up here for nearly an hour. I does not feel as thought that could possibly be true. In merely one hour, I will have arrived in the mountains. The mountains that I love; the mountains I call home.

I know that when my time comes to return, I will be excited to return to my Lone Star, where I truly feel as though I am where I belong. I will be eager for the green that is everywhere in the south. I will be happy to once again walk those fields that are so much a part of me, I live and breathe them.

And I realize, not for the first time, that these three places, these locations that are woven into my very soul, are simply temporary spots of refuge. I am destined for somewhere far greater. And the beauty and amazement I feel now on this, my first flight, will not even begin to compare with that I will feel when I am traveling home to Him. To behold my Savior at last; to bask in His wonder, and lift my hands in praise in His presence.

For now, I am grateful for this moment of beauty. The excitement He gives me at the very thought of travel. I am grateful for the opportunity.

One more hour. I think it’s really going to fly by.


Movies I Am Currently Looking Forward To

with great eagerness!!! I’m blocking from my mind the fact that I really am not in a financial spot to be spending money at the theatre, as that robs some of the joy of anticipation. For now, I continue in blissful IGNOR[E]ance…

  • RED DAWN. This looks like a pretty cool film, centered on the premise of invasion of the US, and the battle to take back our country…and it doesn’t hurt that BOTH Chris Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson star in it. πŸ™‚
  • Breaking Dawn Part II. Okay, I get that you may not be a fan…or you may be crazy about it. For me, I’m in the middle. I like the stories, the films for the most part, and I’m looking forward to the conclusion of the film series.
  • The Hobbit. Who is NOT looking forward to this release? Peter Jackson is once more behind the helm, directing yet another of Tolkien’s masterpieces. This is gonna be great! Oh, and Richard Armitage singing? Oooh, that’s hot…or would be, if he weren’t a dwarf. πŸ˜‰
  • Les Miserables. Oh. My. Gosh. This story (Victor Hugo, if you haven’t read the book) is one of forgiveness, love, hope; in other words epic amazingness!! Tom Hooper (director of The King’s Speech) is directing, which means it should be brilliant; and Cameron Macintosh, the brains behind the concert AND The Phantom of the Opera, is on board as well. Oh, and that music…to die for. I must confess, I am somewhat apprehensive on that front…I mean, the music will still be awesome, but since Russel Crowe and (shudder!) Anne Hathaway are both cast in some of my favorite roles, I am not 100% convinced that they won’t butcher one of my favorite musicals of all time…Crowe might do quite fine, but Hathaway…no, she doesn’t cut it for me. After watching the trailer above, look up Ruthie Henshall singing I Dreamed A Dream (there, I made that easy for you); then tell me that Anne Hathaway was a good call. Ruthie brings so much emotion, so much passion to the role, whereas Anne brings only hopelessness (from what I’ve heard in the trailers-but, she could surprise me). Still, I am so looking forward to it.
    In anticipation of the release of this film, I am planning on hosting a party to watch the London Cast Concert and enjoy the beauty of the story and music. The many levels that are brought by the music alone is incredible, how it weaves in and out of the whole in a way that gives flow, adds dimension, and builds on every scene; add to that the star cast that brings it to life…I may very well be the only one to attend said party, but it shall be a grand ole time. πŸ™‚
  • Much Ado About Nothing. This modern retelling of Shakespeare’s classic is directed by Joss Whedon…which means, of course, that it should be great. The US release date is unknown, but it has already been released in Canada at the Toronto International Film Festival…Huh?
  • Great Expectations. Dickens’ morbid story of a poor orphan boy who is given a second chance…of sorts.

These will all (with the exception of MAAN) be released November-December of this year. I cannot wait. But here is a list of films from this year that have already been released, but I would love to see still.

  • Red Tails. This film is about the Tuskegee Airmen, who were the first African-American pilots, fighting in the a combat squadron in the second World War.
  • Man On A Ledge. This looks pretty intense…
  • The Vow. Based on a true story, this is supposed to be the ultimate tale of love and determination. I’ve heard the movie is nowhere close to as good as the real story, but it intrigues me, definitely.
  • Gone. This is an intense thriller, starring Amanda Seyfried.
  • What To Expect When You’re Expecting. This one looks like a girls-only type of film, as it can get a little personal…but at the same time, it looks pretty humorous. It may be worthless, but something I put on my list for later….
  • Brave. I’ve heard this was a massive letdown…held a lot of potential, but let’s face it, our culture is too saturated in feminism and the self-journey syndrome…Yet, I still have it on my list of to-watch. Typical.
  • The Amazing Spider-Man. I’m a huge Supers fan, so I suppose it’s inevitable that I should see this.
  • The Dark Knight Rises. The continuation of the Batman series.
  • The Odd Life Of Timothy Green. This looks cute.
  • The Bourne Legacy. A new character rises to take the legendary Jason Bourne’s place.

And finally (if you’re still with me in my movie craze, then congratulations!), here are some notable releases from this year that I’ve already seen.

  • Big Miracle. This was surprisingly good. A sweet and true story of the rescue attempt of three trapped whales in Alaska.
  • Safe House. Intense. Unbelievable. Denzel Washington. Ryan Reynolds. This film was pretty cool; great characters, great actors, great storyline, imo.
  • Act Of Valor.Β  Inspired by true events, and starring real Navy SEALS, this film had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. It was a great film, but I felt completely drained afterwards. Not something to be watched lightly.
  • The Hunger Games. Who hasn’t been sucked into the trilogy? This is definitely one of the top 5 films of the year. And if you are one of the few who has not read the books, listen to me now. Leave your computer NOW, get to your nearest bookstore and buy ALL THREE books, ’cause you won’t be able to put them down for a second.
  • The Avengers. Storylines and characters collide as the team of Supers are put together and face off against a fierce enemy. Also, Joss Whedon directed and wrote the story and screenplay, so of course it was fantastic!!
  • Snow White And The Huntsman (The first few seconds of this trailer are a little inapropriate, but that’s all there is of that in the film). This dark twist to the fairy tale was a great film, and would have been so much greater if Kristen Stewart had not been cast. She does a great job in Twilight, but not much else. But, if you can overlook her one acting face, then it becomes a gripping tale. Charlize Theron was fantastic in her role. There is even talk of a sequel. Hmmm…

So there you have it, my film crazes of 2012. I welcome your thoughts or impressions. πŸ™‚