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1  Center Stage / Director's Cut / Re: November Challenge - Ten Reasons to Love Life
 on: 03/05/14 at 22:48:08 
Started by Titania | Post by amgoth2000  
This is the best I could, I tried hard to improve but I couldn't, sorry about that

They all bring meaning
In a bar
Loathing life and all in it
My next drink is being poured
When someone seated next to me, drinking as much (or more) than I,
And likely drinking for the same reason as I am as well
(It’s there; therefore, I drink)

Asked me with quiet desperation gleaming in her eyes for 10 reasons to love life
The question silenced me
And then the answer hit me . . . hard
I don’t have 10 reasons . . . I have thousands . . .

My reasons for breathing are small
But they are all vital to my life

Each and every day, I am reminded why I love life

I awake in the morning
To my child’s cry
And then I hear her laugh (as her mother comforts her)
I reach my little one and feel joy when she reaches out her small hand to mine
Anticipating that I will take it and play along with her

Looking up at her mother
Seeing her smile as she sees her husband and child connect with one another

Leaving home I inevitably collide into my father
My interactions with him are somewhat limited (we rarely get along)
We are either too alike or too dissimilar
I hear different reasons frequently (that’s a lie, all say I am just like him)

But I cannot fathom a world without him in it
For as difficult as he makes my life,
He means the world to me
And bickering with him lightens up my life
In ways I cannot possibly adequately express in words

When I quarrel with Dad I inevitably turn and see my siblings
Glaring at me from the sidelines
(Most, if not all, come running when Dad and I have our “discussions”)
I watch as they defend him (they are so quick to do so)
I pace myself of course
And counter all their arguments nimbly
I love them, I do,
But at times they try my patience (sometime, more so than Dad)

Again, they are all family
And fighting is half the fun (so to speak)

Once my mission is accomplished (I slayed the Dragon and only slightly battered its children)
I then leave and go to work on the next aspect of my day
(I mustn’t forget Mother, after all)
I pen a note to her (since she is rather . . . difficult to reach in person or via phone)
And notify her of my achievement
I beat him again, Mother
It’s a temporary victory I know
But I’ll take them as I can get them

I drop off my note
And my cell rings
My friend (yes, I do have one friend) calls
His son (who was once mine) chipped a tooth
We commiserate (I have a little one too and can relate to booboos)
This little one is another significant part of my life
He is the son I had who was never mine
But I retain my memories of our time as a family
And he will always be an important part of my life
My sister is raising him with said friend
And yes, my life is a like a soap opera
But that just means my life is never (ever) dull

I return home
To the most significant facet of my day
My wife
Our child
And quality family time ensues

My family and friends are the cornerstone of my life
And they help me ride out the turbulent times I encounter
Without them, I am nothing
With them, I thrive

I am me because of them
If not for them I’d be a different alien completely
And I wouldn’t change them or the lessons they’ve taught me (which are too numerous to list or even mention) for anything in the world

To put it succinctly, the everyday nonsensical interactions
With my family, friends and the people in my daily life complete my ten (and more) reasons

I love my life because of ALL of them
(Yes, even Big Daddy, aka The Bear)
Because . . .
Because of my daughter’s tears, laughter and her entire being thrill me
Because my wife means everything
Because my father, the same man who infuriates me, also challenges me (in this family, that means a lot)
My siblings, who put up with what I call banter but they consider annoyances, seem to always find the answer to my latest conundrum (some of which they themselves created!)
My friends (which I know I have too few of) encourage me no end
My mother (yes, even her) reminds me why I am the way I am (we all come from someone and I come from a rather mixed bag of treats and tricks)

And because I am me and they are them and all together we become . . . an indomitable force . . .

I love them all
And because of them, I love Life . . .

2  Center Stage / Director's Cut / Re: November Challenge - Ten Reasons to Love Life
 on: 02/28/14 at 05:46:35 
Started by Titania | Post by Titania  
No problem with late submissions - I didn't get around to posting a January or February challenge, so a late November challenge is fine!

3  Center Stage / Stage Right / Week 5
 on: 02/24/14 at 09:46:44 
Started by Undine | Post by Undine  
Anyone home?

I must say, I can see why SB initially had a hard time finding an audience.  If it wasn't for the fact that Lane Davies has a way of inspiring me with a passion stronger than the heat of a thousand suns, I'd have a hard time sitting through some of this stuff.  And even Mason was kind of a weird drip in these early days.

Thank heavens for Nick Coster.  Aside from Lane, he was always SB's great saving grace.

4  Center Stage / Stage Left / My new collages from M&M photos.
 on: 02/21/14 at 09:23:47 
Started by Jeny1976 | Post by Jeny1976  
Hello everyone  Smiley!

I have accumulated some new collages of "Mason and Mary"
and "Santa Barbara." So I want to share them with you.






A lot of my works you can be found here https://www.facebook.com/laindav

Yours Smiley

5  Center Stage / Stage Left / Re: ♫ Lane Davies as gentle as hottest beloved ♥
 on: 02/21/14 at 09:11:20 
Started by Jeny1976 | Post by Jeny1976  
amgoth2000 wrote on 06/27/10 at 09:58:38:
What a lovely song!!  And it matches perfectly with the video, I don't how you did what you did but it's great :D  Thanks!

Yes, it more because this is such lovely song!!!  ::)

6  Center Stage / Stage Left / Re: ♫ Lane Davies as gentle as hottest beloved ♥
 on: 02/21/14 at 08:01:23 
Started by Jeny1976 | Post by Jeny1976  
Jeny, WOW I really, really love your video and the song by Darren Hayes - Ocean I think it fit Mason & Mary, just love those 2 Lane & Harley, what a beautiful love story!!!...

Today I tell you those kind words too later may be? Because it was a few years ago. But never too late just say THANK YOU! Smiley

7  Center Stage / Stage Left / Re: ♫ Mason ♥ Mary = beauty ♫
 on: 02/21/14 at 07:54:13 
Started by Jeny1976 | Post by Jeny1976  
I rewatched this great video, I could watch Mason & Mary love video's all day long and be so extremely happy until the end!!!Such a terriblly bad & sad ending by the writers of the show bad, bad, bad!!!...

Oh, I was not here too long, but you know how much I love you, Trish!!! Your messages and emails.... always is very smart and accurate. Thanks for everything! Wink

8  Center Stage / Stage Left / Re: ♫ Mason ♥ Mary = beauty ♫
 on: 02/21/14 at 07:46:55 
Started by Jeny1976 | Post by Jeny1976  
ua4llh wrote on 05/02/11 at 12:41:12:
Hello Dear Mr. Davis! My name is Leila. I hasten to apologize for my English.  I from Russia. First of all I want to thank you for playing Mason in a series of Santa Barbara! I think that you have received and continue to receive many such letters. I want to tell You my story. The episode I watched solely because of your hero Mason and stopped to look when You are gone from the series, but it does not matter. I want to tell You how a  series changed  my life. I was in love with a pair of Mary Mason. Until then, as Mary did not die, I do not understand what it means to me this character. Sometimes I  annoy  from her behavior that she does not trust Mason, ran away from him, but when I saw the series, where she died, something happened to me. All night I cried and then started to analyze Mary. I felt that Mary is the purest and compassionate woman, kind, loving creature, from all those with whom I have ever seen. I remembered that she was a former nun, so I thought she was Christian. And I felt very ashamed for my actions and sins, because I  can not go to any comparison with her. Then I started to compare himself with the Lord, tears of remorse and shame for himself pouring out of me! That night I repented and decided to change their lives and become a Christian. This episode of Santa Barbara has helped me to meet with the Lord and change my life!
I want to ask Your forgiveness for my impertinence, but   I want to beg You or even invent a continuation of the series with you and Harley Kozak in the lead role! Please! You can not imagine how many thousands and perhaps Millions of your fans would be happy! As it would be nice to see a sequel, where Mary was living would, and they would meet in a few years, and would be happy together! Many years have passed, But the death of this character, and missed happiness Mason is haunted by many fans of the show! How many people you could make happy, if you come up with the continuation of this love story! Smiley
With sincere respect to you and hope, Leila.

Hey,  Leila - ua4llh  Wink

I understand that your message was not addressed to me and now is very later, but... But I tell you that I share your feelings! Thank you for your very hot post!

Jeny  Smiley

9  Center Stage / Stage Left / Re: ♫LANE & HARLEY as MASON & MARY♫
 on: 02/21/14 at 07:33:32 
Started by Jeny1976 | Post by Jeny1976  
IRISHA wrote on 07/06/11 at 02:36:09:
If you have more such beautiful music videos I'd be happy to see them Jeny Smiley Smiley

Even if I say it too late, but I'll tell it anyway. Thanks for the kind words! Hopefully I'll find a little time for my new videos again. Who knows?  Wink

10  Center Stage / Director's Cut / Re: November Challenge - Ten Reasons to Love Life
 on: 02/04/14 at 00:57:59 
Started by Titania | Post by amgoth2000  
I think I actually finished the November challenge (okay so it's February AND it's a new year lol so I am a tad tardy with my submission heh)

Just want to read it a bit before posting, it's not great but it's driving me nuts having it and not posting it heh