My Most Quotable Movies

18 Mar

My Boomstick

I'd have to say that I love watching movies and have so many favorite movie quotes. Some of my most favorite ones are:

Star Wars Quotes ~

“Do or do not… there is no try.”

“The Force is strong with this one.”

"That's no moon. It's a space station."

"I suggest a new strategy, R2: let the Wookiee win."

Other Movies ~

"She is startin' to damage my calm." Serenity – Jayne

"First you wanna kill me, now you wanna kiss me. Blow." – Army of Darkness

"Good…Bad…I'm the guy with the gun." – Army of Darkness

"You ain't leading but two things right now: Jack and Sh*t. And Jack just left town." – Army Of Darkness

Yo, she-bitch! Let's go! – Army of Darkness

Gimme some sugar, baby. – Army of Darkness

Hail to the king, baby. – Army of Darkness

Alright you Primitive Screwheads, listen up! You see this? This… is my boomstick! – Army of Darkness

"I know what you're thinking, "Did he fire six shots, or only five?" Well, to tell you the truth in all this excitement, I've kinda lost track myself. But, being that this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question, "Do I feel lucky?" Well, do ya punk?" – Dirty Harry

"Yippy-ki-yay mother-f*cka." – Die Hard

"We came. We saw. We kicked its *ss!" – Ghostbusters

Ray, when someone asks you if you're a god, you say "YES"! – Ghostbusters

"I don't want to talk to you, no more, you empty-headed animal, food trough wiper. I fart in your general direction. You mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries." – Monty Python and the Holy Grail

"Turn it off, man! Turn it off! It's sucking my will to live!" – Wayne's World

"I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick *ss…and I'm all out of bubble gum." – They Live

Wait Master, it might be dangerous… you go first. – Young Frankenstein

I love movies with witty banter and quick quips and I have so many more favorites than above but this is a great start!

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Saint Patrick’s Day 2011

17 Mar

Guinness con su trébol y todo

I'll have a pint of Guinness and Saturday I'll be taking the Boston Irish Heritage Trolley tour. And of course I'm wearing my green!

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If nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies.

16 Mar

Butterflies and Children constantly changing...

Recently I re-posted a quote as my Facebook status and was dumbfounded as to the reaction I received from some of my friends.  Here’s the quote:

Change is always for the better. You needn’t resist; you only need change your mind, and you will capture your life flow like a tamed river. – Doreen Virtue

I’ve always had to live with change in my life and so I’ve always been accustomed to it.  Over the past 20 years every company I’ve worked for has gone through some major reorganization or has changed it’s processes in a major way.  My last position at the Girl Scouts experienced many changes and it’s interesting how different generations of people deal with the process of change.  I really do believe that change is always for the better but I don’t believe in change for changes sake.

The way I see it there are three types of people when it comes to change.  The first type of person I’ll call “Negative Nelly”.   Nelly refuses to change even when it might be to her benefit.  She fears change because she doesn’t understand it and sabotages the efforts of those who would implement it.  She makes statements like, “I’ve always done it this way” or “I refuse to change my process, it works for me”.

The second type of person I’ll call “Gun-ho Gail”.  Gail is so excited about the change and can’t wait for it to happen.  She talks about it all the time and looks for ways to implement it quicker without consideration of the overall efforts on everyone.  She makes statements like, “I just thought of this great new process so let’s start doing it today!” or “Why do I need to tell anyone that I changed my process if it works for me?”.

The third type of person I’ll call “Level-headed Lindsey”.  Lindsey can see from all sides of the imminent change and instead of fighting it like Nelly, or pushing it like Gail, she becomes one with it.  A synchronized harmony that flows along to allow the changes that need to occur as well as creating a “best practices” standard so the landscape doesn’t completely change.

The main point of Doreen Virtues’ comment was to flow with the changes in your life.  Open your mind to new ways of thinking about the changes in your life then they won’t seem so bad or abrupt.  We always have free will to do whatever we want to do, however, we don’t have control over anything except how we react or how we process the change.  Change will happen whether we want it to or not.  And maybe some change isn’t always good or “for the better” but if we never changed then we wouldn’t be able to truly appreciate those changes in our life that are great!

Like the butterfly I had to go through many changes good and bad to become the person I am today.  And I suspect I have many more changes ahead but with change comes possibility and I know I will be the better for it!

Accidental Life Lessons on a Snow Day

14 Mar
Kathleen Foree (Me) 1974

Kathleen Foree (Me) 1974

Let me set the scene…It’s January 1975 and our farm in rural Troy, MO had just gotten one of the heaviest snowfalls in years.  In fact in Minnesota this storm was the “Blizzard of the Century”.    Living in the country a little snow fall didn’t necessarily mean school was canceled.  If the school bus couldn’t make it down our gravel road, we’d have to meet the bus were the gravel road met Highway H, about a mile and a half away.  Our neighbor, Mrs. Witte would give us a lift if Mom or Dad couldn’t.  And School closings, that’s a whole different story.  I can’t remember for sure but I don’t think we had school closings posted on TV.  We didn’t have cell phones with text messages in 1975!  We had a rotary dial phone that took five minutes to complete dialing the number!    We’d have to call the school and see if there was a message that school was closed.

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A Second Round Meal for the St. Pat’s Feast

13 Mar

Reuben Sandwich - Best Second Round Meal for the St. Patrick's Day Feast!

I love this time of year, St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, the first promises of Spring start to peek out of the ground, and corned beef is super cheap at the grocery store.  Continue reading

Circle the Wagons..It’s Joshua’s Bean Roundup

8 Mar

Joshua Bowles circa 1986

Joshua Bowles, the oldest son of Melissa Coleman and the oldest Grandchild under the Joe & Mary branch of the family, just welcomed a new edition, William Alexander.  Melissa provided this dish as dinner relief for Joshua and his lovely wife Amanda with some cornbread.  It’s exhausting being a new parent!  Joshua’s Grandma Bowles taught Melissa how to make this dish and it’s still one of Joshua’s favorites. Continue reading

Chicken and Dumplings for the Winter Worn Soul

28 Feb

Greeted by a blanket of fresh snow this morning makes me think it’s time for my favorite comfort food, Chicken and Dumplings.  I love this dish but the way I make it today is completely different from how my Mom made it growing up.  Mom would boil the chicken and make the chicken stock but the dumplings  are a whole other matter.  It was mine and my sister, Kelley’s job to tear each canned biscuit into four pieces and Mom would drop them in the hot buttery stock.  We would watch in amazement as the bits of biscuit dough would slowly puff up and fill the pot. 

Pictured L-R: Kathy, Mae(Mom), Kelley, and Grandma Foree

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Shepherd’s Pie for a Quick Witted Irishman

23 Feb

Joe Coleman - Quick Quip Master

Joe Coleman, my father-in-law, the master of the quick quip.  He’s a satirist extraordinaire to the point that even when you ask him the time, you feel like you need to check the clock yourself.  It was sink or swim in the Coleman household and I give full credit to Dad for my quick come-back skills.  He’s a firm believer, being the father of seven kids you must have a great sense of humor or you won’t survive! 

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New Mom, New Recipe

19 Feb
Mary Coleman

Mary Coleman, My Earthly Guardian Angel

I was just 18 when I would meet Mary Coleman, my incredible Mother-in-Law.  You’ll not find a more patient, loving, resourceful, giving, and intelligent human being.  Just writing this I can just visualize her face flushed with embarrassment, her crinkled eyes, and her softly chuckling saying, “Oh I don’t know about that!”  But she is truly one of my earthly guardian angels.  Over the years she has taught me many things but her greatest gift to me was the gift of her family.  I am who I am today because of her and I am eternally grateful.  I know, I’m gushing, but she’s worth it!  So let’s get to the recipe I’m going to share today Barbecued Pot Roast.  Continue reading

A Recipe for a Cherry Pie Picnic

16 Feb

Just off Independence Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri between Fuller Avenue and 9th Street was the Homestead of George and Bernice Harrell.  Their modest two-story house was complete with a cherry orchard and chicken coop.  The neighborhood kids loved eating the cherries right off their trees hardly leaving any cherries for Grandma Harrell to make her cherry pies. 



The Harrell Homestead on Fuller Avenue Kansas City, MO

 Grandma had an idea… she made a promise with the neighborhood children that if they would leave the cherries alone, she would host a cherry pie picnic. 


Success!  Grandma had so many cherries that she was able to make about 25 cherry pies for the picnic.  Mary, Matt’s Mom, remembers pitting all those cherries.


This Cherry Pie recipe is the one that Grandma Harrell used for all those pies.  Modern pie makers don’t have to pit those cherries thank God!  You can actually buy them already pitted in the can!

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