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Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes,
snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes,
silver white winters that melt into springs,
these are a few of my favorite things.

–The Sound of Music

While the Sound of Music may never find its way onto this list, it seemed somewhat appropriate to use as an intro to this page.  I’m sure I will add more later but, without further ado, here are a few of MY favorite things…

Artists:

The Beatles ~     The Greatest Band Ever IMO!  They put out hit singles the way other great bands put out hit albums.

Pearl Jam ~     They are the only “Grunge” band to survive.  With good reason too, from their first album until their most recent they always have a song or two that I love.

Tupac ~     It’s a shame his life ended so early because he was a deep and poetic rapper.  He recorded so many great songs…

Albums:

Ten – Pearl Jam ~     Every single song on this album is good and they range from heavy to melodic.

The Wall – Pink Floyd ~     This album is so much fun to listen to.  There is nothing better when driving in the middle of nowhere surrounded by forest than listening to this album from start to finish.

Abbey Road – The Beatles ~     One of the greatest albums of all time….it’s hard to argue with that.

The White Album – The Beatles ~     Exactly what I said above 🙂

Songs:

Keep Ya Head Up – Tupac ~     There is no sugar-coating things in this song but, it still comes across as hopeful for where we are heading in this world.

Dear Prudence – The Beatles ~     Such a soft touching and innocent song.  I’m not sure if I like this version or the version that’s not by the Beatles from the soundtrack for “Across The Universe”.

Who Knew – Pink ~     This song has a special place in my heart and always will.  It’s about her friend who committed suicide, the words to this one really touch me.

Changes – Tupac ~     If I’m not mistaken this song didn’t come out until after he died and it is one of his best.  It speaks about how the world needs to change and the people are the only ones who can do it.

Authors:

Tom Robbins  ~     A writer like no other, one of the great linguists of our time.  Not afraid to write about anything and everything, in a style all his own.  He will open your mind to things you’ve never considered from a view of life you didn’t know was possible.  Religion, sex, politics, love, life….it’s all there.

The message I wish to impart to the children goes something like this:

The world is a wonderfully weird place, consensual reality is significantly flawed, no institution can be trusted, certainty is a mirage, security a delusion, and the tyranny of the dull mind forever threatens — but our lives are not as limited as we think they are, all things are possible, laughter is holier than piety, freedom is sweeter than fame, and in the end it’s love and love alone that really matters.

~ Tom Robbins, May 25, 2007  (SeattlePI.com)

John Irving

Dr. Seuss

Ernest Hemingway

Books:

To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee ~ Dare I day the greatest first novel of all time?  I think I just did!  Oh yes, and it’s also the only novel she has ever had published!  Now that’s what I call going out on top.

Jitterbug Perfume – Tom Robbins  ~     An epic story unlike anything you have ever read.  Covering everything from love and sex to Christianity and beets.  You will be taken on a wild ride through the ages and feel like you were actually there.

The price of self-destiny is never cheap, and in certain situations it is unthinkable. But to achieve the marvelous, it is precisely the unthinkable that must be thought.

Half Asleep In Frog Pajamas – Tom Robbins  ~     How do you make a book about the stock market crash more exciting?  Why you add in a jewel thieving born again monkey among other things.  This book, as with all Robbins books, is a mind blowing, eye opening high speed train ride through everything that matters.

Love makes the world go ’round, it’s true, but lust stops the world in its tracks; love renders bearable the passage of time, lust causes time to stand still; lust kills time, which is not to say that is wastes it or whiles it aimlessly away but rather that it annihilates it, cancels it, extirpates it from the continuum; preventing, while it lasts, any lapse into the tense and shabby woes of temporal society; lust is the thousand-pound odometer needle on the dashboard of the absolute.

The World According To Garp – John Irving

The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway

Untitled – Nadia Chyme  ~ From a talented, up-and-coming author comes an uplifting tale of overcoming the odds and making the best of everything you’re given.  You will be moved and inspired in this emotional tale that is beautifully and eloquently expressed, and in the end, perhaps YOU will have regained some of your hope for the world.  At least that’s what I hear it’s about, despite the fact that I “know” the author, I have to wait until the book is complete before I can read it, just like everyone else.

Skinny Legs and All – Tom Robbins  ~ The greatest story ever told about a Dirty Sock, a Can o’ Beans, a Spoon, a Painted Stick and a Conch Shell.  Need I say more?  Okay, it’s also about a Jew and an Arab who co-own a Middle-Eastern restaurant just across the street from the UN Building in New York.  It doesn’t get any better than this…

During periods of so-called economic depression, societies suffer for want of all manner of essential goods, yet investigation almost invariably discloses that there are plenty of goods available. Plenty of coal in the ground, corn in the fields, wool on the sheep. What is missing is not materials but an abstract unit of measurement called ‘money.’ It is akin to a starving woman with a sweet tooth lamenting that she can’t bake a cake because she doesn’t have any ounces. She has butter, flour, eggs, milk, and sugar, she just doesn’t have any ounces, any pinches, any pints.

Still Life With Woodpecker– Tom Robbins  ~     A fairy tale for a new age.  The story of redheads, bomb making, the moon, a pack of Camels and a princess.  A book that answers the question of how to make love stay……tell me you don’t want to know the answer to that question.

Who knows how to make love stay?

  1. Tell love you are going to the Junior’s Deli on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn to pick up a cheesecake, and if love stays, it can have half. It will stay.
  2. Tell love you want a memento of it and obtain a lock of its hair. Burn the hair in a dime-store incense burner with yin/yang symbols on three sides. Face southwest. Talk fast over the burning hair in a convincingly exotic language. Remove the ashes of the burnt hair and use them to paint a mustache on your face. Find love. Tell it you are someone new. It will stay.
  3. Wake love up in the middle of the night. Tell it the world is on fire. Dash to the bedroom window and pee out of it. Casually return to bed and assure love that everything is going to be all right. Fall asleep. Love will be there in the morning.

Movies:

The Usual Suspects ~     Great movie!  The first time I saw it I had no idea…

Fargo ~     A classic film about a crime gone bad, simple and poignant.

The Life of Brian (Monty Python) ~     My favorite Monty Python movie, it’s absolutely hilarious.  Poor Brian, born in the shadow of Jesus…

A Time To Kill ~     A great and sometimes tough to watch movie about race in Mississippi.  The closing statement that Matthew McConaughey gives will bring tears to your eyes.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit ~     The best and funniest Live Action/Cartoon ever.  How can you not love a movie with a cartoon baby who smokes cigars and smacks girls on the butts?

WALL-E ~     Probably the most touching cartoon I’ve ever seen.  The “love” story between Wall-e and Eve is as good as any love story from a live action movie IMO.

UP ~     If a cartoon was ever going to win Best Picture (and it wasn’t going to be Wall-e) then it should be UP!  It is a great story and if you haven’t seen it you should stop reading now and go out and watch it.

Across The Universe (Favorite Musical) ~     Love the Beatles so this is a no-brainer.  There is no movie that I’m more likely to sing along to than this one.

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