May 31, 2013

Signs YOU are Happy


May 30, 2013

Downton Abbey News - Interview with Michelle Dockery

Michelle Dockery
Photo and information from an L.A.Times article
By Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times 5/28/2013 

Lady Mary's dramatic curve on 'Downton Abbey'

Michelle Dockery opens up about "Downton Abbey's" dramatic end-of-season death.

Michelle Dockery just finished a long day of filming at Highclere Castle, the Hampshire, England, country house that always looks so lovely on "Downton Abbey," even though most spring days there, like this particular one, are wet and windy. Before heading off to a late dinner with "Downton" creator Julian Fellowes ("I'm going to try to find out some story lines, but it's like getting blood out of a stone," Dockery good-naturedly complains), the Emmy-nominated actress took a break to talk to The Envelope about where her character, Lady Mary, might be heading in the wake of the shocking Season 3 finale death of her beloved husband, Matthew (Dan Stevens).
So how far along are you in shooting the new season?
We're almost halfway through. We're filming episodes 5 and 6.
Lady Mary's wedding ...
Oh, no, not yet! [Laughs.] She hasn't moved on that quickly!
Some worry she will move on too quickly. She must mourn Matthew! Properly!
And she will. There's no way she'll fall for someone that quickly. Matthew was the love of her life. But ...
I knew there was going to be a "but ..."
Well, the predicament that Mary's in now is that she does need to find someone eventually. She has the heir to Downton, she has baby George and she is under pressure to find someone. In that world, women had to find someone. It was all about marriage and who you'd spend the rest of your life with.
Judging from what I've read, potential suitors are making a beeline to Downton.
Oh, they are! Yes! She's an eligible bachelorette. It's exciting. We've got some great actors joining the show.
Were you surprised when Dan decided to leave "Downton"?
Initially, I was very sad to hear he was going. It has been strange not having him around because we had become very good friends and had done pretty much every scene together for three years. But the positive is that it's opened a huge door of opportunity for storytelling. How is Mary going to survive without her Matthew? Her world is completely turned upside down.
Which gives you more drama to play than, say, Mary not getting enough sleep because baby George has been crying all night.
Yes! There's more drama in misery, though I suppose not getting enough sleep would be miserable too.
In England, the "Downton" finale, which ended with that close-up on Matthew's lifeless eyes and bleeding skull, aired on Christmas. Nothing quite says "happy holidays" like a shocking death.
I was watching it with my family, and none of them knew. My mom was in tears. She couldn't believe it. It slightly ruined the day for a lot of people.
Did Matthew's death need to be that graphic?
It had to seem final! We couldn't leave it open because it would be brutal if people were wondering if he was still alive. I remember when I first read it, I was just in a flood of tears. It was the finality of mine and Dan's time together on the show. But then I thought, "Wow! The audience will really be shocked!" And because the rumor got out that Dan was leaving, people were prepared for it.
And now even midway through filming the upcoming season, you have no idea where Fellowes is taking Mary?
I haven't a clue. And that's what's brilliant about the show. Julian writes as he goes along, and the story develops from each set of rushes he watches. The thing about Mary is that she's incredibly strong and has already been through quite a lot. Before Matthew died, she lost a sister and went through the whole scandal with Pamuk and Richard Carlisle. She's really been through the mill. And what's wonderful to play is the whole British, stiff-upper-lip thing. You keep calm and carry on. She's not weak. She's a survivor. So she will come through it.
Just not too quickly ...
It will take a long time. I promise.

May 29, 2013

Wow....Just wow. Had to share.

Magic, tale and adventure: the performance

Black theatre is magic. This is a place, where there is no gravitation and the rules of physics no longer apply. A black hole out of time and out of space which has its own rules and frame of reference.

The Black Theatre absorbs, thrills and enchants everyone. Watching it, you suddenly find yourself in a new dimension, a new, non-existing wonderworld where the audience, the dance, the choreography, the motion, the light and the music melt in one, in perfect harmony.

With its thrilling, exciting, sincere and thought-provoking shows, the Attraction Black Light Theatre invites you to take part in a visual and mental adventure where you can learn more about yourself by opening up a new fantasy world, your own imagination.
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The "black light" that humans can perceive is actually purple light at the near edge of the ultraviolet (UV) spectrum. Most of the light that black light bulbs emit is in the ultraviolet range, which humans cannot perceive, but plants can use for photosynthesis. Black light bulbs were developed in 1935 by William H. Byler, using a glass invented by Robert Williams Wood in 1903.

In the 1940s, black light was used in motion picture theaters to provide lighting without distracting the audience from viewing the screen. Black light was a novelty that attracted audiences, and soon it was an architectural feature of upscale movie houses. In more modest theaters, fluorescent murals with seasonal themes were painted on the walls, glowing when illuminated with black light.

The modern black light theater was born in the 50's, mainly by the French avant-garde artist George Lafaille, who is often called "the father of the black light theater".

During the 60's and 70's in Prague in Czechoslovakia a new magical language of a theater was developed - a new type of theater with capabilities and colors that had never been seen before.

In the new type of theater the total darkness was needed, and a massive use of black material and black paint as well as ultra violet illumination which provided a stage for all the other colors.

The ultra violet illumination, also called "the black illumination", and the darkened theater halls loaded with black material, provided this special theater with its name: "The black light theater".

RULES for being HUMAN



May 28, 2013

13 Companies Drop Facebook Advertising Over Domestic Violence Content

13 Companies Drop Facebook Advertising Over Domestic Violence Content: pLast week, activists launched a campaign that urged companies to boycott Facebook advertising because the social media network allows users to post images of domestic violence against women, while banning advertisements about women’s health. More than a dozen companies have pulled their advertising as a result, including online bank Nationwide UK, Nissan UK, and J [...]/p


Life Advice

I read this quote by Nilofer Merchant the other day and just loved it.  What great advice! 

'Feed The Eagles And Starve the Turkeys'
--Nilofer Merchant, Founder of Rubicon Consulting 
"When I was 20-something ... I walked into my boss’s office, the division leader ... I told him that I felt like on any given day I was facing a tsunami of things I could pay attention to, and there was no way I could work any harder to make stuff happen. I was asking for more resources, as the answer. And he sat me down as he might one of his many kids and gave me this advice: Feed the Eagles and Starve the Turkeys.  Feed the Eagles. There are only a few things that matter. Know what they are. And place your energy into them. They aren’t always right in front of you so you need to look up and out more. Starve the Turkeys – lots of things are right in front of you … pecking around, making noise, and demanding attention. Because they are right in front of you, it’s easy to pay attention to them most and first. Ignore them. They will actually do fine without you."

So I asked a few friends & Simply June Facebook followers to share some of the best advice they had been given.  Here's some of the responses:

Craig - "Don't correct people when it matters little."

Thomas S. Monson - “The past is behind, learn from it. The future is ahead, prepare for it. The present is here, live it.”
Lisa - Some of the best advice I have ever been given was to trust what people do more than what people say.  

Amy - Never make a serious or permanent decision when you are upset or overly emotional.  

Kay - Nothing ever stays secret so if you dont want the world to know, dont do it.
Sierra - When I was in kindergarten, I was being picked on by some of the boys in my class. My dad told me "boys are idiots, and men are pigs." The next day, I informed my teacher "the boys are being mean to me, but it's ok because I know they're idiots and they're gonna grow up to and be pigs!" She laughed for 20 minutes. This advice will follow me all my life.

Ashley - Alway be yourself and you'll never go wrong !!!

Sara - Choose happiness & joy everyday. Choose to stand in the sunshine and not in the rain. If you don't like how you feel, change your thoughts. If you are having a dark or bad thought, sing a hymn. (I've use this constantly ever since I heard Boyd K. Packer tell it in conference when I was a child.

Kristin - My grandma told me a funny story about when she and my grandfather were engaged at byu. She had just gotten off work and he was supposed to meet her. She started walking and saw him in the distance riding his bike toward the"most ridiculous looking clothing", he had on an Eskimo coat and it was May. She told me she wanted to turn and run the other way. But she loved him, so instead she ran to him. So that was her advice; run TO him. I love it.

Jeff H. ...shut-up and eat your spinach!

Norman Peale - “The way to happiness: Keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry. Live simply, expect little, give much. Scatter sunshine, forget self, think of others. Try this for a week and you will be surprised.” 

Michael Y. - When I started my apprenticeship I was teamed with a elderly Scottish tradesman who told me that no matter how old you are and how much you actually know, always pay attention to what the most junior around you are saying. You never know everything and you never know you may actually learn something new.

Sommer - To go to WP and get a nice design on an seo optimized theme.

Julie - "Your delusions of grandeur aren't getting you anywhere." I saw this on the wall of a partner at my sister's law firm when I was 17, and it had a huge impact on me. I realized I could be what I wanted to be and have what I wanted but only by working hard-really hard.
Heather - My best advice was lived, not spoken. My mom taught me that there is a song for everything, and that singing can get you through almost anything.

Melody - Breathe. Just breathe.

Lindsey - My lovely father (Brian Haskell) once told me "it is better to be silent and be thought a fool then to open your mouth and remove all doubt" .......thanks dad, feelin the love!

Flint - don't throw water balloons at fat people - because they might think it's a "fat" thing...

Tracy - Always put on a clean pair of underpants before you leave the never know when a bus will hit you. Still trying to work this one out.

Mother Teresa -  “If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some false friends and true enemies; succeed anyway.  If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; be honest and frank anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; do good anyway…
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God; it was never between you and them anyway.”

Tara - Don't leave you're drink and come back to it later. My mom told me this before my first high school dance.

Jeanne - Remember what brought you together when things get rough.

Susan - It's better to be loving than right!

India - Children are terrorists and we do not negotiate with terrorists. Lol..

What is the best Advice you've been given?

May 23, 2013

May 15, 2013

Lucifer was at Target - Seriously

It was almost 11:00pm when my sister and I walked into Target together.  All we needed to get at the store was milk,  but this is target so we ended up finding a few more cute things to buy than we had planned.  It didn't take long before we were getting in line to pay for our items.
While I was looking through my purse for my wallet, I noticed my sister Lisa was making friends with the ladies behind us.  They were whispering and laughing.  Those women had seen something I hadn't.  They had noticed who else was in the checkout line.  I had not.

I was next in line to pay so I was hurrying to find my debit card before the cashier finished helping the gentleman in front of me. 

Michael Ballam, aka Lucifer.  "Well, Hello there June..."
The man in front of me handed his money to the cashier, then turned around and looked right at me.   And then I screamed.  
When HE and I were face to face I let out a HUGE scream and freaked out - also scaring the other women in line.  Why?
Because this guy has  played the role of Satan  in a  movie I've seen.  That's all I saw when he turned around and we came face to face - Lucifer was at Target.  This is what I get for shopping late at night. 

I don't know what everyone else was thinking, but I was  thinking that this was it for me....either Target is Satans new hangout or I've done something naughty and Satan now makes house calls. 

To his credit,  while I was about to hyperventilate, Michael Ballam didn't flinch.  I told my friend Diane about this and found out she is a long time friend of his.  I told her I felt bad for screaming in his face that night at Target.  She said he gets this sort of reaction all the time.  Not to worry.   He deals with this often?!   To him, it was just another trip to the store.  To me it was a the time I had a mini heart attack when all I wanted to do was buy milk.

Why is Satan shopping at Target anyway?!
Wow, I guess it's true...EVERYONE loves Target.

The scariest  2 seconds of my life.   

May 10, 2013

May 02, 2013

Stages of Motherhood

I am a Mother.  I know all about stages.  I spent many years as a young woman, looking forward to the day I would step up onto the stage and accept the role of Mother.  Young & more beautiful than I knew, I accepted my part at the age of 19.  
I've been visiting stages ever since. 

The Brand New Mother stage: Excited and a bit nervous. Proud and ready to show the world your new little one while fully expecting to fit back into your skinny jeans in a few days.  There is usually a kind woman who will step up and show that the new mom a few tips and tricks - what she knows about this mothering stuff.  Often it is your own mother...and you will watch in wonder and awe.

The New Mother stage:  You are Tired & Exhausted. Quite possibly overwhelmed. This is the stage it first becomes completely necessary to have another woman to talk to about the trials that come from stepping on to such a stage.  
You will need someone who is not your own mother.   Why?   
"By the mouth of two or more witnesses"... you will find support, comfort and questions answered in your new round-the-clock job.  
And because it is someone who hasn't loved you since you were a baby, you will listen even when you don't want to believe you are doing a good job. 

The Mother of Little ones stage:  As in Plural.  You've taken on many roles by now.  
More than one child...When you are outnumbered by cute little versions of yourself.  This is the stage where the vanity of your younger years takes a drastic turn. Perfectly coiffed hair is replaced by scrunchies and ponytails.  Designer jeans and dry-clean only shirts are no longer practical or comfortable in a world where Kraft Macaroni & Cheese dinner is your new favorite meal, you know every Sponge Bob episode by heart, have been thrown up on more times than you can count, find pure joy in 2 minutes of "me-time" in the bathroom and you spend most nights falling asleep in your yoga pants and fruit-loop encrusted old t-shirt each night instead of something much sexier.  
Vanity and pride are replaced with common sense...And you're fine with it.

The Mother of Teenagers stage:  This is the stage where those "little versions of you" are not quite as cute all the time.  Sure, they are funny and can be incredibly helpful and surprisingly wise at times.  But make no mistake...This is the stage you will find yourself mentally exhausted 90% of the time.  You will throw out most of what worked when your children were little.  At the very least you will need a new plan of attack.  Because when it comes to Teenagers - common sense is just not that common.  
This is the stage you see glimpses of the men and women your children will become.  
Some days this will cause you to need anti-depressants and I recommend having Advil and Tylenol on hand at all times.  By now you will have a variety of women you can turn to.  
Call them.  Talk to them.  This is an order. 
 You need to hear from other women who have teenagers. Women who have been where you are, and lived to tell about it.  Older, wiser Women who just smile and tell you "this to shall pass".  This is a stage where you lose sleep because you worry about your children as they begin to step out into the world.  Worry if they will make good choices. 
If they will be safe in that world.  Teenagers are scary and cool and mentally draining. 
And they dont care if you are fine with it or not.

The Mother of Adult Children:  I am just entering this stage.  It is strange, heartbreaking, and wonderful. So many moments of pride.  There are times when you miss the days when your child admired, respected and hung on every word you said.  
You will long for the days when they ran home for a hug when they were sad or hurt. 
The days when it was YOU they chose to see movies with and tell their embarrassing stories to.  Your heart will ache when you see them heading down a path you know will lead to pain, because you know there is nothing you can do about it.   And so you will pray for them, as you always have.  You will pray for the new little families of their own.  Most of the time, you will have absolute Pride in the child you have raised.  You will still love them with all your heart.  And you will miss the days when you were so tired.  

This is also the stage when I discovered that  just when you thought  they may no longer need you, you will find that grown adult son or daughter turning to you for support and love. And you will realize, as I recently have, that this is a stage you will never exit.  You never really leave the Motherhood stage.
And as always, I'm more than fine with that.

On May 9th, I will join 12 other women as we each step up to a similar type of stage.  Listen To Your Mother is in town. 

Come and Listen to stories about Motherhood in all its forms.  Women will stand and raise their  voices and share what we have learned - what we are constantly learning - about the stages we are currently in.  Each of these stages is represented and in such ways that you will leave that night feeling like you just made a dozen new friends.  Friends who you will find are just like those women you have turned to all these years.  We are just like you.  Mothers, Daughters, Sisters, Aunts & Friends.   And when Women step up to tackle a new stage of life, -  especially the stages of Motherhood -  it is the women we turn to for advice and support that take us from feeling overwhelmed with stage fright - into a confident stage performer.  

I can't wait to see you there!

You can find out more about the Utah show HERE and get tickets HERE.  
For information on shows in your state you can go HERE.