Thursday, November 10, 2016

How Do You Escape?

Gabrielle Here:

I don't know about you, but I'm in need of some good, old-fashioned joy right about now. I'm so thankful the holidays are fast approaching so we can turn our thoughts to friends and family, and focus on what truly matters in life: our faith.

Last night I just needed a little escape, so I pulled out one of my all-time favorite movies Meet Me in St. Louis with Judy Garland. I love this movie for so many reasons, one of the biggest is the excitement and anticipation of the World's Fair. There was so much pride and hope for the country and the world in that movie. It was full of Americana, family and community pride. Three things I value deeply.


With all the divisiveness and hurt right now, I just needed some reminders.

What about you? What do you do to escape from reality from time to time? What's your favorite old movie? Have you seen Meet Me in St. Louis?

Gabrielle Meyer
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18 comments:

  1. I absolutely love this movie!! My escape is a good book, old movie, or a nap. A couple of my favorite old movies is Singing in the Rain, Holiday Inn and White Christmas.

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    1. You've listed some of my favorites, too! I love Gene Kelly, Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. I often say our house is like Holiday Inn. We have a party for almost all major holidays. :)

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  2. I love watching old movies! Anything with John Wayne in it, or Cary Grant. And sports. I'll watch pretty much any sport that isn't wrestling or boxing or cage fighting, etc.

    And I sew. Sewing is very soothing...as long as the machine is working well!

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    1. You and I are truly kindred spirits (except the sewing...I love handmade items, but it's not a soothing activity for me). Movies and most sports, for sure. :)

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  3. I have never seen this movie - I need to! My favorite go-to for smiles is the old movie Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. I adore it! Actually my whole family does. Also reading, of course. Sitting quietly outside around a campfire recharges me like nothing else. Just staring at those flames, smelling the fire, enjoying the outdoors is so peaceful.

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    1. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is my all-time favorite and has been for years. In my December release, A Family Arrangement, I use the cabin from Seven Brides as the template for my story. I highly recommend Meet Me in St. Louis. I know you'll love it!

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  4. I remember the commercial, "Calgon take me away!" One of my favorite old movies is Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation with Jimmy Stewart. I escape mostly by reading, getting into someone else's life for a little while. Right now I'm under the big top in the Ringling Brother's Circus. (Guess the book....) ha

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    1. I'm a huge fan of Jimmy Stewart! He was such a charming man. :) I bet I know the book you're reading!! :) I haven't read it yet, but I've heard great things. Enjoy.

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  5. We all wore flannel P.J.'s, ate breakfast for dinner, and are sitting to watch Sherlock together.

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  6. My girls and I have been watching some Hallmark Christmas movies. We dvr them so no news, no commercials, and no hate...just simple sweet stories that bring a smile to the face!

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    1. Sounds perfect, Melissa. We DVR Hallmark movies, too. So much better without the commercials.

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  7. Love so many old movies,it's hard to choose! I guess if I had to pick one of my favorite pure escapist movies it would be the MGM musical Good News with Peter Lawford and June Allyson. Taking place in the 1920's it's has a fun story,plus great songs and dances. As for Meet Me in St.Louis,I love the technicolor and the attention to period detail. Nothing like a good old fashioned musical!

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    1. I'm very familiar with Good News!! I'm a huge fan of June Allyson and Peter Lawford. I love them in Little Women, too. Such great chemistry. All of those movies are so beautiful and pure.

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  8. I like most old movies. I love Cary Grant, Doris Day, Jimmy Stewart, just to name a few. I will watch an old movie, or a sappy Hallmark movie. I really like to escape into a book, especially if I have several hours.

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    1. Current movie stars will never compare to the older ones. Doris Day is probably my favorite female actress of all time. I love her smile and wholesome personality. She and Cary Grant were fun in That Touch of Mink.

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  9. Oooo...thank you! I haven't seen this, I don't think! Can't wait to get it from my library. I just watched The Quiet Man with my husband and I really enjoyed Howards End, which had GORGEOUS scenery and clothing in it...a little more serious topics in it, but I loved it. :)

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    1. Oh, The Quiet Man with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara! That iconic kiss! Such a great movie. :) I hope you enjoy Meet Me in St. Louis! It's such a sweet, feel good movie. Perfect right about now.

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