Friday, November 24, 2006
Posted by Patrice at 8:39 PM
Friday, November 10, 2006
Hey, did you know that you can leave me comments :) For reals. Even if you're not a blogger person member. Just thought I'd lay that out there.
So, as I was examining my heart tonight, and in the midst of listening to some goood preachin'. I spoke a new slogan: "I want to choose and have God approve". I know, not as amazing as: "Let's kick it like Tae Bo".
I'm just now wrapping my mind around love again. If God is love, and there are infinite dimensions to Him, then the same can be true for love. And of course I was thinking and evaluating romance lovin'.
I've grown in stages. The first stage was: I want every cute guy that I see...why can't I have them, Lord? that was up until early undergrad. The next stage was: I can't choose a man for myself at all, so Jesus fly a man to my door right now so I don't have to choose the wrong person and make a mistake. Ever. Yeah, that stage was up about last year.
Which brings us to this sorta new stage: Lord I'm excited to actually go through the emotions of attraction and make a choice. But still, more importantly...are You breathing Your life over this...do You Approve. But see, the big step is now in my choice...and trusting Him.
I'm so used to sensing the voice of God with so many other decisions in my life, and now I feel like I have a great deal of training to now put into practice. Specifically with this realm of romance. But funny enough, I haven't always felt this way. This is sorta new territory.
So many of us Christians are paranoid when it comes to romantic relationships. We whole heartedly desire to get it all right. Each step. Perfection. But I think in the midst of that we get so caught up in the rules that we freeze and forget to excercise true trust and freedom in the Lord. I guess it's that whole religion vs. relationship topic.
Nevertheless, what we are after is intimacy. First with God and secondly with each other. A journey is happening in my heart tonight. I'm visiting those insecure places of which I never though I'd revisit again. But I'm also seeing the promises of new joy and new hope. New peace and new love.
Posted by Patrice at 12:28 AM
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Oh yes, it was a month ago, but the impact still remains. But these were highlights from my adventures in Vancouver, Canadia:
The loving married couple Judy and I stayed with.
Driving 22.5 hours straight from Southern Cali to VanCity.
The Sunday night youth group @ World Harvest Church.
Turning the t.v. on and finding incredibly interesting programming.
Turning the t.v. on and seein my friend in the new J. Timberlake music video ("My Love")
Organic food everywhere
Jonny Lang // Reeve Carney and the Revolving Band Concert
Vancouver Film Festival (the Shorts Program)
Watching 5 year olds learning to ice skate
Stopping in Redding, Cali on the way up
Posted by Patrice at 2:31 AM
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Sometimes...you just need to hear someone say "I love you" and mean it, in order to feel loved. And although language is only one facet of expression...the spoken word is still so powerful.
I guess my prayer today is, "Help me Lord to say what I mean and mean what I say...in love."
Posted by Patrice at 8:31 PM
Saturday, November 04, 2006
Nina Foch is a living legend. I had the privilege of taking her class about a year and a half ago at USC. Her class changed my life.
So today, Judy and I paid her a visit at USC, while she was teaching her famous "Directing the Actor" class. We were able to express our gratitude and revisit the genius she displays while teaching.
Honestly, she is an amazing communicator, fascinating actress, and an all around stand up woman.
For those that don't know the history of Nina Foch, I will happily supply :)
"Nina Foch (b. April 20, 1924 in Leiden, Netherlands) is a Dutch-born American actress and leading lady in many 1940s films. Her mother was an American actress who returned to the U.S. after her marriage collapsed.
Although Foch starred in that film, her movie fame was during the height of the 1940s in which she played cool, aloof and often foreign women of sophistication. She has been featured in over 80 feature films and hundreds of television shows, most notably as a regular in John Housman's "Playhouse 90" series. In 1952, Foch played the role of Marie Antoinette in Scaramouche.
Another noteworthy role for Foch came as Bithiah in Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments, in which she played the Pharaoh's daughter who found the baby Moses in the bullrushes and adopted him as her son. She was actually a year younger than Charlton Heston who played Moses. Foch was nominated for an Academy Award for her supporting role in the 1954 film Executive Suite.
On television, she was cast in the first pilot Columbo movie, as well as Prescription: Murder, where she played a woman name Carol Flemming who was killed by her husband. More recently she appeared on Just Shoot Me, Bull and NCIS.
Nina Foch currently teaches "Directing the Actor" at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, where she has taught since the 1960s. She also works as an independent script-breakdown consultant for many prominent Hollywood directors.
She lives in Beverly Hills, California, as she has for forty years, and has one child, a son, Dr. Dirk de Brito.
Foch's first husband was James Lipton of Inside the Actor's Studio fame."
Posted by Patrice at 12:55 AM
Thursday, November 02, 2006
You know what I love about my dad, Noble (and yes, that's his real name). The fact that if there's something wrong with my car, he knows how to get straight to the problem and fix it.
I fear that too many young men these days are lacking in a bit of 'trade' knowledge. I believe that one can be artistic and technical at the same time. I only say this, because most of the guys that I love veer towards the musician/actor/artist type, but sometimes lack in the practicals.
It's true. I've been spoiled. If I ask my dad for something, he'll find a way to give it to me. Definitely keeps the bar high for the future man in my life.
All to say, I've been blessed. I've seen the highs and lows of a man of sincerity. And I'm still grateful of his sacrifices for me.
Posted by Patrice at 11:41 AM
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
It's a wonderful and scary thing to end something and to begin something unknown. Nevertheless, that is what I am venturing to do.
It's a funny thing when we decide to listen to small sweet whispers in our spirit. It's clear that it will be a beautiful race, but the outcome, the final end all is still somehow unknown.
Posted by Patrice at 5:28 PM